Friday, February 1, 2019

Developing My Skills

Good news.

Yesterday I was examining a diagram of the Guitar Fretboard.

I figured out to memorize one area of the fretboard where it's easier to see and play all the notes from A to G.

I can now happily play a simple song by plucking --- no chords necessary. This new development in my skills will at least make playing that one song easier for me. Playing it with chords is harder --- especially when I experience so many problems with my C Chord again and again. Please pray for my C Chord.

So::: what is the proper term for playing the guitar without chords?

My Dad, from his days of playing Cello, called plucking his cello "Staccato" ----- So that's what we tend to call plucking on the guitar too ----- but other names used might be just "plucking" or "tab" or "tablature" ----- although I think a tablature is actually just a form of guitar musical notation.

Anyway:: more good news:::

My parents have given me permission to buy my first ELECTRIC guitar ---- as long as I keep the volume way down and use headphones.

Just a moment ago I initiated a transfer of some of my savings to my MasterCard. I'll be able to make an order probably by next week sometime.

So much for any plans of buying a new mac mini.




In other news::::

I don't know what it is:::: I think someone may have been praying for me to look, think or feel more benevolently about the Church.

I started seeing some of the good in what the church taught and started feeling more benevolent towards people who I was seriously ticked off at for a long time.

I'll say this::::

Mormonism (as in Mormonism as a whole --- not just the LDS) is a harder religion to live by than Christianity.

Jesus said his yoke is easy and his burden is light. Living by the Mormon way is harder. It's a slightly different philosophy that allows for big gains in life, but it's harder to live by.

Mormonism can get very broken very quickly. It's especially difficult when you have a member of your family who doesn't understand something about proper behavior or is not receptive to the holy spirit properly. It can be VERY difficult to live. But if lived properly, the results can be amazing.

And I'm only saying that on A SURFACE LEVEL context.

At the surface, which is all the religion ever needs to be for anyone::: it's just "Be good person, do your best, forgive the rest".

If you delve deeper into the texts and history of Mormonism, it stops making sense very quickly. --- there is a lot of fluff in the church ----------

But the main message is just "do your best and forgive the rest".  That's the very basics of it---- and that's all anyone ever really needs to know and do. Do that much --- and you are doing well.


It's just that it can be very difficult to live that way. But the results may make it entirely worthwhile.


And yeah ---- there are a zillion different ways in which Mormonism can go wrong, where it can become broken.


That's why I'm referring to Mormonism as a whole and not just the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints ----------- the LDS version has become so broken that even if I were to think of calling myself a Mormon again, I would still shy away from the LDS version.


In my Mormonism, Joseph Smith did NOT literally translate anything ------- whether he made it up or he was inspired with good thoughts, I do not believe he actually translated gold plates. But he taught some good ideas.

In my Mormonism, Coffee is totally allowed ---- as long as you cool it down with cold milk or water. Although, if you are under the age of 18 you should only drink decaf.  Same goes for tea.






Anyway, I will end today's discussion on Mormonism by pointing out two ways in which the church became broken::::

One church taught to opposing and conflicting doctrines on the same topic.

There were those who said "Be perfect" and there were those who said, "No one is perfect, we all sin".

Both these schools of thought existed in the same church. This makes living in that church difficult, and kind of makes the doctrine broken. Confusing to say the least.



And the second point is this::::

My older brother and I, long ago, both tried to commit ourselves to serve Jesus. The church basically got rid of both of us. We may have offered our lives to the Lord ---- but the church did not want us.

What makes this confusing or a little bit weird is this:::

I am aware of certain individuals who did NOT really follow the church properly, which means they were NOT properly committed to Jesus ----- and yet the church retained their membership and standing in the church.

Seems backward doesn't it?

The two loyal boys who actually want to do it ---- we got removed.

The people who didn't do it and weren't really committed ------ They were retained - the church kept them.

yeah --- it's weird --- especially when you consider the baptismal covenant --- how you commit yourself to choose the right.

When you make a covenant that says you'll choose the right, it's just weird that those who commit to serving Jesus are booted out while those who weren't actually following the rules retain membership. It really is that strange.

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