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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

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

“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

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

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

The Straightforward Reading of Lehi’s Vision

November 06th, 2017 by G.

Lehi's Vision. by mesinjah on DeviantArt

The straightforward reading of Lehi’s vision is that it is an allegory for himself and his descendants.  We don’t notice it only because we learn the spiritual interpretation of it right when we learn the dream, and because the spiritual interpretation is the one that Nephi first gives. (more…)

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November 06th, 2017 06:57:44

The Force of Polygamy

November 06th, 2017 by G.

There were three forces pushing the early Saints in the direction of polygamy.

  1.  Mormonism has a much weaker view of historical progress than mainstream Christianity.  They are comfortable with viewing the OT folks as pretty undeveloped and primitive in their notion.  But Mormonism is emphatically Restoration Christianity.  Our view has always been that the ancients knew Christ and the doctrines of salvation and many plain and precious truths that have been lost.  Mainstream Christianity could easily dismiss the OT fathers polygamy as a relic of barbarism.  But early Mormons had to take those gentry’s polygamy more seriously than that.
  2. There was a practical-theological problem.  More women converted than men.  That would be a practical problem whatever the theology.  But a theology emphasizing marriage as the ultimate goal makes the different numbers of men and women a theological problem also.  (I’m not saying that eternal marriage was taught before polygamy.  Just that having the one, along with the disparate numbers, creates a need for the other).
  3. Much more speculative here:  Testosterone levels seem to have been in decline among moderns for quite some time.  There is not a perfect correlation, but higher T levels seems to roughly equate with higher sex drive.  Further, the men among the early Saints would not have been circumcised, which also roughly correlates to a higher higher sex drive.  There are countervailing factors, of course–poor nutrition and physical exhaustion.  But whatever the levels of interest in sex, mainstream beliefs in that era that sex was for procreation only and that women did not or at least should not enjoy sex would make polygamy more attractive to a set of lusty fellows, and their contemporary apologetics for polygamy emphasize these kinds of points to an extent that is embarrassing for us their descendants.
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November 06th, 2017 06:37:58

Uterines, Seminists, and Genetons

November 06th, 2017 by G.

The love child of Confucius and Jonathan Swift tries to rectify  names by introducing sarcastic new ones.

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November 06th, 2017 06:08:30

More Reciprocal Virtues

November 03rd, 2017 by G.

Tact is a virtue.  We all know through experience that being on the receiving end of tact and taking it well is also a virtue.  A hard virtue, in fact.

I don’t know what this virtue is called, but if I find my statue in heaven’s halls of heroes when I arrive, the inscription on the base will probably read “he bore tact.”

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November 03rd, 2017 06:53:21

Lehi’s Firm Compassion

November 02nd, 2017 by G.

After Lehi’s boys went off to Jerusalem on their dangerous mission, Sariah, mother-like, started to imagine all that could go wrong.  She expressed her worry by attacking her husband.

For she had supposed that we had perished in the wilderness; and she also had complained against my father, telling him that he was a visionary man; saying:

Behold thou hast led us forth from the land of our inheritance, and my sons are no more, and we perish in the wilderness.

And after this manner of language had my mother complained against my father.

Lehi’s response is something we can learn from.

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November 02nd, 2017 06:30:12