Spiritual Anorexia

For my birthday, my mother-in-law gave me a couple of CDs.  One of those CDs is a talk by Hank Smith.  The name of the talk is “My Soul Hungered and My Stomach Growled!”.   This talk reiterates one of the concerns that Momzoo and I have been having lately.  We feel that there is a trend in the LDS church to do what is popular, and if you don’t agree with what is said, you just don’t do it and eventually the Church will change its stance on it.   If you would like to read more about that, you can go to “The misfit Cygnet“. This is one example of  a BLOG that Momzoo has found that have the same opinion.  The concern we have is that people are not listening to the advice of the General Authorities, and eventually they stop giving that advice, and people then think they have changed their mind.  I think an example of this happening is when Joseph Smith lost the manuscript.  Eventually the Lord told him to do what he wanted to do.  We know what happened after that.

In the talk by Brother Hank Smith, he mentions two talks.  So I got onto lds.org and found the two talks that he mentions.  I would like to share portions of those talks in this post.

The first talk is called  “Answer Me” by Elder Neal A. Maxwell.  This talk was published in the November 1988 Ensign.   The talk is about questions that the Lord has asked in the scriptures and Elder Maxwell then gives the answers to those questions.  In this talk, Elder Maxwell says:

Why is our life-style sometimes blurred and out of focus when we have been told clearly what “manner of men” and women we ought to be? (3 Ne. 27:27; see also 2 Pet. 3:11.) Of course, as individuals, we are free to choose! But wrong choices will make us less free. Furthermore, erosive error gradually makes one less and less of an individual. God and His prophets would spare us that shrinkage.

Elder Maxwell then talks about some behaviors that LDS members are participating in that people are starting to think are OK.  One example was that of LDS members driving across the border to Gamble, when the Church has come out against it.  Those members then try to justify it.

Elder Maxwell then says, “Crowds cannot make right what God has declared to be wrong.”  In other words, you can’t think that because a Crowd of members is doing something that it is not wrong.   We need to be vigilant and do what we have been told to do, no matter who or how many people try to make it right.

I can think of a lot of things that crowds are trying to make LDS members think are not wrong.  Some of them include, stay at home mothers, our fight against homosexuality, the rules in “For the Strength of Youth“, the “The Family: A Proclamation to the World“.  All of which are under attack from outside the LDS faith and also, more sadly, from inside the LDS faith.

Brother Smith then talks about another talk.  This talk is by Elder Jeffery R. Holland, and is called, “He Hath Filled the Hungry with Good Things“.   In this talk, Elder Holland talks about “metaphysical hunger”, and how we can keep our souls from dying.  Elder Holland makes this point:

It is that in our contemporary success and sophistication we too may walk away from the vitally crucial bread of eternal life; we may actually choose to be spiritually malnourished, willfully indulging in a kind of spiritual anorexia. Like those childish Galileans of old, we may turn up our noses when divine sustenance is placed before us. Of course the tragedy then as now is that one day, as the Lord Himself has said, “In an hour when ye think not the summer shall be past, and the harvest ended,” and we will find that our “souls [are] not saved

The bread Elder Holland is talking about at this point is the Savior.  He is referencing when the Savior said, “I am the living bread which came down from heaven:  if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever.”

By following the crowds, and acting like wrong things are good, are we indulging in “spiritual anorexia.”

There are a lot of things that the prophets have told us, then they have told us again, and then they have told us again.  Just because after telling us something three times and we don’t listen, it does not mean that the crowd has made something the Lord has said wrong.

General Conference is this weekend.  Lets listen, read, and ponder what the General Authorities have to tell us.  And then do everything we can to do what they say.  We need to stop the spiritual anorexia that we are seeing today, and do what the General Authorities tell us to do to feast and not be hungry.


  1. Good point. I checked out that blog and found it to be insightful. Jana and I obviously agree that the mother's place is in the home. It isn't always fun to compare ourselves with our friends and family who have 2 incomes and see how much harder is seems to be for us, but we both agree it is for the best. I also fear what our young women leaders and Relief Society leaders are teaching about this topic. I am just happy that I married a woman who wanted to be a stay at home mom, because if Jana worked full time my kids would be felons by now.

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