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"God loves us, not the gifts he has given us."
- NEAL A. MAXWELL
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"The Gospels contain a fairy-story, or a story of a larger kind which embraces all the essence of fairy-stories. They contain many marvels—peculiarly artistic, beautiful, and moving: “mythical” in their perfect, self contained significance; and among the marvels is the greatest and most complete conceivable eucatastrophe.

But this story has entered History and the primary world; the desire and aspiration of sub-creation has been raised to the fulfillment of Creation.

The Birth of Christ is the eucatastrophe of Man’s history. The Resurrection is the eucatastrophe of the story of the Incarnation.

This story begins and ends with joy. It has pre-eminently the inner consistency of reality. There is no tale ever told that men would rather find was true, and none which so many skeptical men have accepted as true on its own merits. For the Art of it has the supremely convincing tone of Primary Art, that is, of Creation. To reject it leads either to sadness or to wrath….

But this story is supreme; and it is true.

Art has been verified. God is the Lord, of angels, and of men—and of elves. Legend and History have met and fused..."

-- J.R.R. Tolkien, On Faerie Stories

#easter #jesusisrisen #resurrection #jesuschrist #resurrection


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The Messiah, performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

http://www.mormontabernaclechoir.org/messiah
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LDS Priesthood Keys and Temple Recommend Interviews

http://www.sixteensmallstones.org/lds-priesthood-keys-and-temple-recommend-interviews/

"One consequence of Elder Oaks’ clarifying sermon is that it should have an immediate, personal application to every member who applies for a temple recommend."

#lds #mormon #ldsconf
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This recent sermon by one of the living apostles of Jesus Christ on the physical resurrection of Jesus is a worth while Easter mediation.

https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2014/04/the-resurrection-of-jesus-christ

"Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet.

And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat? And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. And he took it, and did eat before them."

-- Luke 24:39-43

#easter #jesuschrist #resurrection 
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Happy Easter!

"And if Christ had not risen from the dead, or have broken the bands of death that the grave should have no victory, and that death should have no sting, there could have been no resurrection. But there is a resurrection, therefore the grave hath no victory, and the sting of death is swallowed up in Christ."

--The Book of Mormon, Mosiah 16:7-8

http://easter.mormon.org
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The Internet is funny. My blog has received an unusual amount of traffic in the last 3 days. The post I wrote Sunday evening garnered an unexpected number of readers, but since then it has been dwarfed by traffic to three older posts, 2 of which I wrote just over a year ago and 1 written over two and a half years ago.

While I know where some of the traffic is coming from, the vast majority of visits are linked from Facebook conversations and most of it isn't from Facebook conversations that I can see among my own friends.

So there are a bunch of people talking about things I wrote over a year ago, but I have no idea what they are saying.
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I haven't read the first one in that list but I really enjoyed the other two when I read them.
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We'll be watching the General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints this weekend and receive instruction from living prophets and apostles.

You can watch the live video feed for free online: https://www.lds.org/general-conference/watch
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I'm a dedicated Mormon family man with wide ranging interests in religion, politics, history, science, nature, technology, education, language, and art.

An experienced web application engineer by profession, I'm formally educated in English literature and literary criticism with additional studies in physics and electronics.

On the side, I perform puppet-comedy shows, dabble in mime as time permits, and am trying to be a part-time farmer.

I am a firm believer in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I run a web portal for LDS blogs.  I also often write about Mormon related subjects on my own blog, Sixteen Small Stones.

As a conservative republican curmudgeon, I believe strongly that the U.S. Constitution should be interpreted through the natural rights philosophy of the Declaration of Independence and principles of limited government, liberty, responsibility, virtue, self-reliance, thrift, and self-control.

I was born and raised in the western United States. I have also lived in Santiago Chile and traveled in Puerto Rico, Italy, and Israel.
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Didn't learn to read until I was nearly 9 years old. Read The Lord of the Rings and the Silmarillion by the time I was 11 years old.
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