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The Sins of Authenticity

October 04th, 2017 by G.

Authenticity is integrity with the element of time irrationally and wickedly stripped off.  The honest seed sprouts and flowers.  The authentic seed falls on stony ground and stays a seed, then a withered caricature of a seed, then a husk.  Authenticity is death.

In Mormon terms, where damnation means the cessation of progress, authenticity is damnation.


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October 04th, 2017 05:38:59

Social Media in General Conference

October 03rd, 2017 by G.


This post summarizes each General Conference talk which touched on social media use.  It’s based on the notes of a father with lots of children, who was also ironing shirts and shelling pecans during a few sessions, so please suggest corrections and additions in the comments. (more…)

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October 03rd, 2017 07:30:03

General Conference, October 2017

October 02nd, 2017 by G.

Please post your thoughts and what your observed, either in the comments here or as a new post. (more…)

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October 02nd, 2017 06:00:19

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

Semitic Immigrants

April 04th, 2017 by G.

Brother Cordon’s Step 3 talk also had some implied insight into the setting of the Book of Mormon. (more…)

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April 04th, 2017 20:23:55

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

A Prophetic Injunction. April 2, 2017.

April 03rd, 2017 by Bookslinger

My ears perked up at this:

“If you’re not reading the Book of Mormon each day, please do so.”

At 1:22 in.


What…?   You wanted him to say “Thus saith the Lord”?

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April 03rd, 2017 11:55:04

April 2017 General Conference and Youth Leadership

April 02nd, 2017 by G.

General Conference yesterday was great. Check out Elder Sabin’s talk if you missed. Inspiring and funny. Looking forward to more today.

Something I noticed yesterday was how the gospel synthesizes modern liberalism and conservatism in some ways. For instance, liberalism tells us that youth is great because revolution, the future, reject the dead hand of the past, etc. And because liberalism is all about the latest thing and jumping on fashion trends. Conservatism counsels order, hierarchy, respect for age and wisdom, waiting your turn.

Meanwhile, Elder Brough(?) talked about letting youth lead as much as possible, even though they would be worse at it, because they need the growth.

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April 02nd, 2017 09:10:41

Fitly Framed

January 03rd, 2017 by G.

The full gospel is very full.


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January 03rd, 2017 08:30:57

A New Aristocracy

December 13th, 2016 by G.

How can you not check out a general conference talk titled “The New Aristocracy“? (Saturday morning, October 1974, Elder Faust).

It did not disappoint.


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December 13th, 2016 08:28:27

The Rally will Come

December 06th, 2016 by G.

Who’s losing? asks Elder Ashton in the Saturday Morning session of the October 1974 General Conference. Answer: no one. We all will win if we will.

Proper attitude in this crisis-dominated world is a priceless possession. Never before is it more important for all of us to move forward with conviction. We may be behind, but we are not losing if we are moving in the right direction. God will not score our performances until the end of the journey. He who made us expects us to be victorious.

He who made us expects us to be victorious. (more…)

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December 06th, 2016 08:30:11

The Savior’s Program for the Care of the Aged

November 29th, 2016 by G.

Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone spoke on helping the old at the Friday afternoon session of the April 1974 General Conference. It was a very Mormon talk. It had throat-catching personal stuff, and a little chastisement, and some practical programmatic advice. I loved it. I love the Saints and the way they are.

Two things caught my eye. (more…)

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November 29th, 2016 08:30:46

God is Now

November 22nd, 2016 by G.

President Hunter taught that faith and testimony are steps towards experiencing the presence of God . . . in this life.  No need to wait.

He is right.

Those who have seen the face of Christ in mortality are blessed, not because they have seen the face of Christ in mortality, but because they have seen the face of Christ.

My brothers and sisters, I should like to speak of and to a particular group of important individuals. These are they who fully intend, someday, to begin to believe and/or to be active in the Church. But not yet! These are not bad individuals, but good individuals who simply do not know how much better they could be. Such individuals often stay proximate to—but do not participate fully in—the Church. They will not come inside the chapel, but neither do they leave its porch. These are they who need and are needed by the Church, but who, in part, “live without God in the world.”

To such individuals, in the brief, imploring invitation which follows, be assured there is a real craving for your companionship and a genuine need for your unique strengths.

thus Elder Maxwell. (more…)

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November 22nd, 2016 07:37:44

A Wife for All Seasons

November 15th, 2016 by G.

Sunday afternoon, April 1974 General Conference. Elder Maxwell’s first talk. I read it expecting his typical verbal kinesthetics.

Instead, I reverently stopped at this phrase:

Appreciation for a splendid woman, Colleen, a wife for all seasons, who has made our home a haven.

A wife for all seasons. (more…)

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November 15th, 2016 08:30:33

Covering Others with Your Shield

November 08th, 2016 by G.

We were dressed in our home each morning, not only with hats and raincoats and boots to protect us from physical storm, but even more carefully our parents dressed us each day in the armor of God. As we would kneel in family prayer and listen to our father, a bearer of the priesthood, pour out his soul to the Lord for the protection of his family against the fiery darts of the wicked, one more layer was added to our shield of faith. While our shield was being made strong, theirs was always available, for they were available and we knew it.

-thus Elder Perry. (more…)

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November 08th, 2016 07:30:31