In the Whirled: Does the LDS Church Complicate or Simplify Lives?

For some reason, life tends to speed up in the fall. Kids return to school, food is packed into canning jars and sandals get swapped for sweaters. The parade of major holidays begins. Like the squirrels that pepper our backyards, there is an urgency that comes with autumn.

LDS Church assignments take on extra weight in the fall as well. Ward choir resumes. Scouts, activity days, large ward events and programs fill our weeks.

It was on one of those recent weeks, with a big Relief Society activity, Scouts, leadership training and an upcoming choir number (all while my husband was out of town), that I began to wonder if this gospel that I have chosen actually complicates my life, or simplifies it.

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