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Parents, Families, and Kin: A Father’s Day Homily « By Common Consent, a Mormon Blog Parents, Families, and Kin: A Father’s Day Homily « By Common Consent, a Mormon Blog Two weeks ago a bishopric counselor asked me to prepare a talk for the upcoming Father’s Day sacrament meeting. Now, I’ve made no secret of the fact that I have some problems with our current (and past) discourse on gender, sex, and gender roles. These problems are trenchant, and definitely not the mere product of self-consciously sexist attitudes on the part of current LDS leaders (indeed, sexist attitudes are much more the products how we talk about these topics and the kinds of things that our talk about them takes for granted). Still there have been some important shifts in the past generation. Setting aside, for the time being, the question of Church administrative hierarchy and structural injustices (which are certainly problems) the language of familial patriarchy has been placed, in recent decades, alongside an emerging language of parental equality within the home.
Two years ago my children and I memorized The Living Christ as a Christmas gift to my husband. It is now a wonderful addition to our Christmas and Easter celebrations. Gearing up for our annual celebration on The Family: A Proclamation to the World, I have created memorization cards to help my children memorize the Proclamation. When we memorized The Living Christ two years ago the things that helped us the most were small cards we put on rings {each child had their own to carry around} and posters to hang up near our dining room table. We wanted the same type of thing to help our children memorize The Family Proclamation. {You can find the Living Christ study helps here.} Memorize The Family: A Proclamation to the World Memorize The Family: A Proclamation to the World
Faith This will be short. I am sick and feel just awful! (I'm such a baby!) I don' have scripture references, or talks or any quotes to share. Faith
Guided Scripture Journal Pages: The Plan of Salvation
For Relief Society, I am creating Guided Scripture Journaling Pages each month in an effort to help us all get into the habit of scripture study and to get the gospel to those who don’t make it on Sundays. Since the work is already done, I thought it would be easy to share a new topic page with you each month. There is a front side and back side. Print accordingly. These pages are great for children (preteen & up) and yourself - of course. Guided Scripture Journaling Pages: The Godhead Guided Scripture Journaling Pages: The Godhead
7 Times 70 7 Times 70 When Peter asked the Lord "how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?" Jesus answered "I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven." (Matthew 18:22)I think it's pretty clear that Jesus was saying that we shouldn't place limits on how many times we forgive someone.
Our Blue-Eyed Savior | Feminist Mormon Housewives Our Blue-Eyed Savior | angry activists with diapers to change Our Blue-Eyed Savior | Feminist Mormon Housewives Our Blue-Eyed Savior | angry activists with diapers to change Recently, our up and coming blogger, Petunia, daughter of mfranti, asked this question: So, out of curiousity, why is Jesus ALWAYS depicted as white? He was born in israel and anyone who comes Israel now or then does not usually come to be of a lighter complexion. Or is He depicted as white because He wasn’t born from His mother and father genetics but from the Lords?
Happy Mother’s day! So…one of my favorite examples of mothers given in the scriptures are the mothers of the stripling warriors. We don’t get to read their narrative. We don’t read their testimonies, per se. Mothers in May – The Mothers of the Stripling Warriors « That Good Part Mothers in May – The Mothers of the Stripling Warriors « That Good Part
May 04 2012 I have shown a similar journal entry like this before I switched over to my printed journals, so I had to re-do it in my new journals!! Honestly, studying PRIDE and CHARITY side by side has absolutely impacted me. It has been one of the great “ah-ha’s” in my life. As I have struggled to overcome the oh too many elements of pride that I have, I have learned that when I hold it up to charity, I know what I need to do. I have clarity. Pride vs Charity Journal Entry Pride vs Charity Journal Entry
Among other issues, last week's blog post has brought into crystal clear focus the need for living prophets - today, more than ever before! Incredibly The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) boldly declares, to the world, that a young boy, named Joseph Smith, was called of God to restore ancient Christianity, as established while Jesus Christ, Himself, was upon the earth. And today, by succession, the Church continues to function under the direction of President Thomas S. Monson, whom its members sustain as a prophet, seer and revelator. Mind you, this is no small matter -- and its importance must be acknowledged in the face of much confusion and controversy that surround us daily. Now More than EVER We Need Living Prophets Now More than EVER We Need Living Prophets
My Sacrament Meeting Talk Today about "The Creation" My Sacrament Meeting Talk Today about "The Creation" Since I had to take my oldest daughter to Utah yesterday and return to Carson City in time to speak in church tomorrow (a round trip of just over 1,100 miles in a total of 28 hours), I didn't write my normal weekend New Year's Resolution Post. Instead, I am posting the outline of my talk tomorrow about "The Creation". (I joked that I was going to guarantee never being asked to speak in my new ward again by talking exclusively about evolution and procreation [making babies], but I decided not to do that. My wife was pleased with that decision.) I almost always write my talks in concept outline form, think about the outline up until I give the talk, jot down any specific thoughts that hit me while I'm sitting on the stand and then speak about each item in the outline in the talk itself.
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The First Principles and Ordinances of the Gospel: What Do They Mean to You? My focus this month for my New Year's Resolution posts is principles and ordinances. I am late writing this first weekend post because of Easter last week, but I want to focus initially on a very simple explanation of what the "first principles and ordinances of the Gospel" mean to me. Next week, I will address why they are the fundamental principles and ordinances, but first I want to write a very simple post about what they actually are - at only the most basic level. Our Fourth Article of Faith says:
[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] Twice in the past week, I have been asked, in essence, this very question, though not exactly as it is recorded in Matthew 22:42. Once the question came from a student of mine, a young person, unfamiliar with the Mormon church but filled with questions, a person generally uninterested in Christianity; the other came from a fellow Mormon blogger, an academic like myself, trying to make sense of certain statements I’d made in response to some of the temple-related controversies which the Mormon Moment has thrust upon us. I found myself responding as I did in both cases, I suppose, because I’m mostly unconcerned with, and admittedly sometimes outright dismissive of, many of the doctrines in question: the point of the church, for me at least, is to get close to God, and experience the condescension, love, and grace of Jesus, and I often find the need to justify or make sense of much of the rest of our teachings a distraction, at best. “What Think Ye of Christ?” « By Common Consent, a Mormon Blog
46 ¶Then there arose a reasoning among them, which of them should be greatest. 47 And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a child, and set him by him, 48 And said unto them, Whosoever shall receive this child in my name receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me receiveth him that sent me: for he that is least among you all, the same shall be great. (Luke 9:46-48) I had lots of questions about what Jesus said here. How does one receive a child in Jesus’s name? Is that like when a woman bears a child? Or does that mean meeting and accepting a child for who they are? Who's the greatest?
In Mosiah 18 and Mosiah 25 we learn much about the proper organization and role of Christ’s church. Let’s set the context. An off-shoot of the Nephites were under the reign of a wicked man named Noah. Church Organization in The Book of Mormon - By Study and Faith
Ten Commandment Activity We've done this simple activity with our children for years to help them understand how the ten commandments help us "love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.This is the first and great commandment.And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." Download the pdf file: Ten Commandment Activity Cut out the heading and commandment strips. Take turns choosing a strip and placing it under the correct heading. Does this commandment help me love others or love God?
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