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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

That Kind of Trust

September 12th, 2017 by G.

... Christ: Do you know the way to Emmaus? - The United Methodist Church

Elder Packer refers to “that kind of trust which makes it possible to talk of serious, even sacred things.” (more…)

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September 12th, 2017 07:30:29

The Labor of Love

August 15th, 2017 by G.

A man just moved into the ward.  26-foot trailer, second-story apartment.  Eight men showed up ranging from 14 to 60 and we had it unloaded in 1 hour and 15 minutes.  It was hard work.  It was also fun work.  We did a lot of chatting with the new guy about who he was and what his life was about.  And we did a lot of joshing each other.  One guy came straight from his work at a gym and was still wearing his tight little exercise shorts, so he came in for his fair share.  It was all good natured.  Work was done with brotherly love.

That was President Kimball’s theme at one of the Church’s welfare conferences, back in October 1976.  Labor, and love.  Charity is a thing of the spirit, and like all things of the spirit, for true happiness it needs flesh.  Work is that flesh. (more…)

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August 15th, 2017 06:45:38

Collective Covenants

August 01st, 2017 by G.

“We are a covenant-making people,” said Brother Joseph Andersen at the Sunday morning session of the October 1976 General Conference.

He talked about the national covenant that Israel made with God, and then the individual covenants we make now. Quite a contrast! Are there no more collective covenants outside of marriage? It would be interesting to read the D&C looking for promises made to and expected from the Church as a whole. Does our country have an implied covenant of some kind? (more…)

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August 01st, 2017 07:05:29

They the Builders of the Nation

July 04th, 2017 by G.

At one of the bicentennial general conferences, President Benson was full of the red, white, and blue . . . and the beehive.

I pay fervent tribute to the forebears who made this possible—the Founding Fathers of this republic and our Mormon pioneers. I pay tribute to their faithful deeds, their noble lives, and their lasting lessons of faith in God, courage, industry, self-reliance, and integrity.

My emphasis.  We Mormons are the heirs of a twice-founded nation.

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And to a surprising extent, President Benson seemed to see the American founding as more of a moral and spiritual founding, like the Pioneer one. (more…)

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July 04th, 2017 07:30:27

Are We There Yet?

June 27th, 2017 by G.


Now may I speak, not to the slackers in the Kingdom, but to those who carry their own load and more; not to those lulled into false security, but to those buffeted by false insecurity, who, though laboring devotedly in the Kingdom, have recurring feelings of falling forever short.

Earlier disciples who heard Jesus preach some exacting doctrines were also anxious and said, “Who then can be saved?” (Mark 10:26.)

The first thing to be said of this feeling of inadequacy is that it is normal. There is no way the Church can honestly describe where we must yet go and what we must yet do without creating a sense of immense distance.

-thus Elder Maxwell. (more…)

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June 27th, 2017 07:30:57

Family Preparedness

June 20th, 2017 by G.

Reading an old Welfare session of General Conference is an interesting experience. It’s very temporal and in a petit bourgeois way. Class instincts you didn’t even know you had rebel.

So it was a relief to see a talk by Spencer W. Kimball about “Family Preparedness.” At last, something about strengthening the family, instead of about food storage! (more…)

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June 20th, 2017 07:12:41

The Grace of Consequences

May 31st, 2017 by G.

There’s a talk by L. Tom Perry in the Sunday afternoon session of the April 1976 general conference that anyone who is interested in our recent posts on freedom and agency should also be interested in. We’ve been saying that consequences are keys to agency. No consequences, no agency. Brother Perry taught that too, but as one having authority.

Brother Perry spends a lot of time talking about the orderliness of creation and the predictability of divine law, without which meaningful choice of meaningful consequences would be impossible. He teaches that our choices ultimately have to be anchored or oriented towards that divine order, because it is only that order that makes them possible in the first place. To choose against that order is to embrace self-contradiction.

Here’s a line relevant to some of our recent discussions on educating for freedom:

Because all that they would ever need had been supplied them, it was now possible to hold them accountable for their mortal performance.

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May 31st, 2017 07:30:17

The Honest Man

May 23rd, 2017 by G.

More and more, honesty is not a virtue our society prizes but fails to live.  More and more, it is a virtue that we reject as for dupes.  And more and more, it is.

What I failed to realize when I was younger is that honesty is a societal virtue.  It is a virtue whose purpose and sense is in relation to society at large. (more…)

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May 23rd, 2017 07:30:10

Communication beyond Words

April 25th, 2017 by G.

There is a form of communication that transcends the power of words

thus Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin

All that is best transcends the power of words. All that is best goes beyond our descriptions of it. There is always a remainder.

But just as the body can be a vessel for a spirit, words can be a vessel for that which transcends words.

Other Posts from the Sunday Afternoon session of the October 1975 General Conference

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April 25th, 2017 07:30:01

Congratulatory Criticism

April 18th, 2017 by G.

There is something deeply difficult, deeply right, and deeply Mormon about being very pleased with what people are doing but encouraging them to do better still.

God bless all of you who are deeply engaged in this program. And if it isn’t quite up to par, bring it there, will you?—in every ward and branch and stake and mission. And let us come nearer to the accomplishment of what the Lord has given us to do.

-thus President Kimball.

I might say the same for all of you.  You can do better, but you guys are great.

Other Posts from the Welfare Session of the October 1975 General Conference

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April 18th, 2017 07:38:56

Step 3 General Conference

April 04th, 2017 by G.

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I was looking for Step 3 insights at General Conference. Boy did I find them.



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April 04th, 2017 07:30:24

Literal Selflessness

March 07th, 2017 by G.

The gospel has a universal message.  Breathtakingly universal.

Here is the opener from a First Presidency proclamation that Elder Benson read out in conference:


To all the Kings of the World;

To the President of the United States of America;

To the Governors of the several States;

And to the Rulers and People of all Nations:

The message goes on to say that the church and the priesthood are for all of them. (more…)

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March 07th, 2017 08:30:56

The Laborer is Labored Upon

February 28th, 2017 by G.

President Kimball gave a very President Kimball talk at the Friday morning session of the October 1975 general conference.  It was titled “the Time to Labor is Now,” and it was all about cleaning up your place, planting some fruit trees, and eating a little food that you had grown with your own hands.  The talk is the boiled down essence of one of the distinctive facets of Mormonism.  Reading it is like a free tour to a cultural monument. (more…)

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February 28th, 2017 07:54:16

Real Christianity is Contagious

February 21st, 2017 by G.

The way that can be said is not the true way.

Neal A. Maxwell is a mine.  Every sentence is a sermon.  (more…)

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February 21st, 2017 08:30:35