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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


I Know Him!

In the Christmas movie Elf, Will Farrell plays a human named Buddy that was raised in the North Pole by Santa’s elves. When Buddy grows to adulthood, his adopted father tells him who he really is, and Buddy decides to leave to New York in search of his family.

Naturally, he applies for a job as a Christmas worker in a department store. During his orientation, his supervisor makes an exciting announcement:

“Okay people, tomorrow morning, 10am, Santa’s coming to town.”

Buddy, in a moment you just have to see (it’s easy enough to find on YouTube), screams,

SANTA!! Oh my gosh! Santa, here? I know him! I know him!”

I love Buddy’s reaction to the announcement that Santa was on his way. Only someone intimately familiar with Santa Claus could get this excited at his impending arrival.

May we all seek to be that familiar with Jesus Christ, our Savior. Whether we’re here when the Savior finally comes again, or we seek his presence in our lives, may we be so intimately acquainted with the Son of God that, when we hear he is on his way, with righteous joy and exhuberance we can exclaim, “I know Him! I know Him!”

What is one thing we can change, today, that will allow us to do this? Moroni tells us,

“But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him.

“Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ; that ye may become the sons of God; that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be purified even as he is pure” (Moroni 7:47-48).

What are other things we could do, today?