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The Coyote in the Fold

September 15th, 2016 by G.

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A tiny flock of lambs and their guard llama were kept in a small, fenced pasture.  A coyote in the neighborhood hungered after the lambs and made it his business to find some means of effecting an entrance. (more…)

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September 15th, 2016 09:26:25

The Traveler at the Ford

September 14th, 2016 by G.

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A traveler on a long journey came to a ford.  Due to recent rains, the stream was swollen to a flood.  The traveler was perplexed to know what to do and exercised his mind for a solution. (more…)

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September 14th, 2016 08:30:34

The decline of the West

September 14th, 2016 by Vader

Continues.

His Majesty: “On the other hand, at least someone is still having children.”

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September 14th, 2016 07:56:59

Freedom from a Troubled Soul

September 13th, 2016 by G.

Certainly the day is here when, if we are to follow in his paths, we must take the weary, lonely, depressed, the troubled soul, and the gospel-hungry by the hand and lift and help.

-thus Marvin J. Ashton, from the Sunday morning session of the October 1973 General Conference.  He is referring to a episode where Jesus took a sick man by the hand and lifted him up. (more…)

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September 13th, 2016 07:30:04

Broadcast at the Stake Center

September 12th, 2016 by John Mansfield

Last night Elder Cook spoke to the young adults of the LDS Church. My two older sons attended the broadcast in our stake center. (more…)

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September 12th, 2016 13:20:54

Success and Failure

September 12th, 2016 by G.

By their fruits ye shall know them.

Knowing the fruits is easy enough at the extremes. Mitt Romney is rich, smart, handsome, blessed with many children & grandchildren, married lifelong, earnest, service-minded, possessed of character … those fruits are good. The malevolent, muttering, alcoholic bum you meet has bad fruits. (more…)

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September 12th, 2016 10:15:15

Is Today the first day of America’s spiritual awakening?

September 12th, 2016 by Bruce Charlton

Is Today the first day of the start of a potential spiritual awakening for the USA?

(In a sense analogous to the first day after the Brexit vote for the UK.)

In light of the breach of the dam of lies concerning HRC’s serious illness, it could be – and I argue why at my Notions blog:

https://charltonteaching.blogspot.co.uk/2016/09/the-point-of-inflexion-and-awakening.html

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September 12th, 2016 08:35:00

The Trickster God

September 12th, 2016 by MC

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The story of Adam and Eve, Mormonly understood, makes a mockery of the idea of salvation under the Law.

The standard Christian view is that Adam and Eve were given a strict commandment not to eat the fruit, the Serpent tricked them into eating it, so God in his anger cast them out of Eden. The Mormon view is that Adam and Eve were given two commandments which could not both be fulfilled, so one (don’t eat the fruit), had to give way to the higher one (multiply and replenish the Earth). Adam fell that men might be.

Elder Oaks explained, more clearly than I can ever hope to, the Mormon belief that what Adam and Eve did was a “transgression,” not a “sin”:

For reasons that have not been revealed, this transition, or “fall,” could not happen without a transgression—an exercise of moral agency amounting to a willful breaking of a law (see Moses 6:59). This would be a planned offense, a formality to serve an eternal purpose.

The obvious theological objection to our doctrine would be: “God is perfect and perfectly just, so why would he give a commandment knowing that it could not be fulfilled? How is that fair?” As Elder Oaks says, the need for such a transgression has never been fully explained, and I admit that this one used to bug me a little when I was younger. Eventually I shrugged it off; it was a one-off deal, so why think too hard about it?

Then I served a mission, got married, had kids, and realized that God gives impossible commandments all the time. (more…)

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September 12th, 2016 07:01:23

Puzzle

September 10th, 2016 by Bookslinger

What common saying is illustrated by this drawing?  (more…)

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September 10th, 2016 10:58:13

R.I.P. Phyllis Schlafly, 1924 – 2016.

September 10th, 2016 by Bookslinger

Bio at Wiki.

If the LDS church had a “Righteous Among the Gentiles(Nations)” award, she would receive it.

Ok, so it’s not a perfect parallel/analogy.  But, dang, you have to admire the woman for her tireless defense of womanhood, motherhood, unborn life, family values, and for correctly understanding (and predicting) and opposing the forces of communism, and international leftism/progressivism. She saw what was happening before most others did, and relentlessly sounded the warning bells.

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September 10th, 2016 10:12:01

R.I.P. Gary Paxton, producer of “Monster Mash”

September 10th, 2016 by Bookslinger

1939 – 2016. Bio at Wiki.

He later became a gospel singer, but still had a knack for novelty songs such as “When I Die, Just Bury Me at Walmart“.

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September 10th, 2016 09:57:32

September

September 09th, 2016 by G.

Summer ends now; now, barbarous in beauty, the
Stooks arise
Around; up above, what wind-walks! what
lovely behavior
Of silk-sack clouds! Has wilder, willful-waiver
Meal-drift molded ever and melted across skies?

-thus Gerard Manley Hopkins.

 

Stooks are shocks.

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September 09th, 2016 11:31:34

North Korea doing its Part toward Non-Proliferation

September 09th, 2016 by John Mansfield

It’s been my impression that it is the policy of North Korea to scrape together all the loose fissionable material to found around the world, and when they have enough scrounged up for a critical mass, to make it into a bomb and blow it up. This seems like a useful service to the world. The interval between bombs had been three years (2006, 2009, 2012, 2016), but the latest came less than a year after the previous and released a larger yield.

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September 09th, 2016 07:20:40

Righteous Pride

September 08th, 2016 by G.

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Glory is merited praise. Glory is the love we offer God, that He deserves.  Glory is also the love God offers us because of what we have done.  “This is my Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”  Glory is conditional love, as opposed to unconditional love.  God offers both.

Glory is righteous pride. (more…)

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September 08th, 2016 11:13:02

Greener Grass

September 07th, 2016 by G.

Some young cattle were boasting about their exploits to each other. One mentioned that she had snuck into the neighboring pasture and mentioned how green the grass had been there. A parrot heard. Later the parrot told another cow, “did you know the grass is greener on the other side of the fence?” “My, how interesting,” the cow replied, and went back to grazing. She later mentioned it to another member of the herd in off-hand conversation.  Between parrot chatter and the lighter talk of the cattle, soon it was a common, casual belief among the herd that the grass was greener in the other pasture. The animals’ behavior, however, was barely affected. They continued to graze as before. (more…)

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September 07th, 2016 06:18:20