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Family, covenants, and battles

January 22nd, 2018 by JRL in AZ

Looking over my noisy brood at church yesterday, these verses came to my mind:

And now remember, my son, that God has entrusted you with these things, which are sacred, which he has kept sacred, and also which he will keep and preserve for a wise purpose in him, that he may show forth his power unto future generations.

And now behold, I tell you by the spirit of prophecy, that if ye transgress the commandments of God, behold, these things which are sacred shall be taken away from you by the power of God, and ye shall be delivered up unto Satan, that he may sift you as chaff before the wind.

But if ye keep the commandments of God, and do with these things which are sacred according to that which the Lord doth command you, (for you must appeal unto the Lord for all things whatsoever ye must do with them) behold, no power of earth or hell can take them from you, for God is powerful to the fulfilling of all his words.

Alma 37:14-16. Powerful encouragement indeed.

After church, my wife shared a talk that she heard in another ward in which the speaker used these verses and applied them to parents:

And it came to pass that when the men of Moroni saw the fierceness and the anger of the Lamanites, they were about to shrink and flee from them. And Moroni, perceiving their intent, sent forth and inspired their hearts with these thoughts—yea, the thoughts of their lands, their liberty, yea, their freedom from bondage.

And it came to pass that they turned upon the Lamanites, and they cried with one voice unto the Lord their God, for their liberty and their freedom from bondage.

And they began to stand against the Lamanites with power; and in that selfsame hour that they cried unto the Lord for their freedom, the Lamanites began to flee before them; and they fled even to the waters of Sidon.

Alma 43:48-50. And I thought, “The battle is joined! I’m the Daddy!”

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Not all of today’s kids are snowflakes.

January 07th, 2018 by Vader

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Notes towards a definition of freedom, part 4

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In the previous posts of this series, I developed a definition of freedom as the ability to make meaningful and consequential decisions; briefly discussed the three key concepts in this definition (ability, meaningfulness, and consequence); and described liberty as the set of social constructs we erect to sustain freedom.

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You go, brother

March 20th, 2017 by Vader

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Making babies is not only fun

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It’s also a good idea.

What is remarkable is that Caplan is an atheist.

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The Case Against Man Caves

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Like father, like son.

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I didn’t become the kind of man my father was in his workplace or in the community.  I became the kind of man he was at home.   I’m not talking about smoking, but this illustrates.

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July 04th, 2015 14:27:07

Mea culpa

July 02nd, 2015 by The Junior Ganymede

The Junior Ganymede welcomes this guest post by Kent G. Budge.

My reaction to the SCOTUS decision on gay marriage has been decidedly mixed. By that I mean that I’ve experienced a broad range of emotions over it, none of them positive.

One emotion I haven’t experienced is surprise. We all knew this was coming, and those few of us who professed optimism that the Court might yet rule in favor of the states, or at least rule very narrowly against the states, struck me as whistling furiously in the dark.

However, one emotion I have found myself experiencing, which I did not expect, is remorse.

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July 02nd, 2015 21:10:07

The Tree of Our Life: Juxtapositions IX

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From Alma’s sermon on faith: (more…)

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February 06th, 2015 09:59:29

Communities

January 26th, 2015 by Vader

Real communities involve extended networks of trust and goodwill. Fake communities have regulations, fees, subsidies, and checklists.

— Jonah Goldberg

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January 26th, 2015 12:10:29

Whiplash

January 23rd, 2015 by MC

A few nights ago, in the sleepy haze that follows nightly prayer but precedes full unconsciousness, Mrs. MC and I discussed how we discipline our kids, what we might change, etc. Nowadays, no right-thinking parent ever defends corporal punishment, even if they sometimes practice it. It’s time outs, privileges withheld, that’s it.  (more…)

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Spotted on Facebook

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Who’s Your Ingroup, Anyway?

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Meg Stout gives a plausible explanation of when dissent warrants expulsion from the Church, and when it doesn’t. It’s true that the women’s organization “Give Us The Priesthood Or We’re Telling The NY Times” (that was the name, right?) was “tone-deaf when it comes to Mormon culture but in tune with world media.” They certainly seemed to come from a much more alien value system than some of the subtler snakes in the grass, who dress and talk like Mormons, so much that they seem almost like the real thing. But I think it’s even simpler than even that. (more…)

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“Large families, large houses, traditional role models, and single incomes”

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Those words would be as good an answer as I could give to the question originally addressed to Conan the Barbarian: “What is best in life?”

But they’re actually taken from this passage: (more…)

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The Feast Day of St. Demography

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June 27th, 2014 13:05:45