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SPQD

January 26th, 2015 by G.

SPQR was a potent Roman phrase: it stood for the Senate and People of Rome.  This post if about the SPQD–Senatus Populusque Deseretus. (more…)

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January 26th, 2015 11:07:05

The Marriage of True Minds

January 21st, 2015 by G.

 

Marriage is theater.  It is the stage and the back stage.  It is the play and also the players. (more…)

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January 21st, 2015 11:13:06

The Art of Marriage

January 16th, 2015 by G.

I like hard-nosed, no-nonsense spirituality. I don’t like guff.

Marriage is at the core of Mormon spirituality. Marriage and dating, are also, in this culture, swaddled in yards and yards of guff. (more…)

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January 16th, 2015 14:15:26

Disparate Impact and the Plenipotent God

January 15th, 2015 by MC

I just realized the connection between two independent ideas, neither completely original, that have been bouncing around in my head for a while.

The first time I really thought about possible racial differences in intelligence was when I picked up my parents’ Newsweek and read the feature on “The Bell Curve,” which had just been released. My thoughts were 1) I wouldn’t really be too surprised if there were IQ differences between races, and 2) why rub it in? What could possibly be the benefit of pointing out such differences? (more…)

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January 15th, 2015 00:54:51

Death? Hey, Look, Squirrel!

January 13th, 2015 by G.

Death doesn’t go away when you pretend not to care about it. (more…)

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January 13th, 2015 11:18:44

Love Talk

January 12th, 2015 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life.

Because your wife is the Stake Primary President and has to spend most Sundays out visiting other wards; because the two of you have a little baby; because she took your oldest daughter with her to help with the baby; because of all that, it is early Sunday afternoon, your middle daughters and little son are eating the sandwiches you made for them, and you are enjoying lassitude in the winter sun streaming through the windows. (more…)

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January 12th, 2015 11:21:52

The Last Christmas

January 06th, 2015 by G.

Christmas-Lights-8

Someone someday will celebrate the last Christmas. (more…)

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January 06th, 2015 19:06:03

Longing for the Sacrament

January 06th, 2015 by G.

keep calm and focus on the sacrament              Mary comes in to the living room on a bouncy hop ball with a fringed linen napkin around her head. Joseph walks beside her in a bathrobe. ‘He’ is sulking because Joseph is a girl, and wanted to be Mary instead of “his” sister. The nativity unfolds. The new baby in the family is taken out of the cradle, because she is fussing, and a doll is substituted in. One of the angels forgets her lines. When the wise men bring their “gifts” (best not to look to closely at them), a two-year old shepherd gets excited and starts squealing that Santa will bring presents for everyone tonight. (more…)

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January 06th, 2015 13:15:46

The Final Purpose of the Nativity

January 06th, 2015 by G.

“I don’t know. No reason.”   You have just been asked why you wore that shirt today. You don’t recall.   Impulse maybe. It doesn’t matter and it’s not worth talking about.

But if your choice did matter, there should be a reason. When you knock at the gates of heaven (who has ears to hear, let him hear), when you are asked “why have you come?” you should have something better to say than “I don’t know. No reason.” (more…)

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January 06th, 2015 11:31:05

Angina Monologue 5

January 03rd, 2015 by Vader

As I mentioned to Bruce Charlton in the comments section of a previous post, once you get His Majesty monologuing, you can’t get him to shut up.

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January 03rd, 2015 13:50:16

The Christmas Countersignal

January 03rd, 2015 by G.

Let’s talk about signaling and countersignaling.

Signaling is behavior that shows your attachment to some group or cause or other, or that shows how much status you have.   The best signals are fairly visible and maybe have some cost associated with them (like Mormons not drinking, for instance).  Practically everything human includes at least a little bit of signaling.

Some people in some situations don’t have to signal, because their commitment and their reputation is secure enough already.  Imagine a serious war going on, and some guy walks up to you on the street. “Will you join the army?” he says, and he hands you a clipboard with a sheet of notebook paper on it. He’s scrawled LIST OF RECRUITS across the top. “Sign here,” he says.   If you sign, you sign to humor the guy. A real recruiter would have the signals of uniform, an army haircut and military bearing, a chiseled physique, and official pamphlets and forms. In fact, in the old days he would have come into town marching with other soldiers behind him, with a military drum and maybe a military band. All signals.   On the other hand—lets be fanciful here—if a trusted friend told you that George Washington had risen from his sleep to rescue his country in his hour of need and was recruiting a new army from the bed of a pickup in the Wal-Mart parking lot, you might at least go check it out. And if the man there had the aura, the voice, the face, the command presence, you might be willing to sign a clipboard with a sheet of notebook paper on it, on which was scrawled LIST OF RECRUITS.   Some people don’t need to signal. (more…)

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January 03rd, 2015 10:50:00

Angina Monologue 4

January 02nd, 2015 by Vader

Sometimes I think His Majesty has become a bitter old Sith.

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January 02nd, 2015 12:59:34

Church Leaders Speaking to Young Adults

January 02nd, 2015 by John Mansfield

As a youth there were two things that turned my mind toward attending Brigham Young University. The first was a personal story my 9th-grade seminary teacher recounted that involved him as a BYU student teaching missionaries at the Missionary Training Center. The part that stuck with me, the incidental setting for his story, was that BYU is a place that serves the missionaries. That is a holy thing that wouldn’t be found at other colleges.

The second thing was learning that there were weekly devotionals where General Authorities spoke to the entire student body. If there was one school that included teaching from the mouths of prophets and apostles, in addition to the physics and literature classes that all schools have, then I wanted in. (more…)

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January 02nd, 2015 09:06:52

Christmas and the Paralysis of Indecision

December 24th, 2014 by G.

A young man of my acquaintance contemplates what he should be in the Nativity.  “Jo-fes” or a “Jesus shepherd”?

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He decided on the Jesus shepherd. Both get to wear red cowboy boots, so that was a wash. But “Jo-fes has hair on his face” while the Jesus shepherd “has a big black dog named Spaceship-ha.” (I am not making these up).

Moral of the story: uh, don’t get stressed out over Christmas tasks and decisions.

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December 24th, 2014 08:14:54

Behold the Concubine of the Lord

December 23rd, 2014 by G.

Nothing made the Southern defenders of the peculiar institution more hot than the accusation that Southern men dallied with their slave women. An oblique reference to it by Senator Sumner was what got Congressman Brooks to near cane him to death. (more…)

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December 23rd, 2014 10:55:48