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Strange Dreams

March 28th, 2017 by G.

I have not been reading or thinking about Australia at all.  Oh, yes, Australia?  Hmm, seems I’ve heard of it, about sums up my reaction.

So naturally, I had a crazy dream about Australia. (more…)

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March 28th, 2017 10:29:30

Who Voted for Trump?

March 27th, 2017 by G.

Single white men, married people of all sorts, and above all, Mormons.

From the Audacious Epigone (?): (more…)

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March 27th, 2017 06:59:02

Social Media Strategy

March 27th, 2017 by G.

Just a reminder that you and your family needs a social media strategy, whether formal or informal.

In the same spirit that makes me tease my kids, I am thinking of making them surfeit on media.  Forcing them to sit down with my phone or something and not do anything else for 4 hours.  Then have a chat with them.

Still mulling it over.

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March 27th, 2017 06:46:58

The Light of Heaven

March 20th, 2017 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life. (more…)

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March 20th, 2017 07:02:50

The Pious Rabbit

March 16th, 2017 by G.

A rabbit went a little way down a small woodland path, then stopped and turned as if to poke into some bushes on the side.

A serpent further down the path, perceiving it, hissed “Stay on the strait and narrow path!”  The rabbit, who was pious, desisted from leaving the path and continued to hop down it.

As it came even with the serpent, the reptile hissed, “Be still, and know that He is God!”  The rabbit reverently ceased to move and composed himself for contemplation.

The serpent approached, but fearing that the rabbit would see him and take to flight, hissed, “at the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow!” Somewhat perplexed as how best his own rabbit anatomy would allow him to comply with this scripture, of which he had just been reminded, the rabbit settled on prostrating himself to the ground.

As the serpent approached nearer, the rabbit heard the rustlings and asked himself out loud, Can this be a snake approaching?”  The serpent gasped as offended.  “How unkind!” it said.  “Should you not love your neighbor as yourself?”  With that, the serpent struck.

The rabbit, imagining himself engaged in pious exercises when in reality only engaged in folly, died and was eaten.

 

Moral: The Savior never said, heed your enemies.

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March 16th, 2017 05:38:16

The Embers

March 15th, 2017 by The Junior Ganymede

Friend of the Jg Handle and G. both work in large bureaucracies.  Handle, who is Jewish, wrote this reflection on the experience, which he has graciously agreed to allow as a guest post:

The funny thing is that not all government is like that.

 

Not yet.I feel in a reflective mood this morning.

 

Many philosophers ask, “Why is there evil?”  Some say free will, others original sin.

 

My religious tradition says, “Evil is in the very nature of things.  Suffering, predation, disease, decay, decrepitude, entropy, these are all parts of life and nature and have been features from the very beginning, since the creation, and will be with us until the end.  The real question is why is there any good?  That is new, rare, surprising when less rare, and that is the mystery the answer to which, and the implications of that answer, is where we will find rewards.”

 

We are all poor sinners.  And yet, somehow, also there are saints. (more…)

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March 15th, 2017 05:53:42

The Youth of the Church

March 12th, 2017 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life. (more…)

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March 12th, 2017 19:55:19

Step 3

March 08th, 2017 by G.

A friend said, forget politics, the basic program for righting the world is

1. Get your act together, get an income.
2. Make a good family.
3. Get your kids to do steps 1-3.

He’s right.

 

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March 08th, 2017 06:53:58

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

Apologizing for the Truth is Lying

March 03rd, 2017 by G.

Given that PC witch-hunts are primarily directed against those who tell the truth – resignation and apology means that the victim publicly repents his Good action.

To do something Good, and then to repent it – is actually worse than doing nothing; because it teaches (with the explicit endorsement of the victim) the public lesson that Good is actually evil.

-thus Bruce Charlton. (more…)

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March 03rd, 2017 06:46:12

Attention and the Divided Mind

March 02nd, 2017 by G.

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I recently linked a passage from Lehi’s Dream to Dr. Charlton’s book Addicted to Distraction.

And after they had partaken of the fruit of the tree they did cast their eyes about

Here is the full context.  Lehi arrives at the tree and takes the fruit.

And as I partook of the fruit thereof it filled my soul with exceedingly great joy.

Filled is an extremely significant word. Lehi was whole in committing himself to the joy. He did not hold any part of himself back. Lehi does look around, but only to find his family and bring them to the tree also. His attention to the world is part of the joy he has in the true, not something separate from it. His attention outside the tree is baptized, so to speak.

But when others arrive and take the fruit, they then “cast their eyes about as if they were ashamed.” (more…)

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March 02nd, 2017 08:07:32

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

What We Can Learn from the Saints about the Benedict Option

February 27th, 2017 by G.

Last year a professor friend of mine let me know that Rod Dreher was looking for some Mormon sources for his Benedict Option book and would I mind talking to him.  I said sure, he passed on my info and told me Dreher was going to be out in my neck of the woods soon and would meet me there.  I begged leaved to doubt it–no one is ever in my neck of the woods, I live in the back of beyond–but just in case I scribbled some notes.  In the event, we never met.

But the book is being published soon and Dreher has just posted about a Mormon response to it.  Check it out.  So I’m going to post my notes.  Comments fleshing them out will be in italics. (more…)

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February 27th, 2017 06:57:17

Something Something Ajax

February 23rd, 2017 by G.

When you’re an Assyrian-bearded manly man like me, you can just about summon up enough courage to read a romance novel. (more…)

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February 23rd, 2017 09:16:39

Agency is Awesome

February 22nd, 2017 by G.

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If you’ve ever taken on some small project–going to the temple, ticking off a list of chores, reducing your food budget for the month– and seen it through despite friction and your own fatigue, one thing will be obvious: agency is awesome.  It feels great to set your mind to something and then do it. (more…)

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February 22nd, 2017 08:18:42