Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Dealing With Depression as a Latter-day Saint

       It was 1835. In a small Illinois town, a young man who had been living on his own was now moving in with the Green family, and just about everyone in town knew why. The Greens were worried about him. Bowling Green, the father of the house, had witnessed the boy's behavior for weeks - and it wasn't a pretty picture. After a dear friend died of a fever (an adversity made worse by a bout of bad weather), the young man was overcome with a debilitating sadness. He grew despondent, spoke often of suicide, and wandered alone in the woods for hours. When several weeks had gone by and his friend did not get better, Mr. Green insisted the boy come stay with him for a while. This the young man did, and after enjoying the Greens' company for a few weeks, he moved back home. He was still rather melancholy, but recovered from the overwhelming depression of before.1 It would not be the last time this man would struggle with the disorder. Abraham Lincoln would have to cope with depression for the rest of his life.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

True or False: The Nicene Creed

       We talk a lot about the Restoration in this church, and in order to talk about the Restoration, you need to talk about the Great Apostasy. To talk about the Apostasy, you have to talk a about the history of Christianity. And when you talk about the history of Christianity (especially in an LDS setting), one item seems to get brought up more than all others: the Nicene Creed. I've sat in many seminary and Sunday school classes and heard about how we as Latter-day Saints differ from our Christian neighbors because we don't believe in the Trinity as explained in the Nicene Creed. But I had never actually read the Creed. What's in it? Does it even touch on the doctrine of the Trinity? If so, does that Trinity sound all that different from our view of the Godhead? Looks like it's time to play...

Today's Question: Does the Nicene Creed promote the idea of the Trinity, i.e. that the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are one and the same, or of the same substance? 

Thursday, September 3, 2015

How to Be a BYU Student In 5 Easy Steps

       So, you want to be a BYU Student. Maybe you just graduated from high school or just got off your mission with your freshman year ahead of you. Maybe you just transferred from another school and want to learn the ropes of BYU life vs. that of other colleges. Maybe you're a seasoned BYU student and want to know how to live the cougar life more fully. While peer mentors and student advisors will be able to guide you through academic issues, you also need the down low on the nitty gritty aspects of student culture. Well, you've come to the right place. Here are Provo Mormon Dude's 5 sure-fire steps to becoming a true BYU student.