Archives for the month of: December, 2018

Aldo Leopold, who taught us to see the difference between a “wilderness” and a “waste”

In 1 Nephi chapter 8, Lehi has a vision that begins in “a dark and dreary wilderness.”  He describes the action that follows:

5 And it came to pass that I saw a man, and he was dressed in a white robe; and he came and stood before me. 6 And it came to pass that he spake unto me, and bade me follow him. 7 And it came to pass that as I followed him I beheld myself that I was in a dark and dreary waste.

8 And after I had traveled for the space of many hours in darkness, I began to pray unto the Lord that he would have mercy on me, according to the multitude of his tender mercies. 9 And it came to pass after I had prayed unto the Lord I beheld a large and spacious field. 10 And it came to pass that I beheld a tree, whose fruit was desirable to make one happy.

I have noticed that it is commonly assumed that the man who approaches Lehi is an angel (For example). Some people will notice the problems with that assumption: Read the rest of this entry »

Last week a podcaster and blogger named Bill Reel was tried by his Stake President for apostasy, and yesterday was given the sentence of excommunication.

The primary cause for the trial was a recent podcast in which Bill pointed out (emphasis on pointed) that Elder Holland had made a number of untrue statements in speeches and interviews. Bill included links and references to Elder Holland’s specific statements and to facts appearing to show that Elder Holland’s statements were false.

Bill’s trial was not about whether he was correct or incorrect about Elder Holland’s dishonesty, or about any of Bill’s other views about the Church. In fact, the question of Bill’s correctness or integrity was totally irrelevant. From the transcript of the Council (retrieved here on 12.03.18): Read the rest of this entry »