Monday, November 22, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Here is a good article from an outside source doing just that...
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Anyway, while I was looking up some info on a couple GA's, I noticed their bio's have how many children they have had. Although it is totally up to the individual and you can't judge another and how many children they do or don't have, I couldn't resist noticing the following trend...
Average number of children to the seven most senior GA's (excluding President Monson to keep the numbers at seven and seven) is 6.4 while the average for the seven least senior GA's is 3.7. One of the things I learned in my sociology minor that stuck out the most to me was how we as LDS people tend to follow the nation trends very similar, just at different levels for most things. For example, when the average family went from four to two, we went from eight to four (or some other similar numbers). We drop when the country drops, but just at different numbers. Here are the stats...
Sunday, September 26, 2010
As a seminary teacher and one who is very aware of church history warts (or potential warts) I try to teach in such a way that the students become aware of these things in a normal, comfortable manner. Last week I taught the translation process and no one batted an eye when I mentioned the above translation fact. Now, if someone tries to blindside them in the future this fact in a faith discouraging manner, they will already know and be prepared. While working on one of next week's lessons, I came across the following verse that never stood out to me like it did today and relates well to this issue.
D&C 38:30 I tell you these things because of your prayers; wherefore, treasure up wisdom in your bosoms, lest the wickedness of men reveal these things unto you by their wickedness, in a manner which shall speak in your ears with a voice louder than that which shall shake the earth; but if ye are prepared ye shall not fear.
I feel bad for those whose church history learning was out of sync and created some cognitive dissonance for them when the more accurate information was learned. I know I've been there a time or two.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
...and for more of the same http://mormon.org/people/
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Because I frequently visit a couple blogs about the Church and its doctrine I come across a few people who try to "steady the ark." While I am not naive enough to believe in the infallibility of prophets, I do think some members go too far in their criticisms. I understand that the Church is lead by men and therefore mistakes are unavoidable. Furthermore, sometimes those mistakes are easy to see. With that, enjoy the following from Brother Joseph...
“I will give you one of the Keys of the mysteries of the Kingdom. It is an eternal principle, that has existed with God from all eternity: That man who rises up to condemn others, finding fault with the Church, saying that they are out of the way, while he himself is righteous, then know assuredly, that that man is in the high road to apostasy; and if he does not repent, will apostatize, as God lives.” - History of the Church, 3:385; from a discourse given by Joseph Smith on July 2, 1839, in Montrose, Iowa; reported by Wilford Woodruff and Willard Richards.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Sunday night to today doesn't seem like 5 days to me...thanks for another lie Mr. Obama.
Friday, February 12, 2010
- In faith precedes the miracles it is funny to read where the prophet Spencer W Kimball describes the amazing technological advances that have happened (up to that point in the late 70's) by detailing how we can sit in our living room and watch on our tv a fight in Madison Square Garden
- Are wealthy people more likely to be conservative because conservative policies are more likely to keep money with the individual and therefore they migrate to that party, or are conservative values more likely to make you wealthy?
- The constitution is for controlling human nature and keeping it in check so those who have authority can't use it to take advantage of people
- Beckham is the most loving and giving person I think I've ever met, he always is amazing us w/ his natural giving and caring nature. It makes me fear we will lose him b/c he is too pure for this world
- Members of the church don't have a 100% knowledge that it is true and therefore a 0% doubt. Similarly, those who have left the church don't have a 100% disbelief and a 0% faith. We all have a varied percentage, when it falls below 50% we tend to leave and when its above 50% we tend to stick around.
- Probably our largest political problem right now is that we argue too often and too strongly over our disagreements, and not so much because we disagree or what we disagree on.
- it irritates me when people who subscribe to the Mormon faith and its requirements for personal revelation also infer superior personal revelation despite not adhering to those canonized prerequisites
Friday, February 5, 2010
Love your family
...but why do you guys even care what is a good deal or even free lately?
I mean come on. The head of your household is a DENTIST. Bringin' in the big bucks ya know?
Who cares what's free when you'll never have to worry about $?
Kuddos though. :)
As a dentist I get judged the same way all the time. I like what his physician friend said in a later comment. In my current ward I know people with other jobs that make more than I ever have as a dentist yet they don't get judged similarly b/c they don't have the title. I can't decide if it is more funny or more bothersome because it is definitely both.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
With all the hoopla surrounding Glenn Beck, I decided to start watching him the past few weeks. I hadn't seen him since his days on CNN. I have to admit, he's pretty scary. I'll give his detractors a little credit to calling him a demagogue, but pretty much most of what he says is fact so I can't give them any credit for calling him the "Misinformer of the Year." Watching him creates a big fear in me though. One, if what he implies about various Washington people is correct, then I fear for his life. Two, similarly, if what he says is correct and they don't take option one, I fear they will try to discredit him via his Mormonism...hopefully, neither occurs.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
(click links to see videos)
Funnest to sing together with kids = Handlebars - Flobots
Best lyrics = The Good Left Undone - Rise Against
Favorite Techno = Feel Your Love - Kim Sozzi
Favorite song not on the list because I couldn't find it = Crush Me
|1, 2, 3, 4||Plain White T's|
|3 Rounds And A Sound||Blind Pilot|
|Already Gone||Kelly Clarkson|
|Angel On My Shoulder||Kaskade|
|Another Day (James Doman Remix Extended)||Sophia May|
|Audience Of One||Rise Against|
|Beat It||Fall Out Boy Ft. John Mayer|
|Boom Boom Pow (Clean)||Black Eyed Peas|
|Call My Name (Thomas Gold Remix)||Morgan Page|
|Chemistry (Radio Version)||Velvet|
|Crimewave (Crystal Castles Vs. Health Remix)||Crystal Castles|
|Day 'N' Nite||Kid Cudi|
|Day 'N' Nite (Crookers Remix)||Kid Cudi|
|Dead And Gone (Clean)||T.I. Ft. Justin Timberlake|
|Do You Remember||Jack Johnson|
|Don't Trust Me (P.O. Clean Edit)||3oh!3|
|Evacuate The Dance Floor||Cascada feat. Carlprit|
|Feel Your Love (Original Mix)||Kim Sozzi|
|Feel Your Love (Original Mix)||Kim Sozzi|
|Forever (Radio Edit)||Milk Inc|
|Friends and Love||Nicholas Hooper|
|Go On, Say It||Blind Pilot|
|Good Morning Planetarium||Falling Up|
|Heartless (Cover)||The Fray|
|Hot (Club Mix)||Inna|
|I Buried A Bone||Blind Pilot|
|I Did It For Love||BoA|
|I Got It||Gorilla Zoe Ft. Big Block|
|I Gotta Feeling||The Black Eyed Peas|
|I Hope They Get To Me In Time||Darius Rucker|
|If Today Was Your Last Day||Nickelback|
|If You Knew||Chris Lake Ft. Nastala|
|I'm Not Over||Carolina Liar|
|Imagination (Kaskade Club Remix)||Jes|
|Infinity 2008||Guru Josh Project|
|Infinity 2008 (Klaas Remix)||Guru Josh Project|
|Keep Hope Alive||Crystal Method|
|Kiss Me Back||Kim Sozzi|
|Let The Feelings Go ( Radio Edit DRM )||Anna Grace|
|Lollipop (Instrumental)||Lil Wayne|
|Love Drunk||Boys Like Girls|
|Love Story||Taylor Swift|
|Major Tom||Shiny Toy Guns|
|Modern Times (Chriss Ortega Mix)||Steve Forest Ft. Marcus Pearson|
|My Flow So Tight||Jump Smokers|
|Nothing Better||The Postal Service|
|On The Wing||Owl City|
|One Red Thread||Blind Pilot|
|Open Ur Mind||Jason Nevins|
|Paint Or Pollen||Blind Pilot|
|Party In The USA||Miley Cirus|
|Poor Boy||Blind Pilot|
|Right Now (Na Na Na)||Akon|
|Shake It||Metro Station|
|Shooting Star||David Rush|
|Smooth Criminal||Buzz Cuts|
|Smooth Criminal (Acoustic)||Michael Jackson|
|Smooth Criminal (Dance Remix)||Michael Jackson|
|Step One Two||Kaskade|
|Strawberry Avalanche||Owl City|
|Sugar||Flo Rida Ft. Wynter|
|Take Me On The Floor||The Veronicas|
|The Bitter End||Blind Pilot|
|The Fear||Lily Allen|
|The Motions||Matthew West|
|The Story I Heard||Blind Pilot|
|Things I Cannot Recall||Blind Pilot|
|Two Towns From Me||Blind Pilot|
|White Horse (Whelan & DiScala Club Mix)||Sarah Mcleod|
|Who We Are||Ryan Calhoun|
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Well, besides the obvious such as not allowing LDS women into his meetings, or even restricting the attendance at all. I can't put my finger on it exactly, but something definitely bugs...
BTW, for those of you that are entirely against the correlation department, try to come up with a program that can be dispursed across the entire world, in many languages, for all doctrinal experience levels, for all teaching experience levels, applicable to ages 12-120, prepare and organize it in a reasonable amount of time by a reasonable amount of people, and in a way that will keep both local influences and speculative ideas from being taught as doctrinal.
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Where are we headed...? Hopefully, not down the road to socialism.
Here is a sweet clip showing the famous socialist proving grounds of Detroit. All though I believe that some socialists truly have the good of mankind as their end result, you can't deny two things in my opinion: 1-power can't go very far with humans before becoming corrupt, 2-due to human nature, socialist policies kill motivation and drive.