Quotes of Note- Elder Talmage on Genesis

"Let us not try to wrest the scriptures in an attempt to explain away what we can not explain. The opening chapters of Genesis, and scriptures related thereto, were never intended as a text-book of geology, archaeology, earth-science or man-science. Holy Scripture will endure, while the conceptions of men change with new discoveries. We do not show reverence for the scriptures when we misapply them through faulty interpretation." -Elder James E. Talmage, "The Earth and Man," LDS Church, Salt … [Read more...]

Quotes of Note- President Packer on “Scientific neglect”

No, it's not what you're thinking. I believe this story is from when he served as mission president in  New England, 1965-68, and I'm still not quite sure what to make of this story, other than that President Packer is not always the "hard-liner" he is made out to be. … [Read more...]

Quotes of Note- Elders Ballard and Packer on meetings

"Are you using the ward and stake councils effectively as they were intended? Don’t let them become meaningless exercises in organizational bureaucracy. The way some leaders conduct council meetings, you would think they really believe in a fourteenth article of faith:'We believe in meetings—all that have been held, all that are now scheduled—and we believe there will yet be held many great and important meetings. We have endured many meetings and hope to be able to endure all meetings. I … [Read more...]

Quotes of Note- George Q. Cannon on Doctrine from the Stand

If we hear any principle taught from the stand that we do not understand, let us seek to comprehend it by the Spirit of God. If it be not of God, we have the privilege of knowing it. We are not required to receive for doctrine everything that we hear. We may say, "I do not know whether this is true or not; I will not fight it, neither will I endorse it, but I will seek knowledge from God, for that is my privilege, and I will never rest satisfied until I have obtained the light I require." If you … [Read more...]

Quotes of Note- Richard L. Evans on the Nature of God

"Our Father in heaven is not an umpire who is trying to count us out. He is not a competitor who is trying to outsmart us. He is not a prosecutor who is trying to convict us. He is a Loving Father who wants our happiness and eternal progress and everlasting opportunity and glorious accomplishment, and who will help us all he can if we will but give him, in our lives, the opportunity to do so with obedience and humility and faith and patience".Elder Richard L. Evans, October 1956 GC … [Read more...]

Around the Internet

It's Friday. Here's what's happening around the internet.What's traffic look like at the official LDS websites? This guy knows (or did.)- LinkKeepa looks at a time when you could be paid for doing names in the temple.- LinkMormon Mommy Blogs appear to be very popular among young feminist educated atheists.- LinkKen Jennings loses to Watson- LinkA story of healing, at BCC- LinkChristopher Hitchens v. the Mormons- LinkMore responses to the NYTimes "Single, Mormon, Alone piece" … [Read more...]

Quotes of Note- Marion D. Hanks and Theological Illiterates

“No one knows anything about Christ’s work simply by being born a member of the Church, and often he knows little about it after years of unmotivated exposure in meetings or classes. He must learn. And learning involves self-investment and effort. The gospel should be studied ‘as carefully as any science.’ The ‘literature of the Church’ must be ‘acquired and read.’ Our learning should be increased in our spare time ‘day by day.’ Then as we put the gospel truth to work in daily life, we will … [Read more...]

Around the Internet

Not a lot has snagged my attention this week.John C. at ByCommonConsent offers up thoughts on the NYTimes article about Single Mormon Thirtysomething leaving chastity behind.Dan McClellan explains why elohim is a plural but treated like a singular.Mormons Apologetics and Discussion Board has decided to stop apologizing, becomes Mormon Dialogue board. New URL to match, http://mormondialogue.org [corrected]Darius Grey to speak on Martin Luther King DayLoyd asks (somewhat … [Read more...]

Around the Internet

Since we don't have a sideblog here, Fridays will now see a catch-all buffet post appear.Mormon stuffThanks, but That's Not a Compliment- By labeling thinking as "deep" we can avoid feeling like we need to do any.BCC hosts a variety of views on What Mormons Think About GleeThe Mormon Women Project highlights Elisabeth Krider:  Mormon, mother and Chemistry PhD.Joe Spencer's lengthy and useful  thoughts on Teaching Seminary, Early Morning or Otherwise: Seven “Hints” and Hopefully a Dis … [Read more...]

The Ensign Gets Scholarly. Kinda.

The January Ensign (not available on-line yet)  includes "The New Testament: The Historical Context" by BYU prof Thomas Wayment. PhD from Claremont, focused on textual criticism (as I recall), Wayment is one of the young movers and shakers at BYU. He co-authored Jesus Christ and the World of the New Testament, which garnered all kinds of positive press from lds blogs. … [Read more...]