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The way we dress, the way we talk and the way we act..

In our Family Home Evening this week we had a lesson on Alma 5 and we discussed the question, “Can others see His image in your countenance?”   We have all had the experience of seeing someone that we don’t know but guessed that they were Mormon.  So we looked at random photos of people and tried to determine if they were Mormon or not.  Then we listed the attributes that we used to make out determination.  We included attributes that can’t just be seen.  The list included hair length, language, number of bottles of root beer they were buying, white shirt and tie, whether 80 other people at Disneyland wer wearing the same t-shirt…  We had some fun with this.

As the lesson evolved a classic Anderson story was related which I thought everyone knew but I learned we apparently had not told  to the younger generation.  So in the interest of preserving family lore I will relate it here.  I apologize in advance for the word I have to use.

While living in Fairport my sister came to live with us.  She was 15 and was not doing so well in life.  She attended church while living with us and the youth rallied around her and became friends.  During a Young Women’s testimony meeting one of the youth was giving her heart felt opinions on judging.  At the time our friend Holly Tuttle, who is an amazing, righteous woman  and a model of decorum was the Young Women’s President.  The Young Woman went on to relate further about judging by saying that her experience with my sister had taught her about judging.  She said, “for example if you looked at the way this sister dressed and the way she talked and the way she acted, you would thing she is a real slut but in fact she is really nice.”   Curtis was in the meeting at the time and he said that Holly about passed out at hearing the word “slut” in a YW testimony meeting.

So if your words, actions and dress can’t be used to judge you what is there?  In Alma 5, Alma asks a long list of questions that a person can use to judge themselves on whether or not their behaviors will help others to see the example of the Savior.  In contrast to the story of Heather I want to add to family lore the story of Cody this year.

It has been a rough year for Cody with basketball and he has not been treated fairly.  I will admit that I had hoped that his strict adherence to Gospel standards would have translated to a position in the starting line up but the opposite has happened.  Instead of getting angry Cody has been the first one off the bench to congratulate the other players when they are doing well.  He has faced some real adversity and bias and has risen above it and found ways to be positive.  I am really proud of him.  If you judged him by the way he has acted and what he has said you would say he is a follower of Jesus Christ.

The following fictitious story is a fun reminder that as baptized members of Christ’s church we need to be so very careful of how we represent Him.

A stressed out woman on a busy boulevard was tailgating the man in front of her. Suddenly the light turned yellow just in front of him. He did the right thing and stopped at the crosswalk, even though he could of gunned it and accelerated through the intersection. The tailgating woman hit the roof, leaned on the horn, and screamed in frustration as she missed her chance to get through the intersection behind him.

As she was still in mid-rant, she heard a loud tap on her window, and she looked up at a police officer with a very serious expression on his face. The officer ordered her to get out of the car with her hands up. He handcuffed her and took her to the police station, where she was searched, fingerprinted, photographed, and placed in a cell.

A few hours later a policeman approached the cell and opened the door. The woman was escorted back to the booking desk where the arresting officer was waiting with her personal effects. He said, “I’m very sorry for this mistake. You see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn and cussing a blue streak. I noticed the “Choose the Right” license plate holder, the “Go Cougars’ and “Come with me to Primary’ bumper stickers, and the chrome-plated “What would Jesus Do?” emblem on the trunk. Naturally I assumed you had stolen the car”

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