I just received an e-mail that passed on what the person called “a profound message,” under the subject of “IDAHO – my kind of state!” The passed-on message said “This sign actually exists just inside Idaho near the border with Washington.”
For those of my non-Mormon friends, please bear with me. I am starting this essay with a story from the Book of Mormon, but this story isn’t about Mormonism; it is about humanity. I have no doubt that even if you don’t believe in the Book of Mormon, there is value to be found here.
In Alma 31 there is an interesting story. Alma and his companions are going to preach to some people in a distant city. Alma has heard that they need some attention, as they are wavering from the gospel. As the story recounts, “the Zoramites were dissenters from the Nephites.” They had previously had the gospel taught to them, but “they had fallen into great errors, for they would not observe to keep the commandments of God.”
I enjoyed general conference earlier this month, and in fact wrote a good deal about it and the goings-on by other groups at conference time. One of those groups is Ordain Women, which sponsored an event designed to heighten awareness of those who would like to see women be ordained to the priesthood.
This past weekend I spent what I considered an enjoyable time at general conference. As I noted in an earlier post, there were two major events planned in conjunction with the conference—one by Ordain Women and the other by American Atheists.
In observing the Ordain Women event and considering the way that their efforts have played out on the Internet over the past couple of months, I’ve noticed a couple of incidents of double standards at play and I thought I would address those.
In conjunction with the annual conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the American Atheists decided to conduct an event inviting people to resign, in mass, from the Church. I attended the event to document it (not to resign), and decided to record my observations.
I’m attending the Sunday sessions of general conference, on April 6, 2014, and thought I would include in this post ideas and thoughts that stood out to me from the many available.
I decided to attend the Ordain Women event on Saturday, April 5, 2014. For those who could not attend and may be curious as to what happened, I decided to jot down my observations.
In attending conference this year, I thought I would simply share a few quotes that “speak” to me and thoughts that occur to me during the sessions. I’ll be updating this post throughout Saturday and Sunday.
As I attend the opening session of the 184th Annual Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it is hard to collect and categorize all the thoughts that have been swirling in my mind. (I’m actually writing this about fifteen minutes before the session begins.) Among those who frequent the Mormon-related corners of the Internet, the lead-up to this annual conference has been more boisterous and anticipated than normal.
I’m not so young that I don’t remember The Ed Sullivan Show, to which the majority of television-watching Americans paid homage on a weekly basis. The show was an entertainment juggernaut, running for 23 years from 1948 through 1971. Everybody who was anybody was on the show, watched by millions and millions of viewers.