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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My calculations

My calculations

I was asked about the numbers in activity used in an earlier post. (Sorry no link, the moderator can’t remember which one) That calculation was one I made based on the statistics we were given by the Mission President on our area. By way of background, I did a two year stint as the Ward
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Record Keeping

Record Keeping

Joseph touches on a principle in his letter on September 6, 1842 that is quite important.  It relates to keeping record and the day of judgment.   After quoting Revelation 20: 12, Joseph explains there are two kinds of records kept.  One is on earth, recording what men have done here.  The other is kept
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The individual and truth

The individual and truth

There are two propositions I believe have the potential for defining our lives here in mortality. First, the importance of the individual. I really do believe in the importance, centrality and power of the individual.  What happens everywhere in the world begins with interpersonal relationships and the individual.  More can be done, and is done to
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