"There has to be something more"

"Training for the Olympics has given me many opportunities to ponder the possibilities of man revealed in the kingdom of heaven."

The millennium soon coming to a close marks a high point of human progress and achievement. Earlier years witnessed the Renaissance, a period of great discovery, characterized by an expanding sense of the possibilities of man, as well as by geographical exploration, remarkable progress in the sciences, and great literature, art, and architecture. Later years—the twentieth century—have been a period of unprecedented advancement in science, technology, and our standard of living. But the progress of the dawning millennium will be greater than any in human history. It will be a mental advancement from a material perspective to a spiritual one. This spiritual perspective will bless every individual and uplift the entire human race, liberating it from the ills of the past and signifying the greatest progress humanity has ever seen.

It may not seem as though humanity is on such a promising path. In fact, there are many indications that the opposite is true: numerous incidents of terrorism, corruption, and crime; hate and discord in Kosovo, Israel, Pakistan; increasingly severe and frequent natural disasters; and mounting environmental degradation. These indications lead some to expect that the new millennium will bring only an increase of the ills facing our world today, or even that the world might end.

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Prayer that leads to solutions
February 21, 2000

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