About This Blog
A blog about my life, universe, etc. At any given time you might find something endlessly interesting or just me ruminating on something else, which no one (not even myself) finds interesting. That's the way blogs go, I suppose. Anyway, I was eleventh in line, and you weren't. Hah!
Scripture of the Moment 2 Nephi 2:27 Wherefore, men are free according to the flesh; and all things are given them which are expedient unto man. And they are free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil; for he seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself.
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-- Once I've posted something, I will not make substantive changes to the body of the post. Any changes will be noted with an "EDIT" tag at the bottom of the post in question, or will be noted in a subsequent post. Typos, stylistic errors, and link updates will occur, without time limit (though if it's been a while, I'll let you know). If I really really regret a post, it's likely I'll post about cats or something for a while in pennance. You've been warned.
-- If I find something through the efforts of another blogger (in fact, of anyone I can link to), I'll credit them with a link (the style of such a link is pretty much up to my mood, so don't expect consistency in that area).
-- My comment policy is listed below.
I like comments, and I'll keep them activated. HOWEVER, if you want to start a flamewar, go somewhere else. If you want to get me to start arguing with you about Ohio State vs. Michigan, whether Mormons are Christian, how stupid being spoiler free is, or pretty much anything else inflamatory (inflamatory is in the eye of me in this case -- if you don't trust my judgement, too bad), go somewhere else. All links to pornography, all instances of vulgar language, and anything else I don't think is appropriate for my sisters, brother, neice, and nephew to see (ages 1-18), or quite frankly appropriate for ME to see, will be edited as I see fit (probably with links to something else, or alternate words, or what have you). All spam comments, including blatant off-topic self-promotion, will be deleted. If you've been banned, feel free to email me; if you're uncivil, please know that I'm interested in finding out exactly how many people I can add to my killfile without bringing my processer speed to zero, and don't mind using your address in my experiments. I reserve the right to delete and/or ban anyone I want. If you need to say it that badly, go get your own blog. They're free, you know.
A Note About Chatting and Emails
I'm not what you would call an extremely social or extraverted person. As a matter of fact, I tend to test 100% introvert on Myer-Briggs and other personality profile tests. Therefore, please be aware that most of the time, if I don't already know you (either in person or through weeks/months/years of email contact) the chances are I won't be very talkative if you IM me. I like having a long time to consider what I say, and that goes double for what I say to total strangers. Please don't think me scary, rude, hateful, or even just someone in a perpetual bad mood, if chat efforts are unsuccessful. Quite frankly, it's probably better for you to go find someone else to chat with, unless you have something significant to say. And if it's that important, you should probably email me. Which reminds me to let you know now that if you do choose to email me, it might be days, weeks, months, years, or never before I email you back. It takes a lot of energy for me to come up with replies to random inquiries from strangers, and most of the time there's something I'd rather be doing instead. Your understanding is appreciated. I'm not saying don't try, I'm just saying -- have minimal expectations, okay? Thanks. Oh, and if you DO know me, don't treat this statement as an excellent excuse not to talk to me. You know who you are.
I like "of the moment" stuff...
I think it complements my complete inability to be genuinely spontaneous in person. And it's an ironic feature of my site, because most of my "of the moment" things stay the same for days, weeks, months, or, in one case, almost a whole YEAR, before being changed. ^_^ That's why I made it an "of the moment" feature set, rather than "of the hour/day/week/other defined time period" feature set.
Anyway, I'm going to make a scripture of the moment, AND a quote of the moment, addition to the sidebar. Just try to stop me, I dare you. I'm waiting. No? Okay then, here we go.
The current (and for the immediate and undefined future) scripture of the moment is...
And becuase of their iniquity the church had begun to dwindle; and they began to disbelieve in the spirit of prophecy, and in the spirit of revelation; and the judgements of God did stare them in the face.
An awesome quote; it comes just after the "War Chapters" in the Book of Mormon. Basically, the Nephites (our heroes; the descendants of Nephi, Sam, and others faithful to God from the beginning of their time in the Americas) have been caught up in the Rightesousness -> Prosperity -> Pride -> Suffering cycle, and they've been prideful and haughty and mean-spirited and ALL that good stuff. They've also become weak, allowing internal contention to distract them from keeping the borders safe. I love this scripture because of that last line, which really struck me when I read it. I wouldn't want God's judgements to stare me right in the face, if I were them.
Now for my quote of the moment. Unlike the scripture of the moment, which I will keep to just the LDS standard works, this could come from anywhere -- church authorities, other scriptural works (e.g. the apocrypha), books I like, friends, whatever. If I can link to the source, I will, but I suspect there won't be a whole lot of online sources for this thing. I'm too much of a dead tree fanatic to give any online source that much space on my sidebar. ^_^
Pride does not look up to God and care about what is right. It looks sideways to man and argues who is right. Pride is manifest in the spirit of contention.
It's a great quote, and there's a ton of other great stuff on either side of it (in fact, about enough great stuff to fill an entire conference talk -- imagine that!) It was, unsurprisingly perhaps, mentioned in one of the sites I use to prepare for Gospel Doctrine each week, LDSLiving.Com. I chose it over C.S. Lewis, but only just, so I'm going to include the honorable contender's words, too (don't worry, I'll probably quote him before Christmas):
As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you are looking down you cannot see something that is above you.
That's from Mere Christianity, a book that's been on my must-read list for WAY too long. It was also quoted at LDSLiving. Something to think about, eh? posted by Sarah at 7:33 PM. |