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The Journey isn’t Over Yet

January 15th, 2018 by Man SL

Sometimes we Mormons feel like we have all the answers and are just retreading the same old path.  (Or at least descriptions of all the answers.  “Prayer” and “study the scriptures” aren’t answers, they are just words.  Actual prayer and actual scripture study are answers.)

If so, we are only half right.  We may be retreading the same old path.  But that is not all the path there is.  If we prayed and study the scriptures, we would soon find ourselves beyond the fields we know. (more…)

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January 15th, 2018 10:28:27

Nothing Good is Ever Lost

January 15th, 2018 by G.

We had some excellent comments on the post about grief and loss when anything good slips into the past. (more…)

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January 15th, 2018 08:10:34

The Parable of the Repeated Judgment

January 12th, 2018 by The Junior Ganymede

Not so long ago, and not so far away, there was a judge. This judge was very wise, very fair. He feared God and tried his best to seek God’s help to work out people’s problems. People from all over would bring this judge their disagreements so that he could resolve them.

Then one day two women came to him with two babies. One of the babies was alive; one of the babies was dead. One of the women explained. These two women lived in the same house. Each them gave birth to a baby boy, within three days of each other. Nobody but the mothers could tell the babies apart. One night, one of the babies died. (more…)

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January 12th, 2018 12:31:04

Repentance Blesses Righteousness.

January 12th, 2018 by G.

I had a moment of illumination yesterday. Suppose you had a society where everyone took honesty and integrity extremely seriously. Suppose also that reputation mattered a lot in that society. Let us call this society the Victorians for convenience. (Whether the actual Victorians were that way, I can’t say). Once I got inside that society in my head, I instantly saw why the society might be pretty stiff and rigid. Because loose talk is dangerous, and therefore being too easily relaxed is dangerous, and being with bad or unknown companions in any but the most formal and correct setting is dangerous, because with a frivolous choice of words you could upend your whole life in a moment. In fact, I believe that is the plot to more than one Victorian novel I’ve read. (more…)

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January 12th, 2018 12:27:05

Your Body is not a Punishment

January 12th, 2018 by G.

The Masculinist sent out his latest letter yesterday. Good stuff. The gist is that men who are looking for marriage need to be both a good long-term prospect but also a good short-term prospect. He calls it Attraction + Investment. He contrasts it with the “Servant Leader” evangelical model which is all about how to be a good dad and husband but not at all about how to be a desirable dad and husband. Or about getting married in the first place. I think he’s on to something. I am a melancholy introverted intellectualish inoffensive Mormon guy, but I am and always have been about the cockiest punk of a melancholy introverted intellectualish inoffensive Mormon guy that can be imagined. And I ended up marrying just way way out of my league. This insight applies to both sexes, by the way. The G. daughters are solid, stable, compassionate people but they are also having their attention directed to matters of dress, grooming, fitness, and the small graces. Forever starts with Flirting or Eternity starts with Easy on the Eyes. (more…)

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January 12th, 2018 12:25:15

Song of the Sea

January 12th, 2018 by G.

We saw Song of the Sea. Bruce Charlton recommended it. It was a good family movie with fun art. The overall message was very Christian and Mormon and what I like to call anti-Buddhist. The message was that pain and sorrow are part of the deal and are worth it.

The same folks apparently made The Book of Kells. Anyone seen it? I’m interested in recommendations.

We followed up by watching the Incredibles again. We haven’t seen it in 5 years. What a movie. Just tremendous. Then we watched the trailer for the next. Reserving judgment, but Incredibles 2 looks like it will be pretty bad.

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January 12th, 2018 12:19:41

Here We Meet Upon this Road

January 11th, 2018 by G.

One of the missionaries in our ward said she really likes a Mormon group called the Nashville Tribute Band. Her favorite song was one called “Apostles“:

I could criticize the song, but it does have the strange power of cheap music.  And the song has a heck of a situation: a last meeting of the New Testament Apostles before they go out across the world never to see each other again. (more…)

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January 11th, 2018 07:11:54

Breaking News

January 10th, 2018 by G.

The Mormon Church is not responsible for increasing suicide rates among teens nationwide.  Or among whites nationwide.  Or for the high suicide rates in the high altitude states.

 

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January 10th, 2018 21:35:25

Glory, Glory

January 09th, 2018 by G.

The scriptures refer to glory more than they do to love.   But no one knows what glory is.

I have a perfectly usable definition.  Glory is deserving conditional love.  Glory contrasts with unconditional love and goes along with worship, awe, praise, honor, and excellence.  So far, so good.

But that definition of glory is like the Catholic definition of love as willing the good of another.  Very sensible and practical, cuts through a lot of hoo-hah, clearly in the right ballpark . . . but darn well lacking as a full description of the actual thing.   These definitions of love and glory are to actual love and glory as 565 nm wavelength emissions are to seeing green.

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January 09th, 2018 06:49:55

Feast and Famine

January 08th, 2018 by G.

God appears to Moses, and then when He leaves, the devil.

The devil appeared to Joseph Smith, and then God.

Feast, then famine.  Famine, then feast.

 

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January 08th, 2018 06:44:56

Not all of today’s kids are snowflakes.

January 07th, 2018 by Vader

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January 07th, 2018 16:36:31

Udderdentified Flying Objects

January 05th, 2018 by G.

 

Hard not to laugh at this ad.

 

Even harder not to laugh at myself. (more…)

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January 05th, 2018 13:13:53

Proscription

January 03rd, 2018 by Patrick Henry

The defining feature of late Republican Rome was prosecuting one’s enemies with crimes. The Republic ended when Caesar was refused immunity from prosecution and decided to take over instead.

The President just called for jailing Huma Abedin.

The Muller investigation looks more and more to be a concoction stemming from the actions of rogue bureaucrats and political opponents.

Ken Paxton.

Sad.

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January 03rd, 2018 14:31:06

Unsolicited Help with New Year’s Resolutions

January 03rd, 2018 by The Junior Ganymede

A new year – a blank canvas before us, new roads to explore, etc. How shall I waste my time this year? Here is something to think about. A few years ago, my brilliant brother came up with three classes of hobbies: creative, experiential, and consumptive. (Or maybe he got the idea elsewhere, but he is the one that told me about them.) I can explain more about it later if anyone is interested, but the gist is that, of all the ways one can spend their free time, creation is generally better than mere experience and experience and creation are better than mere consumption. I like to think that President Uchtdorf would agree – in October 2008, he urged the sisters of the Church to create things regularly. With that said, I am making a list of things to create this year, starting with stronger relationships with God and my family.

-Guest post from FotJG JRLinAZ

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January 03rd, 2018 12:25:06

President Monson Died Yesterday

January 03rd, 2018 by The Junior Ganymede

His warfare is over.

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January 03rd, 2018 12:21:55