LDS Authorities: Sustaining the Leaders or How Winston Smith Came to Love Big Brother


When our leaders speak, the thinking has been done. Does this mean that in order to be a good member, one must discard their own thoughts when the authorities over them say so? Of course not, says the church. This statement originally appeared in the “Ward Teaching” in the June 1945 Improvement Era, which the… Read More LDS Authorities: Sustaining the Leaders or How Winston Smith Came to Love Big Brother

The Journal of Discourses: the Schrodinger’s Cat of Scripture


  First, and foremost, doctrinal authority in the LDS church is not simple.   The hierarchy of doctrinal authority in the LDS church is specific. This ranking is mine, but I believe accurately reflects the beliefs of the LDS church. In order of least to most authoritative, the LDS doctrinal authorities are as follows: The… Read More The Journal of Discourses: the Schrodinger’s Cat of Scripture

LDS: It is possible to become a God without the ordinances–think about Jesus


Premise One: LDS teachings tell us that by obedience to the gospel principles, and by receiving all the ordinances and secrets (I mean, sacred things) in the Temple, we can, after death go to the Celestial Kingdom, where, after millennia of progression, we can become gods in our own right, with our own world, planet,… Read More LDS: It is possible to become a God without the ordinances–think about Jesus

Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Business Travel Sucks


When I started at Price Waterhouse, business travel—most of which involved a trip to an airport—was just a fact of life.  American Airlines had the first frequent flyer program and it started the same month I graduated college. For many years, I was Platinum, and have flown several million miles (don’t know how many because… Read More Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Business Travel Sucks