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A Feast of Christmas

December 19th, 2014 by G.

Wise men

Enjoy these goodies. (more…)

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December 19th, 2014 08:35:15

Spiritual Blessings of the Temple

December 12th, 2014 by G.

There was a remarkable passage in one of the talks from Women’s Conference:

Some years ago our family encountered a major challenge. I went to the temple and there prayed earnestly for help. I was given a moment of truth. I received a clear impression of my weaknesses, and I was shocked. In that spiritually instructive moment, I saw a prideful woman doing things her own way, not necessarily the Lord’s way, and privately taking credit for any so-called accomplishment. I knew I was looking at myself. I cried out in my heart to Heavenly Father and said, “I don’t want to be that woman, but how do I change?”

Through the pure spirit of revelation in the temple, I was taught of my utter need for a Redeemer. I turned immediately to the Savior Jesus Christ in my thoughts and felt my anguish melt away and a great hope spring up in my heart

-Sister Neill Marriott (worth watching on video. In text you’ll miss the full charm of her Texan).

The pain that comes from being judged by God is better than the pleasure of high self-esteem, and much more fruitful. As the Sith Lord said, “Life in the absence of an Examiner is meaningless.”

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December 12th, 2014 07:45:35

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

Who’s Your Ingroup, Anyway?

December 09th, 2014 by MC

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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December 09th, 2014 01:34:08

Destiny is Deity

December 08th, 2014 by Man SL

Bruce Charlton points out that a lot of what people believe that feeds their inner life, like destiny, are implicitly beliefs in a God who knows us:

Such a person’s next step ought to be to understand, to find out more about, this personal god in which they already believe.
 

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December 08th, 2014 09:00:15

How Can Anything Be Meaningful?

December 05th, 2014 by G.

How-To-Be-A-Deep-ThinkerWhat are the minimum conditions for meaning? Meaning is one of the basics of life, so it sounds like an obvious question to ask and an easy question to answer. It is both. But it is rarely asked. (more…)

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December 05th, 2014 10:42:29

Let’s Get Genderal, Gendered Lady

December 03rd, 2014 by G.

I’m probably the last person to realize that the word sex, meaning copulation, originally came from sex, meaning man and woman. (more…)

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December 03rd, 2014 14:49:46

The Two Great Commandments and the Father of Souls

December 02nd, 2014 by G.

Bruce Charlton had a very interesting insight into the Mormon belief that God the Father literally begot our spirits in some way:

It is by being children of God that we enter relationship with Him (and Mother in Heaven) – this makes us siblings in a divine family; then by being born to a human father and mother we are related in overlapping human families (which are intended to persist eternally). I think this corresponds to the two great commandments – …thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

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December 02nd, 2014 11:30:34

Family Ordinances

December 01st, 2014 by G.

We blessed our daughter yesterday.  I pulled up the ordinance instructions on my phone just before to make sure I wasn’t forgetting anything. (more…)

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December 01st, 2014 09:57:35

The Good Tent Zion: Juxtapositions VIII

November 28th, 2014 by G.

Pavilions, tents, and canopies. (more…)

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November 28th, 2014 09:11:36

The Brotherhood of the Hallway Church

November 24th, 2014 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life. (more…)

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November 24th, 2014 12:31:58

Enter In

November 24th, 2014 by Man SL

On the sweetness of Mormon life. (more…)

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November 24th, 2014 12:30:31

Chapel worship and temple worship

November 23rd, 2014 by Vader

It has been a little over thirty years since I received my endowment at the temple.

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November 23rd, 2014 16:35:50

The War in Heaven and the Nameless Virtue

November 21st, 2014 by G.

corporate devil

You have a new boss (not the one portrayed above). Against all precedent, he doesn’t change all the old boss’s policies. He keeeps all the ones that working. You’re pretty impressed with your new boss. He is one of a kind. (more…)

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November 21st, 2014 12:23:08

The Anabasis: God, Democracy, and Free Speech

November 20th, 2014 by G.

I just finished listening to the Anabasis on a free librivox.org recording. It’s been over a decade since I read it last. It surprised me. It had a lot to say about democracy, free speech, and faith. (more…)

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November 20th, 2014 13:02:51