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The Spirit Whispered, There is No Spirit

July 20th, 2016 by G.

Yet another soul came out lately as an atheist. No names-but this soul is like others that have trod the broad and progressive path. They started out by rejecting the church’s morality and marriage doctrine, because “the ‘Spirit’ confirms the Church was wrong.” And now that same being has led them to believe there is no Spirit.

Astonishing. (more…)

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July 20th, 2016 05:50:35

The Tyranny of Opinion

July 19th, 2016 by G.

Suspend judgment, then, and ponder what has been said tonight until you receive further instructions.

-thus President  Harold B. Lee. (more…)

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July 19th, 2016 07:30:19

Priesthood is Power

July 18th, 2016 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life.

? Your Stake President is retired FBI. Brethren, he says with fervor, priesthood is power, like a .45 caliber in your hand.  (more…)

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July 18th, 2016 08:27:44

A Generation of Artisans and Scholars

July 15th, 2016 by The Junior Ganymede

 

The Junior Ganymede is proud to present a guest post from our friend at Gently Hew Stone.

I loved Aardvark’s recent post about gathering to Zion culturally. That essay made many important points that need to be considered deeply. My post is meant to stand on that one’s shoulders and go a little farther.

In the middle of what might be the essay’s most important paragraph, Aardvark said, “This is not a call to turn the next generation into a generation of artisans and scholars.”

Actually, it should be, and I’ll make the case that it is. Our need to save this and future rising generations is absolutely a call to produce more artists and educators—more people whose profession it is to build and transmit culture. (more…)

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July 15th, 2016 06:09:11

Mormon-Style Insights on Cultural Creativity: Opposition in All Things

July 13th, 2016 by G.

The key to joy is sorrow.

The key to insight is moving into areas of ignorance.

The key to growth is the Fall.

The key to creativity is boredom.

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July 13th, 2016 06:10:18

We Need to Gather to Zion Culturally

July 12th, 2016 by The Junior Ganymede

The JrG is pleased to share this guest post from our friend Aardvark.  He proposes a cultural variant of the Benedict Option.

Sometimes I find myself envious of Lehi and his family, or of the early saints; they had somewhere to go. Things got weird, they saw that things got weird, so they packed their bags and left. Sure, I’m glossing over a whole host of important details that would make me less envious of those two parties, but suffice it to say, lately I feel the the desire to leave for the wilderness and gather very keenly.

 

Alas there are few empty places in the world left to run to, and short of an explicit call to gather from the prophet there are most likely not enough people willing to leave that could make any self-imposed exile sustainable in the long run. It seems that we are left with the Benedict Option as our first step. This idea has been covered on this blog recently and previously, as well as in other places so I’ll avoid rehashing what it is.

 

Ultimately, it seems that many people I speak with think this isn’t even available as a first step for us anymore. It seems that we are in the world a bit too much these days. For Mormons this appears to be the crux. We have many of the necessary structures in place already to execute a highly successful Benedictine withdrawal, but our desire for respectability keeps us trying to straddle the line. As modern culture continues its willful descent into a Hieronymus Bosch painting, we’ll get pulled down along with it.

 

As has been observed by others on this blog, we as Mormons have outsourced much of our cultural and social economies to the broader culture; shunning the world then simply will not work. On the one hand, we are too reliant on it for our entertainment. On the other, we cannot retreat or hide from the onslaught of a decadent culture forever, hiding behind rocks that progressively get smaller and smaller. What we need to do, is replace it. Yes, let us replace the decadent culture around us with a rich beautiful culture infused with the sense of divinity we lay claim to as Latter-day Saints. And when I say culture, I don’t mean we should pick off the lowest hanging fruit. I aim for us to retake the ultimate expression of a society’s culture: its theater, dance, music, architecture, sculpture, drawing, painting, and other fine arts. (more…)

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July 12th, 2016 12:00:19

God of the Gaps: Do not Cast Yourself Off the Temple

July 12th, 2016 by G.

About a decade ago, I noticed a trend.  Whenever I pointed out to liberal Mormons that some vastly silly proposal of theirs would wreck the Church, merely because it had wrecked all the other churches where it had been tried, I got two kinds of responses.

From the progressives in Mormon skins, the response was indifference.  The Church was not their allegiance, progressivism was, so they did not care.

From the genuine Mormons who were merely colonized by progressivism–the ones where the infection had not killed off their faith yet–the response was more irenic.  No, they assured me, this was God’s church so he would never let bad things happen to it. (more…)

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July 12th, 2016 07:30:37

A Few Days Ago in the Temple.

July 11th, 2016 by G.

At the end of my row was a Navajo man without much temple experience. The workers were helping him through the ceremony. Meanwhile I was going through the ritual motions in a particularly brusque fashion. I caught myself doing it. I realized I had unconsciously decided to affect being the old hand who has seen it all before. I laughed at myself.  (more…)

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July 11th, 2016 06:12:06

Childlike Agency

June 29th, 2016 by G.

Agency and choice is one of those tangled philosophical concepts.  But the reality is not tangled nor philosophical at all.  It is something simple that children can do.  It is so simple that children can understand it. (more…)

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June 29th, 2016 13:50:23

What I didn’t Expect in 4th Nephi

June 23rd, 2016 by G.

We did a family reading of the first part of 4th Nephi.  I didn’t expect three things that I found. (more…)

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June 23rd, 2016 11:48:13

Japan is for the Japanese

June 21st, 2016 by G.

Most Mormons probably do not have a lot of stake patriotism anymore.  We move around too much, and the stakes change too much.

So we forget that they aren’t just administrative conveniences or levels in the priesthood hierachy. (more…)

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June 21st, 2016 07:30:06

The Bull and the Jackrabbit

June 17th, 2016 by G.

The bull and his herd mostly ignored the jackrabbit who sometimes also grazed on the meadow.  They would not turn aside from him, however, so he sometimes had to scamper out of their way.  He resented having to move.  “They should move away from me,” he thought, “I consume less and am closer to the earth.”

One day the jack-rabbit began the unnatural practice of digging burrows in the field.  They gave  him a refuge so he did not have to get out of the way.  Best of all, the inconvenienced the cattle and even caused one cow to break her leg and be put down.  He was delighted with the outcome, though he was also sure that it was not his fault.

The bull in particular became quite angry about the jackrabbit’s burrows.  Though the bull never did any real damage to the agile creature, the jackrabbit still took the scorn personally.  Brooding on these wrongs, as he supposed, he quite naturally fell in with the coyote, who also had angered the bull with his sneaking ways and nips at calves.

The parrots also soon took up the cause of the coyote and the jackrabbit.  All over the fields and the meadows, they squawked that the bull had an unreasoning hatred for the coyote and the jackrabbit.  “Why,” they said, “the bull’s anger has gone so far that it has even led to coyote nips at calves and dangerous jackrabbit burrows.  The bull is dangerous.”

One day the coyote killed the jackrabbit and devoured him.

And the parrots squawked louder.  They said the bull had caused the jackrabbit’s death, after one fashion or another.  “The bull hated the jackrabbit.  The jackrabbit was killed hatefully,” they said.

When a hound, sniffing the remains, said the scene smelled of coyote to him, the parrots flew around him beating his face angrily.  The coyote was friends to the jackrabbit, they said, and equally  hated by the bull.  And besides, when killing the jackrabbit, they said, the coyote was acting like a bull.

Moral of the story: The media and memes talk nonsense.

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June 17th, 2016 13:37:09

God of the Gaps

June 14th, 2016 by G.

Here is an observation from President Lee that is eloquent and deeper than it first appears: (more…)

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June 14th, 2016 07:30:15

Premarital Sex and Divorce

June 13th, 2016 by G.

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As reported before, there is a link between divorce and premarital sex.

Hat tip to Difficult Run.

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June 13th, 2016 06:10:19

Or What’s a Heaven For?

June 06th, 2016 by G.

However good we may be we should aim continually to improve and become better. We have obeyed a different law and gospel to what other people have obeyed, and we have a different kingdom in view, and our aim should be correspondingly higher before the Lord our God, and we should govern and control ourselves accordingly, and I pray God my Heavenly Father that his Spirit may rest upon us and enable us to do so.

 

-thus Wilford Woodruff (ht to Gently Hew Stone)

 

“When I was young,” my wife said, “I thought God would take care of me if I j ust believed in him. It did not work out that way. Some bad things happened to us.” I said nothing. She went on. “But I still feel really blessed.”

 

I said, “Either Barbara Tuchman wrote it or anyhow I found it in one of her books—‘I found the world to be less just, but more kind, than I expected.’”

It’s true we have more work to do as Mormons because we want all God has to offer. But God helps us do it. If a man stumbles on the broad, easy road—or if Peter stumbles on the water—God reaches down and picks them back up alike.

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June 06th, 2016 06:34:16