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My Employment History as a Deadly Sinner

Let me kick this off a bit autobiographically.

I have been paid for work since I was 16 (before that I was a slave laborer for my parents) and have been quite fortunate in my jobs. That said, some jobs were more worthy of my time than others. Read more »

Welcome guest blogger esodhiambo

Nepotism Alert: If this introduction sounds just a little too glowing, perhaps that’s because eso is my super-cool East Coast cousin who, along with her sisters, has been the arbiter of taste in my extended family for decades. One of my favorite parts of visiting my New York cousins is sitting around and listening to them talk. They represent the full spectrum of political and cultural opinion (I’ll leave it to you to figure out where eso falls), and if you want a statement on international development in eastern Europe, the latest education legislation up for debate, travel tips for France, or the hot new Broadway hit, there’s a sister who can deliver for you.

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Kennedy’s Endorsement of Obama

Since we are heavily Republican on this blog, lets look across the aisle for a moment. I was puzzled by all of the excitement around Senator Kennedy’s endorsement of Senator Obama. Senator Kennedy was touting how this country really needs change and that Barack Obama is the person to make the required changes. This is where I get confused.

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In Memorial: Gordon B. Hinckley, 1910-2008

In closing I plead with you to control your tempers, to put a smile upon your faces, which will erase anger; speak out with words of love and peace, appreciation, and respect. If you will do this, your lives will be without regret. Your marriages and family relationships will be preserved. You will be much happier. You will do greater good. You will feel a sense of peace that will be wonderful.

-Gordon B. Hinckley, October 2007

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WordPress Meetup in Utah

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Matt Mullenweg, “the founding developer of WordPress” will be sponsoring a WordPress meetup in Salt Lake City, Utah on February 2nd. You can read more about it here and here. It appears to be an open invitation to any and all interested local WordPress users, though they are asking for RSVPs to make sure there’s enough space for participants. Read more »

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Two Mormon Mentality Comment Moderation Analogies

I’ve been thinking a little bit about Steve’s BCC: “Banned!” post and some of the comments. In the process I’ve come up with two analogies to describe the way comments are moderated at Mormon Mentality. Read more »

Outrageous Speculation on Race and the Presidential Race

The following is speculation on my part and not meant to offend.  If you are offended, please state why in the comments.

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Trash Calls Database: Resource or Scandal?

Having spent a few years wasting time on the bloggernacle I’ve seen lots of people come and go. People sometimes use multiple handles and it is often hard to keep names straight. Our own annegb has asked people to introduce themselves in post dedicated to that purpose. So I suppose that Joseph Addison of Trash Calls might have had similar motives in posting a spreadsheet of many bloggernacle regulars. However I think that many will be disturbed that there is now a repository of information that connects the bloggernacle firmly with real life names and occupations. What do you think? Is this thing a helpful if snarky resource? Or is it a violation of privacy in some way?

And yes I read Snarkernacle and Trash Calls and find both to be funny, though unevenly so.

Are Mormons Evangelical?

The problem, of course, is in defining ‘evangelical.’

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The New England Patriots and Perfection

As he was wheeled into surgery after being shot in 1981, Ronald Reagan famously joked with the doctors, “Please tell me you’re all Republicans.” The head surgeon, a liberal Democrat, replied, “Today, we’re all Republicans.”

In that spirit, I would like to suggest that today, we’re all New England Patriots fans. Read more »

LDS 12 Step Meetings, Not as much fun as you’d imagine

Having experienced LDS Social Services as a foster child in their care, I have little regard for the institution.  My sisters and I were part of a pilot program in Vegas (Victor Brown, Jr. was the boss—-he was pretty cool) for foster care.  We were in a few good homes, but mostly not.  Many were inactive and two were terribly abusive. Read more »

Speaking of Identity Politics…

Romney also benefited from his Mormon religion, the poll results show. Romney captured 94 percent of the voters who identified themselves as Mormon, which made up 25 percent of all Republicans participating in the GOP caucuses.

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“Time is only unto man”: exhibit A

I don’t think I ever thought seriously about the sacrament until my mission, when I received a letter from my grandfather. Grandpa had a long history of service in the Church, and so I regarded him as one who could enlighten me on the “mysteries of the kingdom” through our correspondence during my mission, and looked forward to what treasures his letters might hold for my understanding of spiritual things. Read more »

Thou Kindle, Shalt Dwindle


Because he’s known for pushing such innovative products, everything Steve Jobs says gets analyzed and assessed. Read more »

A Mormon Bigfoot

Thanks to the esteemable Dallas Robbins (see comment number 9), for the past two years or so mine has been the email of choice for folks interested in finding out whether Cain is actually Bigfoot.

This has not been entirely a bad thing. Gmail’s pretty good about spam, and I’ve made a few interesting acquaintances. Their ranks, with one notable exception, are rather less wacky then you might expect. (I found the same to be true of the MUFON people, who asked me to present the paper at one of their Salt Lake City conferences.) They are also somewhat more numerous. Fortunately, the paper is now published,* and I can simply refer my new friends there (after assuring them – to their occasional disappointment, that I cannot provide them a smoking Bigfoot gun).

In any case, because I enjoy blogs that reproduce primary sources, I’ve decided to reprint my correspondence with one such investigator below. I’ve removed his name and everything he wrote, so what’s here are my words, slightly edited.

This hopefully will also provide interested readers with a survey of the paper.

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The Obama Dilemma

More politics. Sorry folks, I watched my very first live debate from beginning to end two weeks ago, and I have all of the exuberance of a new addict.

(N. B. I’m ashamed to say that until the age of…oh, 24 or so, I just handed my vote over to my dad, who diligently filled out an absentee ballot for me every November. Has anyone considered the political implications of large Mormon families with lazy college-aged children who allow their parents to vote for them?)

The kerfuffle (Curfuphle? Kurphufle?) among the Democrats these days is, of course, who’s going to win South Carolina, and All Things Considered did an interview this evening with a group of black female voters to find out whom they favored: Hilary the woman or Obama the black man?

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A Wonderful Column

My friend, Brent Holloway, has given me permission to print the column he wrote for our local paper yesterday.    I thought he had some profound points worth sharing.  It’s entitled “Balm of Gilead.” 

Courage.  Sometimes you see it in the most unusual places – even at church.

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Thus Spake Nick Lachey

Yesterday in sacrament meeting a guy stood up to bear his testimony, which started out normally enough, but took a turn for the weird when he said he wanted to read the lyrics of a Nick Lachey song (“What’s Left of Me”). So he did. The entire song. I wondered if it was the first time ever that someone had quoted Nick Lachey from the pulpit. Which led me to further wondering about the most controversial person ever quoted from the pulpit. I remember hearing Bart Simpson quoted in a sacrament meeting talk several years ago, but I think the winner has got to be Elder Dallin Oaks at a BYU devotional quoting John Lennon’s “Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.” Of course, Oaks doesn’t cite Lennon, but rather the ambiguous, “Someone has said…” (Incidentally, Elder Tom Perry at General Conference in 1995 also once quoted Majorie Hinckely quoting this same phrase of Lennon’s.)

So who are other odd personalities you’ve heard quoted from the pulpit? Can anyone top Oaks quoting John Lennon?

Take a look around the room

I did a post awhile back about my ward and the struggles most of us had—I wanted to show that Mormons are just like everyone else, not weird or strange.  However, some of my co-bloggers felt it might be offensive (particularly to members of my ward :), most of whom don’t even know what a blog is), but I agreed and deleted it.  I’m glad I did.

 However, last Sunday I looked at each person in the room.  I know almost of them very well and consider most of them good friends.  A goodly percentage are like family to me.  Having no real family structure, I’ve made my ward my family. Read more »

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