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Rafts – Juxtapositions XIII

April 29th, 2016 by Patrick Henry

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April 29th, 2016 07:55:11

The sense of the divine has been amputated

April 28th, 2016 by Vader

But the phantom limb still tingles.

(A metaphor too good not to steal repeatedly.)

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April 28th, 2016 09:03:44

Delight in the Body, Ponder in the Heart

April 28th, 2016 by G.

For my soul delighteth in the scriptures, and my heart pondereth them.
Behold, my soul delighteth in the things of the Lord; and my heart pondereth continually upon the things which I have seen and heard.

-thus Nephi. (more…)

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April 28th, 2016 08:14:56

SpaceX to Mars

April 28th, 2016 by Pecos Bill

2018 ain’t near as far off as them fellers think. Unless they figger to run their rocket outfit on Mormon Standard Time.

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April 28th, 2016 05:23:54

The Creation of Adam

April 27th, 2016 by Vader

I have been regarding Michelangelo’s great work.

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April 27th, 2016 11:44:43

We are our Bodies.

April 27th, 2016 by G.

The body is not a waldo.

Our body is not something that we possess, but something that has become a part of us . . . . This is why I don’t like the lessons that use a glove and a hand as an analogy for death and resurrection. It . . . suggests that the union of spirit is deliberately temporary and reversible. In reality death is more like a violent dissolution of elements that should be united. It’s more like ripping off your skin than about taking off a glove. Sometimes we talk about bodies and spirits as though the spirit is the self and the body is something that the self possesses. In reality, the spirit and the body are both the self. So losing the body is a loss of the self, at least in part. President Smith’s revealed comments about how the dead viewed the separation as a form of bondage go along the same lines.

when we are born, we do not just “gain a physical body;” we become physical beings. And when we die, we don’t just separate from our bodies; rather a piece of our own souls actually dies.

thus JKC.

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April 27th, 2016 09:41:35

Blessings In General Conference

April 26th, 2016 by G.

Last night my daughter had trouble sleeping. She went to bed, got up to go to the bathroom, went back to bed, got up to go to the bathroom, and back to bed, every five minutes, like a metronome. No real bladder works like that, so the Lovely One and I knew she was nervous and unsettled. We talked to her for awhile. Then I gave her a blessing.

I blessed her that she would have a good night’s sleep. We all felt a spirit of calm.

She then went to bed and promptly got up again to go to the bathroom. This time it wasn’t the bladder. Apparently the bladder had been a symptom–the onset of stomach flu had put pressure on it.

My wife set up a little pallet for her, close to the bathroom, in preparation for her passing an unquiet night.  And I spent a few unquiet minutes laying in bed wondering why my priesthood blessing had gone wrong. (more…)

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April 26th, 2016 07:30:00

The Emperor Drives a Hard Bargain.

April 25th, 2016 by Bookslinger

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April 25th, 2016 15:20:34

All Sin, Some Celebrate Sin

April 25th, 2016 by G.

The serious sin is not so much in doing otherwise than the ideal, but in assuming or arguing otherwise, or saying that sex and sexuality ‘don’t matter’; in making laws and regulations on that basis, or in failing to repent (i.e. acknowledge the sub-optimality of) other behaviours.

-thus Bruce Charlton

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April 25th, 2016 09:52:38

Zeno’s Holy Ghost

April 25th, 2016 by G.

Last week I explained why the Spirit cannot always speak distinctly from our own thoughts and our own feelings if it is to fulfill its mission to comfort and sanctify.

This week I am approaching the problem from another point of view and offering a different explanation (though it may be the same explanation in the end). (more…)

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April 25th, 2016 08:02:08

William Wildblood’s deep thoughts

April 23rd, 2016 by Bruce Charlton

I recently noted an unusually deep thinker I have encountered on the blogosphere: William Wildblood.

http://charltonteaching.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/review-of-william-wildbloods-meeting.html

Over a long period of spiritual searching and enlightenment, Wildblood had some unusual spiritual experiences which led him by an unusual route to a non-denominational but broadly ‘traditional’ Christianity – and this path seems to have led to some carefully considered views and evaluations.

His current post on sexuality may make a good start for interested readers:

http://meetingthemasters.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/some-questions-about-homosexuality.html

As so often with Wildblood’s writing, he brings to a notoriously polarizing subject a calmness, thoroughness and truthfulness that I find both satisfying and enlightening.

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April 23rd, 2016 08:57:38

Reluctant Polygamist, Joseph Smith Jr. By Meg Stout

April 23rd, 2016 by Bookslinger

Meg’s series of posts about Nauvoo polygamy at Millennial Star is now in book form. Available at Amazon.com in paperpack, and Kindle ebook.
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April 23rd, 2016 03:00:30

The Parts of Our Souls

April 22nd, 2016 by G.

I attend Gospel Principles these days for Sunday School.  We only go over the basics.  It’s mind-expanding. (more…)

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April 22nd, 2016 07:03:23

LDS in the MLB

April 21st, 2016 by John Mansfield

“As the rain clouds dispersed over Madison High before a recent Saturday afternoon game, a throng of pro scouts in a rainbow of Major League Baseball caps crowded along the backstop, eyes focused on two seniors who may not even be playing baseball in two years.”

In the Washington Post, with quotes from former missionary Jeremy Guthrie and not-former missionary Bryce Harper. (link)

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April 21st, 2016 09:04:46

We Tie Things Together

April 21st, 2016 by G.

Last week I read Bruce Charlton’s post about his walk:

From ancient and modern Catholic folk piety, via Lord Armstrong and a Rabelaisian doctor, through a best selling novelist and a great concert pianist, to an Art Nouveau gem: my regular walk through Jesmond

It was winsome.  It appealed.  Like all good art, it had a kind of unity to it.  But in fact the only unity was Bruce Charlton himself.  His common enjoyment was all the different parts of his walk had in common.

That got me thinking.

Our lives are a unifying principle.  The common fact that we love them and lived them draw together otherwise discrete people and places.  Everything we touch becomes part of a whole.

Once one person is exalted we are all meaningful, because our lives are tied to theirs, or tied to lives that are tied to theirs, and we are part of their story.

 

 

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April 21st, 2016 07:20:16