Episode 84: The Big Deal with Mormonleaks

So I swear this was fresh and exciting news when we recorded it. Recently a group called Mormonleaks released some information regarding how apostles stay informed as well as stipends given to general authorities. Some people had a really hard time with this. Some didn’t even bat an eye. JP & I discuss our thoughts on the kerfuffle.

Episode 83: LDS Flavored Cinema

So this was recorded just after the election. That’s how slow I am in putting these up. I’d promise to be better, but we’d both know that’s a lie. I’ll try anyway…

We’ve talked a bit before about Mormon/ LDS produced and themed media, but at the time we recorded this, I was going through a major watch anything LDSsy that exists no matter how silly phase.

Episode 82: The Most Goal-Setting Time of the Year

We can’t p ourselves. We set goals near the end of every year. JP & I discuss our methods for setting goals, and whether it’s even a good idea to set them.

From the Sealed Portion:

This is the most recent one we’ve recorded, but there are a couple of others still waiting for me to prep them.

Episode 81: Do We Need A Bigger Tent?

What exactly do people mean when they say a group need a bigger tent? How do we solve the problem of people feeling alienated?

From the sealed portion:

Flavors of Persecution

This is our 80th Episode. And with this we’re now officially starting our new release schedule. We’re going to post episodes on the 1st and the 15th of every month. Of course, this being the first of the new schedule, it had to be a day late.

In this episode, we discuss the types of persecution that Christians now face (hint: not lions) and speculate on what might be coming. Remind me to put a link to the conference talk here.

And whoops, I forgot to edit in some music.

Also we are introducing the new segment of our show, which I’m calling the “Sealed Portion.” It is sealed, because there is no discussion. It is a short list of items of interest to JP or me, whichever did not choose that week’s topic.

So here’s what’s in the first sealed portion.

  • Gill Fullbright – the honest politician
  • David J. West – Excellent Author
  • Hamilton – I was apparently the last person on earth to discover this, so you probably don’t need a link.

Should I, a Christian man, be involved in politics?

JP asks the question: how much should a Christian man care about the world of politics? And then we discuss it.

Here is the quote JP used and a link to the whole talk:

The Church will always stand for that which is honest, virtuous, true and praiseworthy. Such a pronounced stand for righteousness constitutes a repudiation against every evil and all false philosophies. The First Presidency and the Twelve are not oblivious to false philosophies and evils and will continue to warn the world and the Saints as the Lord directs.

Yes, there is a conspiracy of evil. The source of it all is Satan and his hosts. He has a great power over men to “lead them captive at his will, even as many as would not hearken” to the voice of the Lord. (Moses 4:4.) His evil influence may be manifest through governments; through false educational, political, economic, religious, and social philosophies; through secret societies and organizations; and through myriads of other forms. His power and influence are so great that, if possible, he would deceive the very elect. As the second coming of the Lord approaches, Satan’s work will intensify through numerous insidious deceptions.

Parents also need to take a stand for all that is honest, virtuous, and praiseworthy. It is the responsibility of heads of families to support wholesome influences for their children in government, schools, in the home, in the neighborhoods, in stores, in local theaters. Parents have responsibility to see that freedom is preserved for their children, and that the present generation does not burden future generations with debt and wasteful extravagance. The gospel, the kingdom of God, can prosper only in an atmosphere of freedom. Every adult has responsibility in selecting government leadership, for as the Lord has said, “I, the Lord God, make you free, therefore ye are free indeed; … Nevertheless, when the wicked rule the people mourn. Wherefore, honest men and wise men should be sought for diligently.” (D&C 98:8–10.)

There is an urgent need for the development of a more firm and virtuous influence in the public affairs of each community, each state or province, and nations as a whole. A force for positive good is needed in every facet of public life.

April 1978 Conference

You can tell how into politics Bryce is by the insane political ranting on his blog. This episode has none of that.