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Boy Prayer

June 29th, 2017 by MC

Two nights ago, my little daughter had a fever. She asked me if I could say “a boy prayer.”

“What’s a boy prayer?” I asked.

“It’s where you put your hands on my head and you say a prayer for me. Only boys can do them.”

I’m grateful for the restored power and authority to give boy prayers for my family.

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June 29th, 2017 00:58:26

Slippery Slopes are Real

June 28th, 2017 by Zen

If we do not cherish life, then most assuredly, we will cherish something else.

If we do not cherish the life of the most innocent, do not think for a moment, that they will cherish yours.

EU puts a baby to death, in spite of parents wishes

Once Government takes power, it is almost impossible to take it back.

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June 28th, 2017 23:42:28

Roots and Branches

June 28th, 2017 by John Mansfield

The caption of the above photo by Gabrielle Shiowzawa in the Moapa Valley Progress reads, “Sierra Bunker works to start a fire with flint and steel while Micaela Leavitt looks on at LDS Logandale Stake Girl’s Camp last week.” That made me smile for reasons that may need a little explaining. (more…)

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June 28th, 2017 07:18:18

A Little American Heresy

June 28th, 2017 by Patrick Henry

If a guy kept punching you, and every time he punched you he hollered, “Remember the Alamo,” you might come to hate the Alamo.

Equality is our Alamo.  Equality they say while they attack tradition, institutions, the faith, the family, order, prosperity, happiness.  Equality they say while the Devil cackles.  And it is hard to not come to hate the idea, even if it were being badly abused.  Even if it were to have almost nothing to do how its being used.

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June 28th, 2017 06:37:48

One Weekend, Two Launches, One Refurbished Stage, Two Recovered Stages

June 27th, 2017 by Pecos Bill

I like a feller who tain’t afeared to swagger.

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June 27th, 2017 22:16:27

Are We There Yet?

June 27th, 2017 by G.

No.

Now may I speak, not to the slackers in the Kingdom, but to those who carry their own load and more; not to those lulled into false security, but to those buffeted by false insecurity, who, though laboring devotedly in the Kingdom, have recurring feelings of falling forever short.

Earlier disciples who heard Jesus preach some exacting doctrines were also anxious and said, “Who then can be saved?” (Mark 10:26.)

The first thing to be said of this feeling of inadequacy is that it is normal. There is no way the Church can honestly describe where we must yet go and what we must yet do without creating a sense of immense distance.

-thus Elder Maxwell. (more…)

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June 27th, 2017 07:30:57

The Voices of Men

June 26th, 2017 by G.

I remembered why I go to Stake Priesthood meeting. (more…)

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June 26th, 2017 07:16:21

Dietary Advice from Church History

June 26th, 2017 by G.

The following story illustrates how pride led Thomas B. Marsh, who was President of the Quorum of the Twelve, and his wife, Elizabeth, into apostasy.

While living in Far West, Missouri, Sister Marsh and Sister Harris decided to exchange milk so they could each make a larger cheese than they otherwise could. They agreed to send each other both the milk and the cream from their cows. But Sister Marsh saved a pint of cream from each cow and sent Sister Harris the milk without the cream.

A quarrel arose, and the matter was referred to the bishop. When he determined that Sister Marsh had violated her agreement, she and her husband were upset and appealed the matter to the high council and then to the First Presidency. Each council approved the original decision that Sister Marsh had been in error.

Thomas B. Marsh declared that he would sustain the character of his wife. Soon afterward, he turned against the Church and went before a government official to declare that the Latter-day Saints were hostile toward the state of Missouri. (See George A. Smith, in Journal of Discourses, 3:283–84.)

 

Moral: Skim Milk is of the Devil.

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June 26th, 2017 07:00:03

Signs of the times

June 25th, 2017 by Vader

Signs of the times.

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June 25th, 2017 14:48:17

Something to Cheer the Heart and Enliven the Mind

June 23rd, 2017 by John Mansfield

The Moapa Valley Progress reports on a stake young men’s activity:

“The group, organized by the LDS Logandale Stake, traveled via mountain bike cross-country from Caliente, Nevada, over and through the Mormon Mountain range, and ended near the Carp/Elgin exit at I-15.

“The bicyclists, and support staff in following trucks, traveled along an old mining road covering about 88 miles, and traversed an impressive total of about 6,969 climbing feet. Medical support and mechanical support were also provided the entire distance as the group accomplished the trip over three intense days.” (more…)

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June 23rd, 2017 06:24:43

Glory, Hallelujah

June 22nd, 2017 by G.

 

The new political science—rightwing, online, intellectual—tends to think of a regime’s political formula as a pure act of will.  As the product of design.

 

But in fact political formulas do happen naturally and they can’t just be anything.  There are only a few broad types of formulas that souls will respond to.  America’s political formula, for instance, is not democratic legitimacy (though its been shifting that way for decades, the worse for us) but rather the American Dream, or, in other words, “a decent live for decent people.”  It arose naturally from frontier conditions.  Some might say “freedom,” in the sense of being left alone by a distant government, but that is also a natural part of the frontier condition and is just a subset of a decent life for decent people.

 

If you were somehow to plot different political regimes and their political formulas, you’d get an unusual cluster around Monarchy on the Y axis and Glory on the X axis.  “The king is the fount of honors.”  La gloire et l’empereur!

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June 22nd, 2017 07:30:29

More than 3 Million Immigrant Voters

June 22nd, 2017 by Man SL

Could be, anyway.  That’s a lot.

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June 22nd, 2017 04:51:34

The Great Divorce

June 22nd, 2017 by MC

This part of Peter Beinart’s attempt to bring liberals to sanity on immigration stood out to me:

Between 2008 and 2016, Democrats became more and more confident that the country’s growing Latino population gave the party an electoral edge. To win the presidency, Democrats convinced themselves, they didn’t need to reassure white people skeptical of immigration so long as they turned out their Latino base. “The fastest-growing sector of the American electorate stampeded toward the Democrats this November,” Salon declared after Obama’s 2008 win. “If that pattern continues, the GOP is doomed to 40 years of wandering in a desert.”

The increasing aggression and stridency of the Left is not monocausal, but surely the sense that the Left didn’t need white voters anymore (specifically, white Christians) helps explain why even supposedly moderate lefties did almost nothing to rein in or dissociate themselves from the extremists on campus, in Black Lives Matter, etc.

I’ve mentioned before how the very possibility of divorce makes marriage itself worse. Marriage requires total dedication, a lot of compromise, and self-denial. And fidelity in marriage requires us not to even acknowledge that there are options besides sticking around. Once you commit to be with someone, you think of every reason why you should be with them. You cultivate the love that you have; you see your spouse through Marriage Goggles.

But once you start thinking about divorce, you take the Marriage Goggles off. You may even put Divorce Goggles on. This is how marriages end.

The Left and Right in this country used to at least try to live with one another. But then the Left’s eye began to wander to those younger, more exotic and exciting immigrants. They work so hard for such low wages! They appreciate the Left’s ideas in a way the Right never could! They make such delicious sandwiches!

But what happens when bringing someone new into the home doesn’t result in the eviction of the old spouse?

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June 22nd, 2017 00:45:12

A Darn Tough Bullet to Chew

June 21st, 2017 by G.

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June 21st, 2017 14:51:16

Desecrating the Power of God

June 21st, 2017 by G.

Early this morning my wife was exercising.  She put on “Eye of the Tiger” that Rocky  made famous.

 

Why “the eye of the tiger”?  I thought.  There is no established meaning of the eye of the tiger.  There is no cultural weight there.  If I mentioned that someone was “tiger-eyed,” you wouldn’t know what to think.

 

But the song is popular for a reason.  The band succeeded in making “the eye of the tiger” mean something about the will to win.  They made their own little myth.

 

So it hit me.  We are all naturally mythmakers.  We tell stories and we try to live out stories, and those are all acts of creating myths. (more…)

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June 21st, 2017 14:45:28