No Disputations Among You…

One of my pet peeves in the Church is whenever there is a discussion on a particular topic that does not seem to be going down the traditional lines of Church belief or the teacher is feeling uncomfortable as someone seems too “lively”, they bring up 3 Nephi and how we are to have no contention. It happened last week in our High Priests Group when we were having a rather lively discussion about this talk that Elder Nelson gave. There were aspects that were not doctrinal and his opinion (like the silly comparison of the Big Bang Theory to an explosion in a print shop). Several of us, who are scientists, said that he was wrong and that he made too simple and silly an analogy to comment on. Others discussed the embellishment of some of the pioneer stories and how that was wrong. There were some other areas of disagreement between folks. I found it both entertaining and enlightening in a good way. I don’t think anyone crossed a line – no one attacked Elder Nelson or his position or the core doctrine. At the end of the lesson, the teacher then reprimanded us for being contentious, then promptly closed the lesson. I think this is the wrong approach – aren’t we here to learn and challenge each other? I guess no one has quoted this scripture to Harry and Mitt given they are in quite a cat fight. Does this fight hurt the Church? Should they back down? Personally, I find it interesting given Harry seems to be the attack dog here.

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Jesus was married?

The news today included a story about a papyrus from the 4th century AD that indicated Jesus had a wife. While no one will state that this “proves” Christ was married, it has serious implications for the Christian world.

You can read one such article dealing with these implications here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-faith/five-big-questions-about-the-jesus-wife-discovery/2012/09/19/362d6c58-02a1-11e2-9132-f2750cd65f97_story.html.

I’ve heard this theory discussed among church members in the past. I can’t recall ever hearing it addressed in an actual Sunday school class and I don’t believe there is any official doctrine on this (I’m sure someone will correct me if I’m wrong), but most members with whom I’ve talked about this possibility seem to agree that not only is it possible that Christ was married, he would have to be married at some point (whether in this life or the next) to achieve the Celestial kingdom. The new and everlasting covenant of marriage is required for all just like baptism. Christ was baptized to fulfill the law so it would stand to reason (in my mind, at least) that He would also have to partake of this covenant.

I was pleasantly surprised to see this new story today. What about you? Does Christ as a husband, father, and “family man” change how you feel about your Savior?

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Birthday Dunking

“I want Eleanor to be baptized in the church, and I know you want that too.”

Uh, no I don’t. Read more »

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Why the BYU Caffeine Issue Matters — a Non-exhaustive List

A non-definitive list of scattered thoughts on the BYU caffeine controversy:

1. It was never about the caffeine, but BYU’s handling of the situation.

  • No one believed it for a second when BYU spokesperson Carri Jenkins alleged that there is no demand* for caffeinated soda at BYU — disingenuous at best, even for a PR person.
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Upcoming Gospel Doctrine Lesson

I am teaching this Sunday and I am troubled by 3 Nephi 2:14-16 (below):

14 And it came to pass that those Lamanites who had united with the Nephites were numbered among the Nephites;

15 And their curse was taken from them, and their skin became white like unto the Nephites;

16 And their young men and their daughters became exceedingly fair, and they were numbered among the Nephites, and were called Nephites. And thus ended the thirteenth year.

Of course the easy answer is to ignore or gloss over it, but these verses are very troubling and should be addressed head on. What are your ideas/thoughts?

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What Ann Romney should have said…..

Last Sunday I watched a bit of an interview of Mitt and Ann Romney on their campaign bus. They were asked a question regarding their lack of empathy for the less fortunate. She responded that her MS had given her empathy and the notion that they lacked empathy was ridiculous.

Which statement was lacking in empathy itself. I am sympathetic (not empathetic) to her struggle with MS and I empathize with anybody who has chronic health issues, but it’s becoming laughable how the Romneys toss out MS every time someone suggests he can’t understand the poor or the minorities of America. Read more »

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Emotional Manipulation

I’m struggling more and more having any type of kind feelings toward my Relief Society President. Last December she approached me and asked me if Visiting Teaching ‘was even something I wanted to do?’ I was shocked at first, but then gathered myself and realized when we first moved to this ward I had asked to be taken off the VT list.  My husband was working heavily out of town and I had very young children and visiting teaching was just one more thing I didn’t want, nor had the energy to do.  After a second of thought I told her that things were really stressful for me at that time, so it might be better if she just takes me off again. I can’t remember everything that was said, but she basically told me 1. they only _wanted_ sisters that were actually going to do their VT and after I said take me off the list she said 2. It is building the kingdom of God and we should all do our part.

Ya because raising four children isn’t doing any of that.
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I Think I Am A Believer. Maybe. I Want To Be. Is That Wrong?

As you may remember, I recently threw a fit about not getting any tv channels beyond three fuzzy PBS stations and announced we were getting cable. Read more »

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Higher Level Parenting – Part II

Have you watched the cable tv show 19 and Counting? It is a reality tv show about the Duggar family. They have a boatload of kids (because that is what happens when no family planning is practiced) and the kids are homeschooled. Read more »

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Michelle rocked the house…….

She did. My friend doesn’t like her and got a bad impression, but last night she gave a wonderful speech, wonderfully. She’s gotten more beautiful over the last four years. Her polish and conviction are a credit to her husband and her party.

I expected the Democratic Convention to be smoother, more cinematic. The Democrats have more “stars” after all. The Republicans missed more than a few boats. In the days since the Republican convention, I, along with media people, wonder where George HW Bush was?? Why wasn’t there more emphasis on our military? I swear, one big minus in my head about Romney is his seeming penchant for employing stupid advisors. He needs me on his campaign. Read more »

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Just Say No

Last Sunday a counselor in our bishopric approached me with a request to chair a party committee for our ward’s Autumn Festival, a traditionally well-attended party held in a barn on a farm. A big focus is involving non-members and inactive members, who seem to look forward to the party every year. I immediately said I didn’t think I would be up to it physically, but the counselor powered through and I ended up taking the paper he held listing all the tasks needed for the celebration. Read more »

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Farewell Rev. Moon

I saw that Rev. Moon died today. I must admit I didn’t know a lot about the Moonies besides their mass weddings of folks whose marriages were arranged. I went to the fountain of all knowledge, wikipedia, to learn more. I was surprised at the many parallels between his Church and ours. For example, they have been fighting to be recognized as a Christian religion by the older Christian sects, they are a comparably new religion, they have extensive investments and are quite wealthy, their focus on marriage results in a very low divorce rate, and they send out missionaries. Of course, the arranged marriage thing is a bit of a negative in my mind, but they claim a few million followers. Anyone ever encountered one of their missionaries?

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Higher Level Parenting

I was talking to a young married woman who has four children under the age of ten. She was explaining to me in great detail the rules she and her husband have set for their children. Read more »

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