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New Gospel Topic at – Becoming Like God

Once upon a time I used to write blog posts.  And many of them were on the topic of being children of God in a literal (complete) sense.  And I once wrote a paper that I presented at an SMPT conference on the implications of taking this belief literally.  The recently added gospel topic at reinforces all of that.

Past Changes and Future Changes Some Hope For

Recent events have caused me to evaluate how I feel about certain current issues and how I would feel if these issues were to result in changes in the doctrine or practices of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  The issues include ordaining women to the priesthood, and same-sex marriage.

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2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 15,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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D&C 107 and Ordaining Women

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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What Happens When You Feed The Feminists?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is about to find out.

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Lorenzo Snow Manual Lesson 5: Long Live the Couplet

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.

2012 in review

The 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

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Thoughts on Being a Ward Clerk

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.

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Essential Properties of God: Omnipotent, Omniscient and Eternal

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.

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Essential Properties of God: Personal, Incorporeal and Omnipresent

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.

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