“The Stories that Bind Us”

 

One of innumerable reenactments of the story of the handcart pioneers by LDS youth, not only in Wyoming (where the original story occurred) but around the world

 

Here’s a very good article from the New York Times that’s worthy of reflection — and not only as regards families, its principal topic:

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/17/fashion/the-family-stories-that-bind-us-this-life.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&

 

Stories are also what bind communities together.

 

Patriotic stories about the Founding Fathers, the American Revolution, Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War.

 

The story of the Exodus, commemorated at Passovers around the world for centuries as a constitutive mark of the Jewish community.

 

The rituals of the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina, recalling Adam and Eve and the story of Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar.

 

The story of a purposive divine creation of our world, recounted in Genesis and repeated, with some variations, twice more in uniquely Latter-day Saint scripture and many times daily elsewhere.

 

The story of the Atonement and the Resurrection, as reenacted for two millennia at Easter but also in sacrament and mass.

 

Stories of the persecutions in New York, Missouri, Ohio, and Illinois.  Stories of the Pioneers of 1847 and the handcart companies.

 

We live and define ourselves by stories.  By becoming part of larger stories, we gain meaning and our lives acquire significance.

 

(My thanks to Linda Draper for bringing this article to my attention.)

 

 

  • rockyrd

    Superb article. Thank you!


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