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Embarrassed by the Gift

September 21st, 2017 by G.

I gave a friend a blessing last night.  The blessing was nothing but generic platitudes, like you could read in a horoscope.  (I am not saying the blessing was not inspired.  Platitudes are mostly what people need to hear.)

I was thinking it over.  I recall having given many blessings that were more specific and more miraculous in their content.  In a mild way, my lads, I am no Moses or Joseph Smith.  Even so, enough that it was obvious to those of us involved that the hand of God was in it.  I was trying to remember the details, but couldn’t.

Why?  I had not realized before, but a common feature of all the blessings I’ve given where some of the power of Godliness was present was embarrassment on my part.  I treated it like I would any other compliment and distanced myself from the whole thing.  After the strictest sect of our culture I lived a WASP.

I think some change of attitude is in order.  I need to exult a little more.

This may come as a bit of surprise to you, dear fellows, since I exult plenty on the blog.  And for those who know me in real life, too, since I have my turns of swaggering around cock-a-hoop, which is how I ended up with a wife far prettier than my merits.

But to that I say that the exultation I do here is not for myself and to the extent that it is, is something in the nature of practice and play.  And the real life swaggering is more than half a joke.

Cease to be more embarrassed than is needful.

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September 21st, 2017 06:41:36

Effort to Effortless

September 21st, 2017 by G.

Conversion is such that walking in love and glory requires a lot of conscious effort at first.  The default is to slip out of it, and in fact mostly we do.  We have to repent and summon up our resolve to get back in.

With time and experience, it becomes more natural.  It takes more effort to sin.  One has to work at it.

At some point, it becomes impossible to not walk in love and glory.  It is not only the  natural state.  It is the only state.

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September 21st, 2017 06:10:49

Can Christianity save the West? And which church?

September 19th, 2017 by Bookslinger

Bruce C has written of a need for return to basic/mere Christianity in his blog albionawakening.blogspot.com/ (more…)

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September 19th, 2017 17:56:53

Proud of Joseph

September 19th, 2017 by G.

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We are rightly proud of Joseph Smith.

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September 19th, 2017 07:26:06

Age

September 18th, 2017 by G.

Age is when even your embarrassing memories start to fade.

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September 18th, 2017 12:09:19

September Canyon

September 18th, 2017 by G.

On the sweetness of Southwest/American/Mormon life. (more…)

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September 18th, 2017 05:46:57

Bricks

September 18th, 2017 by G.

I can’t tell you the number of couples I have counseled who, when they are deeply hurt or even just deeply stressed, reach farther and farther into the past to find yet a bigger brick to throw through the window “pain” of their marriage. . . . [I]t is not right to go back and open up some ancient wound that the Son of God Himself died trying to heal.

-thus Elder Holland

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September 18th, 2017 05:13:44

Undocumented Renters

September 15th, 2017 by G.

No doubt they had begun to put down roots at the apartment, and were therefore justified in resisting removal from an apartment that Americans will not rent. As it happens, both also had reason to dread repatriation to their legal place of residence, as in that place both would be subject to persecution by officious busybodies wielding warrants for “robbery,” “theft,” and “non-payment of child support.”

Obviously, compassionate men and women will see them as dreamers and refugees

-from here

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September 15th, 2017 07:37:00

Big Google Brother

September 15th, 2017 by G.

Google skews search results in favor of hard left sites and tries to steer people away from even mainstream conservative sites. In our democracy, non-citizens are routinely registered to vote, there is growing evidence of ineligible voters voting, as we have documented here, and we use voting technology that we are not sure is secure or that we can even know is secure.

I am not surprised.

Antitrust now.

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September 15th, 2017 06:10:17

Air Quote Democracy

September 13th, 2017 by G.

In the monarchies, it was treason for the queen to dally.  The succession was of the utmost importance.

Similarly, in the Roman Republic, it was treason to propose a return to the monarchy.  They took their form of government seriously.

In our democracy, non-citizens are routinely registered to vote, there is growing evidence of ineligible voters voting, as we have documented here, and we use voting technology that we are not sure is secure or that we can even know is secure.

What are we doing about it? Not much. There is no sense of crisis.

Is there something uniquely defective about democracy, is our democracy dying, or do we only have an airquote democracy? I dunno.

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September 13th, 2017 10:08:28

Regret de Escalier

September 11th, 2017 by G.

It was one of those long traveling conversations that started with ‘what brings you to X?’ and ended up mostly on the biological roots of human nature.  The sexes, and status climbing, and chimp tribalism.  He was really interested in it.  Then I mentioned where I’d gone to school and that I’d been a missionary and he laughed and said he’d been a missionary too.  Then he looked at me narrowly and said he didn’t meet many LDS who believed in evolution.  I shrugged.  But from things he’d said, a prior reference to Jerry Coyne and other details, especially to the way he talked about evolution, I suddenly wondered if he had lost his faith.  The thought was a bit of shock to me, frankly, and my conversation stuttered out.

The thought crossed  my mind “tell him that Jerry Coyne is also a chimp,” but I hesitated, and then the routines of travel split us up.

I wish I had told him, “Jerry Coyne is also a chimp.”

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September 11th, 2017 06:34:25

RIP Jerry Pournelle

September 09th, 2017 by G.

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Sci-Fi author and man of parts Jerry Pournelle has passed away.  His books have given me many hours of pleasure.  A lot of my paper route money went to buying his books or anthologies at the used book store down the road from us.  He was my first introduction to Kipling.  I read the Gods of the Copybook Headings in one of his anthologies. (more…)

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September 09th, 2017 06:57:52

The Truth of Desire

September 08th, 2017 by G.

We have the kids’ beds all in one room, barracks- or ward-style, while we do some remodeling.  I was teasing my toddler and tickling her one afternoon when I heard one of my school-age daughters say, “Dad?” I turned and she had a huge grinning pleading expression on her face.  “Dad, would you tickle me too?” she said.  So I did.  It was a blast.

Become as a little child, the Savior said.  (more…)

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September 08th, 2017 06:03:56

The Navajo and the Englishwoman

September 07th, 2017 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life.

On your plane, a little behind and across from you, you see a Mormon missionary.  He looks American Indian.  His seatmate, from her accent, is a weatherbeaten Englishwoman.  He struggles to talk.  Can he have been so old-school in his tribe that he didn’t learn English until he was older, you wonder?  You can only pick up snippets of conversation, but you do hear him say that he has not seen his family for 2 years and later, very earnestly, that it was an honor to serve.

On exit, you fall in next to him.  He is Navajo.  He talks haltingly because he has spent two years in Peru without speaking a word of English.  He isn’t familiar with air ports so you point out where the baggage claim will be and explain that his family isn’t there at debarcation because they aren’t allowed, they will be further along.  You thank him for serving the Lord and leave him when you get to the family.  They are healthy and happy and numerous, all driven out the 3 hours from Window Rock.

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September 07th, 2017 06:39:06

The Full Rigors of Compassion and Love

September 04th, 2017 by G.

In the city of Ammonihah an informal cabal of knowledge workers (lawyers and judges) ruled.  They believed in a heresy that, from the details of Zeezrom’s dispute with Alma and Amulek, strongly rejected the notion that men needed to repent of sin to be saved.  They taught a more comfortable doctrine, it appears.

Some listened, but the city principally became angry, accusing Alma and Amulek of ‘reviling’ against them.  Offensive speech, in other words.

And the city burned the scriptures, literally cast out some believers (throwing stones at them) and burned others to death.  In prison, they mocked and beat and bit and spit on Alma and Amulek because of their inhuman and unkind doctrine of believing in damnation.

They loved kindness and kind words so much that they reviled and beat and killed anyone who spoke harsh ones.  Such was the depth of their compassion.

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September 04th, 2017 06:54:43