Something that I saw

As I was browsing Facebook, one of my Latter Day Saint friends shared a teaching story. Here it is for you to read:

A lady went to the Bishop and said, “I won’t be attending church anymore.”

He said, “May I ask why?”

She said, ” I see people on their cell phones texting and typing during the service, some are gossiping, some just aren’t living right, some are sleeping, some are staring at me, they are all just hypocrites.”

The bishop was silent. Then he said, “Can I ask you to do something for me before you make your final decision?”

She said, “Sure, whats that?”

He said, “Take a glass of water and walk around the church two times and don’t let any water fall out of the glass.” She said, “Yes, I can do that!” She went and got a glass of water and walked around the church two times. She came back and proudly said, “It’s done.”

The bishop asked her, “Did you see anybody on their phone?; Did you see anyone gossiping?; Was anybody living wrong?; Did you see anyone sleeping?” She said, “I didn’t see anything because I was so focused on this glass, so the water didn’t spill out.”

He told her, “When you come to church, you should just focus on the Savior, so that you don’t fall. That’s why Jesus said, “Come follow me, He did not say follow Mormons.”

Don’t let your relationship with God be determined by how others relate with God. Let it be determined by how focused you are with God.



For me, this reminds me that I may have a totally different relationship(s) with my God(s) than someone else would or their relationship to their God(s). But for me it shows not to be quick to use the “h-word” (hypocrite), because no one is perfect. It touched me because I reworded the last bit like this:

“Don’t let your relationships with the Gods and Goddesses be determined by how others relate with God and judging you for it. Let them be determined by how focused you are with your Gods and Goddesses.”