Sunday in Outer Blogness: Disaster edition!
I hope all of you in Florida and Texas and other disaster-stricken regions are safe today! It is time to take climate change seriously. Runtu’s daughter and son-in-law’s home was flooded by Hurricane Harvey and they didn’t have flood insurance — he has set up a fund for them here.
Surrounding the hurricanes, prosperity-preacher Joel Osteen was shamed for not sheltering people, and a Texas professor got fired for making an insensitive remark.
Let’s have a look at this week’s Mormon discussion topics!
- If history had broken just a little bit differently, we might have lived in a world where Muslims avoided drinking coffee and Mormons felt relatively free to indulge.
- The shock of the temple.
- What is a prophet for anyway?
- Are romance novels porn for women?
- Most Mormons don’t realize it, but the CoJCoL-dS had renounced the doctrine of eternal progression!
- Sam Young gave some tips on counterbalancing the negative messages about masturbation your kids might get from church.
In life journeys, Brooke W recounted some adventures with fertility. Andrew Hackman’s son just turned 16. Paul Sunstone lost his mother. David Johnson shared some thoughts about the CoJCoL-dS and his mixed-faith marriage. Dad’s Primal Scream participated in a discussion of divorce and gay parenting. Ben came out to his new ward, and Alexis’s cousin had an unusual gay Mormon experience:
We were led to believe that he suffered with a mere lack of direction in his life which compelled him to spend hours at a time in front of the family’s living room television, thoroughly engaged with Food Network programming. Richard’s fascination with all things related to Bobby Flay did not escape the attention of his mother, who honestly believed she could change her son’s true nature to what it should have been according to LDS teachings by the simple act of cancelling her family’s cable TV connection.
And I could relate to Bethany Jane’s experience of not connecting with one of the central components of Mormonism:
It took me until my late twenties to realize that I am not a spiritual person. I don’t feel things in church or when I pray or when other people are. The only time I feel something is when music is involved and I will always have a soft spot in my heart for the pioneer hymns of Mormonism. When you are not a spiritual person and frankly most religious things make you incredibly uncomfortable, it is virtually impossible to try and gain faith in things you feel nothing for and are super confused by. I deal primarily in logic and not feelings; religion is not logical. When I told my bishop that I was not a spiritual person he tried to assure me that isn’t true and of course I am; I do not see this as a fault but just how I was made.
This week’s Book of Mormon lesson was pretty fun:
And it came to pass that his high priest murdered him as he sat upon his throne.
Again!? I’m starting to think that if the FBI developed a time machine and used it to track American crime statistics back a few thousand years, they’d discover that about 80% of all homicides in this country prior to European invasion took place on either a throne or a judgment seat. It’s literally the most dangerous place for any character of the Book of Mormon to be at any given time.
Or maybe Joseph Smith just wasn’t that creative when it came to dreaming up scenarios for the assassination of government officials (luckily for Lilburn Boggs).
Then there was quite a lot of discussion about books:
- A review of the Book of Laman,
- A review of The Bishop’s wife,
- A review of Mother’s Milk,
- A review of the OCD Mormon,
- A review of Third Wheel,
- And more!
- The Exponent is announcing a writing contest.
- A bunch of people sent books to Dooce
- Is it priestcraft to sell books…?
- And Zelph’s five must-read books for Ex-Mormons!
Good luck to all, and happy reading!