I hope you all followed the appropriate guidelines this Valentine’s Day, or at least celebrated polygamist-style. Other options include dancing, falling in love, or sharing secrets of a happy marriage, sentimental songs, and nerd-love poetry and cards. Maybe offer your companion this romantic Doctrine and Covenants Reference Companion!
Sadly, the ladies aren’t feeling much love when it comes to praying in church. (If you missed it here’s an overview.) Perhaps a consolation: it’s not just the Mormons. Next thing you know, the women will be wanting to get an education and equal pay and questioning the cult of motherhood!!!
You may also have heard that the Pope is retiring, due to old age, which has led to much speculation about hidden motives, plus lots of questions about whether the LDS prophet could do the same. Other church items include a helpful graphic to clarify the Word-of-Wisdom clarification, and a metaphor about dogs. Oh, and the Skeptic’s Annotated Bible has arrived — for those of you who’d like to see this impressive volume on your shelf!
Remember that interview that John Dehlin posted on January 28th, that people are still reacting to? Well, John was so dismayed by the negative reaction that he actually traveled back in time to January 27th to apologize in advance before it ever happened.
In faith journeys, Roger Hansen’s real-life travels inspired philosophica musings, again google is more powerful than correlation, and another missionary is disillusioned by representing a corporation. Plus a great story about saying “No” to callings:
I usually said yes, even when it wasn’t a job I wanted or would be good at. At one point, when I was just out of high school, I was called to teach Sunday School to the three-year-olds. I tried to explain to the bishop that I am not good with toddlers. “Oh,” was the reply, “but it will be good practice for when you have your own children.” What I wanted to say was that I had already decided that I wasn’t having any, but that would have not been wise. Good Mormons don’t say no to having children, either. So, being young and inexperienced, I caved and said I’d do it.
I’m not sure why that calling ended, but it didn’t last long. It probably had something to do with the little golden boy in my class whose parents thought he was the be-all and end-all of the universe and, as such, should be catered to at all times. Of course, that meant that he was constantly disrupting class activities and being a general butt. I suspect that Mom and Dad didn’t like that someone was saying no to their little darling and had me replaced. Fine with me.
There was quite an entertaining grap-bag of random topics this past week!! defending the Bloggernacle, messing with facial symmetry makes people weirdly uncomfortable, Dooce writes the most Mormon thing she’s ever written on her blog, gun advocates rewrite history, logically Mormons should be liberals, a new temple for one of the cute little branches of the Restoration, less is more, is death God’s fault?, and commuting by bike!!
At our house, we didn’t exactly celebrate Valentine’s Day, but the good news is that I finished all of those shelves I was building, and now I can finally spread out the books and move the boxes down to the basement, yay!!! Anyway, I have to go get the kids out of the bathtub and make sure they dry themselves off… Ciao, and happy reading!!!