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The Killing Fields

Lamonte - March 31, 2008

Yesterday’s New York Times and this morning’s Washington Post (and I’m sure countless other newspapers) reported the death of Dith Pran, the Cambodian photojournalist who was the subject of the 1984 movie “The Killing Fields”.  (more…)

Wow! Has President Monson Aged!!

Don - March 26, 2008

Check out this month’s Ensign.

The first article is by President Monson and has a nice picture of him. Then on page 10 it shows the new first Presidency. It appears to me when I compare photos that he’s aged just in the short time he wrote the first article to 10 pages later.

(Actually he does look a lot older than his other photos)

How was your Easter?

Susan M - March 23, 2008

On the way home from church I told my husband I’d asked for Lamb of God at the church library, but they only had it on VHS, and I was pretty sure our VCR was broken and/or thrown away.

My son was confused. He couldn’t figure out why I was asking the church librarian for some Lamb of God.

Every Missionary A Missionary

Rusty - March 17, 2008

Before I went on my mission I knew that after I returned home I would look back on it with affection. As I was suffering through it I knew I would soon forget those same sufferings and now that I’ve been home nearly ten years (holy crap has it been that long already???) and I can admit that I was right all along, the mission was glorious. In fact, I’ve already written about my nostalgia and love for Guatemala here. I’ve been back twice and will hopefully return regularly throughout my life.

But those affections only go so far in the face of being asked if I’d do it again. (more…)

Eternal Smiling For 30-Million To See

Rusty - March 12, 2008

Last night on American Idol 30-million people saw a quick clip of the garments of David Archuleta’s father (in the 10-year old video clip of David and his dad). And there’s no question that’s what we were looking at.

Have there ever been more eyes on a single pair of G’s?

Do Mormons “Gay Bash” more than others?

Don - March 11, 2008

I was talking with one of my sons about how Mormons treat gays. As I thought about and we talked it seems that Mormons in general have almost no tolerance for gays.


To Be A Successful Parent

Susan M - March 4, 2008

What does it mean?

I’m Sorry For Not Being Sorry

Rusty - March 3, 2008

My wife infuriates me sometimes. She never lets me get away with rude, snarky or condescending remarks/expressions towards her. Not only does she end the conversation, but she has the nerve to not even consider my feelings and why I might say such a thing. I mean, doesn’t she get it that I’m only trying to help? (more…)

Of Prophets & Patriarchs

D Christian Harrison - March 2, 2008

This post has been buzzing around my head for about a month, now. But I wanted it to be “just so”, and so it just languished there. It languished, that is, until I decided to keep it short and sweet.

About a month ago, a friend asked me whether my patriarchal blessing mentioned a wife. I told him it did, and that it promised that she would bring into my life children… so he asked whether I believed that. I suggested that the blessing could be interpreted to mean a wife and children in the next life or — and here is where I stumbled — that the Patriarch was simply mistaken.

It’s odd, really… I’m comfortable with our dear and inspired prophet being mistaken from time to time — in the truth of our faith being both a personal and institutional journey towards God. Yet I wasn’t at all comfortable with the notion that patriarchs could miss the mark. We hold our patriarchal blessings in such high esteem. Could I possibly think for a moment even that mine wasn’t made to order, a veritable blueprint?

What do you think? Do we hold patriarchal blessings in such high esteem—higher, even, than our prophets? And if so, should we?

Solo Bloggers Unite

Susan M - March 1, 2008

It’s always fun when Internet dorks gather together in real life.

On Friday I went to a SoCal Blogger Meet’n'Eat, hosted by S’mee and her sister, Chronicler. Also in attendance were S’mee’s son and his wife, as well as Hollywood from Hollywood Flakes.

If you don’t recognize most of those names, it’s because they’re solo bloggers. (Except for Hollywood, who in addition to her personal blog also blogs at Mormon Mommy Wars.) I often find myself enjoying people’s personal blogs more than I do a lot of the group LDS blogs. I think personal blogs in the LDS blog world get overlooked often. I’ve always wished there were an aggregator for personal blogs.