Junior Ganymede
We endeavor to give satisfaction

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.”

Comments (2)
Filed under: Deseret Review | Tags: , ,
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…)

Comments (1)
Filed under: Deseret Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,
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…)

Comments (6)
Filed under: Deseret Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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.


Comments (1)
Filed under: Deseret Review | Tags: , , , ,
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…)

Comments (4)
Filed under: Deseret Review | Tags: , , , , , ,
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…)

Comments (6)
Filed under: Birkenhead Drill,Deseret Review | Tags: , ,
December 03rd, 2014 14:49:46

The Good Tent Zion: Juxtapositions VIII

November 28th, 2014 by G.

Pavilions, tents, and canopies. (more…)

Comments (0)
Filed under: Deseret Review | Tags: , , , , , ,
November 28th, 2014 09:11:36

The Brotherhood of the Hallway Church

November 24th, 2014 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life. (more…)

Comments (0)
Filed under: Deseret Review | Tags: , , ,
November 24th, 2014 12:31:58

Enter In

November 24th, 2014 by Man SL

On the sweetness of Mormon life. (more…)

Comments (1)
Filed under: Deseret Review | Tags: , , ,
November 24th, 2014 12:30:31

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…)

Comments (2)
Filed under: Deseret Review | Tags: , , ,
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…)

Comments (9)
Filed under: Deseret Review | Tags: , , ,
November 20th, 2014 13:02:51

Most of Us Don’t Sacrifice Like Abraham. We are not Pioneers.

November 19th, 2014 by G.

modern pioneers

I’ve been writing a lot about the nameless virtue, which is the virtue of unironically recognizing and praising standards that you yourself fall short of. The nameless virtue is easy to recognize when we’re talking about conventional sins and shortcomings. The inmate telling kids to stay away from the gangster life, the alcoholic who wishes he’d never taken that first drink, those are all standard fare. Along the same lines, what first brought the nameless virtue to my attention were Mormons who missed out on the basic steps of Mormon life extolling those steps. Those kinds of exceptions that prove the rule make the nameless virtue pretty apparent. (more…)

Comments (9)
Filed under: Deseret Review | Tags: , , , ,
November 19th, 2014 13:25:00

“Large families, large houses, traditional role models, and single incomes”

November 18th, 2014 by MC

Those words would be as good an answer as I could give to the question originally addressed to Conan the Barbarian: “What is best in life?”

But they’re actually taken from this passage: (more…)

Comments (29)
Filed under: Birkenhead Drill,Deseret Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,
November 18th, 2014 02:31:03

Book of Omni-vorous

November 17th, 2014 by G.

Two observations about the Book of Omni.  The first is that the meeting with the Mulekites is actually quite important for the Nephites, because the Mulekites confirm that Jerusalem fell.  Whether or not Jerusalem would fall was the major doctrinal conflict between Nephi and his brothers.  Lehi has a vision to confirm it, and so does Jacob, but for obvious reasons their vision that their prophecies were right doesn’t really validate their prophetic authority.  We don’t pay much attention to the Jerusalem prophecy because we already know Jerusalem fell.  But the Nephites aren’t us.  It meant something to them. (more…)

Comments (3)
Filed under: Deseret Review | Tags: , ,
November 17th, 2014 12:00:12

Growing Grass and Growing Kids

October 30th, 2014 by G.

I have a big, green lawn that wraps around the house. I just finished scattering gypsum and reseeding a few bare patches. That’s my lawncare routine: fertilizer once or twice a year, gypsum once or twice a year, pull dandelions, maybe spray for dandelions when my dander gets up, and reseed occasionally.  My kids mow it (high), and I water well. This is not a demanding routine. But it seems to work. My lawn isn’t manicured but it is cool and soft and looks inviting.

Lawns have a bad rap. They take up too much time, they take up too much space, they take up too much water. Water, I don’t think people should care about. Water is a renewable resource. Dearth of water in any one area is just a technical and political problem.

Lawns do take up some time and space. But so do kids. If kids are what your lawn is for, it takes away the problem. (more…)

Comments (2)
Filed under: Birkenhead Drill,Deseret Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,
October 30th, 2014 10:00:17