Monthly Archives: May 2008

Early LDS prophets had some environmental consciousness

Mormon Times has an interesting article about how you might consider Joseph Smith and Brigham Young environmentally conscious:

Though they can’t be accurately labeled “environmentalists,” two early LDS Church leaders shared theological concepts about nature that set them apart from most religious leaders of the time.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints founder Joseph Smith, and to a greater extent, his successor, Brigham Young, taught that God created earth, plants and animals not simply for the use of man but as entities with souls.

Utah owner Miller won’t listen to Jazz on the Sabbath has a great article by Gene Wojciechowski about Larry Miller, the owner of the Utah Jazz. Larry Miller is also Brother Miller, an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Miller is LDS — a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. You can’t swing a Q-tip in this part of the world without hitting a Mormon.

Anyway, it says in my hotel-supplied Book of Mormon that Sunday is an off day. Those aren’t the exact words. Jarom and Mosiah use more thous and thys, but the gist of it is pretty clear.

So that’s why Miller is behind the wheel of a brand new LS 450 (the instrument instructions still hang from the steering column), driving farther and farther away from the very place he’d give anything to be at: Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City … Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals … Los Angeles Lakers versus his Jazz.

Wow! He doesn’t go to games on Sunday. That is some level of dedication!

Unusual children’s scripture stories pictures

I have three children under the age of 6. The oldest one reads quite well. The middle one isn’t in school yet, and the youngest one is only 7 months old. We generally do our family scripture reading out of the “readers” for the children (although lately we’ve been reading the real Book of Mormon with the oldest one). As we’ve read the stories, I’ve noticed some funny and/or strange pictures throughout. I thought we had older versions of the readers, however, when I went on the Church site, the pictures are still the same. Some of the wording has been modified, but not the pictures.

Anyway, here are a few that stood out:

This is from the Book of Mormon Stories and is first one that I noticed. I was a little surprised to see this kid (on the left) breastfeeding. I know that it is natural, but I guess it wasn’t something I expected to see in the Book of Mormon Stories book.

These are from the Doctrine and Covenants Stories. I thought these were a little odd as the people “who changed the teachings” obviously were leaders of other churches. The Church has tried to distance itself from this sort of wording/imaging.

This one is from the New Testament Stories, and is just funny looking. This may be sacriligeous, but Jesus looks like he’s giving the guy a wet willy

America’s Next Top Mormon

Newsweek has an interesting article about the success of Mormons on reality TV shows:

Wholesome, likable Mormon competitors are now so plentiful that some viewers have taken to playing Spot the Mormon…

In reality TV terms, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is in a sweet spot demographically: still small enough that members get excited to see one of their own in the spotlight, but large enough that when they watch together and vote they can affect results and ratings.