Melanie Stroud

Stupor of thought

We learn some great council from Doctrine and Covenants Section 9. Here Oliver Cowdrey has decided that he wants to do more than just write what Joseph translates; he wants to take his hand at translating himself. The Lord gives Oliver some really great council on receiving revelation.

But, behold, I say unto you, that you must study it out in your mind; then you must ask me if it be right, and if it is right I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you; therefore, you shall feel that it is right.

But if it be not right you shall have no such feelings, but you shall have a stupor of thought that shall cause you to forget the thing which is wrong; therefore, you cannot write that which is sacred save it be given you from me.

This has always been such great advice for me. Should we move? Should I say this or do that? This method is a pretty good litmus of what is right and what isn’t. If it’s good and the Lord thinks it’s a good thing, I feel that it’s right. I continue in that action. Sometimes I don’t even get this great manifestation; I just don’t feel BAD about it.

But sometimes, when something isn’t right, I get this “stupor.” And this is hard for someone with raging ADD to understand. I forget things all the time! If just forgetting something is counsel that it’s not right, my whole life might not be correct. Ahh.

But for today, here’s the stupor. We had a really awful weekend. We got some unfortunate news about the health of a close family member that we love so much. We spent a lot of time with this family. Then another huge bomb got dropped on us, and we spent the remainder of the weekend dealing with that. Off and on during that time, I tried to write the podcast. I read the sections and the lesson for this week MULTIPLE times, and every single time, I just couldn’t concentrate. Even before all the hard, my mind just wouldn’t focus on it.

I hoped that I could finally focus once I got on the plane and get it written. Once again, I had multiple factors pull me from that goal. Today, again, I sat down and NOTHING. So, I guess there won’t be a podcast this week. I promise it isn’t because I haven’t tried. I don’t know what is up.
I can tell many people are behind on listening. Catch up this week. Be ready for next week. Maybe you need to learn this week’s lesson on your own. Maybe my brainpower is needed elsewhere right now. I don’t know! All I know is, stupor, stupor stupor.

Conveniently, I was interviewed last week by a man named Steven Barrow. He has a podcast and a business centered around helping other people start small businesses. I thought it was funny he wanted to talk to me because my podcast isn’t a business. It’s just a podcast. Although this interview isn’t spiritual in nature, there may be some things to help someone who is thinking of starting a business or just taking the leap to do something hard. I have no idea. But I’m going to link it here so you can take a listen if you are interested.


Lastly, this interview reminded me of an interview I did in the fall of the very first season for a podcast called Mom’s Who Know. I’m going to link that, also, because it was pretty good. So many of you are new and might get something from that one as well.


I’ll talk to Steven and see if I can get the video to our call and maybe put that on Youtube. I looked like a giant fat face – so secretly, I’m hoping he says no.


Sorry, not sorry. I know there must be a reason for this.


I will get ahead this week. I will write more about the things the prophet advised us to take a look at in our lives from the last general conference and post it here this week. Thanks for being patient with me. You’re the best people.

Click link below to listen to my interview with Steven. It is Episode 56.

https://www.stevensbarrow.com/podcasts

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2 thoughts on “Stupor of thought”

  1. Ashley Keller

    So sorry about your rough week and weekend! You are loved, and it’s okay- take a break!

    Also, don’t call yourself a fat face! You have no idea who might read that and then worry too much about how their face looks, blah blah. Us women need to talk positively about our amazing bodies! And you have an amazing body from God too. Woohoo!! Can’t wait for the next podcast when it is the right time for you!

  2. Sending love and prayers. For someone who basically lives in a “stupor” daily, I can relate. Love your podcast and I’m am amazed with your traveling schedule and keeping it all straight, that you can even do a podcast at all. I admire you and your wisdom. You are truly magnifying where you are planting. Even when your headquarters are “in the Ohio” or “Missouri”. (Aka Georgia and Arizona.). Great example from the lesson this week.

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