Posts Tagged ‘ Death ’

3 Missionaries dead in past 24 hours

August 23, 2014
3 Missionaries dead in past 24 hours

KSL is reporting the death of 3 missionaries in the past 24 hours. Two LDS missionaries serving in the Taiwan Taipei Mission were found dead in their apartment Saturday. Elder Connor Benjamin Thredgold, of the church’s Springville Utah West Stake, was found dead in his apartment, along with Elder Yu Peng Xiong, of the Kaohsiung Taiwan […]

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Facing Your Parents Mortality

January 20, 2014
Facing Your Parents Mortality

My parents are in their mid-70s.  This past week, my mom called to tell me that my dad fell off his bike and broke his hip.  I became alarmed because, according to this article from the BBC, nearly 1 in 3 elderly patients die within 12 months of a hip fracture.  Another CNN article notes […]

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2 More Missionaries Killed this Week

October 11, 2013

Ruth Todd, spokesman for the LDS Church is reporting that “Elder Andrew Edward Page, age 18, from Charlotte, N.C., serving in the California Arcadia Mission since August 2013 died from injuries he sustained when he was struck by a vehicle while riding his bicycle.”  Additionally, Elder Colt Daniel Kunz, 20, of Victor, Idaho, died Wednesday while serving […]

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Remembering FireTag

September 6, 2013
Remembering FireTag

It is with very heavy hearts that we write this post.  FireTag, (known by his family as Darryl Holliday), passed away Wednesday night, after dealing with complications of diabetes. Mormon Heretic:  I first became acquainted with him over at Mormon Matters where I learned he was a member of the Community of Christ (aka RLDS […]

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Posted in Community of Christ, Mormon | 19 Comments »

Mormon Doctrine: Cremation

May 13, 2013
Mormon Doctrine: Cremation

Many of us have been following the drama of where to bury the Boston bomber who died in a shootout with police.  No cemetery in Massachusetts will take the body, and it’s not an option to bury him in Russia.  Finally, a Muslim cemetery in Virginia took his body, and Virginians aren’t happy about it.  […]

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Easter Mourning

March 31, 2013
Easter Mourning

A 73 year old man with arthritis, failing kidneys, and other health problems died last Tuesday. I didn’t know him very well (I’ll call him Gene), but I knew his daughter. During the funeral yesterday, his daughter recounted his life and said she was glad that he had left his bodily prison, but at the […]

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Posted in Jesus, Mormon | 6 Comments »

Ken Burns on the Context of MMM

January 28, 2013
Ken Burns on the Context of MMM

I’ve been watching Ken Burns’ 1996 documentary series on The West.  It’s a 9 part series, so it takes a bit of effort to get through.  Of course Burns spends some time discussing the Mormons, and I found his treatment of Mormons within the context of the western United States very interesting. In Part 4: […]

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Posted in History, Mormon, Race Relations | 9 Comments »

LDS Film Festival 2013

January 21, 2013
LDS Film Festival 2013

While the Sundance Film Festival gets all the press, Utah County is also home to the LDS Film Festival.  I reviewed the schedule, and thought I would point out a few films that sound interesting at the Scera Theater in Orem, Utah. Wednesday – Opening night 7 pm – The Playbook It’s the story of […]

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Posted in History, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Reviews | 7 Comments »

Holiday Violence

December 17, 2012
Holiday Violence

It’s been a rough few weeks. 1.  Dec 1, 2012.  (Left photo) Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Javon Belcher killed his girlfriend, drove to the Chiefs’ Stadium, talked to his coaches and then killed himself in front of them. 2.  Dec 11, 2012.  (Middle photo) Jacob Tyler Roberts, 22, entered a crowded Portland, Oregon mall and killed […]

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For Whom the Bell Tolls

August 29, 2012
ambient despondency

What do you think happens when we die?
How do you think it differs for those who complete suicide?
What experiences with death have influenced your outlook on either life or death?

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Posted in Agency, Faith, Mormon Belief | 19 Comments »

A Useful Illusion

May 27, 2012
A Useful Illusion

My dad is dead. He died the year before last. He lived for 68 years and he was cranky for a lot of it. When he died nobody was particularly sorry, including him. I know, because I was there. In the silence of the hospice room, after all our rushed arrangements – long days of […]

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Bill Russell: Nephi is Dangerous

April 23, 2012
Bill Russell: Nephi is Dangerous

The following comments were recorded at the 1993 Sunstone Symposium.  Bill Russell spoke on the recurring theme as Sunstone called “The Pillars of my Faith”. He is a past president of the Mormon History Association.  I don’t know who introduced him, but this is what the person said when he introduced Bill Russell. Introduction, “William […]

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Atonement Theories

February 13, 2012
Atonement Theories

National Geographic has put together a 3-DVD set about the life of Jesus in a series called Science of the Bible.  Each DVD contains a different aspect of his life.  In a documentary called “The Arrest”, they document the ancient Jewish practices at the temple and events leading to his arrest.  The producers of the […]

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Notable Deaths in Past 2 Weeks

November 23, 2011
Notable Deaths in Past 2 Weeks

I just learned that former Seventy Elder Ronald E Poelman passed away this past weekend.  Elder Poelman had become somewhat of a Bloggernacle sensation because his 1984 talk was edited and re-recorded.  In the talk, he talked about the differences between the Gospel and the Church.  However, he was told to re-record the talk and […]

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Pre-Halloween Mormon Massacre

October 31, 2011
Pre-Halloween Mormon Massacre

How do you write a Mormon-themed Halloween post?  Thanks to SamBee at StayLDS, I was reminded that Oct 27 marks the 173rd “anniversary” of the Extermination Order.  Even more gruesome is the fact that yesterday, Oct 30, is the 173rd anniversary of the Haun’s Mill Massacre–a true horror-story fit for any Halloween tale. I am […]

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Consciousness and Artificial Intelligence Part III

September 7, 2011
Consciousness and Artificial Intelligence Part III

In the last couple of posts (here, and here) I defined some terms relating to consciousness and artificial intelligence. Then in part II, I took a look at those topics from the point of view of philosophy and psychology. As I have examined the topics of philosophy of mind, and artificial intelligence I have learned there […]

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Posted in Science and Religion, Uncategorized | 10 Comments »

17 Miracles: Faithful and Foolish Pioneers

June 13, 2011
17 Miracles:  Faithful and Foolish Pioneers

I was pleased to be invited to a screening of the film 17 Miracles.  At the beginning of the film, the authors made a note that they took some liberty with the sequencing of events, but all of the miracles really happened. The story follows a pioneer by the name of Levi Savage, played by […]

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The Passing of Richard Van Wagoner

October 11, 2010
The Passing of Richard Van Wagoner

This is a sad day for Mormon History buffs.  I have just learned that Richard Van Wagoner passed away on Saturday night/Sunday morning.  He has written several book on Mormon History.  I blogged about his Sidney Rigdon book, and he recently completed The Complete Discourses of Brigham Young.  Here is a list of some of his books.  I’ll […]

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