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Pioneer Children

August 1, 2005 | 16 comments
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A week has passed since Pioneer Day. I was moved by the memorials here and in my sacrament meeting, where the speakers called us to reflect on, in President Hinckley’s words, the “long shadow” the pioneers cast in which we still find some shelter from the heat of the times. The shadow is real, I think. Some of us are here because of them. In law school I met a girl whose ancestors had joined the kingdom in England and crossed the ocean. Like many, they lingered for a few years at the eastern terminus of the trail to... Read more »

Till we feel like it.

July 26, 2005 | 49 comments
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Vows like “For as long as we continue to love each other,” “For as long as our love shall last” and “Until our time together is over” are increasingly replacing the traditional to-the-grave vow Read more »

Adamic Language and Market Prices

July 22, 2005 | 47 comments
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Here’s another weird post (making an unbroken string of 50+, for those keeping track at home). What exactly is Adamic, the pure tongue of Heaven? Read more »

“The children whom thou shalt have”

July 6, 2005 | 18 comments
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After prophesying the woes that will come on Israel, Isaiah relays a promise of the Lord’s: Read more »

“If I forget thee, O Jerusalem”

July 1, 2005 | 17 comments
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Shelby Foote, from Mississippi, has died. He was 88. He was best known for his three-volume work, The Civil War: a Narrative Read more »

Gambling

June 26, 2005 | 80 comments
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Today’s Elder Quorum topic was gambling. Like Calvin Coolidge, like President Hinckley, we were against it. Read more »

On a Characteristic Failing of Mormon Thought

June 23, 2005 | 20 comments
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“Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods Before Me,” Jehovah commands. I suppose that applies to our fetishization of free agency. Fetishizing free agency, and getting twisted up in knots about it, are characteristic failings of Mormon thought. (By Mormon thought I don’t mean scholarly Mormon theology and philosophy, if there is such a thing. I mean something more homespun than that, and I think more important). Read more »

Space Sails to Zion

June 20, 2005 | 10 comments
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You know that I’m enthusiastic about mankind’s move into space as a way of breaking the cultural bottlenecks and societal ruts that hold up the outside and inside growth of the church.* See here, here, and here (scroll down). Read more »

An Inside Look at Little Mercies

June 8, 2005 | 42 comments
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Let me tell you one small mercy of our Lord’s. Read more »

Roswell and the Restoration

June 3, 2005 | 58 comments
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People often ask me what Mormonism has to say about UFOs. Read more »

Rich and Poor, in Utah

May 25, 2005 | 62 comments
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In one of those weird internet odyssies–a series of clicked-through links led me to this article extolling(?) Utah’s lack of diversity, which led me to this report on income inequities–I discovered that Utah had the least income inequity of any state in 2000 and was second only to Indiana in 2002. I moved from Utah to Indiana in 2001, but could there be another explanation? Something Mormon? Read more »

Classing Mormons

May 12, 2005 | 64 comments
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The old dichotomy, under various names (Chapel v. Internet, Iron Rod v. Liahona), classed us either as folks who thought breaking rules was the same as following the Spirit or as folks who thought following rules was the same the as following the Spirit. What about those people—they exist, I met one once—who thought . . . following the Spirit was the same as following the Spirit? I therefore propose a new Mormon classification. Read more »

Funding the Household of Faith with the Mammon of the Feds

May 2, 2005 | 6 comments
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Suppose a religious group receives some federal mammon to fund their good works. Pregnancy counseling, say, or a homeless shelter. Or job training. If the group uses paid employees in that good work, should it be able to hire exclusively from within the faith? Read more »

City of Man, City of God

April 29, 2005 | 32 comments
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I want to spend my life in orchards and alfalfas. Walk-up brownstones and saunters to the subway do nothing for me. I don’t dream of Malayo-afghan fusion food. I dream of Blandings. Of Penhurst. “The traffic of the world gives way to silence and peace.” Etc. Read more »

Spiritual Aluminum Foil

April 18, 2005 | 39 comments
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It is said that the devil can’t know our thoughts. I don’t have a testimony of this, but I have no reason to think it isn’t true. For one, I’ve noticed that I sometimes get temptations at crazily ineffective moments. I’ll be staring into space at the train station, musing on the Battle of Chickamauga, say, and being moved thereby– maybe there’s a hint of a tear in the corner of my eye–and I’ll get a brief impulse that says, Life isn’t worth it, throw yourself in front of the train. What? No. Anyway, a couple of days ago... Read more »

Dreaming Dreams

April 15, 2005 | 22 comments
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Two posts over on the Star (one on dowsing and divination as spiritual gifts and spiritual dangers, the other on Daniel’s dream), and an email my wife sent me reminding me of an important dream I had a couple of months ago, all came to my attention today. There seemed to be a theme. Read more »

On the Seventh Day, Interest Rested

April 10, 2005 | 37 comments
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In the Law given in the days of Moses, the Lord commanded the keeping of a Sabbath day, a Sabbath month, and a Sabbath year. The Law is fulfilled, but we are still to keep the Sabbath day. Read more »

Written on the Heart

March 31, 2005 | no comments
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Jonathan Max Wilson has broached one of my favorite topics: memorizing poetry. He then connects it to one of my pet frustrations–the inability of memorized scriptures to stick in the mind–and to Lewis Carroll and Fahrenheit 451 and, gosh, lots of things. You’ll have to see for yourself. Read more »

Learning by doing: how our colleges are teaching the Sexual Revolution

March 28, 2005 | no comments
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As a way of putting off doing my reviews of God on the Quad and I am Charlotte Simmons, I’ll just link to this post over on the Star, accusing most universities of abdicating their role in loco parentis and advocating sending your kids to BYU. Sentiments with which I mostly agree. Steve Evans and other non-petulant unwhiners will be happy to note that I’ve disabled the comments. I’ve finally found a socially approved outlet for my censorship penchant. Read more »

Welcome, Best of the Webbers

March 3, 2005 | 10 comments
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If you’re following Best of the Web’s link to the baptismal kerfuffle, welcome to the Bloggernacle (the Mormon blogosphere)! Stay as long as you want. Even if you’re a haughty, French-looking individual who served in Vietnam. Read more »

Everlasting Man

February 22, 2005 | 16 comments
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Chesterton’s Everlasting Man famously played a role in C.S. Lewis’ conversion. Read more »

Democracy Wall

February 17, 2005 | 10 comments
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This and other blogs have needed a feedback mechanism, a Democracy Wall, for some time now. Read more »

The False Immortality of the Internet

February 16, 2005 | 30 comments
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Kim Siever mooted the idea of giving up his blog (via the bloggernacle’s house organ). He felt mired in mediocrity, he said. No one listens to him, no one responds, and what’s the use? Read more »

Zion or Bust

February 16, 2005 | 25 comments
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I should say, Zion and Bust. Let me explain. Read more »

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