Letter to the Editor: Devotionals shouldn’t be com


    Randy Tayler

    Sarasota, Fl.

    I’ve had, on many occasions, the chance to find a scripture I’d never before seen. Such was the case recently when I found a verse that was entirely new to me. To summarize, it said: “Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work; But the seventh day, as well as the second day from eleven to noon, thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy professor, nor thy teaching assistant…”

    I was so happy to see a new commandment. I had no idea the Sabbath continued for an hour on Tuesdays. I’ve since been careful to never take too many steps during that hour, or to pick up any sticks at all, should the need arise.

    Well, “labs closed for devotionals and forums,” was what it actually said. It can be found in many places all over the book of Talmage. What a joy to see the light. How silly of me, letting a work ethic carry me like the whirlwind to the lab, to do HOMEWORK, when I should have been at the devotionals. I didn’t know they were mandatory. Well, my time is precious, and it was too late for me to attend the devotional, so I made my way to go eat lunch. That way I’d save time, but I wouldn’t be breaking the Tuesdath.

    But what a fool I was! Because I chose to go the Cougareat, which would force OTHER people to break the Tuesdath. Fortunately for me, it had been closed down, so I was unable to make others miss their required meetings.

    Freedom is a dangerous thing. You start giving people their agency and who knows what havoc they’ll wreak. That’s why I’m glad that rules are trying to force me and other working sinners to attend devotionals. We’d probably never go of our own accord. If they didn’t close down every class, shop, and lab on campus, then no one would come, I’m certain. Who wants to pause and hear some inspirational message when they could be working?

    I’ve seen the light and made a change. I had to. I had no other choice.

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