Thursday, July 30, 2015

Quiz: Can You Guess the Mormon Connection to These Summer Movies?

       In 1969, professor Stanley Milgram conducted a social experiment to see how closely people are connected to one another through social contacts. In other words, if I wanted to get a message to the Pope, and I started by asking a friend to help me get it to him, how many friends of a friend would we have to go through until we found someone who could get my message into the Pope's hands? Milgram’s findings from this experiment sparked a social phenomenon. According to Milgram, everyone is connected to everyone else by an average of six degrees of separation.1 So as long as you know someone who knows someone else, it will most likely take only six phone calls to get your message to Pope Francis himself. 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Five Surprising Stories About Pioneer-Day Utah

Each year on the 24th of July, Utahns celebrate their pioneer history. You probably know a lot of Utah history already. The trek west, the building of the Salt Lake temple, and the march of the Mormon Battalion are fairly common knowledge. But there are other stories that may surprise you. Back in the day, Utah wasn't all beehives and roses. Some crazy things happened here, and so in honor of Pioneer Day, here are five stories you may not know about the early Utah Saints…

Thursday, July 16, 2015

True or False: The C.S. Lewis Quote

       Lorenzo Snow said "As man is, God once was. As God is, man may become."1 That sums up what we Mormons call “eternal progression.” We believe man has the potential to become like God, and that somehow all His faithful children can ascend to a similar glory. When we teach this doctrine, we often use the words of C.S. Lewis to back it up. Based on a couple comments the author made, we deduce that Lewis believed in apotheosis: man’s ascension to divine status. Lewis was a devout Christian, after all, and having him on our side is a big confidence boost. But did Lewis really believe in apotheosis the same way we do? Are his words used correctly or are they taken out of context? Looks like it’s time to play… 

Today's Question: 
Did C. S. Lewis teach, as Latter-day Saints do, that faithful mortals could eventually become gods?

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Extreme Makeover: Ward Edition

       "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world." -James 1:27
       What does it mean to be Mormon? Yes, I know being baptized makes you a member of the Church, but what does it mean to be Mormon - to live the Mormon life? There are many possible answers. For me, the answer lies in a story.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

What Does "Preside" Really Mean?

"...fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners." 
- The Family: A Proclamation to the World

       Who presides in a family? Every Mormon familiar with the Family Proclamation knows that “By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families.”1 But preside is a difficult word. It’s a word that denotes authority, as in president. It means standing at the head of an organization in a position of leadership. But if fathers are supposed to preside over their families, does that mean they have authority over their wives? But all of God’s children are equal! But if Mom and Dad are equal, how can the Proclamation say that Dad is the one who's supposed to preside?