Junior Ganymede
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November 30th, 2017 by Pecos Bill

“Dog Bites Man.” T’aint no story.

“Dog Shoots Man.” … Wait, what?

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November 30th, 2017 18:05:41

Books vs. Records

November 30th, 2017 by G.

The Bible is a bunch of different records made into a book.  So is the Book of Mormon–it tells us itself.

What difference does assembling records into a book make?  It means the parts should add up to a whole.  We should read the different parts of the book as in agreement with each other.  We should see a theme or a narrative that ties them all together.

Can Zappos Bulldoze The Brick-And-Mortar Shopping Model?


A pile of bricks is just a pile, but bricks mortared together better be something.

We keep a lot of records in the Church.  This is by commandment.  (more…)

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November 30th, 2017 06:36:55

Success is Dynastic

November 29th, 2017 by G.

Roots to Now | Family Tree Tracking from Fatherhood Poetic

By their fruits shall ye know them.  One point of this scriptural acid test is to point us towards the future and permanent effects of what we do and say.  Fruits are the future of a tree.  Fruits are posterity.  And fruits come over and over again.

Does it last (or is it capable of being incorporated into and leading into something meaningful and lasting?)  Does it endure?  If not, it is not of God. (more…)

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November 29th, 2017 06:58:48

Accumulated Testimonies

November 28th, 2017 by G.

Mostly the General Authorities close their talks with testimony.  The testimonies are never novel.  But they are not rote, nor the least important part of the talks.  The best message from a General Conference may simply be the accumulation of testimony.

Consider for example the Saturday afternoon session of the April 1978 General Conference, which I did not select because the testimonies stood out to me.  It was merely the next conference on the schedule.  Here are the testimonies from it. (more…)

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November 28th, 2017 07:30:17

Glory and Gratitude

November 27th, 2017 by G.

Live in Thanksgiving always. – Alma 34:38

Glory is the reciprocal of gratitude.


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November 27th, 2017 06:53:42

Beth Moore, airport, hairbrush.

November 26th, 2017 by Bookslinger

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November 26th, 2017 19:00:25

Whither the Sociality?  Part 2.

November 24th, 2017 by Bookslinger

(Part 1 here.)  I found this book in the $.75 bin at Goodwill.  This Land of Strangers: The Relationship Crisis That Imperils Home, Work, Politics, and Faith.   By Robert E. Hall.  $17.50 new at Amazon.  $6 used, including shipping. (G.: pray about whether you should get this.  I’m going to give this to our EQ president.)

Chapters one through ten describe the problem.  Chapters 11 and 12 describe, in general terms, what some organizations are doing.  Chapter 13 describes, in very general terms, what can be done, or should be done.

If you already understand how human relationships — family, work, faith, politics — have gone to heck in our society, you can skip directly to chapter 11, or to chapter 13 if you want the distillation of it all.  (G: go right to chapter 13.) (more…)

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November 24th, 2017 22:13:47

Fight global warming.

November 24th, 2017 by Screwtape

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November 24th, 2017 16:29:59

The Gods We Know

November 22nd, 2017 by G.

There is an object of wonder. It is vast, complex, and heart-stoppingly beautiful. It is miraculous. It was created by the very God of GodsHimself. It is ever in His thoughts.

But this creation, lovely and holy beyond words, now fades into the background. It now becomes the setting for even greater beings, so much greater that this ineffable object is only worthy, barely, to be their stage.

On this object, this creation, three Gods meet. (more…)

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November 22nd, 2017 12:17:30

Some Thanksgiving advice

November 21st, 2017 by Vader

From His Majesty.

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November 21st, 2017 19:22:31

Neal A. Maxwell on Women

November 21st, 2017 by G.

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November 21st, 2017 06:53:37

The Burning Glory of Meaning

November 21st, 2017 by The Junior Ganymede

Meaning has been a theme on the winds the last few years.


The great danger of modern society is not so much that it pushes us toward evil—though it does—but that it sucks us into its unreflective, myopic, consumerist frame.  The popular understanding is that this is “bad because it leads us to sin,” but now I understand that blinding us is one of the primary aims, not merely a tactic. 


How much meaning do small events carry?   Is a chance encounter on a train foreordained, or simply one in a random stream of events?  Is there such a thing as coincidence?   And here is the real question: which do we hope, and why?


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November 21st, 2017 06:39:09

Shocking the Youth

November 20th, 2017 by G.


How much of that stuff about youth rebellion and kids loving to shock their parents is myth?

The shock at least I have found to be the other way around.  It is easy as easy to shock youth, and just about that much fun. (more…)

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November 20th, 2017 06:43:22

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