Romney: Fidel Castro and his "return to his Maker"...

Jan 27, 2012 by

This is an email exchange I had today with my work colleague. [MollyMormon]: A completely unofficial inquiry: In the exchange between Governor Romney and Congressman Gingrich reported in this piece, the governor is reported to have said he would be thankful at the news that Fidel Castro had “returned to his maker,” at which the Gingrich quipped that he believed Castro was “going to the other place.” This was a bit of otherwise playful sparring over a point on which they agree, namely that Fidel Castro is a truly horrible figure and that the US embargo and other long-standing Cuba policies should be maintained, all of which I agree with most wholeheartedly. My question is whether Governor Romney’s response was shaped by LDS theology about what happens to the soul at death.  Why did...

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Intelligence Squared Debate: The World Would Be Better Without Religion, Claim I Wish Chapman and Grayling Addressed...

Nov 17, 2011 by

Last night I was frustrated. It all started on my metro ride home when I was thinking about the things I needed to do for the evening. Before I could get to them, I thought, I need to address unresolved tasks for my Church calling (responsibility) that I had worked on tying up on Sunday, but couldn’t connect with the people I needed. I’d called them several times since. I also emailed them. I hadn’t heard back. As I walked home, calling one back and again reaching only a voicemail, I was getting more miffed. They had approached me at Church for something they needed my help with so they could fulfill their calling.  I went through the work of doing just what they asked for and now they weren’t returning my calls? I...

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Veterans’ Day at Arlington National Cemetery with President Obama...

Nov 15, 2011 by

The United States honors its armed services personnel on the anniversary of the close of World War I, November 11, now called Veterans’ Day. This year, I attended the ceremony in the amphitheater in Arlington National Cemetery hosted by the Veteran Affairs office of the federal government. Before arriving at the amphitheater, my friend, Afton, and I visited a soldier resting in the Afghanistan War section; a man who her close friend misses deeply. As we laid the yellow and red bouquet of roses before the white headstone, we reflected on the resurrection and the eternal course of our lives.  She told me that last Easter Sunday she came to Arlington for much of the afternoon, bringing devotional addresses that taught of the Savior’s many roles.  I thought it was the perfect place to...

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What would a "Mormon Insider" say about…...

Jul 18, 2011 by

This post responds to Leah’s comment on this post. Hi there – I have found your last two posts interesting. I’m a woman who was raised mormon and now consider myself a secular humanist/naturalist/whatever non-religious term you want to use. I was at the Shermer lecture and before you said you were Mormon – I leaned to my husband and said “she’s Mormon”. Mormon-dar? It’s a thing I guess. I can see a lot of the old me in your thinking in your posts, so it’s very interesting. I wondered about your comments above, you say that you have had answers to your prayers. You have probably had this question before, and I present it to you as I once presented it to myself – you have had answers to your prayers, you have...

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My Current Explanation of Life’s Purpose...

May 16, 2011 by

Life’s purpose is to increase in spiritual power by the cultivation of faith in God. I make sense of the purpose of life through the framework of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  One of its tenets includes the pre-mortal existence of mankind in the presence of God, “For I, the Lord God, created all things, of which I have spoken, spiritually, before they were naturally upon the face of the earth…for in heaven created I them”[1]. In this state, we had a consciousness of the goodness of God and accepted the transition to a mortal existence. Since early Sunday School, children learn that the purpose of life is to come to earth to get a natural body and gain experience by learning and growth. I have heard this narrative so many...

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What the Hell? Osama bin Laden and Mormon Views on Hell...

May 3, 2011 by

Last night via social media I saw that some friends of mine were joining the swelling crowd in front of the White House celebrating the death of Osama bin Laden.  I was glad to see the reports myself. Th   Well, I spent a great deal of time writing this up last night. Today I edited some of the wording and the borrowed computer I’m using had difficulty connecting to the Internet during the update. It only saved 2 lines. That’s unfortunate. Maybe I’ll re-write it from memory, but not any time soon. Sorry...

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