The prevalence of a spirit of contention amongst a people is a certain sign of deadness with respect to the things of religion. When men's spirits are hot with contention, they are cold to religion. - Jonathan Edwards “The Book of Mormon does not supplant the Bible. It expands, extends, clarifies, and amplifies our knowledge of the Savior. Surely, this second witness should be cause for great rejoicing by all Christians.” - Joseph B. Wirthlin

Thursday, November 30, 2023

Change the understanding

You’re always making the best choice based on your current understanding. Don’t try to change the choice - change the understanding.

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

the ideal school

The ideal school would teach health, wealth, & happiness. It‘d be free, self-paced, & available to all. It‘d show opposing ideas and students would self-verify truth. No grades, no tests, no diplomas - just learning. Actually, you’re already here. Careful who you follow.  


Monday, November 27, 2023

Multiple perspectives

"a wise person considers multiple perspectives, balances different viewpoints, integrates opposing views, engages in reflection, adapts their problem solutions to each specific problem context, and demonstrates intellectual humility."

how much to know

"Only a few know how much one must know to know how little one knows." -- Werner Heisenberg (1901 - 1976)


1 Oliver Cowdery, verily, verily, I say unto you, that assuredly as the Lord liveth, who is your God and your Redeemer, even so surely shall you receive a knowledge of whatsoever things you shall ask in faith, with an honest heart, believing that you shall receive a knowledge concerning the engravings of old records, which are ancient, which contain those parts of my scripture of which has been spoken by the manifestation of my Spirit.

(Doctrine and Covenants 8:1)


Oliver Cowdery: "At about one mile west rises another ridge of less height, running parallel with the former, leaving a beautiful vale between. The soil is of the first quality for the country, and under a state of cultivation, which gives a prospect at once imposing, when one reflects on the fact, that here, between these hills, the entire power and national strength of both the Jaredites and Nephites were destroyed.

By turning to the 529th and 530th pages of the book of Mormon (1830 edition) you will read Mormon’s account of the last great struggle of his people, as they were encamped round this hill Cumorah.

Monday, November 20, 2023

Trusting people

Well said.

The American people can always be trusted to evaluate information and make their own judgments and decisions. When bureaucrats and partisan activists withhold data to advance a narrative, it erodes trust in our institutions. We must restore that trust.


Now, how about educating the Latter-day Saints about actual Church history instead of revising the narrative to support M2C and SITH?

Start with Letter VII.

Saturday, November 18, 2023

calling in sick anciently

Fun post:

Calling in sick to work is apparently an ancient tradition. This 3200-year-old tablet is an attendance sheet. Reasons for worker absence include "embalming brother," "brewing beer," and "bitten by a scorpion". Ancient Egyptian employers kept track of employee days off in registers written on tablets. Known as ostracon, it's labelled 'Year 40' of Ramses II, and it provides a workmen's register for 280 days of the year. There are twenty-four lines of New Egyptian hieratic on the front and twenty-one lines on the back. A list of forty names is arranged in columns on the right edge of each side, followed to the left by dates written in black in a horizontal line. Above most dates is a word or phrase in red, indicating the reason why this individual was absent from work on that date. [📸 The Trustees of the British Museum]

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