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    Christ-Centered Life

    What do you do to keep a Christ-Centered mentality? I've been pondering the principle that we are to center our lives on Jesus Christ. The word "center" clearly led me to the theologic concentric circles (Core, Dogma, Doctrines, Beliefs). I would also add another circle -- "practices". The GAs have clearly defined what is "core": “The fundamental principles of our religion are the testimony of the Apostles and Prophets, concerning Jesus Christ, that He died, was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended into heaven; and all other things which pertain to our religion are only appendages to it.” (Teachings of the Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith) Other quotes also include that he was the Only Begotten of the Father, was born of a virgin, that he lived a perfect life, and performed the atonement. Nephi describes our dependence on Christ as: ...the only and true doctrine of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost... (2 Ne 31:21). It seems that we spend a lot of time on a forum such as this spinning out into the outer circles. We debate doctrines, beliefs, and practices. We've even debated some dogma. Obviously, we don't debate the core. I think everyone's pretty clear on that. Most of us are critical thinkers. Most of us it seems are fairly good debaters. We might even enjoy it. (Quote: It's no use debating with an engineer. Sooner or later you realize that the engineer likes it.) Obviously the site wouldn't be as "exciting" without some good debates. But having this mentality (assuming a good portion of it continues into our offline lives) tends to take us away from the core in our hearts and minds. Lately it seems mine is spinning away from the center. A LOT is going on in my life. A forum like this is actually bringing me back. That is why you see me on here so much even with all that is happening. So I'm wondering what some of you all do to keep a Christ-Centered mentality.