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Ducking a Smiting Feels So Good

September 23rd, 2016 by John Mansfield

Mormons have a very broad and democratic collection of biographies of their 19th Century predecessors. This is due to two causes. The first is our belief that family bonds have eternal significance which leads us to seek familiarity with our dead and to leave records that will allow our descendants to know us. The second is that the first Latter-day Saints felt they were eyewitnesses of something important and wanted to leave a testimony of it. Thanks to these factors, it is easy to find research on hundreds of second-tier associates of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, and tens of thousands of multi-page biographical essays on nobodies written either first-hand by the nobodies themselves or by their children. These are of most interest to direct descendants of these people, so today most of those 19th Century Mormons are each known in detail to a few percent of present-day Mormons, but we like hearing the stories of others’ kin too.

A few of my favorites: (more…)

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September 23rd, 2016 07:31:51

Apple Harvest, Family Harvest

September 22nd, 2016 by G.

This morning you look at your whole crop of kids, laughing and chattering, eating apple pie for breakfast.  (more…)

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September 22nd, 2016 08:55:38

Frivolous Speculation on Reincarnation

September 22nd, 2016 by G.

Why? Because it’s fun.

Inspired by a recent post by Dr. Bruce Charlton, here are three possibilities for some kind of reincarnation compatible with what we know about reality.  In other words, at least possibly compatible with the truth that the spirit does not merely ride the body like a waldo.  As Dr. Charlton says, “once a spirit has had a body, the body cannot afterwards be detached from that spirit without some maiming, some irreparable damage.”

None of these speculations are guaranteed to be true, or even ultimately possible. (more…)

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September 22nd, 2016 08:36:19

No Responsibility without Repentance

September 21st, 2016 by G.

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I like going through the formal logic of the gospel in clear, simple terms.  Not because the formal logic is the real gospel.  The way the gospel is expressed is the real gospel.  Formal logic is like bones.  Bones are not the body.  But learning the skeleton tells you a lot about bodies work.

The analogy to bones misleads in one sense.  A body has only one set of bones.  The gospel, on the other hand, can have more than one formal logic.  The gospel is deep and varied.  The “body” of the gospel is different from different points of view.

Finally, what I call formal logic is not what a philosopher would call formal logic.  No As and Bs, I’m afraid.

Good.  Throat well and truly cleared, lets get to it.

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September 21st, 2016 09:28:59

Flight 93 Election — the Follow-Up

September 21st, 2016 by Man SL

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You say that we’re like a hijacked plane going in for the crash, you’re gonna get  controversy. (more…)

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September 21st, 2016 07:51:54

A half-pedant

September 20th, 2016 by Vader

Like a half-wit, may be worse than none at all.

Worth working back to earlier chapters, if only for the statement:

The Gods do not like cheap signaling.

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September 20th, 2016 07:51:53

In the World Becomes Of the World

September 20th, 2016 by G.

Today’s General Conference talk is To be in the World, but not of the World, by Brother James Cullimore.  It is a topic of repeated need.

May we appreciate the privilege that is ours in living in this time, in the beautiful, wonderful world in which we live. May we let the gospel light guide us that we may be in the world and yet not partake of the evil of the world.

The world is a constant attractor.  The default state–entropy–is that we slip into worldliness.  In the world naturally becomes of the world.  It requires conscious effort to resist.  (more…)

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September 20th, 2016 07:30:17

Knightly combat

September 19th, 2016 by Vader

Against snails.

His Majesty: “That’s no ordinary snail! That’s the most foul, cruel, and bad-tempered gastropod you ever set eyes on!”

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September 19th, 2016 13:45:18

Riddle me this

September 19th, 2016 by Vader

How is the Clinton Campaign like a seedy porn company?

His Majesty: “More than one plausible answer immediately comes to mind.”

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September 19th, 2016 11:51:18

Sales are the Devil

September 19th, 2016 by G.

C.S. Lewis said that writing Screwtape was a strain.  It was spiritually dry, like writing with dust in his mouth.

Well, I just go asked to portray the Devil for a bit, and I had a blast.  (more…)

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September 19th, 2016 09:26:37

 There are save two churches only.

September 17th, 2016 by Bookslinger

1 Nephi 14:10

“And he said unto me: Behold there are save two churches only; the one is the church of the Lamb of God, and the other is the church of the devil; wherefore, whoso belongeth not to the church of the Lamb of God belongeth to that great church, which is the mother of abominations; and she is the whore of all the earth.”

Dr. Bruce Charlton explains, seemingly inadvertantly, this concept. 

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September 17th, 2016 19:05:49

For the Preservation of the State

September 16th, 2016 by G.

One-man rule is the normal response to severe threats.  To pick a fairly neutral term, lets call it headship. (more…)

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September 16th, 2016 06:48:07

The Coyote in the Fold

September 15th, 2016 by G.

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A tiny flock of lambs and their guard llama were kept in a small, fenced pasture.  A coyote in the neighborhood hungered after the lambs and made it his business to find some means of effecting an entrance. (more…)

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September 15th, 2016 09:26:25

The Traveler at the Ford

September 14th, 2016 by G.

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A traveler on a long journey came to a ford.  Due to recent rains, the stream was swollen to a flood.  The traveler was perplexed to know what to do and exercised his mind for a solution. (more…)

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September 14th, 2016 08:30:34

The decline of the West

September 14th, 2016 by Vader

Continues.

His Majesty: “On the other hand, at least someone is still having children.”

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September 14th, 2016 07:56:59