Classical Scattering and The Convergence of Science and Religion?

In the mid 1960s the theory of classical wave motion took a leap ahead with an incredibly simple idea. A formalism allowing a single family of equations to describe seemingly diverse phenomena like wave motion in plasmas and other conducting fluids, the propagation of light (electromagnetic waves) and sound in complex media, seismic waves, electric waves on transmission lines, even the movement of fish larvae in ocean currents.
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Brigham, Heber and Co. in New York, 1843.

One of the interesting things about the Manuscript History of the Church, is its blending of sources to create a narrative of events in early Mormonism. Sometimes this effect is submerged by the 1850’s historians decision to unify the text by writing in the first person, as though Joseph Smith himself had penned it. Not an acceptable practice today, it was a common technique among writers of annals and “autobiographies” at the time.
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The Problem of Pain

No offense to C. S. Lewis.

This morning, I had the pleasure of going down to a local dental practice and getting a little finishing work done on a recalcitrant tooth.[1] One of the assistants took some kind of *very* pointy scraper and started digging out old glue from below my gum line.

“Does that hurt?” Ha ha.
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In Church, Today. Conversion: Turning Around

In a Sunday Sacrament service there were two addresses on the notion of conversion. One speaker very feelingly quoted Luke 22:31-2 from the KJV:

31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:
32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.

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D&C 107. Part 12. Epilogue. Further Light and Knowledge.

How appropriate. Twelve Parts. Part 11 is here.
D&C 107 was a long time in the making and it contains many separate revelations woven together into the whole (and it didn’t finish the story: consider D&C 112 and 124). Witness: The Nov 11 revelation, itself perhaps two separate revelations, the vision of the Seventy, the vision of Adam, the esoterica of bishops, the “book of Enoch” and others. Its story is one worth telling, not only to understand the process of revelation, but to understand the way Latter-day Saints speak and how that speech and its understanding were effected by the processes of history. I apologize for being short on annotation, but hey, that’s what comments are for! I hope you had some fun reading in “long form.” (grin)
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Neal Maxwell question- the D&C 107 series – the answer

So in the D&C 107 series, I asked the question: what was Neal Maxwell’s term for female “foreordination.” Nobody took the bait and tried to answer, so here it is: “foredesignation.” There was a prize. I guess I win it. The final post in the series is still coming.

D&C 107. Part 11. Ordination Practices.

[Part 10 is here.]
For the first 90 years or so of LDS church organization, priesthood ordination took place in more or less the following pattern:

By authority of the Holy Priesthood and by the laying on of hands, I ordain you an elder in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and confer upon you all the rights, powers keys and authority pertaining to this office and calling in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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