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Hill Cumorah Draws Business and Protests To Streets of Palmyra

I’m a little late on posting this, but I still wanted to post it. A few weeks ago we went to see the annual Palmyra Pageant. It is always a fun day, and is pretty much the only time where I get to see any protestors against the Church. This article from YNN in Rochester shares a bit about this:

Jim Deferio has traveled from Syracuse and occupied the same street corner outside the bookstore for eight years.

Deferio spends the day preaching the Christian Gospel while holding a banner that says the Book of Mormon is full of lies.

“I don’t hate the Mormons, I hate their lies. I love the Mormon people because I was lost once too, so I just give them truth and I show them the contradictions in their own books,” he said.

Well, at least he doesn’t hate us 🙂

I’ll share more about my trip tomorrow…

More in the Dr. Charles A Sankey lecture series

A while ago I went to a lecture at the local university. They started a series about freemasonry, and I thought it would be interesting to listen to and see if there was any connection to the Church (in particular in the 1840’s in Nauvoo). As my blog posting noted, it was kind of a disappointing lecture.

I haven’t attended any more lectures, but the series continues. The 4th one was just held.

If you are interested, you can read more about the Brock University partnership with the Grand Lodge of Canada. You can also learn more about the lecture series itself.

The colours and styles of ties at General Conference

During conference, my wife and I commented a couple of times to each other about a nice tie that someone had on. I was following the #ldsconf hastag as well, and occasionally someone would tweet something about a tie.

Well, This Week in Mormons actually did a tie tracker. They tracked colours and patterns and made a few comments. I know it’s not the purpose of General Conference, but it is still fun to look at 🙂

Charles A Sankey Lecture in Masonic Studies

A while ago I went with a friend to attend a lecture at the local university. Apparently Brock University has a fairly extensive collection of Masonic texts, and this was called the Charles A Sankey Lecture in Masonic Studies (click here for the program). The main part of the lecture was supposed to be about Perceptions of Freemasonry from the 18th century to the Internet. Seeing as there is a connection between Mormons and Masons, I was interested to hear about what was going to be shared.

Unfortunately, it did not really shed much light on anything for me. There was no introduction to what Masons do, why it exists, how they work today, or much of anything. I think part of the problem was that the presenter is a Mason himself, but this was not mentioned in the information. I think that should have been disclosed.

I really don’t have much to share, other then these few brief points:

  • Charles A Sankey was a Chancellor at Brock, and was a participating Mason. At one point he said, “Science and art find a common dwelling place in man’s mind”
  • There is a difference between outside and inside perceptions. The outside world may thing that their is opacity (things are secret), while the inside world thinks they are being transparent
  • In the classic world, the 7 liberal arts were necessary to help us understand the universe in which we live
  • While talking about some older texts, there was a short discussion about secret space and public space. This made me think of the more religious term “sacred space”
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  • The present suggested that we read The Lost Symbol a couple of times

This lecture was in 2010, and I never heard anything about the 2011 or 2012 lecture or if there was even another one.

2011: The year Mormonism went mainstream

The National Post (in Canada) has a relatively positive article about the Church that was in the paper on December 26, 2011, and is also on their web site:

Something happened to Mormons in 2011: They got popular, gained cachet and became, well, cool.

Long thought of as outsiders, followers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are enjoying a newfound acceptability and their church’s profile has risen in politics, theatre and sports.

“This is really a wonderful American story,” says Jon Butler, a professor of religious history at Yale University. “Mormons were always seen as very different. Now they’ve become just other Christians. They’ve become as interesting as Presbyterians.

“[In 2011] people began to say, ‘We have something to learn from these Mormons.’ ”

Transparency: America’s Wealthiest Religions

The GOOD web site (“a collaboration of individuals, businesses, and nonprofits pushing the world forward) had a posting the other day about America’s Wealthiest Religions.

I’m not sure where they got their information from, and I’m not totally clear on what exactly the point of it is, but they have an interesting chart that compares a church’s income distribution with that of the national average. Jehovah’s Witnesses and Historic Black Churches seem to be the “poorest”. The Mormons seem to be fairly close to the national average.