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Helpless as a Child

December 10th, 2014 by G.

Our Cub Scouts went caroling to an old folks home. The elderly people there were moved. It is remarkable, the power we have to affect each other. (more…)

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December 10th, 2014 11:00:59

Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper

October 06th, 2014 by Vader

As it was in the beginning, is now, and forever.   (more…)

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October 06th, 2014 12:10:59

The Power to Hurt God

October 01st, 2014 by G.

Bruce Charlton has written an essay that I regard as an instant classic. It treats what Mormonism reveals about the true depths and temptations of evil. It is the best kind of theology: deep without being difficult–fundamental–plain–simple. (more…)

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October 01st, 2014 09:36:50

Easter in Pictures and in Words

April 21st, 2014 by G.

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On the sweetness of Mormon life.

Easter Morning. You take family pictures under the Bradford Pear. Then you take more pictures after you remember to remove the hanging mosquito trap.

You go to church. You take the sacrament. A girl receives the gift of the Holy Ghost.

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April 21st, 2014 15:25:16

Easter Week

April 18th, 2014 by G.

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April 18th, 2014 10:39:14

Two Atonements

April 11th, 2014 by G.

There are two atonements.
Christ becomes one with us (salvation).
Then we become one with Christ (exaltation).

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April 11th, 2014 16:23:26

No Repentance without Punishment

March 28th, 2014 by G.

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March 28th, 2014 09:44:36

Free Will and Justice

December 31st, 2013 by G.

When Free Will looks in the mirror, it sees the pitiless face of Justice.

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December 31st, 2013 11:35:53

Silent Night 1914

December 24th, 2013 by G.

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Our ward Primary President introduced the singing of “Silent Night” this way: (more…)

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December 24th, 2013 09:37:02

Being a Mormon is Hard

November 04th, 2013 by G.

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Being a Mormon Christian is hard.  No one is very good at it. (more…)

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November 04th, 2013 12:06:31

Take Upon You the Name of Laban

August 28th, 2013 by G.

Masks for good and illAfter the requisite soul-searching and angst and all that, Nephi cut off Laban’s head, snicker-snack. He probably did not know at the time that he was setting up a type of Christ. (more…)

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August 28th, 2013 12:24:10

On Justice and Mercy.

June 11th, 2013 by Bookslinger

Worth repeating: a comment by Silver Rain:

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Justice isn’t ours. In fact, the very essence of forgiveness is handing our need for justice over to the Lord. Just as the Savior atoned for our sins and errors, He also atoned for the sins and errors of others. If we truly trust Him, we will find a way to allow Him to repay us whatever others owe us. Rather than expecting the Church to exact justice, which will only extend the misery this man has inflicted on your friend, taking advantage of the Atonement will free your friend from the shackles of this man’s sin. […]

If there are Church courts where justice is being exacted, I submit the men ministering those courts do not understand their purpose. Excommunication and disfellowshipping are not exacted under the law of justice, but of mercy. If people are not keeping the covenants they made, it is mercy which requires they be released from those covenants until and unless they have repented to the point where they are prepared to make them again.

Excommunication and disfellowshipping may feel like punishment (or justice, depending on perspective) but that is not their purpose. In my understanding, courts are instructed to refrain from exacting those consequences unless the Spirit confirms it is necessary for the individual to truly repent.

As far as watching an ex-spouse be sealed in the temple when an individual cannot, I can certainly understand the pain that would cause. But that loops back to trusting Jesus Christ, Alpha and Omega, to exact the amount of justice necessary and no more or no less. Demanding He judge in a certain way means that you do no[t] truly trust His wisdom and love for the perpetrator AND FOR YOU. I have full confidence that if my ex is ever welcomed back into the family of God, it will only be once he acknowledges the damage he has done and repented for it. Who can justly ask for more than that? My ex cannot undo the pain he has caused me, nor the damage he has done to my life. But that isn’t his job, even though he was the one who committed the sin in the first place. It is the Savior’s job, and I rely on Him to “pay” me what I am owed: to make it all right again.

Fortunately for us, the Savior rarely simply pays us back. In my experience, when He pays someone’s debts for them, it comes with more interest than I would have ever thought to ask for.

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June 11th, 2013 09:45:56

Women Are Dispensable

August 30th, 2012 by G.

Square Two has a response to Taylor Petrey’s attempt to imagine a Mormonism without the central Mormon doctrines of eternal marriage, descent, and ancestry. (more…)

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August 30th, 2012 13:40:46

Korihor and Terryl Givens vs. the Mormon Doctrine of Original Sin

February 17th, 2012 by G.

Why is it Korihor who preached against original sin? (more…)

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February 17th, 2012 12:59:43

And another one bites the dust.

February 11th, 2012 by Bookslinger

Billie Holiday, Judy GarlandJanis Joplin,  Jim Morrison, Elvis Presley, Margaux Hemingway*, Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse, Whitney HoustonOh, how the mighty have fallen. Oh, ye fair ones!

(*I was going to list just singers, but I had a crush on Margaux. She was just a few years older than I, and I loved how she didn’t pluck her eyebrows.)


My name’s Bookslinger, and I’m an alcoholic.  (“Hi Bookslinger!”)   It’s been 10 years since I’ve had a drink…

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February 11th, 2012 19:24:38