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Easter in Pictures and in Words

April 21st, 2014 by Adam G.


On the sweetness of Mormon life.

Easter Morning. You take family pictures under the Bradford Pear. Then you take more pictures after you remember to remove the hanging mosquito trap.

You go to church. You take the sacrament. A girl receives the gift of the Holy Ghost.


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April 21st, 2014 15:25:16

Mild-Mannered Bruce Nielson Pulls Down the Pillars on the Bloggernacle

April 09th, 2014 by Adam G.

JGer Bruce N. is here to expose the fraud that is the Bloggernacle and chew gum, and he’s all out of gum. If you have a thirst for blood, consider it quenched: its hard to say whether his unrelenting use of calm reasonableness or his civil logic is more vicious. Keep your kids away from this brutal spectacle. (more…)

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April 09th, 2014 10:34:50

Aphorisms about Punishment and Repentance

April 07th, 2014 by Adam G.

A person or a society has not learned its lesson when it denies there is any lesson to learn.



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April 07th, 2014 08:46:07

Ears to Hear

April 04th, 2014 by John Mansfield

Back in 1985, I was a missionary serving in Argentina. Not much news from the United States reached my ears. Destruction of the Challenger space shuttle. Deaths of Orson Welles and Yul Brynner. Among the things that didn’t penetrate the filter of distance and irrelevance were two bombing murders committed by a forger in Salt Lake City. (more…)

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April 04th, 2014 13:00:32

We See the Past with a God’s Eye View

April 03rd, 2014 by Adam G.

The past with the clarity and beauty of a Bruegel's landscape

The past with the clarity and beauty of a Bruegel landscape

Why is living in the past so popular a pastime?
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April 03rd, 2014 01:30:23

No Repentance without Punishment

March 28th, 2014 by Adam G.

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March 28th, 2014 09:44:36

A Fairytale told by Moses and Darwin

March 27th, 2014 by Adam G.

This is a fairy tale told by Moses and Darwin. (more…)

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March 27th, 2014 11:00:27

A Massive Exodus of Mormons

March 25th, 2014 by Adam G.

Hello? Hello? Is anyone still reading this? I hope I’m not the last. (more…)

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March 25th, 2014 09:59:14

Pray for those things we need

March 24th, 2014 by Zen


We are given a great deal of direction in how and what to pray for.

We are told, that “for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.” (Matt 6:8) and even the very hairs of our heads are numbered (Luke 12:7)

The D&C reminds us, “Remember that without faith you can do nothing; therefore ask in faith. Trifle not with these things; do not ask for that which you ought not.” (D&C 8:10)

Nephi says “Yea, I know that God will give liberally to him that asketh. Yea, my God will give me, if I ask not amiss”. (2nd Ne. 4:35)

Similarly, James writes, “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.” (James 4:3)

Of particular note, let us draw attention to D&C 88:63-65

Draw near unto me and I will draw near unto you; seek me diligently and ye shall find me; ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
Whatsoever ye ask the Father in my name it shall be given unto you, that is expedient for you;
And if ye ask anything that is not expedient for you, it shall turn unto your condemnation.”  (emphasis mine)

This is not a post about prayer. It is about the things we would be inclined to pray for. Even those things we would call needs.

God does not look at needs as we do. If we insist even on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, as a bare minimum, we could be quite wrong. What should we call needs? Human Companionship? Moroni spent 36 years without companionship, so if that is a need, then either God does not care much about needs, or He takes a very different view of it. It is not unconcern, or callousness, but a very different prioritization than we may have.  Other examples of people put into or left in, difficult situations, is not hard to find in either scriptures or Christian history. 

When we insist on what we think are needs, but are not, then we are in the same position as praying for things we do not truly need. And if we are not very careful, it will be to our own condemnation. 

This is an interesting topic because it is seamlessly intertwined with the philosophy of Sex-First.

I have certainly been single long enough (and a single father of teenage daughters) that I can testify that “it is not good for man to be alone”. (Gen 2:18Abr. 5:14) Sexual relations are an important part of a health married life, but at no point since the creation of Adam and Eve has sex been put as a high priority, not any more than eating has.

Following the hubbub of Elder Callister’s talk on sexual morality, there were several detractors. Among them, was the usually much better Natasha Helfer Parker.

Among many other things, she complains that it is not realistic or healthy to expect LGBTQ to be morally pure. It is too hard, and giving up too much. There are similar complaints about

This is the problem with modern philosophies that place sex first in both priority and identity. You are, of course, welcome to do that if you want, but as long as you do, the commandments will be an iron fetter to you. That fetter is the Wicked Traditions of our Fathers. (D&C 123:7-8)

We cannot keep the commandments when we insist and cling to, things we are sure must be needs. These may well turn to our condemnation.

What are our needs then? After the Savior had spent 40 days fasting, and legitimately needed to eat (a need if there ever was one), he was tempted by food. He replied simply and directly, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” (Matt 4:4)


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March 24th, 2014 01:16:50

Brief History and Analysis of Mormonism.

March 22nd, 2014 by Bookslinger

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March 22nd, 2014 10:02:56

Deification of the Dust

March 19th, 2014 by Adam G.



Adam and Eve were created from the dust, the scriptures tell us. We haven’t escaped that lowly origin. Dust is where we come from, dust is who we are, and dust is where we are headed. (more…)

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March 19th, 2014 11:18:14

Deification: the Difference between Paradise and Heaven

March 17th, 2014 by Adam G.

Bruce Charlton has a valuable essay up on theosis and the difference between Eden and Exaltation.

Offers of paradise are merely us as we are dwelling in perfect conditions; but in real Heaven it is us as we have become, dwelling in perfect conditions: the gap between us as we are and us as we have become is called theosis – it is the process through which men become more like God.

Salvation is qualitative (yes-no) while Theosis is quantitative (how much?).

Read the whole thing.

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March 17th, 2014 12:31:45

Small and Large Graces

March 17th, 2014 by Adam G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life:

Your Elders Quorum President asks you to go on rescue visits after church with someone from the stake. You don’t like accosting strangers. You never have. You are sweating it a bit. “Watch out,” you think, “I’m getting sucked into that churchy thing.” You resolve to do it. You feel peace. When you get to Church, Bishop tells you its been called off. (more…)

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March 17th, 2014 09:55:21

The Rebellious Obedience of Satan and Cain

March 12th, 2014 by Adam G.

Cain and Abel

When Satan gets caught in the Garden, he doesn’t own up. Satan-like, he contrives a shuffling excuse. “I was only doing what’s been done in other worlds,” he says. In so saying he had loosed a stream of Mormon speculation about what he meant. (more…)

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March 12th, 2014 11:23:11

Satan’s Plan and God’s Distance

March 11th, 2014 by Adam G.

burning bush

The concept of glory is all over the scriptures. Glory is mentioned over 600 times in the scriptures, honor is mentioned nearly 200 times, and related concepts like praise and worship and worthiness are also hit pretty hard. (more…)

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March 11th, 2014 08:17:06