There has been a ton of discussion and debate on the topic of ordaining women to the priesthood within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. With my inactivity in the bloggernacle I would normally not add anything to this debate, yet in almost all of the discussions I have observed, there has been little to no attention paid to what I would consider the money scripture on the subject – D&C Section 107, and this has confused me enough to speak up.
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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is about to find out.
Lorenzo Snow made a provocative statement once that has come to be known the Lorenzo Snow couplet. The statements is:
As man now is, God once was;
As God now is, Man may be.
This statement is sometimes seen as controversial. President Hinckley declined to address it once in a public interview. Critics will point to this couplet as an example of highly unorthodox teachings within Mormonism. They will also claim that the church no longer teaches this – perhaps implying that the church may be ashamed of the teaching.
I think there is some significance to this statement being prominently quoted in the current Priesthood and Relief Society manuals. There was no hiding from this quote – in fact, it was set off from the rest of the text as its’ own paragraph.
The lesson speaks of the background behind this statement. It seems that President Snow felt that it was revelation, and that it was consistent with what Joseph Smith taught.
I have always like this statement. It rings true to me. And I am glad that the powers that be included it so prominently in the current lesson manual. Hardly the act of a church that is embarrassed by or hiding from the idea. The lesson can be read here.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 14,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 3 Film Festivals
I was just released, due to my move to another State, from being a Ward Clerk. I served in the calling for about 4-1/2 years. there are some aspects of the calling that I quite liked. I would like to share my thought about my time as the Ward Clerk.
I have enjoyed listening and reading T. J. Mawson’s Philosophy of Religion lectures and notes available through Oxford University. I find his simple review of key topics to be very accessible. And when I combine my typical Mormon background with his logical presentation of important topics, I find some clarity. It also reminds me of what I like about my religion. Today’s properties are omnipotence, omniscience and eternality.
I have been enjoying some free audio lectures on philosophy from Oxford University. And one set of lectures I just started listening to involves the philosophy of religion, and included some lectures on the essential properties of God. The first three properties are referred to in the title of this post. I do not literally agree with two of them, but I now understand that I am not as far away from these concepts as I originally thought.
I suspect that I view God as less absolute than most people do. Because I believe in an embodied God, I do not feel that He can literally be everywhere and everywhen. And because I have a robust belief in free will, I do not feel that God can have absolute foreknowledge. All this leads to a somewhat non-absolute view of God.
I thought I might pass this along:
From February 15th to February 29th, Mormon Artist magazine will begin hosting the Mormon Lit Blitz, an online literary contest for Mormon creative writers. As its organizers, we hope it will be one of the most significant literary happenings in the Mormon arts community this year.
The format of the contest is simple. Beginning on February 15th, the Mormon Artist blog will post one short story, poem, or personal essay a day for the rest of the month (excluding Sundays). At the end of the contest, readers will be encouraged to vote for the piece they like best, and the author of the winning piece will be awarded a Kindle loaded with works of Mormon literature.
The thirteen pieces that will be featured in the contest were selected from almost two hundred entries from four different countries. They were written to appeal broadly to Latter-day Saint audiences, particularly committed members of the Church. As judges, though, we were careful to select artistic works that avoided the cheesiness and preachiness that people often associate with Mormon literature. Among the finalists are Kathryn Lynard Soper, author of the award-winning The Year My Son and I Were Born; Wm Henry Morris, founder of A Motley Vision and co-editor of Monsters & Mormons; and Deja Earley, Marilyn Nielson, and Jonathan Penny, three poets whose work can be found in Fire in the Pasture: Twenty-First Century Mormon Poets.