#Next6Months

Another #LDSConf has come and gone! What a weekend! I feel like I’ve just drunk from the fire hose.

What are your plans for the #next6months? What’s changing for you as a result of what you’ve learned?

For now, I’m looking forward to reviewing the talks, bit by bit, and personalizing the counsel found within. I’ll post links to some of my own insights or lessons-learned. I encourage you to do the same! It can be part of your efforts “To Sweep the Earth as with a Flood” like Elder Bednar counseled.

Hopefully the list below will grow in the next six months. For now, here are my thoughts on some of the content from the October 2014 General Conference.

*That* Mormon Gender Survey – A Researcher Responds!

Yesterday I talked a little bit about the FAQ provided by the Mormon Gender Survey researchers, and some concerns that I and others had seen.

I’ve kept up with comments on the M* post about the survey content (right now there are almost 150!), and there’s been even more goodness worth sharing. One of the researchers, Brent Beal, even responded! Continue reading *That* Mormon Gender Survey – A Researcher Responds!

The Church Never Taught Me This!

“I’ve paid the price.”

My mission president had just finished telling us a story from his time as a stake president. One of the members of his stake presidency at the time, Joseph Fielding McConkie, is a brilliant LDS author, and President Hawkins had called him up with a question.

“I called him,” President Hawkins told us, “and said that I was looking for something in Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith but I couldn’t find it.

“I told him what I was looking for, and he said to me, ‘Oh, yeah, go to this page, and you’ll see it about a quarter way down the page on the left side.’

“Stunned, I asked, ‘How do you do that?’

“Do you know what he told me? He said, ‘I’ve paid the price.'” Continue reading The Church Never Taught Me This!

Sticks and Stones and RABID HATRED

Have you heard the term “fanboy”?

It’s a term that carries with it a fair amount of negative connotation, and a suggestion of obsessive loyalty to a product or company. This loyalty is usually to the point of (unfairly) deriding that product or company’s primary competitor, not to mention users of that product or supporters of that company. Continue reading Sticks and Stones and RABID HATRED

“Now with 100% More Context (as long as it supports my views)”

This will probably be the most political thing I’ve written on this blog. I’m not sure how I feel about that (I’m guessing it’ll be a one-off). Evidently I didn’t make enough people angry with my last post.

Either way, you’ve been warned.

Caution Tape

Speech Anger and Speech Anger Anger

A video surfaced of part of a stump speech our Campaigner-and-Chief gave on Halloween day. The video went viral and everyone lost their minds. Continue reading “Now with 100% More Context (as long as it supports my views)”

Another Session of General Conference… Kinda…

It’s an exciting day! Jessica Moody, a spokeswoman for the LDS Church, has told us that “the First Presidency has decided that the General Women’s Meeting will be designated as the General Women’s Session of General Conference.”

I feel both a little bit relieved and a little bit exasperated. Continue reading Another Session of General Conference… Kinda…

The New Nazis – Mormons

Something usually happens to me once or twice each time General Conference rolls around. We’ll be a session or two in, and everything will be rolling smoothly. Then, all of the sudden, a speaker says something and I think, “Yep, that’ll get folks riled up.”

It always makes me smile, in a light eye-rolling sort of way. NEWS FLASH – Mormon Leaders Still Believe Mormon-y Stuff!

I had a similar experience just a few weeks ago, when Elder Neil L. Andersen gave a talk in General Conference called, simply, “Joseph Smith”. Sure enough, people heard him talk about Joseph Smith and immediately went here:

A reenactment of a common scene in the basements of Mormon church buildings.

Someone even wrote, in effect, “I’m not saying that Neil L. Andersen is like Hitler, but… he’s kind of like Hitler.”

Totally not even joking. Continue reading The New Nazis – Mormons

Teaching the Gospel with Twinkies

This post started as a comment, but I ended up being too long-winded. I decided it’d be bad form to pontificate that much in the comment thread.

This movie terrified me as a child.

Of course, as I’ve prepared this post, it’s grown even more (I’ve got to give you some context!). Sorry about that. Still, I feel like I’ve learned some cool things, and I can totally pontificate here as much as I like.

A Twinkie?

The original post I was considering commenting on was actually a book review of John Bytheway’s recent book How Do I Know if I Know? It was generally positive, though the author, Ivan, admitted that JB is probably closer to “milk” than “meat” (in the words of Paul’s analogy). This shouldn’t surprise anyone – JB has become popular because of his entertaining style that’s aimed primarily at youth in the Church. To borrow a business term, it’s his competitive advantage.

In response to the review, someone suggested that it might be generous to label JB as “milk.” They offered that “Twinkie” or “Oreo” might be more appropriate substitutes.

Oh no you di’int!

Gauntlet thrown! Continue reading Teaching the Gospel with Twinkies

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