Transcripts

Transcripts

On the right column of this page there is a new section where you can link to the talks/papers I’ve given. The transcript of the Boise talk is available there now, as well.

Evil Speaking of Anointed

Evil Speaking of Anointed

I was asked how I justify “evil speaking of the Lord’s anointed” –a question I’ve already answered here, here, and here, among other places.It would be better to read what I write than to presume something about me. If you’re interested enough to criticize, then why aren’t you interested enough to read what I’ve written
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Ten Points

Ten Points

Because of recent events I want to make ten points: First, I disabled comments and then I stopped blogging as a sign of good faith to the stake president. Second, I was and am able to a pass temple recommend interview. I can answer all the questions in the right way. I don’t pretend to
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Clarification

Clarification

My wife and I dropped by to visit with President Hunt at his home today. Neither he nor I like the present circumstances. We had a pleasant discussion. He clarified to me that the comment, “What makes you think the church wants that kind of people?” was not intended by him to mean they weren’t
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Flavor of the Month

Flavor of the Month

I notice there’s a lot of blog activity for the moment. That doesn’t fool me. I’m the “flavor of the month” to folks and that will soon pass. But while I have your attention let me say this to whoever is stopping by because you think this is a temporary amusement, outrage, vindication or car
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My Sympathy

My Sympathy

Elder Russel M. Nelson presides over the Strengthening the Members Committee. His wife has created a great deal of controversy with a children’s book she has written. Some active LDS psychologists have denounced the book as “child abuse” and used very unkind terms against both the book and her. I wanted to express my sympathy
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Yesterday

Yesterday

Yesterday was the 40th anniversary of my baptism into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I marked my gratitude by giving a talk in Boise, Idaho. On my way to the meeting, at 10:30 yesterday morning, President Hunt called to tell me I’d been excommunicated. He emailed me on Monday and asked if
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Don’t Know

Don’t Know

I know a decision was made. They must deliver a letter. I have not yet received it. During our hour long discussion, the stake president admitted to my children he got a call during one of his meetings with me from one of the Seven Presidents of the Seventy. He was instructed to “stand down”
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Last Night’s Family Home Evening – Don’t call me.

Last Night’s Family Home Evening – Don’t call me.

We have Family Home Evening on Sundays. I try to teach a meaningful lesson each week. Last night the lesson was on Church Disciplinary Councils. After a discussion at home, I went with my family to the stake building to participate in an actual council. The notice from the stake mentions “the spiritual demise of
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Contentment

Contentment

I’ve been reflecting on Mormonism. That joyful, confident, speculative religion given to mankind between 1820 to 1829, with all the potential vitality of a new movement. Unafraid, uncaptured by an institution, filled with the possibility of changing the world. A time before the adversary saw that inasmuch as you can buy anything in this world
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