Sunday, October 31, 2010

We Mormons Are Getting Better at Making Our Tent Bigger

In politics there is a great deal of controversy as to whether the greater inclusion of a "big tent" is better.  But in religion, there is no question that a big tent is good.

Ralph J. Bunche
It has taken us Mormons a great deal of time to understand the concept, but we're starting to get better at it.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Live-Blogging Immigration: A Civil Conversation About A Heated Topic

I've been following the Sutherland Institute much more closely lately, in large part because Sutherland places a high premium on civil dialog. The topic Sutherland is hosting today is one that desperately needs such courteous conversation. The topic is entitled "Undocumented Immigrants in Utah: A Civil Conversation About the Facts".  You can watch the live broadcast here, or check back later at the same site for the archived presentation.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Book of Mormon: A Political Lesson on Peace

Once we have a correct understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ, we no longer beat the drums of war. Instead, we seek to understand other peoples and cultures and what motivates them. Disciples of Jesus Christ advocate peaceful solutions to our problems.

As a nation, we Americans are not doing a very good job of living the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Mormania: 1974-Black Young Men Can Be Boy Scout Patrol Leaders

I find it ironic, in light of this recent article about Mormons being intentionally kicked out as scout leaders in another Christian church, that in 1974 the LDS Church changed its policies when it found that they were having unintended consequences.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Politicization of Global Warming: A Short History

As important as the science of man-made global warming is the hotly politicized history behind the man-causes-global-warming movement. When one understands the political nature behind the so-called global warming consensus, one does not need to be a scientist to realize that any consensus cannot be taken at scientific face value.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Spiritual Preparedness is More Than You Might Think

I and my family members were asked to speak in our LDS ward sacrament meeting this past Sunday on the topic of "Spiritual Preparedness".  Here are the thoughts that I conveyed in my talk.

"Throw[ing] The Rascals Out" Is Not Enough

Does it seem to you that nothing ever changes in Washington, D.C.? Well, it's your fault. You've been co-opted by a carefully crafted plan to get you to think that you're doing something by voting when in reality you're doing worse than nothing at all by continually voting for the same insane cabal of rascal politicians that runs our country.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Mormania: The December 1969 Statement on Blacks and the LDS Priesthood

In December 1969, the LDS Church First Presidency issued a statement stating that, while a revelation had not yet been given authorizing the priesthood to be given to black males, it is yet important to uphold the Constitutional and civil rights of all citizens regardless of skin color. Ironically, in light of the failure of the United States and other nations of that time to uphold the civil rights of all citizens, many people chose instead to focus on the supposed racism and hypocrisy of the LDS Church.

Help, I Can't Do This! The Essence of Faith in Jesus Christ

We often talk of having faith in Christ to help us accomplish things that we can't do by ourselves. The real essence of faith in Christ, however, is to ask him to accomplish things for us that we can't do at all.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

I Wish Boyd K. Packer Had Said "It"

Many people think that LDS Apostle Boyd K. Packer's talk in October 2010 LDS General Conference was hateful toward homosexuals or that it encouraged hatred toward homosexuals. I don't. However, Elder Packer could have helped a lot of people if, in his talk, he had said "it".What, then, is "it"? "It" is this...

"Does Our Moral Sense Have a Darwinian Origin?"

The question posed in the title of this article is one that was asked by Richard Dawkins in his book The God Delusion. To the religious person, at first glance, the question might seem preposterous.  But the more I think about the eternal nature of eternity, the more I think Dawkins is onto something.

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Ten Things I Plan To Do Better As A Result Of LDS General Conference

Here is a list of ten things that I resolve to be better at as a result of what I have learned and felt while participating in the October 2010 General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Shall We Place A Cross Along I-15 for Peter Corroon's Political Death?

The more I learn about the allegations of malfeasance in I-15 construction project bidding, the more I think that Peter Corroon has dug his political grave in the race for Utah's governor. How anyone could vote for Corroon for governor after this fiasco is beyond me.

I Choose the Good, But Not Because God Wants Me To

It's important to be able to recognize and choose the good.  While it's okay to choose good because God wants us to, ultimately, we can't aim to please God or anyone else with our choices.  We've got to become able to choose good simply because we want to.