A student of the Lord

A student of the Lord

Our obligation is to conform our opinions to the Lord’s instruction.  That requires us to be careful about how we listen, how hard our hearts are, how much we want to let in, and how loyal we choose to be to traditions.  It is rare for any man to be an eager student of the
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Violence and the Violent

Violence and the Violent

There has been an abundant outpouring of vitriol by those who disagree with my view about “the battle is the Lord’s” (an earlier post).  The comment moderator has asked me about them, because she’s reluctant to put some of them up.  They claim the view I hold is either Satanic or else I have been
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Egypt and Egyptian

Egypt and Egyptian

The brass plates of Laban were also in Egyptian.  Mosiah Chapter 1, verses 1-4 discuss the education of Mosiah’s sons.  They were taught “in all the language of his fathers.”  That phrase gets explained.  But before clarifying what “all the language” included, the brass plates are mentioned in verse 2.  These plates contained the commandments
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LDS Books

LDS Books

I was asked to recommend some books.  I am going to first discuss some of what I’ve read over the years. The first year after joining the church I was eager to learn what the religion was about.  I began reading whatever I could find to inform me about the new faith.  I started with
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A Confession

A Confession

Confession of sins is supposed to be good for the soul.  So I figure I’ll make a confession of my attempted arson.  I offer no defense for this crime, since I need none.  The statute of limitations having run many years ago. When my friend decided he no longer wanted to make payments on his
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Forward or backward

Forward or backward

I got asked about loss of teachings or practices within the LDS community.  My response is as follows.   It makes no difference whether it is an individual or a community, we are all on a single path that goes two ways – forward or backward. We are either gaining, or we are losing.  We
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Mosiah 18: 8-10

Mosiah 18: 8-10

I was asked why the language of Mosiah 18: 8-10 related to membership in the church, and not to others outside the church.  Here’s my response.   These verses are talking about entering into a covenant and becoming “the fold of God.”  (Verse 8.)  This fold will be “called his people.”  (Id.)  The fold, who
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The battle is the Lord’s

The battle is the Lord’s

I had an interesting conversation yesterday.  It provoked this comment.   When Julius ended the Republic by crossing the Rubicon with the 13th Legion from Gaul, he established a dictatorship that would change into the Empire thereafter.  The Republic was dead.  The Empire lived on.   Julius’ great nephew is regarded as the first fully
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Mark Twain

Mark Twain

Mark Twain had a greater influence on my childhood development than any other writer.  Here are a few of his quotes:   “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you in trouble.  It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.”   “Loyalty to petrified opinion never broke a chain or freed a
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A parable

A parable

A parable – for which I borrow Hindu and Buddhist notions to make it possible to tell. There was a certain man who feared not God nor regarded his fellow man; who was filled with ungoverned lust and anger.  He married, fathered a child, and abused his son daily, for he was without compassion.  In
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