Sunday, April 20, 2014

It Was Never LDS Doctrine That Blacks Were Less Valiant in Pre-Mortality

Was it ever an LDS doctrine that blacks were less faithful in pre-mortality?  NO.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Mormon Perspective on Peace

A friend of mine recently claimed that leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ didn't have much to say about peace in the world during the last LDS General Conference.  From a political perspective, that's right, they didn't.  But they had a great deal to say about how lasting peace comes to us.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

"Grace" Defined: An LDS Perspective

Here's what grace means from an LDS perspective: Grace justifies us, it sanctifies us, and it grants us God's power to become stronger.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

It's a Calling from the Lord, So I Should Accept It, Right? Not So Fast...

I recently had yet another conversation with yet another friend about
the topic of accepting callings from LDS Church leaders.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Shurtleff + Swallow = Wow!!!

How would a top legal officer in the state of Utah be answering
questions about whether gambling is legal in Utah?  More importantly, how would that officer NOT know that it IS illegal?

Monday, November 04, 2013

Am I Wicked?

One of the most counterproductive things we can do with scripture is to take it out of context--even when it comes to the Book of Mormon. Actually..especially when it comes to the Book of Mormon.

Sunday, November 03, 2013

American Indians Do Not Descend Exclusively from Book of Mormon Peoples

We often called Native Americans, Asian Pacific Islanders, and others "Lamanites", but does the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teach that all such modern-day peoples descended exclusively from Book of Mormon ancestors? One of the most common misconceptions of Mormonism is to think so. But in fact, this is not the case. There is a great deal of LDS scholarship and pulpit teaching that says quite the opposite.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

"You'll Be the Cleanest Person in The Room!!!..."

Although I consider myself a very active member of the LDS Church, some things about Mormon culture drive me bonkers.  For example, tell me if you've heard this inaccuracy during the baptismal service for a child.

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Saving Syria...or Something Else?

Beyond the reality that it's not clear to the outside world just exactly who used chemical weapons in Syria, it's important to realize that a myriad of nuances exist that are not being much talked about.  In this article I will explain what those nuances are:

Monday, September 02, 2013

"The Committee to [Screw] the World"

In 1999, Alan Greenspan (Chairman of the Federal Reserve), Robert Rubin (Treasury Secretary for the Clinton Administration) and Lawrence Summers (Rubin's deputy secretary) were dubbed on Time Magazine's front cover as "The Committee to Save the World". Ironically, just a year before that, the trio made a decision that should have earned them the moniker "The Committee to SCREW the World"

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Economic Meanderings of a Saturday

What's more fun than learning good stuff on a Saturday,
especially when it comes to good economic principles? Not much.  ;-)  Here are some insights I've had today during my studies.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Jump Starting "Too Big to Fail" in 2004

“We’ve said these are the big guys,” Harvey J. Goldschmid, a Securities and Exchange Commissioner said, provoking nervous laughter, “but that means if anything goes wrong, it’s going to be an awfully big mess.”

It was a mess, but the government cleaned up the mess at the expense of you and me, by giving more favors to the same large banks very similar to the ones it gave them at that fateful meeting in the spring of 2004.