Attention English Majors

A quote from for all you literary theorists out there:"Salvation is not in facilities or technology, but in the word. Only in the power of the word will it impact our lives and help us to live closer to our Father in Heaven."—Elder L. Tom PerryEnsign, May 2000, 25You don't appear to be alone. … [Read more...]

Seven Brides for Creepy Brothers

On the grand scale of musicals that are perpetually playing in Utah, "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" probably ranks third (the first two being "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" and "Forever Plaid"). I can't speak for when it was originally produced, by the play strikes me as exceedingly perverse. Kidnapping your potential bride is not the sort of activity we would generally expect to find in plays that the Mormons laud (even if written by Sam Shepherd). So, what is the deal?Do … [Read more...]

The First Vision, the Apostasy, and You

Here is a quote from the study questions area of the David O. McKay lesson that we will be studying in my ward this coming Sunday (at least in Priesthood; we have somehow gotten out of synch with the Relief Society).In what way is the appearance of the Father and the Son to Joseph Smith the “"foundation of this Church”"?This is in reference to a quote by Pres. McKay earlier in the chapter:The appearing of the Father and the Son to Joseph Smith is the foundation of this Church. Therein lies the s … [Read more...]

Straight outta BYUNewsnet (Part 1)

Asian ladybugs outperform native varietyI am sure that it is just because their parents apply so much more pressure. … [Read more...]

Initial thoughts

I love the initiatory. I went to the temple and did initiatories last night and it occurred to me why I enjoy it so. There is a physicality to it that is missing from the other temple ordinances. I have to get up and move around and do things. I understand that all temple ordinances are somewhat passive (these included), but I liked the motion. It reminded me of the time I went to an endowment session in the Manti temple.A well run initiatory session is like a ballet, a machine where the … [Read more...]

It’s sin that is in

Doesn't it seem really important that we sin? Let me give you an example:Ether 12:27And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.Now normally we use this verse as a way to help people out of sin, but look at what it is saying: we are … [Read more...]

If you weren’t you, who would you be? [edited]

The discussion at Nine-Moons prompted by Annie's post has taken an interesting turn that I would like to explore.If tomorrow all of Mormondom disappeared, which of the remaining religions would you join, if any? In other words, of all the religions out there, which do you find most appealing and why?Myself, I think that I would be most likely to go Unitarian. Something about the looking for good wherever it is to be found appeals to me. I have a feeling that I know which way Ronan would turn. … [Read more...]

Whoooooooo are you? Whoo-oo-oo-oo?

I would like to make a proposal.Vicarious ordinance work is one of the central ideas around which our whole church revolves. All temple work is vicarious in one way or another. Prayer is vicarious. All priesthood work is vicarious. Some of the covenants that we discuss have an air of vicariousness about them (Abrahamic, for instance). And the Atonement is really vicarious.Having now proven my point with a foundation of bedrock logic, I ask:Why? Why doesn't anybody do anything for … [Read more...]