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“Wickedness Never Was Happiness”

September 11, 2009 by

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Ever wonder if we interpret that scripture backwards? We usually hear it in the sense of, “If you’re wicked, you won’t be happy, so don’t be wicked!” But it could just as easily mean, “If you’re happy, then that’s a sign that you’re not wicked.” I think that, most of the time, that’s the more […]

Three Acts

September 9, 2009 by

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The traditional three-act epic (think Star Wars or Lord of the Rings) starts with the good guys receiving a quest (act 1). Then the bad guys almost stop the good guys from completing their quest (act 2), and finally the good guys triumph over the bad guys (act 3). In church we get the three-act […]

Geeks Again

August 26, 2009 by

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I was recently called to be the priests quorum teacher in our ward. This means that I get to teach the 16 to 18-year-old young men at church. It also means that I get to attend the Wednesday night youth activities. The young men in our ward are pretty typical of young men in the […]

Reverence

August 25, 2009 by

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I received an email today, entitled “Reverence is more than just quietly sitting…”, that included the following quote on reverence: Reverence has more to do with politics than with religion. We can easily imagine religion without reverence; we see it, for example, wherever religion leads people into aggressive war or violence. But power without reverence […]

Fundamentalism

May 20, 2009 by

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“Fundamentalism” is a word that gets attached to extreme religious movements. The news talks about fundamentalist Islam, like the Taleban. The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) have even embraced the word. The defining value of fundamentalism is giving up the personal responsibility one has of making moral judgments. Fundamentalism is […]

Sunday Afternoon

April 10, 2009 by

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Last Sunday I got to listen to the afternoon session of General Conference. My recent post about different kinds of salvation caused me to especially notice Elder Bednar’s talk. He said, [t]he process of taking upon ourselves the name of Jesus Christ that is commenced in the waters of baptism is continued and enlarged in […]

Many Salvations

April 5, 2009 by

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Last night Heather and I watched the movie Bulletproof Monk. I enjoyed it as a fun action flick, but it had a sub-theme of enlightenment that stuck out to me. Just before the movie, I had been reading 3 Nephi 14, wherein Jesus says, strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth […]