New converts are not often full-grown in their testimony.  They depend 
somewhat on socializing and fellowship to support their faith.

As do we all.

The Savior's counsel to Simon Peter -- "When thou art converted, 
strenthen thy brethren."  (Luke 22:32).

I am continually wounded by discussions that use family metaphors 
regarding church fellowship.  Over the past decade my family ties have 
been tested, both bonds with literal blood-relations and fellow saints.  
Many of the alliances I thought I could depend on came apart in times of 
trial, and some even turned around to become my personal 

Ultimately we must invest our faith in the Savior and His unchanging 
love for us.  Without this foundation, everything else will fail.  New 
and old converts alike need to learn this lesson.


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