Bad things can happen to us, but we do not need to become what has happened to us.
About: Stephen Marsh
Profile: I was born in 1955, married, father of five girls, three of whom are now deceased. You can find out more about me at http://adrr.com/ my personal website or at my blog, http://ethesis.blogspot.com/. I was one of the original bloggers at Mormon Matters and was please to be invited to blog here at Wheat & Tares.
Posts by Stephen Marsh:
Thirty years ago, Utah was the lowest in depression and other issues for states in its demographic/locational axis (depression goes up the further north you go, it goes up in mountain states, it is modified by age balance). Since then Utah has become less LDS and more depressed. But that isn’t the real story or […]
Elder Oaks has given two talks (Protect the Children and No Other Gods) that have caused me to rethink some of my positions. We know gay parents will have children. We know children are better off with their parents. We know it is better for children to have married parents. The end of that logic […]
Recently, a review of a Hugh Nibley book led to a discussion about “the wealthy” or “the rich.” The discussion completely failed to discuss the various types of the relatively rich in our society. First is the group referred to in class/social strata studies as “the hidden” (or, the group I would refer to as […]
There has been a lot of discussion over the years about women in the military. Specifically, women in combat. Four things came together to make it happen. First, women find themselves in combat in the current military in our country and in other countries. A Woman Soldier’s Own Story is an example of that. They are on patrol, in […]
One growing area of study in experimental ethics is the effect of what are often called climates. It started with noticing that beggers outside of a bakery are more likely to receive charity than those near a sewer. But it has expanded into realizing that many cultures have an ethical environment. To read scripture, moralizing […]
On the affirmative side, closed groups for comments, questions and discussion have drawn away huge numbers of commenters from a number of sites on all spectrums. In addition, the feedback, comment structure and immediacy seem to appeal to many. On the con side, well, who is arguing against this point? Other than the fact that […]
As we get into the campaign season, I thought I’d reprise some more basic economics and accounting. Just so you know what you spent (through your tax dollars) … 63% or so of the budget, about 2/3rds, goes out the door without any voting at all by congress. Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Food Stamps, Farm […]
So, what do we know about prophets? What is the final word on prophecy? So far, in previous posts I have covered: What they will tell us. How to listen to them, a typography of the things they say. Understanding the themes that are each prophet’s mission. How to become a prophet. [Scroll down] This […]
Let us be serious. You should be over at FAIR, reading about serious things and enjoying their conference and the papers and how women fit into the Church. Since you aren’t, I’ll share the story of Wally and the search for the perfect girl. I met Wally* about the time I was graduating from law […]
There has been a lot of talk about having more meat, more depth, yet not excluding people nor rendering church publications less accessible. So, why not have an expanded version of the Ensign on-line to provide more depth, and to have an on-line presence worthy of the modern world? After all, the church is working […]
When prophets talk what they say falls into one of six categories. This essay is about how to determine which category their words fit into and how to have a better understanding and application of the speech of prophets, ancient and modern. It presents six categories and five tools. The six categories are: 1) Specific […]
Introduction: More than 70,000 years of tradition Traditional marriage — by which I mean what marriage meant from before the Neanderthals went extinct to 1900 AD or so — was an economic institution. Actually, for at least 70,000 years… Neanderthals like Middle paleolithic Homo sapiens did not have a division of labor between the sexes. […]