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The Costs of Discipleship

April 15th, 2014 by G.

Elder Holland is pitching it strong and true.

The road leading to the promised land “flowing with milk and honey” of necessity runs by way of Mount Sinai, flowing with “thou shalts” and “thou shalt nots.”

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April 15th, 2014 09:27:56

I Dreamt I Lived a Christmas Life

December 18th, 2013 by G.

Last night I had a dream. I lay it out in sequence below but the dream was all at once. (more…)

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December 18th, 2013 09:13:45

General Conference October 2013

October 17th, 2013 by G.

These are transcriptions of my notes from General Conference with the doodling and idle doggerels left out. All quotations guaranteed to be aphoristic, if not accurate. Summaries are italicized.  The unquoted, unitalicized parts are my own additions. (more…)

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October 17th, 2013 12:13:07

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.
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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

Revelation: A Syllogism

November 13th, 2012 by G.

First premise: Nothing made by mortals can be perfect. (more…)

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November 13th, 2012 10:03:36

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

Another Reason not to Vote for Mitt Romney

June 16th, 2011 by G.

I read the press release from the LDS Newsroom about immigration. (more…)

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June 16th, 2011 15:20:22