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