Tag Archives: Christianity

*That* Mormon Gender Survey – the FAQ

I’ve been following some of the discussion about the Mormon Gender Issues Survey, and I thought I’d share some of the more interesting things I’ve learned.

Let’s look at the FAQ. Continue reading *That* Mormon Gender Survey – the FAQ

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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)”

Boldly Going Where No One Has Gone Before

I felt like Elder Oaks’ address from General Conference, “Loving Others and Living with Differences,” was fantastic. And heavy. And a little biting, especially if you’re one of those dweebs who doesn’t let their kids play with other kids who aren’t members of the Church.

(I mean, seriously?…)

Dang it. I just lost the “is it I?” game, deep diving into my second General Conference talk. Crap.

I feel like there’s so much in there that I’ll need to “noodle” over, but one of the heaviest parts of Elder Oaks’ talk, in my view, is the discussion about contention. “Contention” can mean a great many things to a great many people, which is what makes discussion about it so slippery. Before we look more into clues that help us see how Elder Oaks’ understands “contention,” let me tell you a story. Continue reading Boldly Going Where No One Has Gone Before

Asparagus, Now with 100% More Bacon!

A Bacon-y Balm in Gilead

When our family first moved to the Pacific Northwest, we were transplants. My wife and I had grown up in different parts of California, I’d served a mission in Hawaii, and we’d gone to school in Utah. That left us with almost zero connections when we finally arrived in Washington.

Luckily, a few of our friends from BYU also got jobs in the Seattle area, and we arrived in Washington not too far apart from each other.

We were having dinner with one of these couples, a BBQ in the glorious northwest summer weather that all the rest of the world should be jealous of, when the husband brought out something glorious. Continue reading Asparagus, Now with 100% More Bacon!

#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.

General Conference and Looking for “New Wording”

I’m really excited for General Conference. Come Saturday morning, I’ll be in my super comfy Nautica PJ’s (or maybe sporting my PhillyD monkey shirt), probably setting the oven timer for the amazing French toast casserole we make biannually at conference time.

This French toast recipe is as true as the Church.

Making this breakfast is a family affair. It’s tons of fun.

We don’t dress up for conference in our family, unlike some folks, I guess (the Trib runs pieces like this during the two times a year time it tries to be nice to the LDS Church, the weeks before the spring and fall conferences). That definitely helps me be excited.

When my wife and I were dating, though, I did have her convinced for a moment that in my house, we stayed in church clothes all Sunday long.

(I could see it in her eyes, the way she considered breaking up with me right then and there.)

The way we approach conference – more in terms of what we listen for rather than our dress or food quirks – is very important when it comes to getting the most out of it. Let me show you what I mean.

In 2005, then President Gordon B. Hinckley gave a talk entitled, simply, “Gambling.” I’ve always found the structure of this talk far more interesting than the content. Continue reading General Conference and Looking for “New Wording”

Even More Top Gospel Teaching Tips, According to Science

The three first “commandments” of gospel teaching I offered were these:

  1. Thou Shalt Have Grace for Those Still Improving
  2. Thou Shalt Master the Material
  3. Thou Shalt Not Go Over

You can read about them in my earlier post on gospel teaching.

When I initially stared brainstorming this post, the “commandments” below are the ones I actually thought of first. Once I started writing, though, I was worried that people would yell at me if “thou shalt have grace” wasn’t number 1 (and they’d have a fair point, I guess).

Nevertheless, I’m ready to give you another three, each of which I consider to be hugely important.

Continue reading Even More Top Gospel Teaching Tips, According to Science