I just listened to the podcast of the Mormon Miscellaneous radio show by Van Hale from August 17th talking about Mormon apologetics and with guest Mike Ash about his new book Shaken Faith Syndrome. This post isn’t a critique of Hale’s show or of Ash’s book, but it is about one tenet expressed during this particular program that is false.
I consider myself an apologist in the Church, meaning that I have covenanted to sustain and defend it from error. I always bear my testimony that “I know” the Church is true, and that “I know” the Book of Mormon is true, and that “I know” Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, and that “I know” that President Monson is a prophet of God, and that “I know” that Jesus Christ is our only Savior and Redeemer. The reason why is that I have received an unmistakable witness from God, through His Spirit, that it is so. Come rain or come shine, I will always hold on to this sure witness. Should it be any different? Continue reading
For those who may not know Chelsie Hightower, she was recently a semifinalist on the popular television dance series “So You Think You Can Dance.” She made it to be one of the top three girls on the nationally syndicated show, which is quite an achievement. She also happens to be a member of my ward. In fact, in the first episode of her audition they featured a clip filmed in her home and the recreational areas of the same residential complex in which I live. She also is an excellent ballroom dancer, a talent and sport which I have been involved with and have personally competed in for many years.
Chelsie was asked to give a talk in our sacrament meeting today. Having shortly returned from filming the show live in Los Angeles, I can only surmise that they asked her to speak on her experiences dancing on the show. The stake president was invited to the meeting and was on the stand presiding. I’d like to share some of the things that she related which I thought were very thoughtful and honest.
Warning: Spoilers ahead!
Yesterday I went to see Disney/Pixar’s new animated motion picture WALL-E (or more correctly WALL·E), released on June 27, 2008. I had seen previews for the new film for many months, and had just recently heard that the critics were heralding the movie as one of the best of the year, perhaps even the best that Pixar Animation has ever produced. Indeed, our local Deseret News movie critic Jeff Vice said it’s “the best-looking of all the Pixar animated features to date” . RottenTomatoes.com currently has a 97% approval rating on the film , and IMDB has it ranked the 19th best movie of all time . The eminent Roger Ebert even gave it 3 1/2 stars . But there is more to this story.
Some will say I’m crazy for saying this, but I felt the Spirit tonight as David Archuleta sang. I did. It made me cry, which is seldom. I felt it. I can’t help but think that he was singing about the kingdom of God on earth as he so phenomenally vocalized:
Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world
You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one
I think there is a pervasive and instinctive need among mankind for a prophet, or seer, one who can “see” into the future to prepare us and warn of impending events. We see evidence for this all around us, particularly today. Continue reading