Junior Ganymede
We endeavor to give satisfaction

Another Adele parody.

April 07th, 2016 by Bookslinger

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April 07th, 2016 17:00:48

On the Origin of Mormonism by Means of Natural Selection

November 06th, 2015 by MC

Some of our most cherished Mormon practices and traditions are valued nearly as much for their “unintended” results as for their stated objectives. A couple of examples: (more…)

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November 06th, 2015 01:00:43

The Sheltered Ones

September 21st, 2015 by MC

I recently watched an episode of “The Jim Gaffigan Show” with a bit of dialogue that perfectly encapsulated a thought that’s been bouncing around my head for a while. For those who aren’t familiar with Jim Gaffigan, he’s a “clean” but still very famous comedian who is basically a stereotypical Irish-American Catholic dad from the post-War era; his wife is more devout than he is, but he still is fully supportive of raising his kids as Catholics, with all that entails. He plays himself on the show, which is based on his real life.

In this episode, Jim’s wife invites their local parish priest, a gregarious young man from Africa named Father Nicholas, to go to Jim’s next stand-up, without asking Jim first. Jim hates the idea because he’s convinced that having a priest in the audience will kill the mood, but he gives in and takes Father Nicholas anyway. Right before they walk into the comedy club, they have the following exchange: (more…)

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September 21st, 2015 05:12:06

Future Missionary Book Suggestions

December 19th, 2014 by MC

I guess this is what they call a “bleg.”

I recently was called as YM President, which of course means I’m also the Priests Quorum Advisor. We have two boys who are high school seniors and planning on missions after the school year. They seem fairly well prepared to go with regard to enthusiasm, testimony, and maturity. What they lack is much substantive knowledge about the Gospel. I’m referring specifically to knowledge of the Scriptures and Church History. From my last few weeks of priesthood lessons, just to give two examples, I know that they had no idea who wrote most of the Epistles, and had never heard of the School of the Prophets. I don’t want to unduly elevate rote memorization of facts, but as a spot check for their familiarity with the source material of our religion, it was not encouraging. What this says about our Sunday School and Seminary classes I will leave for another blog post.

So I’ve decided to get them for Christmas a single volume that gives them a basic and broad-based grounding in Gospel knowledge. (more…)

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December 19th, 2014 21:43:30

A tweak for men, game-changer for women.

October 10th, 2012 by Bookslinger

Reducing the minimum age for full-time missionary service from 19 to 18 for men is a tweak. But reducing the minimum age from 21 to 19 for women is a game-changer.

There will be a noticeable uptick in the number of men serving, after the initial big surge of 18 and 19 year-olds going out together, and coming back together.

However, that post-surge uptick in men would, to my logic, be limited to the number of men between their 18th and 19th birthdays who would otherwise go inactive or have worthiness issues during that year. (Though those with worthiness issues could still resolve them and go later, I’m thinking there may be some who get discouraged by the issue and still don’t go.)

I’m thinking that the “lost boys” who will now be “saved” by going at age 18 may be somewhere between 10 and 30%. (There is also the “logistical” factor, where for some it will be more convenient to serve at 18 instead of 19, but that is already done in other countries, and I don’t think it is a significant factor in the US, maybe a percentage point or two.)

But for women, as the age has been lowered by TWO years instead of one, that gives ALL of the worthy women an opportunity to serve an 18 month mission before the former minimum of 21 is reached. At age 19, assuming their boyfriends are the same age, those boyfriends will be on missions, and they can still get married at 21 if they want.

Therefore, I believe the increase in sister missionaries serving may be on the order of 100% to 200%, and theoretically even more. (more…)

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October 10th, 2012 11:04:41