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The Rally will Come

December 06th, 2016 by G.

Who’s losing? asks Elder Ashton in the Saturday Morning session of the October 1974 General Conference. Answer: no one. We all will win if we will.

Proper attitude in this crisis-dominated world is a priceless possession. Never before is it more important for all of us to move forward with conviction. We may be behind, but we are not losing if we are moving in the right direction. God will not score our performances until the end of the journey. He who made us expects us to be victorious.

He who made us expects us to be victorious. (more…)

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December 06th, 2016 08:30:11

Bad Weather

December 05th, 2016 by G.

There is no such thing as bad weather. Only people badly dressed for the weather.

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December 05th, 2016 12:05:36

The Critical Crow

December 01st, 2016 by G.

An old horse was looking over the fence into a brushy field where some goat kids were frolicking.  A crow settled onto the fence next to him.

After a time, the horse observed, “They are so full of life, aren’t they?  It makes me feel young again.” (more…)

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December 01st, 2016 08:43:47

The Saints Together

November 30th, 2016 by G.

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…)

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November 30th, 2016 10:18:15

The Savior’s Program for the Care of the Aged

November 29th, 2016 by G.

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…)

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November 29th, 2016 08:30:46

On Being Moderately Evil

November 25th, 2016 by G.

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.

-thus Bruce Charlton. (more…)

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November 25th, 2016 06:10:21

Failson

November 23rd, 2016 by G.

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.”

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November 23rd, 2016 09:49:41

Repentance is the Shape of Things

November 23rd, 2016 by G.

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…)

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November 23rd, 2016 09:25:03

The charming eccentricities of a better elite

November 22nd, 2016 by Vader

Long gone.

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November 22nd, 2016 21:26:21

God is Now

November 22nd, 2016 by G.

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.

thus Elder Maxwell. (more…)

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November 22nd, 2016 07:37:44

The Artist as Patron

November 21st, 2016 by G.

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.

Image result for winston churchill painting

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November 21st, 2016 09:15:35

The metaphysics of opposition in all things

November 21st, 2016 by Bruce Charlton

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…)

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November 21st, 2016 07:45:16

Political progress

November 20th, 2016 by Vader

Republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotisms.

Aristotle (384-322 BC)

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November 20th, 2016 22:35:57

“Is that really me, or is this really me?”

November 19th, 2016 by Bookslinger

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November 19th, 2016 12:45:04

Thy will be done

November 17th, 2016 by Vader

[We] sense that there is a will that is behind all things, and we’re also aware of our own will, and it’s the distance between those two wills that creates the mystery that we call religion.

–Leonard Cohen

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November 17th, 2016 14:50:02