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Someone sent me this link last week; apparently the Church is putting Personal Progress online. Young Women will be able to read, journal, and keep track of their progress at this site. I think it is a fine innovation. For some Young Women who spend significant time online, this will be an attractive idea, for others it might help them keep track of their accomplishments, and for some, it will not affect them one way or another.

On the whole, I’d say it is a step forward. Maybe not a very important step, but it is a step.

It is New Beginnings season and since I have a Stake Calling, I get invited to attend 9 of them. Lucky me. This year, most New Beginnings programs have included (whether featured or mentioned) an introduction to the “new” Personal Progress program. They are not talking about the previously mentioned website. They are talking about the new book, journal, theme cards, pendants and rubies, posters, stickers (yes, stickers), and ribbons. Whew. It’s a lot of stuff. Read more »

The Ogden Temple Will Soon Look Like This:

According to the Salt Lake Tribune the Ogden temple is getting a major makeover.

So here are some questions for you Mormon Mentality readers:

How lonely will the Provo temple feel after this?

Nothing against the new temples that have been built recently, but do all the Utah temples really need to look the same?

Finally, if it is going to cost the same as it would to tear it down and build a new one, is there a reason why that isn’t happening? The article indicates that the original building was something of an experiment in terms of lower quality construction. My understanding is that we’ve given up on that experiment. Why not just build a completely new building?

Last night, I had a dream

I dreamt that I was holding a tray and standing in a cafeteria line of about six people. There was another line next to us, with about a hundred people. Everything seemed to be going okay, and I thought I was very wise to have chosen the shorter line, when suddenly the cashier for my line just walked away, with no explanation! The six of us waited and waited, but the cashier never returned, and none of us wanted to get into the other line of a hundred or more cafeteria diners.

Eventually I started making noises and getting semi-belligerent. Another cashier showed up, finally, and charged me $40 for my three lunch items. I mentally calculated, however, that they could not cost me more than $15. Trying to be considerate to the people waiting behind me, pushed already to their absolute limit, I paid, and then examined my receipt. None of my lunch items were itemized: there was only a bill for $40!!

I then put my tray away and spoke to a manager, who advised me to write a letter of complaint. I was in the process of composing my thoughts when I awoke, and was left to ponder the meaning of it all.

I told my wife of my dream. She started groaning when I was still waiting in the cafetria line, and the groaning continued straight through to the letter of complaint. Her interpretation was immediate and decisive: she was appalled by the utter banality of my dream. It was, she said, the latest of a series of dreams that did not speak well for my character, where I am faced with trivial challenges, and overcome them in utterly predictable ways. My dreams, she said, suggested a squalid inner life, filled with ordinary preoccupations of the most inane and petty nature.

I’m wondering if there is not a Mormon perspective here that I am missing, and perhaps also my wife. Can anyone help me here? I stand accused …

Book Club, redux

I’ve only been to one book club meeting in the last couple of years, because of my job. It was at my house. We read, something about a Jewish person. I think it was by Chaim Potok—dang, I can’t remember the book! Anyway, this is what I remember: I made yummy chicken salad and green salad and brie baked in phyllo and shrimp cocktail. We had assorted cookies. I’d bought this really pretty china set at a yard sale and I set the table all pretty and we had a tea party in my new dining room filled with light. It was so fun. Read more »

Bias in Tribune by bbell

Why does the Salt Lake Tribune report the news the way it does?

I have been reading newspapers since I was about 10 years old. A story like the this one would rarely even be covered in my experience. It takes a sensational murder or other really heinous crime to make the news.

If it was covered in an article the religious affiliation of the alleged suspect would never be mentioned.

Why is the Salt Lake Tribune so biased?

I’m Watching Fox News These Days

I never watched Fox News before the Bush/Gore debacle. I didn’t have an allegiance to either party. Yada-yada-yada. I know many of you have heard the story of my conversion and how I could have gone with Gore or Bush and how disappointed I was in Gore. Read more »

An Ode to Fry Sauce from bbell

I was first introduced to fry sauce on my homeymoon in SLC. I was raised outside the Corridor and grew up with Ketchup. My new wife wanted to expand my palate so she took me to Crown Burger and insisted that I taste the fry sauce. WOW. It was great on fries and onion rings.

Fast forward 10-15 years.

Fry sauce is all the rage in my house. Read more »

What if your Relief Society President was Bishop?

Imagine your Relief Society President was your Bishop. How do you think she would fare? Read more »