“The Lord’s Way” by Dallin H. Oaks

I finished “The Lord’s Way” on Monday and wanted to get some of my thoughts down before I pass the book on to Bishop Snell‘s other counselor, Monte Marshall.

Leading up to the time I read this book, I had been thinking about how the world gets so muddled in the blurring of morals. Nothing is black and white anymore – especially the way things get churned in the media and are debated and delivered by so-called intellectuals. I see good people thrashed for their desire to help others.

I’m also constantly amazed at the ways in which the world is able to sell good as evil and evil as good. I was having a conversation with an analyst, Ron Rogowski, at the Forrester Boot Camp I attended this week and we were talking about vacation destinations. Someone brought up Vegas and he said it wasn’t his type of vacation. During the conversation, I mentioned that Vegas is such a sleazy city. He said something to the effect of “everyone’s entitled to his opinion”. People do have different opinions but Las Vegas as a tourist destination (referring exclusively to the casinos) is still a very sleazy city no matter how you look at it – black and white. You can’t walk down the sidewalk on the strip without being handed sleazy ads attempting to lure men into sleazy strip joints. Las Vegas (the strip) is sleazy – it just is. The decadence of America is at such a dispicable point that even seemingly good/evil issues are completely open for judgment anew.

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3 thoughts on ““The Lord’s Way” by Dallin H. Oaks

  1. I found your blog by reading your review of this book on Amazon.com. I recognized your name and wondered if it was you. Sure enough. You are the Ryan Smith that I know. Welcome to the world of blogging. I actually heard about this book by listening to Bob Lonsberry the other day. I looked it up to find out more about it. I think I will get it. Thanks for the review. Nice flower pictures also. Did you take those yourself?

  2. Yes,I took these pictures in Fullerton at my father-in-law’s house in January of ’06. I have a Canon Rebel XT that I love to play with. I recommend it to anyone who wants to play with Digital SLR.

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