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Editor's Notes

By PATSY STODDARD

It's interesting to watch people and try to figure out why they react the way they do to various situations. I watched the recent LDS conference on television and was perplexed by the conflicts with the street preachers.

It would seem that perhaps they don't believe in freedom of religion. I would say this because it seems to me the Mormons have as much right to gather and meet to hear their messages as the next guy and his religion.

I am glad that we live in a country where we can have freedom of religion. I am glad that street preachers can stand on the corner and protest. I am just not sure what it is they are protesting against.

Whether you are LDS or not I think the Mormon church has done some very admirable things for the world. They now rival the Red Cross as the organization that renders the most aid world wide. They are always there when disaster strikes to help out.

They donate food, clothing, medical supplies and financial aid. I recently read an article which mentioned the LDS church had repaired and restored drinking water wells in Africa.

They also drilled new wells for villages without clean drinking water. They are educating the people in Africa to the hazards of drinking unclean water.

Regardless of whether you share the same religious convictions or not, as a humanitarian organization the LDS church has few rivals.

I have yet in my experiences ever seen LDS church members protest another religion's right to have their own services.

I have never seen them at the Cathedral of the Madeline at Midnight Mass on Christmas protesting and criticizing the Catholics.

I have not ever seen them protest another religion. Any religion that stands for moral decency, personal health and cleanliness, being a good neighbor, obeying the Lord's commandments, obeying the laws of the land and other such traits, should be applauded in this day and age where values and morals are deemed old fashioned.

I am saddened too, by the passing of Mrs. Marjorie Hinckley.

She has made women everywhere feel valued and loved for doing what women do best. To be a wife and a mother was a sacred thing to her and a worthy vocation. Supporting her husband was second nature to her as she stood by his side for 67 years. She taught by a quiet example and her humor and insights will be greatly missed.

We never know the number of days we have on this earth, so we just need to remember to live each day as if it might be our last.

Spend time doing the things that are important and less time doing those things that are not.





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