Julie Smith over at Times and Seasons has been re-hashing the whole “are-women-more-spiritual-than-men” question. My opinion is that they aren’t, but that’s not what I’m writing about. I’m more interested in a comment Julie made about male vs. female testimony bearing. (more…)
Most of our readers have probably at least heard of the upcoming movie adaptation of the Mountain Meadows Massacre – a dark moment in Mormon history, where a group of Mormon settlers and militia set upon a wagon train bound for California near Cedar City, Utah, killing men, women and children.
Daily Variety has published a biting review of the upcoming movie, describing it as a “middling frontier soap opera” with “ham-fistedly” obvious scenes and a gory climax that basically amounts to “massacre porn.” It also notes that the film is “less interested in understanding its Mormon characters than in demonizing them.” (more…)
to get his approval rating to drop to normal levels in Utah? The only thing I can come up with is that it would have something to do with sex outside of marriage. Other than that he’s already done everything from lying to torture to breaking the law to being not-smart to waging a war against the wrong country to a myriad more.
Seriously, at what point will the people of Utah throw their hands up in the air and say, “That’s it!”?
During the past 10 days I visited family and friends in my home town in Southern Idaho. The trip also included a family reunion with my wife’s family at a campground in Island Park, Idaho, just west of Yellowstone Park. We had a wonderful time at the reunion and we focused on family history. Like my family, my wife’s family is made up of mostly Welsh immigrants who joined the church in Europe and then immigrated to the Western U.S. along with other church members. But unlike my family that is exclusively Welsh, my wife’s great grandmother was German. I enjoyed hearing the stories of those brave families that settled the west. (more…)
The pros and cons of inoculation, the idea that the Church should proactively teach controversial aspects of its history as a prophylactic measure against people feeling betrayed and losing their faith when they encounter these things in non-Church settings, is a frequent topic of discussion around the LDS blogs and has come up again recently (see DMI here and Kevin Barney at BCC starting in comment 103 here). All this talk has me reflecting on my own experience in the Church and wondering what made me “immune” when I encountered historical issues that often cause trouble for people. (more…)
If you have a digital camera capable of long exposures, a tripod (or something stable to set it on), and something with a small light on it—like a cell phone or an iPod, you can create all kinds of masterpieces. Like this:
Last night I took my two oldest kids out to a small town, away from city lights, to try to watch the meteor shower. We ended up playing with my daughter’s iPod and my camera most of the time.
No, not us, Silly. Our dear friends, the Beans. (more…)
I admit my appreciation for James E. Faust is enhanced by his past political leanings. I grew up with an outspoken Democrat father in a church full of Republicans. President Faust was a living, breathing example that affiliation with the Republicans was not a requirement for church membership. Through all the teasing and ridicule we recieved as a family, I could always point to him as evidence of political neutrality in the church. Its like going to elementary school with a big scar on your face and then seeing that one of the teachers has the same scar. “Being a Democrat was a different thing in the 50′s”, I would hear. But whether you’re a Democrat or Republican is missing the point. The fact that there are Republicans and Democrats (and everyone in between) is vital to the health of our church and national communities. James Faust represented that for me.
Now, I recognize the danger in eulogizing a man based soley on a footnote in the span of his life. He was far more than a “Mormon Democrat”. He was a compassionite and stern professor of the truth. He was a steadfast witness in spite of his physical limitations. He was a wonderful example of a Christ-like life. Many of his words have given me comfort, helped heal my wounds and lifted me up. I will miss him.
I would love to hear your own memories and feelings about this remarkable servant of Christ.
David has $1,000,000 wisely invested gaining 20% annually.
David gives away half of the gains ($100,000) to a charitable cause every year.
David lives on the other half ($100,000).
Matty comes along and tells David that to be a true Christian he needs to give all of his money (except money for bread and water) to the charitable cause.
What should he do? (more…)
JERRY: Elaine, what percentage of people would you say are good looking?
ELAINE: Twenty-five percent.
JERRY: Twenty-five percent, you say? No way! It’s like 4 to 6 percent. It’s a twenty to one shot.
ELAINE: You’re way off.
JERRY: Way off? Have you been to the motor vehicle bureau? It’s like a leper colony down there.
ELAINE: So what you are saying is that 90 to 95 percent of the population is undateable?
ELAINE: Then how are all these people getting together?
JERRY: Alcohol. (more…)
Our oldest is ready to start kindergarten this fall. It’s exciting and terrifying all at once. And it means that I’m getting old. Too old to still be in school myself.
The fact that I’m in school and poor means that we don’t have a lot of options for my son’s education—we can’t afford private school and we can’t afford to move into a decent school district. So we’re stuck in a profoundly broken urban school district with poorly performing schools and racial near-homogeneity. My son would likely be the only non-black in his kindergarten class. That’s an uncomfortable thought that raises a lot of fears. Would he be singled out and teased? Would the badness of the school and his being the different kid make his first experience with school be negative and damaging? (more…)
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I spent my high school years within shouting distance of BYU and the MTC. Timpview High School sits at the base of the Wasatch mountains among a well-kept quiet neighborhood. It’s students tend to skew affluent and the school has a local reputation for snobbery – though I didn’t notice any more of that than you see in any public school. On the other side of the student parking lot, creeping up into the foothills, sits the Seminary Building. (more…)
The post at FMH and recent conversations with friends (based around question #5) lead me to creating this survey about attraction. Yes, I know, it is totally and completely shallow and its link to the Gospel is tenuous at best, but hey, this is Nine Moons, par for the course, right?
Go here to take the survey. I’ll tally the results in a couple days.