In the recent Conference talk “Our Path of Duty” by Bishop Keith B. McMullin, he teaches:
Duty does not require perfection, but it does require diligence. It is not simply what is legal; it is what is virtuous.Sometimes duty feels a little bit like a dirty word because it implies pressure or obligation, but Bishop McMullin gently reminds us that duty is a manifestation of our faith. I’m fascinated with the relationship between duty and integrity.
Do we obey because we're supposed to or because we love God? I’ve been thinking about how, when it comes to our reasons for doing what is right, duty is not necessarily a replacement for love, but a companion for it. Our adherence to duty can be seen as evidence of both our love and our integrity. But enough of my own “talk,” study Bishop McMullin’s — it’s much better.
What role does duty play in your gospel life? To whom or what do you feel the strongest sense of duty?And what helps you to maintain the diligence that duty requires?
Stephanie is a mom of three young and relentless children. Her interests include latin music, naps, restaurants, writing, travel, teaching, housework denial and long showers. Stephanie seeks for the divinity in motherhood--- tries to share it when she finds it, and tries to laugh when she doesn't. She blogs for fun, posterity, and therapy. Her musings are chronicled at Diapers and Divinity.