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Jonathan Max Wilson
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poetry + programming + puppetry + everything else
poetry + programming + puppetry + everything else

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Some photos looking south and east over Utah Valley.
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9/19/18
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An insightful review of Bob Woodward's new book about the Trump administration from my friend Nathaniel.

https://difficultrun.nathanielgivens.com/2018/09/17/woodwards-fear-made-me-fear-trump-less/
Woodward’s “Fear” Made Me Fear Trump Less
Woodward’s “Fear” Made Me Fear Trump Less
difficultrun.nathanielgivens.com
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After work yesterday, I picked up a physical copy of Saints: The Standard of Truth-- the first volume of the new official narrative history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

It's also available to read for free online and in the Church's official Gospel Library mobile app:

https://history.lds.org/saints

https://www.lds.org/pages/mobileapps/gospellibrary

We've been reading it out loud together as a family for several weeks and it has been fantastic.

#history #religion #churchofjesuschrist #latterdaysaints #christianity #restoredgospel #christianity
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This November, the citizens of Utah will vote on Proposition 2, which seeks to legalize medicinal marijuana in the state.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has urged its members in Utah to vote against Proposition 2. The Church doesn't oppose the medical use of marijuana per say, but considers the current proposition insufficiently balanced and safe.

I will be voting against Proposition 2 and I encourage others to do so as well.

But many members of the Church have expressed their disagreement with the Church on this matter and have publicly voiced their intention to vote for Proposition 2 anyway.

I am not a libertarian. But my good friend, Jeff Thayne, who considers himself a libertarian, and who agrees with the reasons and arguments of those who support Proposition 2, will also be voting against it. He has written an excellent essay, directed toward other members of the Church, explaining why he has chosen to follow the counsel of the Church on this matter even when it is contrary to his own political beliefs.

I believe that, sooner or later, all of us will find ourselves in a situation where the direction of the Church will contradict our strong political ideas. And we will have to choose whether we are going to follow the living prophets of God, or our own politics. So the principles discussed in Jeff's essay are worth considering regardless of which side of the current debate you have chosen.

9 Things I Consider When Prophets Disagree with My Politics
http://www.ldsphilosopher.com/9-things-to-consider-when-prophets-disagree-with-your-politics/

#religion #politics #prop2 #utah #marijuana #livingprophets #latterdaysaints
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Fresh honey crisp apples from our tree. Time for some homemade apple juice!
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"Alcohol use is a leading risk factor for global disease burden and causes substantial health loss. We found that the risk of all-cause mortality, and of cancers specifically, rises with increasing levels of consumption, and the level of consumption that minimises health loss is zero. These results suggest that alcohol control policies might need to be revised worldwide, refocusing on efforts to lower overall population-level consumption."

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(18)31310-2/fulltext

#teetotaler #dry #alcoholkills
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Camping tonight. Beautiful view! #utah
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My daughter and I attended the FairMormon Conference from Wednesday through Friday this week. It was great to be there with her and see her enthusiasm for learning about the church and its history and some of the exciting resources that are available.

During the 3 days, there were several presentations by historians who work for the LDS church who shared information about a lot of great things that are available or will become available shortly and will have a huge positive effect on the members of the church, and especially the rising generation-- some of which have been in the works for many years.

There were presentations from Jenny Reeder and Matt McBride, both of whom work for the history department of the church, about exciting new resources that share the indispensable contributions of women to the gospel, including a new "Women of Conviction" project: https://history.lds.org/section/women-of-conviction and videos of the inspiring stories of faithful women throughout the world: https://history.lds.org/article/women-of-conviction/every-day-women . Beth-el was very excited to start using these with the other young women in our ward.

I am particularly excited for the new four-volume, representative history of the church, the first volume of which has already being printed and will be available on September 4th . It will be available on LDS.org, in the Gospel Library mobile app, and in print in over a dozen languages, including audio recordings.

https://history.lds.org/saints

Brother Steven Harper, who was one of several historian involved, gave an in-depth presentation about the project that was truly inspiring. The history is written in a narrative from that should be accessible to both youth and adults. It will feel more like reading a novel than a history book. But even though it is a narrative, they have taken great care to make sure that everything is historically accurate, with footnotes to primary and secondary sources, as well as links to online videos, and more in-depth information. He emphasized that they did not make up any dialogue, descriptions, or events, or take any literary liberties. Every phrase and description is taken from real historical sources.

It is also includes all of the more controversial things from church history that have caused some people to struggle with their faith. Brother Harper emphasized that the Apostles of the church commissioned this project specifically to help the raising generation know about the church's history, including both the more controversial aspects and the miraculous, faith-affirming aspects.

Copies of the first volume are already being shipped to institute and seminary teachers. Elder Quentin L. Cook will be introducing the book to the youth of the church in a Face-to-Face event on September 9th.

Elder Kevin W. Pearson, who is a general authority of the church, presented at the conference under assignment from the apostles, officially representing the church. He gave a great talk encouraging us to share faithful official and non-official resources online and to share the gospel in sincere, authentic ways-- especially on YouTube as well as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. The church needs us to speak up in faith on the internet.

Both of us came away inspired about the future of the church and excited to be a part of it.

You should definitely check out https://history.lds.org and https://www.churchhistorianspress.org and the history section of your Gospel Library mobile app.

Thank you to the folks at FairMormon for putting together a great conference. There were a lot of other fantastic speakers as well, but I wanted to particularly highlight the great work coming from the history department of the church.

#lds #mormon #history #ldschurch #josephsmith #religion #faith
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The Flip Side of the Coin – Mormon Youth Bishop Interviews & Abuse

https://www.sixteensmallstones.org/the-flip-side-of-the-coin-mormon-youth-bishop-interviews-abuse/

"I just wanted to raise a point in support of the interviews that I have not seen made elsewhere, and that I hope the critics will seriously consider:

What about youth who are being sexually abused by their own parent?

A private interview with the bishop in which questions about sexual morality and the Law of Chastity will be raised poses a great risk to a parent who is sexually abusing their own child. It is an opportunity for the youth to reveal the abuse to the bishop without the abuser there to control the conversation. The bishop can be a trusted adult and authority figure that youth may feel can provide them help and safety from their own abusive parent. Sexually abusive parents must feel terrified that they will be exposed every time their son or daughter meets with the bishop alone.

Wouldn’t it be a shame if, in the name of protecting youth from abuse by bishops, we inadvertently undercut an important avenue for youth to potentially escape from abuse at home?"

#lds #mormon #chastity #youth #bishop #interviews
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Sometimes it feels like people commenting and debating online are just following a predetermined program or script over and over again. Often it feels like I have read the same conversation a million times. The topic changes, but the comments are virtually the same.

For example, it seems like there is always a comment questioning the "reading comprehension" of someone else.

What are some of the other tired old commenting clichés that seem to come up in every online debate?

#CommentingCliches #DontBeABot #CivilityIsAChoice
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