Junior Ganymede
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The Military Mental Model of Mormonism

August 31st, 2015 by MC

While once trying to explain to a non-Mormon friend why missionaries had such a strict dress code, I talked about showing respect for others, about norms of economic equality between rich and poor missionaries, but none of it seemed to register. Finally I said, “Look, becoming a missionary is like joining the Army. They have a collective goal, and everything is focused on that goal, to the point where things that you might otherwise find bothersome really don’t matter. If you are so concerned about individuality that you resent having to wear a uniform, then you are probably out of place there.” That made sense to him.

That sparked a years-long reflection on my part about how many aspects of Christianity in general, and Mormonism in particular, make more sense if you remember the words of the hymn, “We are all enlisted ’til the conflict is o’er.” As I’ll explain in more detail below, points of doctrine or Church history that might be troubling and confusing become less so when one realizes that we are in a spiritual war.


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August 31st, 2015 06:15:41

I support the Word of Wisdom

July 21st, 2014 by Vader

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July 21st, 2014 11:44:54

Non-LDS food storage: Caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol.

February 02nd, 2014 by Bookslinger

(But mostly a rambling of lessons learned about alcohol and alcoholics.)

Update: please see the below comments by Dr. Bruce Charlton, a medical doctor, who corrects/clarifies some of my statements concerning full-blown alcoholics.

A non-LDS friend recently asked me for pointers about food storage. He doesn’t drink alcohol, but does smoke and drink coffee.

Although we would like the whole world to join us in keeping the Word of Wisdom, common sense says that’s not going to happen soon.


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February 02nd, 2014 03:04:35