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Last April I held an experimental event, dubbed the Friend & Foes Rendezvous, in which I invited people with whom I had contentious relationships online to come break bread with me and others. The objective was “to get as many LDS blog participants who are widely considered ‘conservative’ or ‘orthodox’ together in the same location with as many LDS blog participants who are considered ‘liberal’ or ‘unorthodox’ to meet each other face-to-face” in an effort toward re-humanization.

I think it is a valuable endeavor and so I’m inviting you to attend the 2nd Annual Friends & Foes Rendezvous

http://www.millennialstar.org/the-2nd-annual-friends-foes-…/

#lds   #mormon   #bloggers   #bloggernacle   #events  
2nd Annual Friends & Foes Rendezvous Friday April 3rd 2015 6 to 8 pm Eborn Books 254 S Main St Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
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On Friday, March 13th, Elder  D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was interviewed by Daniel Woodruff of KUTV News regarding the passage of Utah’s Anti-discrimination and Religious Freedom Law, SB296, which the LDS Church supported.

In the last few days since then you’ve probably seen brief quotes or heard soundbites from the interview in the news or on social media.

I’ve taken the liberty of transcribing the portions of the interview that I find most interesting and important. I think you’ll find the greater context and nuance of Elder Christofferson’s words helpful.

http://www.sixteensmallstones.org/lds-apostle-d-todd-christofferson-on-disagreeing-with-the-church-about-same-sex-marriage/

#lds #mormon #gaymarriage #apostle #interview #transcript
On Friday, March 13th, Elder  D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was interviewed by Daniel Woodruff of KUTV News regarding the passage of Utah's Anti-discrimination and Religious Freedom Law, SB296, which the LDS Church supported. In the last few days since then you've probably seen brief quotes or heard soundbites fr
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Thanks, +Tyler Smith! Good luck on your performance tonight!
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Mormon Newsroom: Explaining Religious Freedom and LGBT Rights

http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/explaining-religious-freedom-and-lgbt-rights

"Church representatives, working under the direction of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve, then met with Utah legislators and key stakeholders in an effort to support legislation that enshrines vital religious freedom protections while providing fundamental protections to LGBT people in housing and employment. Bills dealing with nondiscrimination and religious freedom, plus protections relating to marriage and parental rights, resulted and were passed by the legislature on March 11. The Church believes that collective protections in these three bills strike a healthy balance between religious freedom and LGBT rights and achieve the “fairness for all” that was being sought."

#lds #mormon #religion #politics #utah #lgbt
The following simple explanation in non-legal terms is provided to help members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and others understand the background and the decisions relating to the passage of bills in the 2015 Utah legislative session that bear on important principles of religious liberty and LGBT rights.
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Going down to the conclusion: "The effect of the 2015 Utah legislative action is a compromise in the truest sense." I think that it is sad that we felt like this legislation was necessary. I agree that we shouldn't fire or evict someone for being gay. That doesn't really help lead them to the truth or to repentance. Was this a big enough problem to require legislation?

"For behold, it is not meet that I should command in all things; for he that is compelled in all things, the same is a slothful and not a wise servant; wherefore he receiveth no reward." - D&C 58:26
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Some fun Mormon trivia that may our may not be of interest during the upcoming April 2015 General Conference of the Church:

During the Saturday Afternoon Session of the October 1977 General Conference, when President N. Eldon Tanner conducted the sustaining of church officers, the following exchange took place between someone in the congregation and President Tanner:

Voice from the gallery: "President Tanner? President Tanner?"

President Tanner: "Yes?"

Voice from the gallery: "Did you note my negative vote?"

President Tanner: "No. Let me see it."

Voice from the gallery: "Up here."

President Tanner: "Oh, up there. I’m sorry, I couldn’t see up in that gallery. We’ll ask you to see Elder Hinckley immediately after this meeting."

http://www.lds.org/general-conference/1977/10/the-sustaining-of-church-officers?lang=eng

Then in the very next conference, April 1978, President Tanner was again conducting the sustaining and began with the following statement:

"During the last conference we had one dissenting vote, and there was some misunderstanding about it. Someone said that I treated him very curtly. I would just like to explain just what takes place if anyone or a number of people have a dissenting vote. We give them the opportunity to go to one of the General Authorities to explain to that General Authority why they feel the person is not qualified, and if he’s found not qualified, then we take the necessary action."

http://www.lds.org/general-conference/1978/04/the-sustaining-of-church-officers?lang=eng

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I guess they thought he was being sent to see Elder Hinckley for discipline--like being sent to the principal.
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Political philosopher John Gray, who is himself an atheist, offers this excellent, thorough critique of New Atheism:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/03/what-scares-the-new-atheists

"Though not all human beings may attach great importance to them, every society contains practices that are recognisably religious. Why should religion be universal in this way? For atheist missionaries this is a decidedly awkward question. Invariably they claim to be followers of Darwin. Yet they never ask what evolutionary function this species-wide phenomenon serves. There is an irresolvable contradiction between viewing religion naturalistically – as a human adaptation to living in the world – and condemning it as a tissue of error and illusion. What if the upshot of scientific inquiry is that a need for illusion is built into in the human mind? If religions are natural for humans and give value to their lives, why spend your life trying to persuade others to give them up?"

#atheism #religion #philosophy #morality #history
The long read: The vocal fervour of today’s missionary atheism conceals a panic that religion is not only refusing to decline –but in fact flourishing
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Great point!
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Forget White/Gold vs Blue/Black. The dress is clearly Periwinkle/Brass.

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A fascinating biographical sketch of Rube Goldberg. His comical contraptions have entered into our cultural mythology, and his name has become an adjective.

http://www.city-journal.org/2015/25_1_urb-rube-goldberg.html

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"We must learn to judge ourselves not by what we are but by what, under the influence of the Lord, we may become."

- Elder Richard G. Scott, 1979

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Happy Super Pi Day: 3/14/15 9:26:53 !

Pi Day has a subtle America-centric bias. Most countries write their dates day/month/year not month/day/year. So today is 14/3/15, which of course does not resemble Pi.

To do Pi Day with day/month/year April would need 31 days, which of course it doesn't have. 
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For other countries that use day/month/year, they will just need to wait for January 3rd 2041. (3/1/41)... Or they could find other excuses to eat pie.
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Tonight's performance of "Lamb of God" at the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Orem was powerful. Live music of this quality and scope should not be missed. Moving and rejuvenating.

If you are in Utah county, you should make time to attend tomorrow's performance at 7:30pm. The tickets are sold out but there there will probably be some standby seating available.

Then there are 4 more performances next week (Wednesday, Friday, Saturday) in Bountiful, north of Salt Lake City.

http://www.wewitnessmusic.org
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That's awesome +David Miller. So glad you were able to go. 
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Hillary Rodham Gump. I can't believe this is real. But it is. Watch to the end for the oddly prescient Bill Clinton punchline. http://youtu.be/68qJN9MwDfY

#politics #humor #fail #video
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In Sunday School, we recently read the New Testament account of Jesus giving his famous Sermon on the Mount. The content of this part of the Bible is so familiar to many people, and has infused so much of western civilization, that it can be easy to consume the words as a collection of  stand-alone aphorisms and soundbites. But there is a complexity and tension there that deserves more careful consideration.

http://www.sixteensmallstones.org/judging-in-the-sermon-on-the-mount/

#LDS #Mormon #JesusChrist #Judging #Scriptures #Bible #NewTestament
In Sunday School, we recently read the New Testament account of Jesus giving his famous Sermon on the Mount. The content of this part of the Bible is so familiar to many people, and has infused so much of western civilization, that it can be easy to consume the words as a collection of  stand-alone aphorisms and soundbites. But there is a complexity and tension there that deserves more carefu
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You are right, I was oversimplifying.  Certainly we are required to make many judgments in the exercise of our moral agency.  We are also commanded to not make judgments that are (paraphrasing Elder Oaks) outside our stewardship or are made without adequate knowledge.  It is these types that I was referring to in my early comment and which I think are the subject of Matthew 7:1-5 and several other scriptural verses and sermons.  Yet members continue to judge one another based on appearance, how they spend their time and money, and how they choose to live.  I make a judgment for myself not to participate in this form of judging.  Does that capture the nuance?
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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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