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New books! I got an Amazon gift card this month and used it to purchase some books that have been on my list for a while.

"Created Equal: How the Bible Broke with Ancient Political Thought" by Rabbi Dr. Joshua Berman

"Into the Woods" by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine

"Filmmaking for Teens: Pulling Off Your Shorts" by Troy Lanier and Clay Nichols

"Bestiary" An English translation of the Bodleian Library, Oxford M. S. Bodley 764 with all the original minatures reproduced in facsimile, translated by Richard Barber.

Now if I can just make some time to read them! :)
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Apparently the opposition votes you heard in LDS General Conference were by only 5 individuals, but that they managed to yell loud enough to be heard in the broadcast. This was part of an organized effort by a group coordinating via the internet to secure tickets to the conference specifically to express opposition.

In the group's written statements they express their belief that the apostles are insulated from the kinds of concerns and criticisms these people have. So one of the goals of this organized effort seems to have been to get an audience with an apostle. In past decades those voting in opposition were directed to meet with an apostle or other general authority. It must have been quite a blow when President Uchtdorf directed them to meet with their stake presidents and not a general authority, which is the procedure they were trying to circumvent in the first place.

My suggestion is that as members we not be too harsh on these dissenting members. They are misguided and faithless, but they are still our brothers and sisters and hopefully they can be brought back to believe that the church is truly guided by Jesus through his living prophets. They exercised their right to dissent and their vote was noted.

Enjoy the rest of conference!

"When dissenters yell in LDS conference"
Meme from: https://twitter.com/blakeoakey/status/584448780189081600

#lds #mormon #ldsconf
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So it is just coincidence that they registered anyopposed.com a year before you registered .net? Coincidences usually aren't coincidences...
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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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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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Happy Easter!
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1 Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.

2 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.

3 And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.

4 And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:

5 And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?

6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,

7 Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.

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36 And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

37 But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.

38 And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?

39 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.

40 And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet.

41 And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat?

42 And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb.

43 And he took it, and did eat before them.

44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.

45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,

46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:

47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

48 And ye are witnesses of these things.

- from the Gospel of Luke Chapter 24, King James Translation

http://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/luke/24

#lds #mormon #jesuschrist #christ #easter #resurrection

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This weekend we are listening to the teachings of living prophets and apostles speaking at the General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

https://www.lds.org/general-conference?lang=eng

There are many ways to view and listen:

http://ldsmediatalk.com/2015/04/01/8-ways-to-access-lds-general-conference-4/

You can also get live tweets and quotes from @ldsconference on Twitter:

http://twitter.com/ldsconference

#lds #mormon #ldsconf
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And of course, here on Google+ is a great place to post and comment about Conference as well.
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This recent essay from the Mormon Interpreter concerning following the presiding councils of the church, written by Brother Duane Boyce, is a must read for those seeking to understand and explain how we can trust and follow the living prophets and apostles, while still allowing for their individual humanity and fallibility.

Sustaining the Brethren
http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/sustaining-the-brethren/

It's long, but read the whole thing. It's well worth your time.

#lds #mormon #prophets #apostles
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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

#biography #history #language
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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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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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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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