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Topic: The Writer’s Skill/Craft (04/22/10)
TITLE: The Debt we Owe
By Lucile McKenzie
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For instance, as church historian, I recently wrote a book about the history of our church, which, is 158 years old. That won’t sound so old to those who live n Europe or even the east coast of the U.S. But here in Oregon, it is a decent age and the history was interesting because the founders of the church were slave owners when they lived back in Missouri. On the Oregon Trail as they were coming to Oregon, they were captured by members of the Latter Day Saints due to incidents that happened in Missouri before they left. Once here, they had a difficult time getting settled. The frontier was wild, temptation flourished, and, in such a lonely place, it took a long time to get the church up and running. Today the church has over 2,000 members.
My goal was simply to get the scattered bits and pieces of the church history written down in one place. It took two years, much prayer, and a certain amount of, “wailing and gnashing of teeth. “ But, to my surprise, the congregation loved this book, simply because the knowing of its history drew them closer to their church. It seemed to fill a need that I didn’t even known existed. And, I realized later, it taught lessons about God’s grace, His help in time of trouble, His steadfastness in the face of adversity. It’s not a big deal, writing a church history. When I started, I had no idea what an astonishing impact it would make.
I learned many things from this writing project. I learned to pray often for help in the writing, and to have faith that help would come. I learned perseverance, patience, hope, gratitude, and humility.
Whether amateur or professional writers, we must continually strive toward the goal of serving God through our writing. We must practice, submit, receive critiques, and pray that God will accept this, our small talent, as a contribution to His great work.
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