186th Semiannual General Conference – Saturday Morning General Session

I wish I was at home watching this, but I’m working today, so I’m watching this during my lunch break (and then some). I’ll be able to get home before the next session, and then my sons and I will go out with my father and my brother-in-law for tonight’s session. We’ll watch both sessions […]

When is a prophet a prophet?

Often critics of the Church will bring up something that a prophet or apostle has done that was wrong (in their opinion) and ask how a man of God could do something like that. Defenders of the Church often then reply with this quote from Joseph Smith: “a prophet [is] a prophet only when he […]

183rd Semiannual General Conference – Saturday Afternoon General Session

Wow! Wasn’t President Uchtdorf‘s talk this morning awesome?! Hopefully there is another awesome one this session. As I make my notes, I’m also following the #ldsconf tag on Twitter. As was expected, the hashtag was trending after the first session. In between sessions I watched The World Report, and then played some Mario Kart Wii […]

Pamphlets and leaflets from around Palmyra

Note: This should be my last Palmyra relate post for a while. As mentioned before, my family went to see the Hill Cumorah Pageant in Palmyra, New York back in the middle of July. I have previously posted about the protestors as well as some pictures of the sites we visited. I’ve also scanned five […]

Do you know how to receive revelation? Part 2

As I mentioned in the first part, when I was interviewed by Elder Olson and Elder Echo Hawk to be in the Stake Presidency, Elder Olson asked me if I knew how to receive revelation. That, together with the topic for May in the new youth curriculum has given me plenty to think about. “Do […]

Youth Chosen Topic – Word of Wisdom

Yesterday was a 5th Sunday. In most wards this means that all of the MP/RS are together. Lately our youth have been included, not because the topics are particularly relevant, but just because. This is my first 5th Sunday since becoming the YM President, so my wife (she’s the YW President) and I decided to have […]

Among the 200 most influential people in the world

On Saturday as we were out running some errands we stopped at a few garage sales. As is often the case, several of the garage sales had boxes of books. One place had an old book (30-50 years old?) that was about the 100 most influential people in the history of the world (I can’t […]

Scriptures that make you think of mothers

I’ve mentioned before that I am a Stake Institute Teacher right now. I went to an in-service meeting last Thursday, and the area Seminaries & Institutes guy asked us (there were only 4 of us) each to share our favourite scripture that makes us think about mothers. Here is what was shared: Jeremiah 18 – […]

182nd Annual General Conference – Saturday Morning General Session

Well, here we go… The Mormon Tabernacle Choir opened the conference by singing High on the Mountain Top President Dieter F Uchtdorf conducted The choir sang Praise the Lord with Heart and Voice Elder John B Dickson offered the invocation President Thomas S Monson opened the conference (Note: there were no announcements of anything) We […]

Philadelphia’s Mormon Temple: An Affront to Modernism

The Philadelphia Weekly Press has a mostly positive article about the new temple being built there. It’s worth a read: When it comes to church or temple architecture, Mormons have it all over Catholics and mega-church Protestants, whose modern churches frequently overemphasize cold, hard lines and sterility. The proposed Mormon temple at 18th and Vine […]

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