It was Fast and Testimony Meeting in my ward today. I normally sit towards the back, where all the Class C medical devices I’m wrapped in are a bit less of a distraction for my fellow Saints.
Even if it makes me laugh out loud.
All the upper middle class white Godbeites in the Bloggernacle are besides themselves insisting that we all need to be sad sad sad sad sad at the calling of the new apostles. Because none of them are upper middle class white Godbeite women (or men) or, failing that, fashionably black Bolivarian butch-lesbian Buddhists. Which makes the Godbeites and (they say) poor people very sad. So we have to mourn with those that mourn, etc.
This hypocritical wresting of scripture is too feeble for words, so in lieu of responding, I am going to brag about my son. (more…)
Reading about a proposed 16-week paid family leave proposal for Washington, D.C., I was surprised at the notion that the tax to cover it is calculated to be only 1% of wages. A third of a year multiplied by two children means it would take over 65 years of working to cover the leave with a 1% tax. Then I started hearing the voice of that emperor that Vader is always telling us about. “In Washington, D.C. those with jobs mostly don’t bear or get children, and those who do father children mostly don’t have jobs, so the math works out.”
This past week, after having seen what the Oregon Shooter did, I have been thinking we need to discuss this, but the Bloggernacle has been silent, except for Dan Peterson, at least that I have noticed.
The media has been warping this story to carry a certain narrative. They portray him as a racist white man, though he was half black. Things like this are nice to discuss, but don’t interest me very much. His name will quickly be forgotten, except by people pushing gun control.
But more interestingly, he was specifically targetting Christians. Religious was not enough… he wanted people who would confess Christ at gunpoint.
In one classroom, he appeared to single out Christian students for killing, according to witness Anastasia Boylan.
“He said, ‘Good, because you’re a Christian, you’re going to see God in just about one second,’” Boylan’s father, Stacy, told CNN, relaying his daughter’s account while she underwent surgery to treat a gunshot to her spine.
“And then he shot and killed them.”
Another account came from Autumn Vicari, who described to NBC Newswhat her brother J.J. witnessed in the room where the shootings occurred. According to NBC: “Vicari said at one point the shooter told people to stand up before asking whether they were Christian or not. Vicari’s brother told her that anyone who responded ‘yes’ was shot in the head. If they said ‘other’ or didn’t answer, they were shot elsewhere in the body, usually the leg.”
To quote the late Elder Packer, who quoted Joseph Smith
The Prophet Joseph Smith had borrowed the volumes of the Book of Martyrs by the sixteenth-century English cleric John Foxe from the mother of Edward Stevenson of the Seventy. After he read them, he said, “I have, by the aid of the Urim and Thummim, seen those martyrs, and they were honest, devoted followers of Christ, according to the light they possessed, and they will be saved.”
I do not know how righteous those who were killed were, but I salute and respect them for doing what they did. It is important that we do so.
It is well known, if not well understood, that Christ descended below all things, as a necessary prerequisite for him to rise above all things. Also, we know that he suffered the pain of all mankind.
And he [Christ] shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.
And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities. (Alma 7:11-12)
But why would Christ have to suffer all this? One answer, so he can empathize with those who suffer.
Suffering may not be optional, but it does have meaning and importance.
h/t to Dan Peterson and his blog
Generally, I don’t like to jump on memes and follow a crowd. I don’t like fads. I don’t like cheap shows of support or solidarity. If I participate in a meme, it has to be something I already believe in, and it has to be something that I can sincerely encourage others to do that is also for their good.
‘Sides, being a “witness for Christ at all times and in all places” is a good thing. In the gospel, actions are required in addition to words, but words are still required as part of testimony and witness.
I don’t know if the connection has been made elsewhere. I haven’t looked online to see if others have publicly used this line of reasoning yet. But this occured to me at some point within the last few years. (more…)
MSCNN welcomes you all to our analysis of the third-tier Republican debate, which featured Palpatine, Cthulu, and The Sweet Meteor Of Death. Tom, give us your quick take on the debate.
An interesting list. And not bad, as far as it goes. I am disquieted that nothing of the spiritual made the list, but then being cultured may not be meant to be synonymous with being spiritually lacking in nothing.