Junior Ganymede
We endeavor to give satisfaction

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

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

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

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