Racial issues were prominent this past weekend. Nelson Mandela passed away at the age of 95. He was universally praised by both republicans and democrats. Harry Reid tweeted
In a way, Mandela was both the “George Washington” and “Abraham Lincoln” of his country. We’re so fortunate to have lived in his time.
John Boehner tweeted,
Mandela led his country with a quiet moral authority that directed his own path from prisoner to president.
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I finished Denver Snuffer’s book a few weeks ago, and I really enjoyed the book. Snuffer gives some original readings of both LDS Church history and scripture. I did a partial review of his book a few weeks ago when I talked about Snuffer’s position on polygamy (Snuffer believes that God permitted, rather than commanded polygamy, and that Church leaders misunderstood D&C 132 which is really 4 revelations.) If you haven’t heard of Denver Snuffer or his book Passing the Heavenly Gift, you should be aware that this book got him excommunicated. I have stated in the past that I strongly disagree with the LDS Church’s decision to excommunicate Mr. Snuffer. Now that I have completed the book, I would like to talk about where I believe the Church takes issue with Snuffer’s book. Continue Reading »
Whenever one party dominates a region, it seems that corruption is the result. Detroit has been in the news recently as the democratic mayor was Kwame Kilpatrick was jailed for 28 years for corruption. The city is now in bankruptcy. Republican-dominated Utah has seen its own share of corruption. First there was the 2002 Olympic bribery scandal, (in which Mitt Romney came to save the day.) Now recently-elected John Swallow has finally resigned following charges of violating campaign finance disclosure laws, as well as trying to bribe senator Harry Reid (though the Federal government is refusing to press charges.)
The fact is that corruption is prevalent in both parties, and seems more rampant where one party controls politics. Just as we worry about democratic-dominated places like New York, California, and Massachusetts, it seems that republican-dominated places like Utah and Texas have those same problems. I find myself chafing against any majority. When I lived in New England, I tended to favor republicans because the the majority democrats. Now that I live in Utah, I tend to favor democrats in republican-dominated Utah. I think it is important not to be dominated by one party. What say you?
Mormon Cinema has had a much lower profile lately. However, there are 2 movies out now, and I wanted to see what everyone thought about these two movies: Ender’s Game and The Saratov Approach.
The Saratov Approach is based on a true story. Two Mormon missionaries were kidnapped in Russia.
Ender’s Game on the other hand, has nothing to do with Mormons. It is based on a book written by Orson Scott Card, (a Mormon) and is science fiction. I was surprised to hear that Harrison Ford plays a prominent role. All I’ve heard is that some are boycotting the movie because of Scott’s stance against gay marriage
I haven’t seen either yet. Do you have any recommendations?
I was sad to learn that Todd Christensen, a former BYU and Oakland Raider, passed away from liver disease. I was lucky to meet him a few times, and I remember seeing him around town.
Christensen was a devout Mormon who didn’t drink, and family members believe his liver problems began 25 years ago after a “botched” gall bladder operation, his son told The AP.
For more information, see more at ESPN.
2012 brought a lot of interest in the LDS Church due to Mitt Romney’s campaign for President of the United States. Now that the election is over, many feel the Mormon Moment is over. Christianity Today’s Ed Stetzer put out an article this week advocating that evangelicals “not let the Mormon moment pass completely.” I have to say, I was a bit surprised, and somewhat pleased, to hear an evangelical want to keep the Mormon Moment alive. (I would have thought they wanted Mormons to fade away.) Here are some other points Stetzer made. Continue Reading »
Kody and his 4 wives from left to right: Meri, Robyn, Jeanine, Christine
Mormons are know for proselytizing other faiths, rather than being the subject of being proselyted. I hadn’t considered why Protestants get upset at Mormon missionaries, or even why Mormons get so upset when evangelicals try to proselyte during General Conference weekend. I also didn’t considered Mormons proselyting or getting upset as being a double standard.
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