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n e w c h u r c h l i f e : m ay / j u n e 2 0 1 8 the Lord. The Lord demands no such physical payment from us, but He does want us to come back into a proper relationship with Him. The Heavenly Doctrines tell us that offering an animal symbolizes that evil is driven away by the good of innocence. This is why sheep and lambs – symbols of innocence – are so important in these rituals. In other words, when we have made a mistake, the prayer we should make is one of innocence. We reflect on our lives, find the affections and motivations we want to be important in our lives, and see that they come from and belong to the Lord. Those good affections are the animal we bring. What kind of prayers mirror the sin offering? Perhaps these are prayers of refocusing on principles, recommitting to a meaningful life. When we want to put our lives in greater order according to the Lord’s Word, that is the innocence of our internal self-exercising increased control of our external self. We all have moments or days when our lives are distracted, when we have become lost in the noise and urgency of external life. Have you ever spent too much time being upset about school lunches or budget reports? Have you ever let your day be ruined by a stain on your shirt or a comment from a colleague? Have you ever spent too much effort on social media or decorating your home at the expense of rejoicing in the neighbor and the Lord’s creation? We should offer prayers of refocus that mirror the sin offering. We reflect, find higher, internal things we really do care about, and pray to the Lord to help us recommit to our ideals and better selves. We should certainly still care about our clothes, our jobs, our reputations and our money, but sometimes we should offer prayers to help us put these things in their proper place. We know that happiness comes from obeying the Lord, loving the neighbor, and living a life of useful service, and yet we spend a lot of time not necessarily living Ρ‘₯Μ)έ…δΈ)%˜ε½Τ…Ι”™••±₯Ήœ±½ΝЁ…ΉΥΉ‘…ΑΑ䰁ΑΙ…ε•Ί½˜Ι•™½Ύ…Ι”έ‘…Ё1•Ω₯Ρ₯ΥΜ)΅…䁉”…±±₯Ήœ™½ΘΈ)ΥΝЁ…́ё•δέ½Υ±‰Ι₯Ήœ…Έ…Ή₯΅…°ΡΌΡ‘”Q…‰•ΙΉ…±”°έ”)…ΈΑ₯¬„Α•ΙΝ½Έ½Θ„ΡΙΥΡ έ”±½Ω”°…Ή…Ν¬Ρ‘”1½ΙΡΌ­••ΐ₯Ё₯Έ½Υȁ΅₯Ή)™½ΘΡ‘”‘…丁e½Τ‘½»ŠeЁΉ••ΝΑ•₯…°έ½Ι‘Μ쁩ΥΝЁ…Ν¬θƒŠq1½Ι°$‰Ι₯ΉœΡ‘₯́ΡΙΥΡ °)™Ι½΄e½Τ°Ρ‘…Ё$‘…ٔ쁑•±ΐ΅”΅…­”₯Ё΅δ™½Ύ™½ΘΡ½‘…δ»Šte½Τ‘…Ω”©ΥΝЁ΅…‘”)%˜ε½Τ…Ι”™••±₯Ήœ±½ΝΠ)…ΉΥΉ‘…ΑΑ䰁ΑΙ…ε•ΙΜ)½˜Ι•™½Ύ…Ι”έ‘…Π)1•Ω₯Ρ₯Ύ΅…䁉”)…±±₯Ήœ™½ΘΈ)ΥΝЁ…́ё•δ)έ½Υ±‰Ι₯Ήœ…Έ…Ή₯΅…°)ΡΌΡ‘”Q…‰•ΙΉ…±”°έ”)…ΈΑ₯¬„Α•ΙΝ½Έ½Θ„)ΡΙΥΡ έ”±½Ω”°…Ή…Ν¬)Ρ‘”1½ΙΡΌ­••ΐ₯Ё₯Έ)½Υȁ΅₯Ή™½ΘΡ‘”‘…δΈ(Θΐ