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The Allegory of the Windmill

Today I was driving with my 2 year old son. We drove past a windmill spinning furiously. He said, "Daddy, airplane!" The windmill had a propeller, a thicker than usual body, and a tail fin. I could see why he would think that.

I said, "No, that's a windmill." He looked at me like I was an idiot and said, "No, daddy. That's an airplane." I said, "No. It's a windmill. That propeller spins and it generates electricity." I instantly realized there was a load of concepts outside of his experience: electricity, motors, etc. I tried to regroup. "Planes aren't on poles. That's a windmill." That difference, crucial to an adult, was invisible to a child. It was unmistakable to him: it was a windmill.

Following Christ will take us so far off the beaten path that any attempt to explain our world view to the uninitiated is utter foolishness. It takes knowledge, skill, patience, and a lot of time to persuade. Don't rush into …

The Nauvoo Temple, Elijah and the Unfinished Restoration

The Lord's Word on the Subject An in-depth perusal of D&C 124 will provide us with a starting point for what was expected of the Saints in Nauvoo, and what depended on the completion of that expectation.
 28 For there is not a place found on earth that he may come to and restore again that which was lost unto you, or which he hath taken away, even the fulness of the priesthood.
[This indicates that at the time this revelation was given (1841), the fullness of the priesthood was not available.]   29 For a baptismal font there is not upon the earth, that they, my saints, may be baptized for those who are dead—   30 For this ordinance belongeth to my house, and cannot be acceptable to me, only in the days of your poverty, wherein ye are not able to build a house unto me.   31 But I command you, all ye my saints, to build a house unto me; and I grant unto you a sufficient time to build a house unto me; and during this time your baptisms shall be acceptable unto me.   32 But behol…

Oct 2014 LDS General Conference

20144-54 Oct
20135-614 Sep
20126-726 Sep
20111-28 Oct
20102-318 Sep
20093-428 Sep
20084-59 Oct
20076-722 Sep
20067-82 Oct
20051-213 Oct
20042-325 Sep
20034-56 Oct
20025-616 Sep
20016-727 Sep
20007-89 Oct

Note that this October will be the only conference I am aware of (I did not go back beyond 2000, I invite someone else to do so) that intersects with Yom Kippur. Not only that, but it occurs on a Gregorian Saturday (Sabbath). The Saturday PM session in when we sustain the leaders of the church.

Yom Kippur is regarded as the "Sabbath of Sabbaths." From Wikipedia: "According to Jewish tradition, God inscribes each person's fate for the coming year into a book, the Book of Life, on Rosh Hashanah, and waits until Yom Kippur to 'seal' the verdict.... The evening and day of Yom Kippur [a Jewish day starts at dusk and ends at dusk, dark to light] are set aside for public and private petitions and confessions of guilt (Vidui). At the end of Yom Kippur, one hopes tha…

The Parable of the Bicycle*

A certain little boy saw a bike he really wanted to buy. His father offered to compensate him for contrived, simple tasks, adequate to his immaturity and smallness in stature, in order for him to save for the bike. Weeks passed by. One day, the father asked the boy if he wanted to go on a walk. He intentionally led the boy to the store window where the boy's desired bike was on display. He asked his dad if he had enough to buy the bike yet. The father said, "Son, I love you. If it wouldn't hurt you to do so, I would grant your every wish, including making up the vast difference between what you have and what you need in order to purchase that bike. Look at that bike, son. It is everything you've ever wanted. I promise you in the presence of that shop clerk that if you continue to abide in my instructions, one day that bike will be yours." The boy would have been sad at this seeming rejection if it weren't for his trust in his father, and the overwhelming love…

Timeline of LDS Ordinance Changes

NOTE: This is a very popular post. If this is your first time on this blog, please check out some of the other posts. If you are interested in church history, check out my free e-book (also available on Amazon for print cost).

The book "The Development of LDS Temple Worship: A Documentary History" is indispensable. I highly recommend owning it if historic modifications to temple worship interest you. Most of this information was found with the help of that book, but it's not the only resource.

"A man may act as proxy for his own relatives; the ordinances of the Gospel which were laid out before the foundations of the world have thus been fulfilled by them, and we may be baptized for those whom we have much friendship for; but it must first be revealed to the man of God, lest we should run too far." (Joseph Smith, History of the Church, 6:366)

"Now the purpose in Himself in the winding up scene of the last dispensation is that all things pertaining to that …