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Anyone Know John William Yettaw?

May 14, 2009 | 57 comments
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Anyone Know John William Yettaw?

Yettaw, who is Mormon according to several news reports, is now in detention in a Burmese jail. Worse, he has managed to get Burma‘s Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who was nearing the end of house arrest under  a 6-year sentence, arrested also. Read more »

The Economics of Service and Welfare

May 12, 2009 | 70 comments
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The Economics of Service and Welfare

A friend of mine suggested a few months ago that ward Elder’s Quorums should stop helping members move. Why, he asks, should we be competing with businesses in our area? Read more »

Notes From All Over – for week ended May 9

May 9, 2009 | 4 comments
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Comment here on the Notes From All Over for the past week. Read more »

Protest Temples

May 8, 2009 | 17 comments
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Its only been a problem once, but we didn’t expect our Temple to be like this. Read more »

Mormon Mexico

May 6, 2009 | 12 comments
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For some time now I’ve been planning a series of posts looking at the LDS presence in different countries around the world. But unlike what has been done elsewhere, I want to find and present information that gives a view of what life may be like for most LDS Church members in that country. I also hope to give an idea of the development of Mormon culture in the country, mention a few of the well-known or notable citizens of that country who are Mormon, as well as a brief idea of the distribution and development of the Church... Read more »

When Should the News Mention Religious Affiliation?

May 3, 2009 | 48 comments
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When I was a youth (pre-1978), a magazine article about the Church hit the newsstands in Washington D.C., and we, local members, were ecstatic with what we considered great coverage of the Church. So I was very surprised at the negative reaction of the missionaries in our ward. It seems that the article had a few negative things to say that we thought were minor (and accurate), and the missionaries felt were major derogatory statements that put the Church in a bad light. While the situation isn’t the same, I read a similar reaction yesterday, objecting to the mention... Read more »

Notes From All Over — for Week Ended 2 May

May 2, 2009 | 6 comments
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Comment here on the Notes From All Over for the past week. Read more »

Compassion for the Unworthy

May 1, 2009 | 55 comments
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Can I remind us of something? The rhetoric here and elsewhere on the bloggernacle, the Internet, and evidently in the personal lives of some of us, seems all too often to be based on the idea that there is a worthiness test for compassion. Read more »

Notes from All Over thru April 25th – Comments

April 25, 2009 | 27 comments
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Here’s the place to make your comments on our ‘Notes from All Over’ for last week. Read more »

Own Worst Enemy

April 23, 2009 | 67 comments
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Its tempting to shrug off the news that Deseret Book has taken Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight books off the shelves because of customer complaints. After all, Deseret Book has a right to run its business how it pleases. And as Clark Goble observes, in his comment on Beliefnet on this issue, it may be Deseret Book trying to differentiate itself from other bookstores. But I see a problem. Read more »

A Ponzi Scheme Trifecta?

April 23, 2009 | 44 comments
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Looking through the news over the past few days, I was surprised at the number of ponzi-schemes perpetrated by Mormons in the news these days. I’ve seen three in the news in the past week, two of which involved men who were Bishops at the time. Read more »

What Do We Mean by Non-Profit?

April 21, 2009 | 42 comments
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I heard the following story at Sam Wellers about some local LDS Church units and selling books. I don’t know when this happened or who it was — no doubt someone here knows the story better than I do, or knows of a similar story — but it strikes me as the kind of thing that happens sometimes among LDS Church members. It seems some stake along the Wasatch Front did their stake history, and after selling copies to everyone in the stake who wanted one, had a lot of leftover copies. So they packed them up in someone’s... Read more »

Notes from All Over to April 19 – Comments

April 20, 2009 | 43 comments
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Here’s the place to make your comments on our ‘Notes from All Over’ for last week. Read more »

What Does it Mean When a Book is Mentioned in Conference?

April 13, 2009 | 48 comments
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Some time ago, I started putting together lists of the books mentioned and referenced in General Conference Talks. So during the Priesthood Session I started wondering what would be referenced in the printed version of Elder Eyring’s talk. The talk, titled “Man Down!” included Elder Eyring’s telling of a story widely known as “Black Hawk Down,” which has been both a bestselling book and an R-rated Hollywood movie. After the session, I began to wonder whether Elder Eyring’s talk would reference the movie or the book. I assumed it would reference the book, since the movie was rated R.... Read more »

Notes From All Over – Comments

April 11, 2009 | 47 comments
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I’ve always liked our  posts allowing comments on the “Notes From All Over” in the sidebar. So I thought I’d try keeping it alive. Instead of simply leaving an open thread, I thought I’d number and give a summary of the items that appeared this past week: Read more »

Asking the Right Question

April 10, 2009 | 21 comments
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The news yesterday was that President Obama will hold a Passover Seder in the White House tonight, the first time a Seder has been held in the White House. So, who is going to ask him to hold Family Home Evening some Monday night? Read more »

Ecumenically Missing?

April 8, 2009 | 24 comments
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I came across a news item (here and here) this morning that gives background on the 25 members of the President’s Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and it made me wonder a little about LDS participation in this kind of group. Shouldn’t there be a Mormon on this council? Read more »

The Implied Statistical Report, 2008

April 6, 2009 | 54 comments
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Every General Conference, the LDS Church releases a statistical report that gives a brief window into how the Church has changed over the past year. With my accounting background, I’m a bit of a statistics wonk, and I’ve long thought that there is a lot that can be gleaned from these statistics and from the additional information published in the Deseret News Church Almanac. So this year, I thought I’d put together some statistics calculated from the figures that the Church gives out each year — a kind of report of the implications of the Church’s statistical report. Read more »

Sunday Afternoon Session Notes

April 5, 2009 | no comments
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Here’s a few thoughts on Sunday Afternoon’s session of conference. We encourage everyone to take notes during each session and post their thoughts in comments here. Read more »

Sunday Morning Session Notes

April 5, 2009 | 10 comments
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Here’s a few thoughts on Sunday Morning’s session of conference. We encourage everyone to take notes during each session and post their thoughts in comments here. Read more »

Priesthood Session Notes

April 4, 2009 | 12 comments
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Since we’re not doing open threads during the sessions of conference, we’re trying to start comment threads at the end of the session, so that once you have heard and thought a little about the entire session and the individual talks. So take your notes during the sessions, and let us know after the session is over. Here’s a few thoughts on Saturday Afternoon’s session of conference. I’d welcome your thoughts also. Read more »

Saturday Afternoon Session Notes

April 4, 2009 | one comment
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Since we’re not doing open threads during the sessions of conference, we’re trying to start comment threads at the end of the session, so that once you have heard and thought a little about the entire session and the individual talks. So take your notes during the sessions, and let us know after the session is over. Here’s a few thoughts on Saturday Afternoon’s session of conference. I’d welcome your thoughts also. Read more »

Saturday Morning Session

April 4, 2009 | 12 comments
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Since we’re not doing open threads during the sessions of conference, we’re trying to start comment threads at the end of the session, so that once you have heard and thought a little about the entire session and the individual talks. So take your notes during the sessions, and let us know after the session is over. Here’s a few thoughts on Saturday Morning’s session of conference. I’d welcome your thoughts also. Read more »

Whence Our Open Conference Thread?

April 4, 2009 | 13 comments
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Times and Seasons has historically hosted an open thread for comments on each session of conference as that session was being broadcast. We’re trying something new this year. I’m posting this as a bit of notice to our readers, and in an unofficial attempt to explain. Read more »