What Hath God Wrought – one big book

June 27, 2008

So today I got one of my summer reading books What Hath God Wrought: The  Transformation of America 1815-1848, a part of the Oxford History of America series.  Written by Daniel Walker Howe an Emertis Professor at Oxford and UCLA in American History. Read the rest of this entry »


ouch that hurts

June 23, 2008

if you have been wondering where i have been this weekend, I managed to do something to my elbow, meaning that my pinkie has been tingling for over a week.  So out of concern over that i have not been using my fingers to type, which makes blogging a bit less than exciting.

Sorry about that but i should be back up and going regularly again.

Jon


Raising the bar would have excluded me

June 19, 2008

Over at Times and Seasons Russell Arben Fox gave an interesting perspective on his slowly changing perception of Missionary work.  In reply over at Trash Calls one of the commentators brought up the idea that they hated to hear how people struggled or hated their missions.

I have a slightly different view of life in the mission field.  I saw a lot of what went on in my mission as a self development which I could not have done without, but at the same time I did see a fair amount of change in some of the people I dealt with over the two years.
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The Natural Man or the base nature

June 16, 2008

For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord…

Mosiah 3: 19

By denying the desires of the natural man to the degree that they exist in each of us, we avoid this diversion [into sin], making it easier for us to take up the cross of discipleship. Of course, when it occurs in our lives, emancipation from various forms of bondage brings no celebrating parades, nor does it make the evening news. But it is big news because we “come off conqueror”

Elder Neal A. Maxwell
Becoming a Disciple
Ensign June 1996

For  a few days I have been pondering over the first part of the verse in Mosiah.  Specifically I have ben considering what the Natural Man is in practice.  While discussing something with my sister I put the definition as the base desires of man, protection, food, reproduction [sex].  Those are the base desires.  We like animals share that characteristic.
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Being a Father reminds me why I believe in this church

June 15, 2008

Today is Sunday, Fathers Day in most of the Western world, or another Hallmark card selling day.  At least before the internet.

I would like to indulge a bit today and speak about being a father.
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Educated guesses or barefaced assumptions?

June 14, 2008

Family history, as with academic history, is something I enjoy doing.  It is so interesting and dare I say fun to scroll through nearly 200 year old censuses and try and make some sort of heads or tales of what the writer is saying.

This is especially true with Welsh names, conventions and house addresses.  
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Sex ed – why I think it is just fine

June 12, 2008

Sex education has been for some a really scary issue, some parents when I was a child categorically refused to have their kids know what things were and where they went.  And what resulted.

For some it was a fear that it would lead to promiscuity. For others it was a belief that these things are best taught in the home. 

Let me share two examples:
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