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Devastating Screw-up or Just Plain Funny (Can you shrug it off?)

I lead the music in sacrament meeting which is pretty funny because I cannot sing a lick. I’m tone deaf and can’t read music. But I can count time and I smile and I love music, so it’s working, for now. I have a couple of strong singers in the congregation who know I will be following them. I’ve taped myself singing a few times and it’s pretty funny, but I still love to sing.

A couple of weeks ago, the organist failed to practice the closing song which was “All Creatures of Our God and King.” So she said she was going to set the organ to play the song—I guess the organs nowadays have the accompaniement in them. She had a little trouble with the buttons, but got them set (I thought) and we successfully went through the song several times before church. Read more »

Some Random Thoughts about Education and the State of the World

There are many disheartening things that have come as a result of the economic situation that the United States has faced over the last several years. However, I am not certain that these disheartening circumstances are the result of the economic downturn. I am convinced that that how we currently see humans, their purpose in this world, has been something that has been cooking for some time now. It is just that the rhetoric has turned pervasively more moribund and functional over the last several years. In particular I am concerned about how the rhetoric has turned against what has been seen as an important, perhaps the central, aspect of our idea of what constitutes a solid education for our future citizens; namely, our children. Read more »

Church Buildings circa 1973-Present Day

When I was a kid our church meetings were held in a building we bought from another church. The main floor was the chapel with long, narrow stained glassed windows along the tall walls and ceiling that came to a dramatic point. I spent many a boring Sacrament meeting watching the sun dance on the colored glass, making the pictures of Noah’s Ark and Baby Jesus seem to come alive with heavenly light. Read more »

Boy oh BSA

I am an admittedly less active member of the bloggernaccle these days, but I know a common enough sentiment around here is that the LDS Church should get a divorce from BSA. Whether for monetary, feminist or egalitarian, or simplicity reasons, lots of us can jump on that bandwagon. Some of us just don’t want to be a den leader. Ever. To my knowledge, whenever such a sentiment is hinted at, some cosmic balancing force comments that that will NEVER happen under President Monson or that it will be a long long time or that BSA would die without us or whatever. Really, it always goes like this.

So I fully expected a post last Thursday along the lines of “here is 30 years of perversion papers from the BSA–let’s get a lawyer and get divorced!” The files released last week apparently show how, in case after case, someone at BSA chose to protect an adult over a child. Perhaps it doesn’t happen now. Maybe two-deep leadership fixed those problems. Some might say that parents who allowed their boys to sleep at a leaders house were the negligent ones. I have to admit that I am one of those bloggernacclers who eagerly anticipates at least a sepperation between the Church and BSA (wherein, interested families might participate in scouts and sponser and run the troop, which may meet in our buildings, but which would NOT recieve support from wards in the form of money or callings of leaders), so I am wont to say hey, this looks terrible! Let’s bail! Let’s do it FOR the kids.

Our stake just participated in the Childrens’ Sabbath wherein we all did our Primary Programs on the same Sunday. At the behest of my Stake President, I re-read Elder Oak’s recent General Conference address and while I can’t say I agree with every inch of it, I can of course support the thesis of it: that children are a valuable and vulnerable population who need protection. And, here’s the kicker– we must provide it.

So I am an easy target for this BSA problem. I have no great attachment to the organization, and could easily cut ties at this evidence of institutional illness. I’m there. But I wonder about others–are there defenders? Do any of you feel that these perversion papers are sufficinetly old or out-moded? That we cannot condemn this organization? That the good elements outweigh the (very) bad?

I’d love to hear what you and your troops have thought about this.

And the winner is…

We are less than three weeks to the election. The race for President seems pretty much a toss up now given the strong surge by Romney in the last few weeks. What is your prediction? Who wins? Is Ohio the decider or is it Colorado? First Mormon President or reelection for Obama… Good news is you have a 50-50 chance of calling it correctly!

CAution: Shameful Use of the Internet Ahead

I wasn’t going to post anything on the internet about this, but it is 3am and I woke up with a start. I’m not going back to sleep anytime soon, so I decided I needed to come clean and reach out to my knowledgeable ‘net friends. Here goes: Read more »

The Man with No Feet

I once lived in a sweet neighborhood surrounded by nice neighbors who pretty much kept to themselves and didn’t annoy me too much. Around the corner from me lived a few members from my ward. I couldn’t see their houses from my front door but I had to pass the gauntlet of Mormon friendliness to get to my home. Read more »

Media Manipulation…

I am amazed at how the media is now depicting Romney in a positive light. After months of making fun of him, now there is a concerted effort to prop up his candidacy. I must admit that I am pretty tired of being told what to think by the media. If I weren’t cynical I would think it was a conspiracy. Of course, they likely all take their cues from the big players like the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Anyway, it is interesting to watch the race. Anyone else feel like this?

I Survived the Blizzard of 19__

In honor of the fact I put away my summer clothes and laid flannel sheets on my bed, I’ve decided it is the right time of year to tell you the very true story of why I will never, ever go winter camping again. Read more »

Would you fast for your favorite political candidate?

Last week, my mother forwarded me the following email. The subject line was “A good idea…”:

Dear friends and family,
I have been extremely frustrated with how things are going in our country. A lot of my frustration is because I feel I don’t know what to do to really make a change. Well, this time I do. I am asking you to join me and my family on Sunday Sept. 30 by fasting and praying for Mitt Romney. That he will be blessed in the debates, which will be held Oct. 3rd. I know that seems like such a small thing but I believe “from small things, great things can come about”. I know that fasting and praying brings about miracles. I also know of no power greater that our Father in Heaven. He loves this land and has blessed it many times before. . . with all our fasting and prayers there will be a great power and protection upon us and this great nation. Please send this to all who you know that may have the faith to pray for the help we so desperately need at this time. Please let this wave of faith move through out this great nation. Thank you.

I’m not terribly active in the political realm and, while I tend to lean to the right, I don’t vote along party lines and haven’t decided who I am voting for for President. But, this post isn’t about Romney versus Obama or Right versus Left. It’s about the request to pray for a political candidate that stuck in my craw.

After my mother forwarded the email, my sister sent us the following link: http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/09/28/personal-email-urging-mormons-to-fast-and-pray-for-romney-goes-national/?hpt=hp_t3
Apparently, this woman’s email (the one above) went viral among Church members, and it was only intended to be a private email to this woman’s family and a few friends.

I was really bothered by the request even though it came from my own mother. I don’t like anyone assuming that (1) because I’m LDS I should/will vote for an LDS candidate and (2) that because I’m LDS it’s ok to make a request of fasting and prayer for a complete stranger.

Overall, I feel that asking people to fast and pray for any political candidate just feels wrong.

My sister was very bothered by the CNN coverage of the email because she felt it put our beliefs in the spotlight in a negative way. (She also shared it with her kids and showed them how easily something you write in an email or online can go far beyond your intended audience.)

September 30th came and went and I didn’t fast and pray for anyone (we were busy blessing our 3-month-old son and fasting isn’t high on my list while breastfeeding an infant). I continue to thoughtfully and prayerfully consider whom I should vote for, but you won’t see me putting prayers in for either candidate even once I do decide.

What about you? Did you see the email? How does this request strike you?

[If we can keep the actual political debates out of this post, I would greatly appreciate it. I can’t stomach much more of the debating and voting day can’t get here soon enough for me!]