End of summer

"Done layed around
Done stayed around
This old town too long
Summers almost gone
Summers almost gone"


Book of Abraham and Joseph Smith Papyri


So here is a link that very straight-forwardly answers a lot of questions that I have always had about the Book of Abraham. Its easy to find critics views online, but that is not very interesting. It is much more interesting to believe in something and find out why, than to go around discrediting everything difficult. Like George McDonnald says "Christianity has not been tried and found wanting, it has been found difficult and therefore left untried".

The only thing not mentioned here about the facsimiles being not really about Abraham I read Michael Rhodes idea that they could have been some things Joseph had in his collection that resembled closest to what he may have seen in revelation- and got published (thoses scenes are common it seems). It sold the Times and Seasons paper.


Bob Dylan played here

Dylan played in jackson last night, and Jim and I went to it with some free tickets my boss came upon and gave us. He surprised me by playing a lot of his hits, which I thought he generally avoided, but he played Rolling Stone and Just like a Woman and the Ballad of Hollis Brown and the Lonesome Death of Hattie Carol and Rollin and Tumblin and even All Along the Watchtower. It was pretty monumental. If you cant tell from the pictures he's the one with the white hat.
So Jackson hole has givin me some really good music since I've been working here. Last year I saw Greg Brown in Driggs and Beethovens 9th at the Grand teton music festival, and this year I saw Mozarts 40 and 41st and Bob Dylan. Good thing I was here these years.


question the motive of your loyalties

Mosiah 29:26
"Now it is not common that the voice of the people desireth anything contrary to that which is right; but it is common for the lesser part of the people to desire that which is not right; therefore this shall ye observe and make it your law- to do your business by the voice of the people."

Prop 8 Overturn
Statement of Charles J. Cooper, lead counsel for the proponents of Proposition 8, concerning the decision rendered today in Perry v. Schwarzenegger:

“Today, a single federal judge has negated the will of the people of California. The central premise of the court’s ruling is that it is irrational for the citizenry to decide to retain the traditional definition of marriage. The court holds that the ubiquitous definition of marriage as the union of a man and a woman is a historical curiosity that serves no purpose whatsoever, but rather is based solely on anti-gay biases. Indeed, the court went so far as to brand as “irrational” all supporters of traditional marriage, which is the vast majority of all people, in American and throughout the world. As New York’s high court recently recognized, until very recently it “was an accepted truth for almost everyone who ever lived, in any society in which marriage existed, that there could be marriages only between participants of different sex.” [Hernandez v. Robles, 855 N.E.2d at 8 (N.Y. 2006)]. The historical record reveals that the traditional definition of marriage is grounded in society’s interest in channeling potentially procreative sexual relationships between men and women into enduring, stable family units to increase the likelihood that children will be raised by the man and woman whose union brought them into the world.

“Judge Walker’s ruling sweeps aside this historical understanding of marriage. In its place, he has announced that “Marriage is the state recognition of a couple’s choice to live with each other, to remain committed to one another and to form a household based on their own feelings about one another and to join in an economic partnership and support one another and any dependants.” His opinion thus treats children as a mere afterthought when it comes to marriage. The Court’s disregard for the historical purposes of marriage would require California to embark on a novel experiment with the fundamental institution of marriage. In doing so, it threatens to harm the vital interests historically served by marriage. The United States Constitution provides no warrant for this result, as demonstrated by the all-but-unanimous judgment of other federal courts that have addressed the issue.

“In addition to dismissing the traditional definition of marriage, the judge incredibly found that children don’t need fathers. Or mothers. To state this proposition is to refute it. And the court also found that there is no benefit whatsoever for a child to be raised by its own biological parents. Fortunately, the Constitution does not require the people to substitute the social science musings of gay rights activists for common sense. This decision will not stand.

“Fortunately, the case is not over. Judge Walker acknowledged from the outset that “this case is only touching down in this Court, … it will have a life after this Court, and what happens here, in many ways, is only a prelude to what is going to happen later.” July 2, 2009 Tr. of Hr’g at 12. About that he was right. We have already filed a notice of appeal and look forward to the next stage of this litigation.”

Our president is calling prop 8 "divisive and discriminatory". All these changes bring us closer to the time when it becomes unlawfully discriminating for the LDS church to deny marriage to gay couples. But the church's official release on the subject said in part: “There is no doubt that today’s ruling will add to the marriage debate in this country, and we urge people on all sides of this issue to act in a spirit of mutual respect and civility toward those with a different opinion.”