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Getting Philosophical about Food Storage

September 16, 2004 | 61 comments
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The thing is: we don’t eat the kinds of foods that one can store. A large chunk of our grocery purchases consist of fresh fruit, frozen vegetables (not the square carrots!), and cheese. Whenever I feel all penitent and motivated to store more food, I always hit a wall due to the discrepency between what we eat and what can be stored. Read more »

“Being Loyal Citizens”

September 9, 2004 | 28 comments
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I have found that my children behave much better in Wal-Mart if we review the rules before we go into the store (no running, use inside voices, no pointing at morbidly obese people and saying, “Look, Mommy, that guy sure is fat!â€?). So, brief review: at Times and Seasons, we are polite, we avoid ad hominem attacks, we do not call into question each other’s righteousness, and we do not make comments about girth. (I will exercise no restraint in deleting comments that I feel violate our posting guidelines.) Read more »

A Different Kind of ‘Likening’

September 8, 2004 | 16 comments
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There is a great conversation over at that other blog about that classically difficult story, Abraham’s near-sacrifice of Isaac. Among the many excellent comments, this one from danithew stood out to me: “In my Quranic Studies course today the professor talked about how one of the first things Islamic scholars used to do was look at a test and identify the problems/challenges/dilemmas that were imposed on the reader by the text.” This concept seems as if it would be more at home among the reader-response-flavored lit critics than it would among Islamic scholars, but I am nonetheless intrigued by... Read more »

Book of Mormon Family Home Evening Lesson Thirteen

September 7, 2004 | one comment
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(Completely unreleted to everything but I just had to mention: my three-year-old noticed that the skin on the bottom of my foot is peeling and asked, “Mommy, are you molting?”) BMS: Abinadi and King Noah MBM: Abinadi Theme: We should be witnesses of Jesus Christ. Scripture: Mosiah 16:8-9 Resources: (1) Can’t take credit for this one but the kids liked it: as we read from the story (also available in the Friend), we cheered every time Abinadi was mentioned and boo’ed every time Noah was mentioned. (2) GAPK #308 (3) CS #118 verse 4 (4) If you didn’t use... Read more »

Book of Mormon Family Home Evening Lesson Twelve

September 5, 2004 | 5 comments
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(This is last week’s; I’ll have today’s later today. Sorry to get behind; I was out of town.) BMS: King Benjamin MBM: King Benjamin Scripture: Mosiah 5:7 Theme: We can follow Jesus Christ. Resources: 1. The June 1992 Friend has a flannel board for King Benjamin. 2. GAPK #307 3. Children’s Songbook #276 “Do As I’m Doing” 4. The June 2000 Friend has a nice, short story called “King Benjamin’s Words.” 5. We played a little game with the poster article called “Prophets” from the May 2003 Friend. 6. The kids’ favorite part was when we took turns pretending... Read more »

Book of Mormon Family Home Evening Lesson Eleven

August 23, 2004 | no comments
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How the Other Half Lives

August 22, 2004 | 2 comments
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The only place online (besides T & S, of course) where I hang out is a message board for homeschoolers. The place is fascinating to me because it overcomes one of the biggest (in my opinion) disadvantages of Internet life: people with widely varying viewpoints are talking to each other over there. We all school the same way, but in addition to your evangelical Christians, we have every other flavor of Christians, non-religious types, Jews, Muslims, pagans, etc. Read more »

Book of Mormon Family Home Evening Lesson Ten

August 15, 2004 | 2 comments
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MBM: There is a Christ BMS: Jacob and Sherem Read more »

Book of Mormon Family Home Evening Lesson Nine

August 8, 2004 | 7 comments
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BMS: A New Home in the Promised Land MBM: The Promised Land–The Nephites Read more »

Conflicted Thoughts about Hyper-Righteousness

August 6, 2004 | 32 comments
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Over at Sons of Mosiah, Bob Caswell shares Bob Millet’s theory on why some members of the Church get so darn hyper about little things: “Millett had another story of a relatively new member coming to him and asking if it was normal for a bishop to require no facial hair in order for a person to be worthy to receive a calling. Millett suggested that the person meet with his stake president. Well, this person did so only to find out that is was his stake president who instigated it! Millett posed the question: What does a person... Read more »

Ethics for Three-Year-Olds

August 6, 2004 | 43 comments
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So we checked out a retelling of The Little Red Hen from the library. For those of you not up on your kiddie lit, the aforementioned hen asks her friends to help with every step of the process of breadmaking (planting the seeds, tending the wheat, cutting and grinding the wheat, and baking the bread) but they always refuse to help. At the end, she refuses to share the bread with them. Read more »

Book of Mormon Family Home Evening Lesson Eight

August 2, 2004 | 3 comments
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My main hope with this lesson is that Children’s Protective Services doesn’t knock on the door while the three-year-old is tied to the chair. Read more »

Elder Haight Passes Away

July 31, 2004 | 21 comments
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Elder David B. Haight passed away. (Link here.) Read more »

Book of Mormon Family Home Evening Lesson Seven

July 25, 2004 | no comments
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Was Polygamy Good for Women?

July 25, 2004 | 18 comments
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I think there is an unexamined assumption that polygamy in general is misogynistic, as if there were an equation in our minds and three or four or five women were needed to be ‘equal’ to one man in a polygamous worldview. I am wondering if we might explore that assumption. Read more »

Book of Mormon Family Home Evening: Lesson Six

July 18, 2004 | 2 comments
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BMS: Lehi’s Dream MBM: (not included) Read more »

Book of Mormon FHE: Lesson Five

July 12, 2004 | no comments
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Book of Mormon FHE: Lesson Four

July 4, 2004 | 4 comments
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BMS: The Brass Plates MBM: Nephi’s Faith (Actual thing that happened during this lesson: Me: “So why did they need to get the brass plates?” Nathan, two years old: “Because they didn’t have anything to eat dinner off of!”) Read more »

Around the Blogs

July 2, 2004 | 6 comments
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(Note to Kaimi–I hope I am allowed to do this without starting a turf war.) Read more »

“This is only a test. . .

June 29, 2004 | 33 comments
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. . . if it were an actual commandment, this message would be followed by a theologically sound explanation . . .” Read more »

Book of Mormon FHE: Lesson Three

June 27, 2004 | 3 comments
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BMS: Lehi Leaves Jerusalem MBM: The Wilderness Read more »

Newly-Discovered Tablet Sheds Light on Pre-Existence

June 23, 2004 | 12 comments
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Look, my proto-Semitic is a little rusty, but since I found the facsimile online and the real scholars are busy, I thought I’d take a stab at it. It cuts off in the middle, but before that is an interesting little dialogue with some compelling parallels to the doctrine and practices of the Restoration. Someone told me that FARMS is planning a special issue on it in a few months. Read more »

Typical LDS Women

June 21, 2004 | 43 comments
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Michelle recently wrote that she considers some of the women at T & S ” . . . such a breath of fresh air because they are so well-educated, intelligent, and unafraid to put forth strongly held opinions. But may I point out the emperor’s lack of clothes and say you are not typical LDS women?” Read more »

Book of Mormon FHE: Lesson Two

June 20, 2004 | one comment
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For an explanation of these FHE lessons, click here. Read more »