Richard Alger

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Monday, August 31, 2015

A Distinction from Expectation

"I expect great things from you"
"I expected you at  7:00"
"My husband expects me to have dinner on the table at 6:30"

What feeling do you get from these feelings? They mean obligation. And not necessarily by agreement. Instead it is only what one party wants from the other one. Based on what? Some possibilities might be.

- That is how my dad did it.
- I don't want the same problems mother always caused.

Is there a different word that might be more neutral in its agreed upon meaning? One that might have the positives that sometimes come from "I expect"

Here are some ideas that are in the realm of the word I am looking for.
High tide raises all boats. Inspire without trying to get people to do something using your strengths. What do you want? Is this a deal breaker? Agree on the standard to be reached.

How does one base their ethics on science and logic?

A friend of mine asked, "How does one base their ethics on science and logic?"

I answered,

I haven't read any of the comments yet. I am attending trainings at Landmark. I have been surprised by the transformation or in LDS terms the mighty changes of heart I have witnessed from people of other faiths and of no faith.

We are humans which means we assign right and wrong meanings to things. The agreements we have as groups, and communities are ethics. It is what we agree is right or wrong to do in general.

That is how I think science, logic and the human condition creates ethics in or outside religion.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Messengers of God

As Latter-Day Saints, we believe that God uses anyone who is willing to bring about his work.

"We owe much to the many brave martyrs and reformers like Martin Luther, John Calvin, and John Huss who demanded freedom to worship and common access to the holy books." ("The Miracle of the Holy Bible" M. Russell Ballard, Apr 2007)

Where the Baha'i and LDS Agree

I have a new friend that is Baha'i. Last night she gave me a little card that had this on it.

Tell Me About Baha'u'llah

The inside reads:
Bahá'u'lláh explains that: 
The purpose of life is to know and love God, and acquire heavenly virtues such as faith, wisdom and compassion.
We learn about God and divine virtues by studying the lives and teachings of His Messengers such as Jesus, Moses, Buddha, Mohammed, Krishna and Bahá'u'lláh.
The religions that these spiritual Teachers brought are all connected – like chapters in a single book of revelation.
As humanity matures, we become ready to hear deeper spiritual truths and practice greater levels of unity.
We are ready to recognize the oneness of humanity, the equality of women and men, the harmony of science and religion, the value of education, the spiritual nature of families, and the promise of world peace.
We are ready to accept ourselves as noble creations and develop our untapped potential as spiritual beings.
Bahá'u'lláh’s teachings connect the personal with the global and the practical with the mystical in ways that open us to new ways of living with one another in unity.
When you are ready, type “Bahai” in any search engine. 
The back reads:
Like all Prophets, Baha'u'llah lived a life of sacrifice and service. Like Buddha, He was a nobleman who gave up His wealth and power to teach the Word of God. Like Abraham, He was exiled from His native land. Like Moses, He guided His followers to new understandings for forty years. Like Jesus, He was persecuted and tortured by the leaders of His time. Despite this oppression, He founded a community which is established in more countries than Judaism or Islam and is still growing. His teachings, once considered dangerous, are now recognized as visionary prescriptions for humanity's survival.
For these reasons, and so many more, the life and teachings of Baha’u’llah deserve your serious consideration.

There is nothing I disagree with here. Below I match up these belief with what Mormons teach.

The purpose of life is to know and love God
"God wants all of His children to progress and become more like Him." (From
To become more like him we must know Him and love him. We must aquire the heavenly virtues God has.

We learn about God and divine virtues by studying the lives and teachings of His Messengers.
This is why we study the scriptures and modern day prophets. The only difference here is who we consider true messengers from God to be. We believe that prophets are called of God yet fallible. We also believe that God uses women and men of all ages and time to bring about his work, whether or not they are given the authority to perform ordinances.

...More to come

Prophets of God are Fallible

"It has always been hard to recognize in fallible human beings the authorized servants of God." ("Faith and Keys" Henry B. Eyring, Oct 2004)


In scrupulosity, a person's obsessions focus on moral or religious fears, such as the fear of being an evil person or the fear of divine retribution for sin. Although it can affect nonreligious people, it is usually related to religious beliefs. In the strict sense, not all obsessive–compulsive behaviors related to religion are instances of scrupulosity: strictly speaking, for example, scrupulosity is not present in people who repeat religious requirements merely to be sure that they were done properly. ("Scrupulosity", Wikipedia, Accessed 29 Aug 2015)

Friday, August 28, 2015

The power of soup and a listening ear

This blog is pro conjugal marriage. What I love about it is how much compassion and empathy I see in her for others.
on this site we talk about holding tightly to truth and love. This blog is a great forum for the “truth” side of things. But the “love” part is something that has to be lived out off the page. I know that many of you are already doing this kind of real-life-love-in-action. I’ve seen it. But I’ve had a couple recent conversations with believers who want to love radically, but don’t know what it looks like. They fear that their involvement will translate as implied approval. My advice: don’t worry about that. Just be the most generous, supportive, inviting person that they come in contact with. By no means do I live this out perfectly, but I learn best by example. So I thought I’d give you one up-close-and-personal example of my own. ("The power of soup and a listening ear", Katy Faust, 27 Oct 2014)

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Armageddon and Adam-ondi-Ahman

(starting at 11:19)
Yes, there will be wrenching polarization on this planet, but also the remarkable reunion with our colleagues in Christ from the City of Enoch. Yes, nation after nation will become a house divided, but more and more unifying Houses of the Lord will grace this planet. Yes, Armageddon lies ahead. But so does Adam-ondi-Ahman!
(“O, Divine Redeemer”, Neal A. Maxwell, Oct 1981)
This is his first address after being called as an apostle.

Thursday, August 20, 2015