Marketing to the faithful

Last night I read to my son from an illustrated book called New Testament Stories. The book fell open to the story of Jesus cleansing the temple, and my impulse was to skip over it to avoid having to explain the image of Jesus using a whip. But my son wanted to hear the story, so I relented. I told him the basic outline of the story and conveyed the message that temples and the churches are houses of God, places where the Holy Ghost can be. That makes them special, and we don’t do everyday t … [Read more...]

Quotes of Note- Joseph Smith on Easter and Mormonism

"The fundamental principles of our religion are the testimony of the Apostles and Prophets, concerning Jesus Christ, that He died, was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended into heaven; and all other things which pertain to our religion are only appendages to it" -Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 121 (I usually post a picture of the person quoted, but today thought in more appropriate to picture the subject of the post.) … [Read more...]

As an eagle gathereth her eaglets

I spent some time today watching live feed of a pair of eagles caring for their hatchlings in a large cottonwood tree in Iowa. One egg hatched on April 2, a second on April 3, and the third will hatch within a couple of days. You can catch the 24 hour feed here. It was remarkable to watch them - especially around 5 pm central time when one was feeding the hatchlings a fish. The female and male take turns sitting in the nest while the other hunts for food - and the nest is fit for a noble … [Read more...]

My life is like a kitchen floor

When we first moved into our home, we were delighted by the bright and spacious kitchen. It had 6 recessed lights in the ceiling, plus one over the sink. After a few months, one of the lights burned out. I put "buy replacement bulbs" on my list of things to do. Perhaps a month later, a second light burned out. I moved my shopping trip up the priority list slightly, but there was really no rush. It was still easy to see, I told myself. … [Read more...]

Why are Mormon homemakers so creative?

I like making stock. It makes me feel resourceful. Industrious. Virtuous. Rather than throwing away a chicken carcass, I wring a little more value out of it by boiling it with a few vegetables. Some cookbook authors declare homemade stock to be incomparably better than canned stock, but I honestly can't taste the difference. I like making stock for the virtue of it, not the aesthetics. It's one of the few things I do in my homemaking that feels conservative and productive.A recent post … [Read more...]

Review: James E. Faulconer, “Faith, Philosophy, Scripture”

Title: Faith, Philosophy, Scripture Author: James E. Faulconer Publisher: Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship Genre: Philosophy/Theology Year: 2010 Pages: 254 ISBN13: 9780842527781 Binding: PaperbackIn the 1983 film “A Christmas Story,” little Ralphie wants nothing more than a Red Ryder carbine-action two hundred shot Range Model air rifle with a compass in the stock and “a thing which tells time.” Parents, teachers, even Santa Claus himself respond to his pleading with the sam … [Read more...]

Lift Every Voice and Sing

Exodus. It’s a story as old as the scriptures that has been replayed in America many times. The Pilgrim's journey from Great Britain is an exodus tale, as is the Mormon’s journey across the Great Plains. For African Americans, the civil rights movement was their exodus story. Segregation, disenfranchisement, and racism were their Egypt. Today we remember the Moses of the civil rights movement – Martin Luther King, Jr.In 1963 King was jailed in Birmingham, Alabama for violating a city court … [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, [corrected]Darius Grey to speak on Martin Luther King DayLoyd asks (somewhat … [Read more...]

Spirituality and the environment

I just came across an Ensign article on a topic I never expected to find in that magazine – the environment. Not our spiritual surroundings, but the actual great outdoors. Titled “Our Deteriorating Environment” and written by A. B. Morrison in 1971, the article describes in detail the pollution of our air, water, and land. While the information is a bit dated (lead pollution in the air has been wiped away with the use of unleaded gasoline, and Lake Erie has been largely cleaned up), many of t … [Read more...]

On character and ideals

I teach Relief Society and last week I taught a lesson on Richard G. Scott’s General Conference talk “The Transforming Power of Faith and Character.” The most meaningful part of the talk for me was a quotation from Hugh B. Brown:“Wherever in life great spiritual values await man’s appropriation, only faith can appropriate them. Man cannot live without faith, because in life’s adventure the central problem is character-building—which is not a product of logic, but of faith in ideals and sacrifi … [Read more...]