Monthly Archives: December 2013

The reason why people lash out.

ImageThose who are hurting often strike out and hurt others (especially those whom they love the most), simply because they are in so much pain themselves.

-BYU Professor and Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering (and my former Stake President) Robert Todd.

Omgosh so true!

If someone is angry or bitter or frustrating or acting like a punk, the root reason is almost always because he/she is hurting, often badly.

Who in YOUR life (past or present) does this idea hold true for? How can you be understanding to this person’s needs and true feelings?

Here is the context of this quote. It’s from a BYU devotional 6 years ago. I was in attendance!  The years sure fly by 🙂 

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Those who are hurting often strike out and hurt others, simply because they are in so much pain themselves….

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Life is a series of constant epiphanies…

Image“Life is this constant series of epiphany after epiphany. ‘Oh, I know this now.  I didn’t know that then.  You’re a different person today than you were yesterday.’ ”

-The lovely and effervescent Ms. Taylor Swift

Totally true!  We’re always learning through trial-and-error experiences and unintentional lessons.  Epiphanies can be painful, but they can also be enriching and even comical.  And the real problem would be living all this time and NOT learning anything.  So we just gotta try to take things in stride, I think.

What epiphanies have YOU had?

Here is the original context (so inspiring, as always):

life is a constant series of epiphany after epiphany…

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“I kept my heart under (self) CONTROL!”

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The only real control in life is self-control. 

-Jeffrey Holland.

Read context here.

Omgosh, soooooo true!  No matter what it is, the power lies within us, but we have to have the courage to exercise self-control.  People who do this don’t make excuses for themselves, but instead take full responsibilities for their lives, including any mistakes they may make.  Know what else people with self-control can take responsibility for?  Their successes.  Self-control enables you to have success in (almost!) any and all areas that you could desire.  That’s the power of it.  Pretty awesome, I’d say.

Elder Holland pretty much hit the nail on the head with that quote, huh?  Oh, and even if you think Mormonism is weird/crazy, you should know that Jeffrey Holland has his PhD. from Yale, so it’s 99% guaranteed that he’s smarter than you.

No offense (he’s waaaay smarter than me!)

🙂

(loooooove you William.  More than you’ll ever know). 

FRIENDS!

Is there something concerning which YOU need to exercise better self-control? (ex: sleep, internet use, what you eat, exercise, personal habits, moral cleanliness, finances, etc.)  How can you make sure you ARE in control?

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the only real control is self-control…

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Equating pro-abortion arguments with pro-slavery arguments: “I don’t personally agree with it, but who am I to tell someone else how to live?”

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Just came across an article that articulates specific reasons why common pro-choice arguments are essentially the same as pro-slavery arguments.

And if any of my friends identify as pro-choice, don’t go hating on me for including this piece that is more than a little harsh/ spiteful/ condescending in tone.  Mark Twain, as you may recall, was a staunch opponent of slavery, and he was also a bitter pessimist against any and all sympathizers, whether or not they actually practiced the institution themselves.  You could choose to think of this writer in a similar way if you’d like.  Here is the article in full:

Arguments commonly made in support of slavery and abortion:

Appeal to privacy: “Well, I don’t personally endorse or condone slavery, but who am I to tell someone what to do with their own property?”
Appeal to privacy: “Well, I personally object to abortion, but who am I to tell someone what to do with their own body?”

Appeal to the superseding right: “My property rights come before the rights of a slave.”
Appeal to the superseding right: “My reproductive rights come before the rights of a fetus.”

Appeal to popular sovereignty: “States can decide for themselves if they want slavery. If a state doesn’t like slavery, they don’t have to have it.”
Appeal to personal sovereignty: “Don’t like abortion? Don’t have one.”

Appeal to inevitability: “Slavery has been around for thousands of years, it’s never going to go away. We might as well have a safe and legal system in place for it.”
Appeal to inevitability: “Abortion has been around forever, it’s never going to go away. We might as well have a safe and legal system for it.”

Appeal to faux-science: “Slaves aren’t really people. They aren’t like us. Look at them — they’re physically different, therefore we are human and they are not. They don’t have the same rights as white people.”
Appeal to faux-science: “Unborn babies aren’t really people: they’re fetuses. Look at them — they’re physically undeveloped. Therefore, we are fully human and they are not. They don’t have the same rights as born people.”

Appeal to economic concerns: “The economy relies on slavery. It would be a financial disaster if it ever came to an end.”
Appeal to economic concerns: “The tax base is strained already, most of these babies would end up on welfare. It would be a financial disaster if abortion came to an end.”

Appeal to the courts: “Slavery was vindicated by the Supreme Court in Dredd Scott. It’s already been decided, there’s no point in arguing it. Nine men in robes said that blacks are property, and so that settles it.”
Appeal to the courts: “Abortion was vindicated by the Supreme Court in Roe v Wade. It’s already been decided, there’s no point in arguing. Nine people in robes said that fetuses aren’t people, and so that settles it.”

Appeal to faux-compassion: “Slavery is in the best interest of Africans. They can’t function in the real world, they need to be protected and guided by the white man.”
Appeal to faux-compassion: “Abortion is merciful. These babies are unwanted. They would have a miserable life. Better to help them avoid it all together.”

Appeal to the Bible: “Slavery isn’t condemned in the Bible. If it’s wrong, Jesus would have specifically said so, but He didn’t.”
Appeal to the Bible: “Abortion isn’t condemned in the Bible. If it’s wrong, Jesus would have specifically said so, but He didn’t.”

 

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I just love me a rousing expression of freedom of speech.

In the words of my friend Crystal, “Stir the pot, why not?”

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Will you make some room?

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“Each of us is an innkeeper who decides if there is room for Jesus.”  

-Neal Maxwell

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Don’t be like that selfish innkeeper who was too busy and rude to care.

Make some room, okay?  Perfect!

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Faith Without Works is Dead…and Vice Versa!

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The relationship between faith/grace and works/good deeds/ordinances is a complex and intriguing facet of Christianity that has been the subject of intense debate throughout the centuries.  Indeed, entire religious denominations have been torn apart, with new ones being born, due to differences of beliefs concerning this topic (think Lutheranism vs. Catholicism for just one example).

There is more I wish to explore on this subject at a future time, but for now I’ll say that while the New Testament teaches that “faith without works is dead” (James 2:20, 26), I would also go so far to say that works, without faith is likewise dead.

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1)  What do YOU think about the relationship between faith and works?

2)  How can you make sure your faith isn’t dead?

3)  What can you do to ensure that your works aren’t faithless?

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A very stupid quote from a Mormon woman.

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With all due respect, Ms. Lauritzen, this is one the STUPIDEST quotes I’ve ever read.  I do not mean to be unkind, especially because I do not know your personal circumstances.  But come on now, you are essentially saying that the Church figuratively kills young women?! That is completely and utterly ridiculous.  If you have problems with church culture or even with the doctrine, you must express them less dramatically and violently, especially because there really are women in the world who experience actual oppression and violence.  Stephanie, you can do better than that.

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I have never been more proud to be a Mormon woman: I am NOT oppressed, I am NOT gypped, I am NOT brain-washed, I am NOT second-best.  And I am NOT forced to do or believe anything.  I am the exact opposite of all those things.  Raising a young woman in the gospel of Jesus Christ can provide the way to lasting happiness and self-esteem.  I should know 🙂

never been more proud to be a Mormon woman…

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