There have been a lot of tight battles thusfar in the Tournament. Some upsets that you think, “What was the seeding committee thinking?” and some close battles that make you think that the committee was thinking. Well, more of the same this week.
3 – Bruce R. McConkie vs. 14 – Orson Scott Card
Elder Bruce R. McConkie was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles from 1972 to 1985. You can read a brief bio here. Elder McConkie practically codified orthodoxy by writing Mormon Doctrine and has been known to take a firm position in his discourse.
Orson Scott Card is a member of the church and an author of several best-selling books. He wrote one of the best science-fiction books ever produced and he has written several series based loosely on Mormon themes. He writes rabidly idiosyncratic at his blog/newsletter/rage diary, The Ornery American.
7 – Eliza R. Snow vs. 10 – David O. McKay
Eliza R. Snow was a plural-wife of both Joseph Smith and Brigham Young. The sister of a prophet, she was the original Relief Society Secretary and was the general Relief Society president from 1866-1887. She wrote a poem about Heavenly Father and Mother which has become our sole canonized, doctrinal source for the belief in a Heavenly Mother. She apparently was cool with plural marriage and gave blessings, generally acting in a manner that would not be smiled upon today.
David O. McKay was the ninth President of the Church. You can read brief biographies here and here. He was a lifelong educator. Amongst other accomplishments, he was primarily responsible for the creation of BYU-Hawaii.
4 – Heavenly Mother vs. 13 – Zionism
Heavenly Mother – We know that she is up there. We just don’t know who she is or what she is like.
8 – Plural Marriage vs. 9 – Word of Wisdom
1 – The Book of Mormon vs. 16 – The Young Women’s Values
The Book of Mormon was dug up out of the ground and translated by Joseph Smith. It is a history of a people in the Americas, somewhere or everywhere. It is a unique and powerful testimony of Christ and of His Atonement.
The Young Women’s Values are recited, much like the Pledge of Allegiance, at the beginning of many Young Women’s functions.
5 – The Lectures on Faith vs. 12 – Zeal without Knowledge
The Lectures on Faith were written by Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon as our one, briefly canonized, attempt at a systematic theological statement by a prophet of the church. They were written for instruction at the School of the Prophets in Kirtland, Ohio.
Zeal without Knowledge is an essay by Hugh Nibley that explains why you really ought to study the scriptures and make getting to know God a higher priority than it is with you right now. Also, it features the following quote, which I love, “Joseph Smith commends their intellectual efforts as a corrective to the Latter-day Saints, who lean too far in the other direction, giving their young people and old awards for zeal alone, zeal without knowledge—for sitting in endless meetings, for dedicated conformity and unlimited capacity for suffering boredom. We think it more commendable to get up at five A.M. to write a bad book than to get up at nine o’clock to write a good one—that is pure zeal that tends to breed a race of insufferable, self-righteous prigs and barren minds.”
2 – The Missionary Program vs. 15 – Conferences
From the beginning of the Church, we have sent missionaries to spread the word about the Gospel of Jesus Christ as it has been restored in our day.
From the beginning of the Church, Conferences have been an opportunity to gather together, learn from our leaders, and find joy in our communion.
6 – Sacrament Meeting vs. 11 – Elders Quorum
Elders Quorum is the group that you call when you are moving; a service organization with a weekly lesson.
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