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Archive for August, 2008

The day of the Lord will come quickly

by @ Saturday, August 30th, 2008. Tags: , , , ,
Filed under Last Days

In the early days of the LDS church, there was much excitement about the idea of the imminent return of the Savior. The brethren spoke often about the signs of the times and the fulfillment of prophecy in the last days. Those who listened to their speeches would go home to discuss what they had […]

Missionary work builds leadership skills

by @ Wednesday, August 27th, 2008. Tags: , , ,
Filed under Mormon culture

The Mormon missionary experience has always been described as a rite of passage. It is a growing experience for most who serve. I learned that being a junior companion does not always mean submissive support. Our full participation and thoughtful contributions are needed for the success of the work of the Lord. I shared the […]

Death is a time of reflection

by @ Sunday, August 24th, 2008. Tags: , , , ,
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The death of a loved one is always a time of tender feelings and reflection. We think upon the accomplishments of those who we have known but have now passed on. We marvel at their tremendous influence upon us, so constant, patient and kind. The difficult times are forgotten, the cherished memories of sweet moments […]

Forgotten signs of the last days

by @ Friday, August 22nd, 2008. Tags: , , ,
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When considering the signs of the last days, most people are aware that they are all around us. One of the most obvious today is the sign of wars and rumors of wars. I’m sure it comes up every time a lesson on the last days is taught in a Sunday school class. We will […]

Tolerance does not mean condone

by @ Monday, August 18th, 2008. Tags: , , ,
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Last week The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints posted a position paper in the online Newsroom entitled, “The Divine Institution of Marriage.” In the section on Tolerance an attempt is made to define the word and contrast it with the way the world uses it today – to condone – acceptance of wrongful […]

In search of the undefined dream

by @ Saturday, August 16th, 2008. Tags: , , , ,
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Disclaimer and warning: This essay is very different from my usual theological discourse. It describes a somewhat personal and difficult problem for me. It is written from a male ‘blue’ point of view. I suspect that it is not something with which my readers of the fairer sex will sympathize. I post this essay in […]

Gays, Feminists and Intellectuals…oh my!

by @ Wednesday, August 13th, 2008. Tags: , , , ,
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In May of 1993 I was working as an editor and publisher in the computer industry. My job required a lot of research and sourcing of material on the Internet. This was in the very earliest days of the World Wide Web. In fact, most of the material I obtained did not come from web […]

FAIR answers questions from LDS critics

by @ Tuesday, August 12th, 2008. Tags: , , ,
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There are many levels of faith and testimony within members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Some are lifelong members that have been recently exposed to anti-Mormon literature or have discovered an Ex-Mormon website. Others are new members that have been asked questions by their friends from their former faith. FAIR, the […]

To be a special witness of Christ

by @ Saturday, August 9th, 2008. Tags: , , , ,
Filed under Doctrine

My sister works for an apostle. Obviously she sees and knows quite a lot about the men who lead this church. She has a lot of respect for their privacy and is a trusted employee. Because of that trust, she is very careful about what she shares with family members. Oh sure, we’ll hear about […]

For they were all wrong

by @ Thursday, August 7th, 2008. Tags: , , ,
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In our Pearl of Great Price Summer Institute class this evening we studied Joseph Smith History verses one through twenty. You know the story. It’s the First Vision. We had a substitute teacher this evening, a judge from the local divorce court. He’s funny and shoots from the hip so he invited discussion. There were […]

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