Knowledge and wisdom: education is one of the key principles of the gospel

With school starting for many/most in the U.S., and around the world, including myself, I wanted to speak to the importance of education, and what is stands for in the LDS faith, and in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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The Gift of Tongues in Politics?

Some early members of the church practiced the gift of tongues in an unusual way. The ritual began when one person fell into a trance-like state and spoke in an unintelligible “language,” generated by mysterious impulses within the speaker. Another participant would claim to have felt the spirit give them translation of what was said. Both participants would then confirm the message.

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Americans love Bernie

Americans are as socialist as Bernie Sanders:

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Wars, rumors of wars, border security: why is it talked about so much

There is an interesting fact that recently occurred to me.  There has been a large amount of yelling and discussion amount conservatives about Domestic security, protecting our boarders, the need for a stronger military, etc.  This of course is nothing new, and it has been this way for many years.  What occurred to me recently is that I would LOVE to know where they get these ideas.  Let’s look at the facts of the matter, and see how accurate it is.

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Immigration, Obama, and Trump

Confusion around immigration law has caused many Americans to support unrealistic immigration solutions. U.S. immigration law is set by statute passed by the legislative branch.  Some parts of immigration law have been shaped by the courts as well. The president is responsible for implementation, which requires a number of decisions that are not necessarily spelled out in the legislation.

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The gospel and progressivism go hand in hand

I’m a Latter-day Saint. I’m progressive.

I didn’t put qualifiers of religion or politics on either for a reason.

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Does my church support a hate group?

Being gay and loving gays is normal. Beating gays and killing gays is a crime!

So says the sign held by the man, Dmitry Isakov, in this image. You can’t see it in the picture, but approximately 1,000 miles away there's a guy who read an article about Dmitry's sign and called the cops, leading to a conviction and a fine[1]. You see, in Russia a statement like Dmitry's counts as LGBT propaganda.

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Why Campaign Zero: Four Stories About Interactions With Police

Cross-posted with permission from FEMWOC: Feminist Mormon Women of Color.

Recently, several young activists and groups of activists have come together to launch a platform called “Campaign ZERO.” The website states: 

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What To Do When Your LDS Child Comes Out

[This post relates a true story and has been edited to protect the identity of the author's adult child. Names have been changed.]

It’s a quiet evening. You’re sitting watching a little TV and relaxing as the day winds down. Your daughter Cheryl comes into the room and sits near you, but not too close. She is there, but not saying much. You turn off the TV and engage her in conversation. You ask about her classes, what she has been doing, and engage in other small talk. Slowly, somewhat hesitatingly, she superficially answers. After a little verbal interchange, she gets to the point of her conversation.

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STEM Education

Cartoon-Robot.pngScience, technology, engineering, and math are important subjects that our schools need to teach. Many groups have come to recognize this and are pushing for better STEM education for a variety of reasons. We do need to make sure our students are gaining useful skill sets, but that doesn't necessarily mean buying into the latest fads.  While it is important to promote STEM careers, the success of our economy depends on a variety of people and skills sets.

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