Introducing DKL

DKL’s interests include genealogy, books, philosophy, and LDS History. He thrives in dynamic environments.

11 Posts
A Very DKL Mothers Day Talk Jun. 23rd, 2012 at 11:13 pm

This is the Mothers Day talk I gave at church in 2010. I troubled over its content more than most talks, and I ended up being quite happy with the product. I felt like (and still feel like) it says some things that are very important. Nevertheless, it received decidedly mixed reviews, provoking strong reactions from people who liked it and did not like it. In 2010, I toyed with the idea of posting it online, but it is kind of a personal talk, and I decided not to. I’ve since reconsidered. So here it is. My Mothers Day 2010 talk:

 


So I searched the scriptures for the term “mother,” and the first result that I saw was a reference to “the mother of all harlots.” And it’s there when you search the scriptures, right alongside “mother of all living” and “Mary mother of Jesus,” you have “mother of all harlots” and “mother of all abominations.” And we don’t say things like, “the father of all abominations” or “the father of all harlots,” because that just sounds kind of wimpy. So I think the fact that the notion of motherhood gets used this way, to describe great extremes of both good and evil, underscores what a very powerful notion this idea of mothering is.

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“You did it, Joseph! You got the Tony!” (plus 8 others) Jun. 12th, 2011 at 11:37 pm

The Book of Mormon musical swept the Tony’s tonight, winning 9 awards, including Best Musical and Best Score. Trey Parker’s acceptance speech for Best Musical was both memorable and clever:

Thank you. This has been really, really cool. I think we did this, because we all secretly wanted to have a big, happy Mormon family. And now we do. And for everyone up here [participants on-stage] and everyone in the circle of doom over there [participants not on-stage], to Andrew Rannells and Josh Gad, you guys are amazing.

I know that on behalf of this big, happy, Mormon family, we really want to thank the audiences, because you guys made this show what it is, and, uh, therefore you’re going to have to atone for it one day. It’s yours now, it’s your responsibility.

And I think the night would be a big disappointment if we didn’t thank our co-writer who passed away, Mr. Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon religion. He couldn’t be here tonight, but you did it, Joseph! You got the Tony!

The Book of Mormon musical won the following 9 awards:
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Everybody Eats Something Mar. 26th, 2011 at 7:21 pm

I was in the Costco in Lewiston, Idaho one time, and I saw a lady with a shirt that said, “Stupid raisins! Stay out of my cookies!” and I thought “How great is that?” because all this time I thought I was the only person in the world who hates raisins in cookies, and now I know I’m not alone. Thank you, lady from Lewiston Costco.

I have simple tastes. For years I ate mostly Big Macs. In college I ate mostly pizza — warm for dinner, cold for breakfast and lunch, because cold pizza is the breakfast of champions. Unfortunately, living with other people (like a spouse and kids) means never eating the same thing more than once a day. Shoot, sometimes I don’t even get to eat the same thing more than once a week. It has taken some time to get used to.

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Racism or Raindance? Jan. 5th, 2011 at 2:32 pm

I had lunch with 4 friends, and we all had a great time, including the black guy. Nevertheless, something had happened that left me feeling quite uncomfortable:

We’d been seated at the table for quite a while, and the waiter still hadn’t stopped by. After someone remarked about how much time had passed, the black guy said, “Maybe it’s me.” The 3 of us laughed, and then he said, “I’m going to get up and wait around the corner and see what happens.” I couldn’t believe he was serious, but he did get up and wait around the corner. I did not want him to get up, and once he did I suddenly became a little anxious for the waiter to take another 10 or 20 minutes to arrive. No such luck. The waiter showed up forthwith, apologized for the delay, and asked what we’d like to drink.
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DKL’s Notes on UFC Aug. 29th, 2010 at 10:02 pm

Saturday night (Aug 28), UFC 118 was here in Boston at the TD Garden. Its was tons of fun. My wife, her brother, her sister-in-law, and I all had a great time.

I’m an unlikely UFC fan. I don’t like sports in general. Sure, I passively follow Boston teams. I’ll admit that I still feel connected to the Redskins from growing up in Washington, DC. And occasionally I do watch the post-season match ups. Yet I lack an active interest in sports and sport teams. I just can’t muster that much enthusiasm.

But I love UFC and its mixed martial arts (MMA) style of fighting. Other sports are highly contrived affairs: one doesn’t accidentally find oneself engaged in a baseball, soccer, or football game. Not even boxing, with all of its rules, occurs on accident. But anyone can end up in a fight, and everyone understands whats at stake when you win or lose.

UFC events have great production values, and whether you go to see them live or watch them on pay-per-view you’ll see very high quality and well put-together sporting event. My observances, in no particular order of interest or significance, are as follows:
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More on the Ugly English of the King James Bible Mar. 26th, 2008 at 7:00 am

In my last post I called the King James Bible “crap”, partly because of its poor English, and partly because its translators do violence of the underlying text, so that their translation destroys whatever literary or poetic structure was present in the original language.

There seems to be some remaining misunderstanding about this. At least a few commenters claimed that the alleged literalness of the KJV somehow preserves rather than destroys the structure of the biblical texts and their accompanying nuances. To illustrate that this claim is mistaken, let’s look at the first chapter of the Epistle of James, which I’ve included at the bottom of this post in a parallel presentation of the King James and the New Revised Standard Versions.
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Update the LDS Study Bible — Please! Mar. 20th, 2008 at 1:53 pm

The King James Version of the Bible (hereafter KJV) is crap. It’s a sketchy translation from an era in which scholars were largely ignorant of the nuances of ancient languages and understood little of the provenance of major biblical texts. To be sure, the KJV has (brief) moments of unsurpassed eloquence, but on the whole its Jacobean English is ham-fisted and at times it is altogether unintelligible.

The popular myth is that the language is brilliant, but archaisms make the text difficult for the modern reader. In other words, if one doesn’t enjoy reading it, it’s her fault. Read more »

From the Archives: What God Wants, God Gets Oct. 17th, 2007 at 10:47 am

Some time ago (Feb 2006), Stephen M (Ethesis) asked me to write a guest post for his blog. When he finally convinced me that he was serious (I am, after all, the most reviled participant in the bloggernacle), I came up with this. It was originally posted at Stephen’s blog. This is the one of the first blog articles that I wrote under my own name. It is reposted here for your enjoyment.

A good friend of mine is a bit older than me. His family is Sephardic, and he’s got binders full of family photos and letters written in the cyrillic alphabet. As he turns through them, he can tell you exactly who went to which death camp or concentration camp, whether they survived, and who got out of Europe altogether. A few years ago he was with his aunt at the Holocaust museum in Washington, DC, and she spotted her younger brother in one of the photos of death camp prisoners that was on display there. He was very young — if he were LDS, he might have been a deacon — but at an age that was older, at any rate, than she’d ever seen her little brother. He died there in the death camp. My friend is Jewish, of course, and it’s quite something to hear him describe it.
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Obedience in Piety and Cowardice Apr. 16th, 2007 at 9:18 am

After recess one day in the fourth grade, Mrs. Karns gave us an impromptu quiz on the homonymous words “there” and “their” by pointing to successive students and using one of the homonyms in a sentence. The specified student would spell the word that she had used, she would pronounce her verdict, and she would move on to the next student. Soon after she began, I recognized that Mrs. Karns was alternating each time between “their” and “there.” When my turn came, she broke her alternating pattern. She gave me a sentence that used the same word as the preceding student.

So I faced a dilemma: I could either answer Mrs. Karns according to what I knew was right, or I could answer her according to the pattern that I had observed. I am sorry to report that I gave the answer that conformed to the pattern that I had observed. Read more »

Authority and the Role of Stigma in the Church Feb. 25th, 2007 at 6:42 pm

(At the request of a few curious readers, I’ve added a postscript below to provide more details surrounding the story that I use to make a point in this post.)

All this talk about the fallibility of leaders on big issues of long ago (here at BCC and here at FMH) makes me wonder at how much easier it is for people to admit the big mistakes of past leaders than to cop to the problems that continue to exist within the current culture of church leadership.

In November of 1990, President Ezra Taft Benson called me on a mission to Fukuoka (anglicized pronunciation: /fū-kū--kä/), Japan. So I entered the MTC in January of 1991, and there I stayed until about two weeks later, when Richard K. Klein, the MTC mission president, thought better of the prophet’s calling. “People like you shouldn’t go on missions,” he told me. And he promptly sent me home.

Richard K. Klein was later called to be an Area Authority Seventy. He died before I became active in the church again, thus robbing me of the opportunity to oppose his sustaining vote each year in general conference. Serves me right for going inactive.

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Welcome, and Thanks for Visiting Oct. 3rd, 2006 at 11:24 am

Today is the grand opening of our new blog, and we’re very excited. None of us perma-bloggers have group blogs to participate in, so we got together and decided to do something about it.

Some of us you know better than others. Some of us you may have strong feelings about. That’s as it should be. Blogging is a two way street. We know some of you better than others, too. And we have strong feelings about you, our co-participants. We very much want to engage your hearts and minds, to read the insights in your comments, to be prompted to think harder and longer, to hear your stories, and to learn more about all of you.

We’ve got some posts lined up that we hope you’ll enjoy. So kick back, relax, and make yourself at home. We hope you’re here to stay.