Thoughts on “The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life”


The book presents core Mormon beliefs: a profoundly loving Father in Heaven, a vision of the Fall as an opportunity to become more like God, rejection of original sin, and a view of mortality as one part of God’s larger plan for us to become like Him. These straightforward tenets of Mormonism are no surprise to adherents, though this book may be surprising in the insights offered into the implications of these beliefs, or “how Mormonism makes sense of life.” There is a God whose heart is so set upon us that he weeps when we suffer and there is purpose to the suffering. This belief, this experience of God as a tender parent and our mortal experience as a place to learn, where mistakes are not only inevitable but necessary for us to be pulled towards the light of truth, reveals the true nature of our (and others’) intrinsic worth, our relationship with God, our understanding of sin and doubt, and our perspective on the challenges of life. Mormonism makes sense of life because it reveals the meaning of all our mortal experiences—the mundane, the beautiful, and the agonizing. Others may find, as I did, that this book provides a course correction, moving me towards faith, love, and acceptance of myself and others irrespective of where we are on our journey or the direction we’re headed.

2 thoughts on “Thoughts on “The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life”

  1. What I found interesting about the book is the nature of God seemed to me to be different from what I felt I knew while growing up as Mormon. I suppose I believed in a more vengeful God from the Old Testament* than that of the Enochian God.

    I felt that the author (Mr. Givens) hinted that there would be more people going to a particular heaven (i.e. The Celestial Kingdom) than any of the other parts of heaven. This too goes contrary to what I’ve read in the Doctrine and Covenants on the subject*.

    I can’t help thinking that if God weeps He must experience the element of surprise or else He weeps continuously for the continuous sin that goes on in the world. Further, does He weep for the ant who is crushed by a child? Or does He weep that the ant died by the will of the child as the child is headed down a path of destruction by way of poor decisions? Or perhaps both or maybe even neither? Both, because both are in their own respective ways sad to Him. Neither because the ants corpse will be implemented into the earth once more and He may have the foreknowledge that the child does not grow up to be a madman/madwoman but a loving son, father, brother, husband/daughter, mother, sister, wife. Do the bad things that happen ever reach an equilibrium? If one were to see the bad and the good (eternal perspective) would they not cross each other out, hence would there be a need for sorrow if all that went bad was later rectified? What I learned as a child about the nature of God is that He is omniscient* meaning that He knows all things meaning that He knows what will happen before it occurs. If He has a foreknowledge of things that make Him sad would He simply not be sad for those things because He wept for them previously or does He have redundant sadness…does He have the capability to move beyond the sadness?

    I don’t know, I’m just a thinker of thoughts.

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