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One Christmas, Everlasting

December 23, 2008 | one comment
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Merry Christmas from Christmases past! Read more »

The True Meaning of Christmas

December 22, 2008 | no comments
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The Church has put together a web page on the true meaning of Christmas. Please give it a look and pass on the link. Read more »

The Slaughter of the Innocents

December 22, 2008 | 26 comments
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After the wise men came, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. Read more »

Christmas and the Sacrament

December 21, 2008 | 4 comments
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There is only one Christmas. Each year it comes slightly more into view. Read more »

Notes From All Over

December 19, 2008 | 6 comments
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Comment on the week in sidebar links Read more »

Elder Porter of the Seventy, in Newsweek

December 16, 2008 | 103 comments
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Elder Porter of the Seventy has a column in Newsweek responding to a recent Newsweek opinion piece claiming that opposition to gay marriage was unbiblical. There are several unusual features about the column Read more »

Haunted and Blessed Lives

December 15, 2008 | 13 comments
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Ross Douthat believes in angels and devils. Me too. Read more »

The Carnival of Ward Choirs

December 14, 2008 | 3 comments
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On the sweetness of Mormon life. Read more »

Grace, Works, and the Meritocracy

December 12, 2008 | 24 comments
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Ross Douthat explains why meritocrats feel like they deserve their success. He says that you probably won’t succeed without the luck of good brains and good upbringing, but that then you have to follow that luck with lots of determination and hard work. Since the hard work and determination is closest to your success and the luck is so remote, you give all credit to the hard work. Read more »

Notes From All Over

December 12, 2008 | 13 comments
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Here’s your chance to comment on the week in links. The “All Notes” link is now working, so you can go back to look at links that have been pushed off the sidebar. This may be as good a time as any to remind you that if you hold your mouse pointer over a link on the sidebar, you can often see additional commentary from the linker. Check out my most recent link for an example. Read more »

Tithing Settlement 2008

December 11, 2008 | 8 comments
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Tithing Settlement is a great part of the Christmas season. Read more »

Holding the Messiah

December 10, 2008 | 8 comments
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On the sweetness of Mormon life. Read more »

Relics

December 9, 2008 | 17 comments
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The Book of Mormon is a reliquary in prose. In some extensive sections and at some critical moments, what drives the narrative is the question: how did a set of golden plates, a steel sword, a ball of curious workmanship, a breastplate, and two translucent stones end up inside a stone box buried in a hill in the state of New York? For a religion that attaches little to no significance to relics, it’s striking that large sections of our distinctive book of scripture are concerned with the provenance—the origin and the later cultural significance—of a particular set of... Read more »

Christmas Devotional 2008

December 7, 2008 | 16 comments
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President Uchtdorf said that the angels came to the shepherds, the poor, not to the rich. At one point in my life that would have bugged me. Today I realized that the rich should want it that way. If you’re wealthy and still looking for something, you don’t want to be told that your wealth is all there is. Read more »

Release Time v. Early Morning Seminary

December 4, 2008 | 57 comments
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Below is a forward I recently received about a perceived effort to eliminate the release time seminary system in an Idaho school district. The email is from a CES employee to parents of students in the school district encouraging them to oppose one of several proposed schedules currently under consideration that apparently would restructure the district’s trimester system and eliminate the class flexibility that enables the release time seminary program. It’s unclear whether preventing the Church from offering seminary during school hours was the intent of the proposed schedule at issue, but it nonetheless raises some interesting questions about... Read more »

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin Has Passed Away

December 2, 2008 | 30 comments
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Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin Has Passed Away

Elder Wirthlin died at 11:30 p.m. last night in his home. He was the oldest living apostle at 91. We invite you to share your memories and thoughts about Elder Wirthlin as we mourn his passing. Read more »

A More Fortunate Ensign Article

November 30, 2008 | 33 comments
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Since I was rather critical of an Ensign article on the Word of Wisdom earlier this year, I feel obligated to point out that this month’s article on the Word of Wisdom is a much better piece. Read more »

What the Smith Boys Said This Year

November 29, 2008 | 19 comments
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Previous installments can be accessed through this link. Read more »

Thanksgiving Proclaimed

November 27, 2008 | 2 comments
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Our Chief Magistrate has proclaimed that today be a National Day of Thanksgiving, to acknowledge those blessings of liberty, family, and friendship we receive at the hands of the Almighty God. Read more »

Each in his Own Language

November 25, 2008 | 64 comments
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Each in his Own Language

BYU’s Religious Studies Center recently announced that it had begun publishing books in Spanish, Portuguese, and German, an encouraging development, given how little is being produced outside of English. In his blog post about the news, Richard Neitzel Holzapfel writes: Today, it is estimated that there are nearly 7,000 spoken languages in the world, of which some 2,600 have a writing system. He goes on to say: Equally impressive is the effort to provide translations of the Book of Mormon to the world. Today, the complete Book of Mormon has been translated into seventy-nine languages, and selections are available... Read more »

Hymn 95

November 23, 2008 | 13 comments
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On the sweetness of Mormon life. Read more »

Go Cougars!

November 21, 2008 | 29 comments
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Go Cougars!

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Rhetoric, Ideology and Prop 8

November 14, 2008 | 132 comments
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In the run up to and in the wake of Prop 8, Latter-day Saint proponents of the measure have often tried to parse their words carefully when discussing their support for it in order to avoid charges of bigotry and hate for opposing the right of gay and lesbian couples to marry. Echoing a refrain from the late Gordon B. Hinckley, Mormon Prop 8 supporters have often tried to explain that they are “not anti-gay, but pro-marriage.” This effort, however, has clearly failed to shield members from allegations of discrimination. Read more »

Bones

November 13, 2008 | 21 comments
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One of the subterranean threads running throughout the Book of Mormon is the mystery of whose bones are heaped upon the land northward. Read more »

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