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Elder Robbins, Ad Orientem

October 07th, 2014 by G.


Catholic traditionalists don’t like the newfangled approach where the priest faces the congregation while he undergoes the rite of the mass. (It used to be the priest faced away from the congregation, to the east, ad orientem.) The mass, they say, is a rite of worship. The congregation isn’t worshipping the priest and the priest isn’t worshipping the congregation, ergo, they shouldn’t be gawking at each other. They also say that the mass is a sacrifice. To whom is the priest sacrificing? Not to the congregation, surely. Thus Catholic traditionalists.

There has never been anything Mormon parallel to the ad orientem issue. Until this General Conference. (more…)

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October 07th, 2014 08:10:22

What the Logos Teaches Us About God, Creation, and Apostasy

September 22nd, 2014 by G.

Action Words

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Here is Nephi talking to his brothers: (more…)

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September 22nd, 2014 12:05:31

Metaphysical Annealing

April 09th, 2013 by G.

Reality is God’s way of saying ‘not yet.’

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April 09th, 2013 06:08:19

God’s Loving Refusal to Explain Himself

March 19th, 2013 by G.


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March 19th, 2013 13:57:21

The Fallibility of Fallibility

March 18th, 2013 by G.

The prophets are fallible. For this statement to be true, J. Max Wilson points out, we must assume not just that the fallibility part is true, but that the prophets part is true.

The infallible trump cards prophet-questioners have borrowed from secular progressivism or political religions of all stripes turn out to be made of pasteboard.

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March 18th, 2013 09:30:23

Theology is Worshipful Art, not a Trump to Revelation

March 18th, 2013 by G.

I am quite taken with this article over at the Old Country. (more…)

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March 18th, 2013 09:23:09

Important Changes in the New Scripture Edition Out Today

March 01st, 2013 by G.

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March 01st, 2013 09:17:46

No One Sane Adopts their Turtle

February 21st, 2013 by G.

I can see that the statement of one-ness of being between God, Christ and Man may lead, further down the inferential chain, to consequences which are apparently heretical or otherwise unacceptable – yet such ‘third-level incoherence’ is always the case for any theology concrete and simple enough to be relevant and useful in life.
Better a deep level of possible theological incoherence, than a superficial level of theological irrelevance – which looks very much like evasion.

Thus Bruce Charlton.


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February 21st, 2013 03:57:09

Where Ignorant Armies Clash by Night

January 08th, 2013 by G.

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January 08th, 2013 11:14:34

Quotable General Conference with Commentary

October 16th, 2012 by G.

These are selected notes from General Conference. All quotations guaranteed to be aphoristic, if not accurate. The unquoted parts are my own additions.

One bee delivers 1/12th teaspoon honey. Daily acts have cumulative effects.

-Elder Ballard.

Quick and dirty online research shows estimates range from 1/12th teaspoon to 1-2 teaspoons. I wonder if the low range estimates might be net production and the high range estimates gross production. Fortunately, our own daily acts don’t have to have the benefits to ourselves subtracted out before they can benefit others.

Brother Echohawk: What would the Sergeant Instructor yell at Mormon recruits if he knew how short we fall of our promise?

Is a nickel worth your soul?

-Brother Gay

Doctrine is what is taught by the 15 brethren. It is frequent and plain.

-Elder Anderson

Not giving birth to children abuses them.

Easy divorce is an evil.

Children need married parents with united goals.

-Elder Oaks

Elder Christofferson: Manning Up sounds interesting.

The sexes are not in competition.

Society is negative on men, but negativity is no excuse for men.

Don’t waste your strength in porn or your life in cyberspace, ironically being of the world but not in it.*

[*Probably the bon mot of the conference.]

-Elder Christofferson

Satan is real and we’re prone to wander.

Genuine love is at the heart of conversion

-Brother Perkins. As with Brother Gay’s talk, this one made me think of the Screwtape Letters. The ‘prone to wander’ line is from “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.”

Let our works perfect our faith.

-Elder Uchtdorf. Profound. I like the added implication, if my notes are accurate, that we can prevent our works perfecting our faith if we choose.

Eternal life is to live in unity in families.

-Brother Eyring.

People can change.

Men need to be needed.

-President Monson

Self pity was as debilitating as anger.

This life is not the end.

We aren’t healed until we have our bodies back.

-Brother Bowen

Men must serve [missions], women may.

-Elder Nelson

Avoid first-class devotion to secondary causes.

Repentance and commitment closely intertwine.

-Elder Cook

“I’ll let you stay at Rick’s College.”

[Quoting God’s answer to a prayer whether he could take up a great job offer or should stay at Rick’s College.]

The Lord’s delays can last a lifetime, but his delays bless and his promises are sure.

Service on your own terms isn’t.

-Eldery Eyring

“I need disciples forever.”

[Paraphrasing Jesus to Peter]

-Elder Holland

Technology lets us do the work of harvest with mighty combines.

-Elder Scott

Faith and reason are the two wings of flight.

-Brother Nash. I wonder if he’s read Novak.

Elder Bednar: This talk was most interesting because he recounted the parable of the ten virgins and treated the virgins as if they were real, explaining that they were guided by the Spirit to act in ways that would otherwise be inexplicable if it weren’t for the parabolic meaning. Am I sometimes living out a parable? That would explain much.

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October 16th, 2012 11:21:07

Two small verses that speak volumes on the nature of scripture

September 30th, 2012 by Vader

Do you see it?  (more…)

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September 30th, 2012 22:28:24

Insights about Revelation from Lehi’s Dream

November 08th, 2011 by G.

Lehi had a revelatory dream, Nephi interpreted it by revelation, and their experience teaches us important truths about revelation. (more…)

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November 08th, 2011 17:57:03