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Morning Stars

November 17th, 2017 by John Mansfield

Anyone else watch Venus and Jupiter in the dawning sky today? It was a good sight as my son drove with me to seminary.

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November 17th, 2017 09:16:07

The Rotten Lot of Them

November 17th, 2017 by Bertie

“Jeeves,” I said, “run a gimlet eye over this spot of composition.  I’ve had a dash at the old ink and pen–”

“You have handed me what appears to be an Ipad, sir,” Jeeves interjected.

I drew myself up. “Not actually ink and pen, Jeeves.  One speaks metaphorically, Jeeves,” I replied.  “As I was saying, run your eye over the old ink and pen, or if you prefer it, the old electron and screen, and suggest a few touch-ups.  You know the sort of thing.  The apt phrase, the sockdologer word, the mot juste.”  I decided to apply a bit of the old oil.  “You are a deft hand at this sort of thing, what, what?”

He perused my authorial swottings.

“Have you committed some transgression against the female sex, sir?” (more…)

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November 17th, 2017 07:03:28

The Big Dog who had a Sticker

November 16th, 2017 by G.

A big dog was howling in pain because of a sticker in his foot.

The wise old owl asked him about his childhood experiences and fears that drove him to take risks near stickers.

The coyote ran around accusing various animals of driving the dog to hurt himself with their sticker culture and microagressions.

The mouse pulled the thorn out and told the dog to watch where he was going.

Moral: Don’t overlook the obvious.

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November 16th, 2017 07:10:56

Gentile Nurses on the Islands of the Sea

November 16th, 2017 by G.

In the Isaiah chapters, Nephi quotes Isaiah offering reassurance to those of Israel scattered on the islands of the sea, and says that gentile kings and queens will be their nursing fathers and mothers.

Nephi interprets this in a way that seems to be about modern times and the descendants of the Lamanites.

It occurs to me that a more natural explanation would be local populations in the Promised Land aiding the Nephites and the Lamanites and welcoming them in.

For example, there is the speculation that the Mulekites were not Mulekites.  If so, they would be a classic example of fulfillment of the prophecy.

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November 16th, 2017 06:34:22

Mansfields in the Fall

November 16th, 2017 by John Mansfield

In case you ever wondered what that looks like . . . (more…)

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November 16th, 2017 05:42:40

“Here I AM,” God Thundered Subtly

November 15th, 2017 by G.

Some Book of Mormon thoughts.

The Sign is too Big for Me to See It

After another of his inevitable wrangles with his brothers, the Lord tells Nephi that they will receive a sign of Jerusalem’s destruction.  The sign will be arriving in the promised land.  It made me realize that while many of God’s interactions with us are too subtle for the unwilling mind, a great many evidences of Him are just too obvious to be noticed.

How do we know that Jerusalem was really destroyed?

Well, here we are, aren’t we?

But, no, the facts as they are are just “how things have always been” or are “historically inevitable.”

Collapsing birth rates?  Nothing to worry about.

We have in front of us daily the experience of creation, of beauty, of the inner working of our soul, of meaning.  But those are too obvious. (more…)

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November 15th, 2017 07:04:24

Evolving missionary efforts. 

November 14th, 2017 by Bookslinger

In  recent years we’ve seen tweaks and changes to the church’s formal missionary efforts or program. (more…)

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November 14th, 2017 08:40:20

Music in Emptiness

November 14th, 2017 by G.

Vaughn, New Mexico « A Landing a Day

There are settings for music.  The best way I know to listen to music is while driving through the great empty.  Cheap music can become extremely powerful.  But baroque!  Baroque is overwhelming.

The greatest emptiness of all is at night with the stars.  (more…)

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November 14th, 2017 05:57:22

Change in Latitude

November 12th, 2017 by John Mansfield

Eleven years ago, we had arranged to spend Labor Day weekend at the beach, an end-of-summer recreation. A tropical storm arrived before we did and summer ended for us a little earlier than we had desired. Six years before that, we finished up three years living in Los Angeles just four miles from beaches that we enjoyed frequently year round. The muting of seasonal cues became stranger to my perception the longer I was there. I would strain to recollect milestones by which I could reckon the current month, much as I usually do to figure out the date of the month when a calendar is not at hand. A neighbor cut down a Norfolk pine, and I obtained a couple feet of the trunk to show the cub scouts its rings. It turned out that it didn’t have any distinct rings. Not even the trees of LA know what season it is. (more…)

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November 12th, 2017 05:48:28

Two Grooms

November 09th, 2017 by G.

Sides heaving, a spent horse staggered into a stable with two grooms.  One groom sprang to the horse’s side to care for it.  He dried and brushed and watered the horse before going to turn it back out to graze.  Meanwhile the other groom was nowhere to be seen.  Suddenly a shot rang out.

The other groom had killed the wolf which had chased the horse to the stable.

Moral: Help with the real needs.

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November 09th, 2017 06:30:19

Hypothetical Dialogue.

November 08th, 2017 by Bookslinger

Another in the prayer series. Following up from here and here.

Petitioner: Lord, may we/I please have X?  (more…)

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November 08th, 2017 21:06:06

That Great Pit

November 08th, 2017 by G.

That great pit which hath been digged shall be filled by those who digged it

-thus the angel of Nephi

How often the means and the ends are the same thing.

Those who seek godliness become godly in their seeking.

Those who seek to become worthy of power acquire and create power by their efforts to become worthy.

Those who seek to create and staff hell are in hell.

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November 08th, 2017 12:25:42

First 1 Nephi Thoughts

November 08th, 2017 by G.

Reading 1 Nephi like a story, using the old school chapters without verses, has jarred a lot of thoughts loose.

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November 08th, 2017 06:22:45

Atheist massacres Christians (again).

November 07th, 2017 by Bookslinger

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November 07th, 2017 09:54:35

Identity Needed

November 07th, 2017 by G.

I want to direct my remarks today to just a portion of this vast congregation. I want to speak to you who bear the great and noble titles of husband and father. I find myself greatly concerned with what I see around me. Man, woman, young adult, youth, and child—all groping to find their identity in a troubled world.

 

-thus L. Tom Perry

No one knows who they are.  Everybody is looking for an identity. (more…)

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November 07th, 2017 06:49:58