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The Gods We Know

November 22nd, 2017 by G.

There is an object of wonder. It is vast, complex, and heart-stoppingly beautiful. It is miraculous. It was created by the very God of GodsHimself. It is ever in His thoughts.

But this creation, lovely and holy beyond words, now fades into the background. It now becomes the setting for even greater beings, so much greater that this ineffable object is only worthy, barely, to be their stage.

On this object, this creation, three Gods meet. (more…)

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November 22nd, 2017 12:17:30

Some Thanksgiving advice

November 21st, 2017 by Vader

From His Majesty.

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November 21st, 2017 19:22:31

Neil Maxwell on Women

November 21st, 2017 by G.

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November 21st, 2017 06:53:37

The Burning Glory of Meaning

November 21st, 2017 by The Junior Ganymede

 
 
Meaning has been a theme on the winds the last few years.

 

The great danger of modern society is not so much that it pushes us toward evil—though it does—but that it sucks us into its unreflective, myopic, consumerist frame.  The popular understanding is that this is “bad because it leads us to sin,” but now I understand that blinding us is one of the primary aims, not merely a tactic. 

 

How much meaning do small events carry?   Is a chance encounter on a train foreordained, or simply one in a random stream of events?  Is there such a thing as coincidence?   And here is the real question: which do we hope, and why?

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November 21st, 2017 06:39:09

Shocking the Youth

November 20th, 2017 by G.

 

How much of that stuff about youth rebellion and kids loving to shock their parents is myth?

The shock at least I have found to be the other way around.  It is easy as easy to shock youth, and just about that much fun. (more…)

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November 20th, 2017 06:43:22

Morning Stars

November 17th, 2017 by John Mansfield

Anyone else watch Venus and Jupiter in the dawning sky today? It was a good sight as my son drove with me to seminary.

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November 17th, 2017 09:16:07

The Rotten Lot of Them

November 17th, 2017 by Bertie

“Jeeves,” I said, “run a gimlet eye over this spot of composition.  I’ve had a dash at the old ink and pen–”

“You have handed me what appears to be an Ipad, sir,” Jeeves interjected.

I drew myself up. “Not actually ink and pen, Jeeves.  One speaks metaphorically, Jeeves,” I replied.  “As I was saying, run your eye over the old ink and pen, or if you prefer it, the old electron and screen, and suggest a few touch-ups.  You know the sort of thing.  The apt phrase, the sockdologer word, the mot juste.”  I decided to apply a bit of the old oil.  “You are a deft hand at this sort of thing, what, what?”

He perused my authorial swottings.

“Have you committed some transgression against the female sex, sir?” (more…)

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November 17th, 2017 07:03:28

The Big Dog who had a Sticker

November 16th, 2017 by G.

A big dog was howling in pain because of a sticker in his foot.

The wise old owl asked him about his childhood experiences and fears that drove him to take risks near stickers.

The coyote ran around accusing various animals of driving the dog to hurt himself with their sticker culture and microagressions.

The mouse pulled the thorn out and told the dog to watch where he was going.

Moral: Don’t overlook the obvious.

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November 16th, 2017 07:10:56

Gentile Nurses on the Islands of the Sea

November 16th, 2017 by G.

In the Isaiah chapters, Nephi quotes Isaiah offering reassurance to those of Israel scattered on the islands of the sea, and says that gentile kings and queens will be their nursing fathers and mothers.

Nephi interprets this in a way that seems to be about modern times and the descendants of the Lamanites.

It occurs to me that a more natural explanation would be local populations in the Promised Land aiding the Nephites and the Lamanites and welcoming them in.

For example, there is the speculation that the Mulekites were not Mulekites.  If so, they would be a classic example of fulfillment of the prophecy.

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November 16th, 2017 06:34:22

Mansfields in the Fall

November 16th, 2017 by John Mansfield

In case you ever wondered what that looks like . . . (more…)

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November 16th, 2017 05:42:40

“Here I AM,” God Thundered Subtly

November 15th, 2017 by G.

Some Book of Mormon thoughts.

The Sign is too Big for Me to See It

After another of his inevitable wrangles with his brothers, the Lord tells Nephi that they will receive a sign of Jerusalem’s destruction.  The sign will be arriving in the promised land.  It made me realize that while many of God’s interactions with us are too subtle for the unwilling mind, a great many evidences of Him are just too obvious to be noticed.

How do we know that Jerusalem was really destroyed?

Well, here we are, aren’t we?

But, no, the facts as they are are just “how things have always been” or are “historically inevitable.”

Collapsing birth rates?  Nothing to worry about.

We have in front of us daily the experience of creation, of beauty, of the inner working of our soul, of meaning.  But those are too obvious. (more…)

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November 15th, 2017 07:04:24

Evolving missionary efforts. 

November 14th, 2017 by Bookslinger

In  recent years we’ve seen tweaks and changes to the church’s formal missionary efforts or program. (more…)

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November 14th, 2017 08:40:20

Music in Emptiness

November 14th, 2017 by G.

Vaughn, New Mexico « A Landing a Day

There are settings for music.  The best way I know to listen to music is while driving through the great empty.  Cheap music can become extremely powerful.  But baroque!  Baroque is overwhelming.

The greatest emptiness of all is at night with the stars.  (more…)

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November 14th, 2017 05:57:22

Change in Latitude

November 12th, 2017 by John Mansfield

Eleven years ago, we had arranged to spend Labor Day weekend at the beach, an end-of-summer recreation. A tropical storm arrived before we did and summer ended for us a little earlier than we had desired. Six years before that, we finished up three years living in Los Angeles just four miles from beaches that we enjoyed frequently year round. The muting of seasonal cues became stranger to my perception the longer I was there. I would strain to recollect milestones by which I could reckon the current month, much as I usually do to figure out the date of the month when a calendar is not at hand. A neighbor cut down a Norfolk pine, and I obtained a couple feet of the trunk to show the cub scouts its rings. It turned out that it didn’t have any distinct rings. Not even the trees of LA know what season it is. (more…)

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November 12th, 2017 05:48:28

Two Grooms

November 09th, 2017 by G.

Sides heaving, a spent horse staggered into a stable with two grooms.  One groom sprang to the horse’s side to care for it.  He dried and brushed and watered the horse before going to turn it back out to graze.  Meanwhile the other groom was nowhere to be seen.  Suddenly a shot rang out.

The other groom had killed the wolf which had chased the horse to the stable.

Moral: Help with the real needs.

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November 09th, 2017 06:30:19