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The Parable of the Repeated Judgment

January 12th, 2018 by The Junior Ganymede

Not so long ago, and not so far away, there was a judge. This judge was very wise, very fair. He feared God and tried his best to seek God’s help to work out people’s problems. People from all over would bring this judge their disagreements so that he could resolve them.

Then one day two women came to him with two babies. One of the babies was alive; one of the babies was dead. One of the women explained. These two women lived in the same house. Each them gave birth to a baby boy, within three days of each other. Nobody but the mothers could tell the babies apart. One night, one of the babies died. (more…)

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January 12th, 2018 12:31:04

Natural Prayer and Contemplation

November 01st, 2017 by G.

I made a virtue chart of natural prayer and contemplation to see what shook out.


Natural prayer and contemplation or quiet receptivity are natural complements in my experience.  But it occurred to me that there was another mode of seeking revelation that was a synthesis of the two.  Study and prayer are both active and quiet/contemplative.  One does not bustle, but as Oliver Cowdery learned, it is not at all passive.  It requires a kind of inner effort.  I believe that Bruce Charlton’s active imagination is this same type of synthesis.

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November 01st, 2017 06:56:52

Revelation on the Move

October 30th, 2017 by G.

It is no coincidence that we were recently inspired to muse on “prayer by action” (action as a form of prayer for revelation) in advance of my Bishop’s 3rd-hour, 5th-Sunday message today. (more…)

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October 30th, 2017 06:36:13

The Spirit and Walter Mitty

October 30th, 2017 by G.

We daydreamers spend our time imagining everything from vast empires to snappy little pieces of dialogue. The only common theme is the heroic narrative, usually with ourselves in the role of hero.

We daydreamers sometimes get inspiration through our daydreams. Not that our cloudland heroic narratives are inspired, but that the Spirit blends itself into our thoughts and for some of us daydreams are what we are thinking.

On Sunday my daughter took a sacrament cup from the tray and promptly jerked it right onto her dress. While she was taking another, I daydreamed a Catholic friend, shocked, hissing “You spill Christ’s blood?” And me instantly responding, with Walter Mitty hardbitten worldweariness–but still inspired, still true!– “We’ll all spill His blood worse than that before the day is through.”

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October 30th, 2017 05:58:01

Prayer as Two-way Conversation.

October 26th, 2017 by Bookslinger

G’s post on Natural Prayer, or what might be termed  “prayer by action,” led me to these thoughts. 

Lessons and talks in church tend to focus on the burning-in-the-bosom vs stupor-of-thought type of answers in regards to petitioning with yes/no propositions as described in DC 9:8-9. That, along with the good thing/bad thing judgement in Moroni 7:12-17, might be descibed as “Revelation 101” or “Holy Ghost 101”.  It is the starting point when we initiate a petition or seek to know the Lord’s will.

But if ideas, pictures and words can come to us via unbidden promptings and whisperings of the Spirit, could they not come to us during prayer? (more…)

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October 26th, 2017 19:47:37

Ignored a prompting, again. #1,746.

October 04th, 2017 by Bookslinger

Ok, I made up the 1,746, because I’ve lost track of the number of times.

There are five ways I am aware of to know if an idea that pops into your head is really a whispering of the Spirit, versus another source or your own imagination. (more…)

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October 04th, 2017 10:44:08

People who don’t think the Brethren are inspired (ie, receive revelation)…

January 18th, 2017 by Bookslinger

… aren’t receiving revelation themselves.  Otherwise, they would know “how it works.”  (more…)

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January 18th, 2017 20:13:24

The Keys to Miracles.

November 27th, 2015 by Bookslinger

The keys to miracles are laid out in Spencer Kimball’s book “Faith Precedes the Miracle” available used on Amazon.

Personal guidance and revelation through the Holy Ghost, also being forms of miracles, are accessed with the same keys.

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November 27th, 2015 15:30:28

Good Questions from an Investigator

July 20th, 2015 by G.

The following are lightly edited transcripts of a conversation I am having with an honest inquirer, who is also a friend of the JG.  He can out himself in the comments if he wishes.  Comments are welcome.  If you would like to have a private conversation with him, say so in the comments and the Club Committee will try to oblige, subject to the consent of the inquiring gentleman. (more…)

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July 20th, 2015 11:52:56

Interpreting synchronicity

June 30th, 2015 by Bruce Charlton

Synchronicity is usually described as something like ‘meaningful coincidence’ which means that it must be meaningful or else it is not true synchronicity!

Therefore, since it is meaningful, we ought to try and understand what it actually means when we experience synchronicity – that is indeed one reason why we experience it. (more…)

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June 30th, 2015 02:49:31

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

Action Words


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

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September 22nd, 2014 12:05:31

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