Friday morning you show up three hours from your home in the New Mexican city to visit your brother and his family. You realize you don’t know the address of his new home and don’t have directions. You also realize that you forgot to bring your phone with you. (more…)
I spent the Thanksgiving weekend in the home of a relative who became, in the course of his four years as a medical student at the University of Michigan, a Michigan football fan. Michigan’s series with Ohio State goes back to 1897, has been played annually since 1918, and it has been played in November as the teams’ last regular season game since 1935.
This year’s game was a great one. The Wolverines arrived in Columbus with a 10-1 record and ranked #3 in national playoff standings. The Buckeyes were also 10-1 and ranked #2. Attendance was a stadium record 110,045, and it was this season’s most-watched college football game on television. Ohio State won in double overtime 30-27. What a great weekend to enjoy being a Buckeye!
Then, two mornings later . . . eleven people “including at least one faculty member, one staff member and seven students” were sent to hospitals for treatment of injuries inflicted upon them by a student who was shot dead by a policeman to stop the student’s attack. Celebrate while you may, for it may not fit tomorrow’s mood.
Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone spoke on helping the old at the Friday afternoon session of the April 1974 General Conference. It was a very Mormon talk. It had throat-catching personal stuff, and a little chastisement, and some practical programmatic advice. I loved it. I love the Saints and the way they are.
Two things caught my eye. (more…)
Up into 2010 I was trying to be reasonable. Why? Well, one does, doesn’t one?
But what counts as reasonable depends on the system; as as I became more aware of the system I realised that being reasonable in an insane, suicidal system of inverted-Good was, actually, participating in evil.
A young man worked a menial job and spent the rest of his time holed up in his room in his parents’ house, where he spent all his time playing video games and masturbating to porn videos.
“I am an atheist,” he said. “Because obviously life is meaningless.”
The Atonement is basic. It is to the universe what the fundamental particles are to that subset of the universe we call physics. Christ is the foundation stone in part because his atonement is part of what makes the universe what it is. The cross is the Big Bang. (more…)
President Hunter taught that faith and testimony are steps towards experiencing the presence of God . . . in this life. No need to wait.
He is right.
Those who have seen the face of Christ in mortality are blessed, not because they have seen the face of Christ in mortality, but because they have seen the face of Christ.
My brothers and sisters, I should like to speak of and to a particular group of important individuals. These are they who fully intend, someday, to begin to believe and/or to be active in the Church. But not yet! These are not bad individuals, but good individuals who simply do not know how much better they could be. Such individuals often stay proximate to—but do not participate fully in—the Church. They will not come inside the chapel, but neither do they leave its porch. These are they who need and are needed by the Church, but who, in part, “live without God in the world.”
To such individuals, in the brief, imploring invitation which follows, be assured there is a real craving for your companionship and a genuine need for your unique strengths.
Artists are patrons nowadays.
There are exceptions, to be sure. Writers can still make money doing good stuff. Some movie makers too. But official architecture and official painting and sculpture are bad, and classical music and theater are isolated to a few larger cities.
Most of the decent art I have seen was done as a sideline and often donated.
Most of the created beauty I have seen was done as a labor of love.
It seems the artist is the patron. His largesse is beauty.
The phrase Opposition in all Things from the Book of Mormon (2 Nephi 2:11) is generally taken to apply to moral development – and the necessity for opposition from Life if people are to experience, learn and progress spiritually.
But I think it is linked also with the underlying metaphysical basis of Mormonism, which is ‘evolutionary’ in contrast with the world view of Classical Theology; and in particular with the unique doctrine that the highest form of spiritual progression – full deity – is only possible for the ‘dyad’ of a man and a woman joined (complementary but not fused – united but separate selves) in celestial marriage. (more…)
A doubting anesthesiologist has an out-of-body experience while he was undergoing surgery. [Link updated, per suggestion.]
Kris Bryant, the 2016 National League MVP, is a native son of Las Vegas, born in 1992. As is the 2015 NL MVP, Bryce Harper. I am not aware of a third 24-year-old Las Vegan playing in major league baseball.