Richard Alger

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Friday, May 07, 2021

Art Together Now

Art Together Now Announcement 2021: https://youtu.be/T7YCao8_Dlw

Original version: https://youtu.be/a5j50F4rlzA
OK Go Sandbox - Art Together Now (Symphony From Home Version):  https://youtu.be/i7va3BbNoSk
OK Go Sandbox - Art Together Now (Nature Version): https://youtu.be/g4EEtfNk1yk
OK Go Sandbox - Art Together Now (Kids Version): https://youtu.be/2hnhE7zlWNg
OK Go Sandbox - Art Together Now (Bunni Version): https://youtu.be/iCH9yM46FhY
OK Go Sandbox - Art Together Now (Space Version): https://youtu.be/nvhVTLk431U
OK Go Sandbox - Art Together Now (Praxinoscope Version): https://youtu.be/7JCEXOYOK9A

Lyrics
It's all still the same
Everything's untouched but forever changed
Oh, we're all still the same
Everything's untouched but forever changed
All the colors we painted yesterday
They look so different now
And all those harmonies we sang yesterday
All sound so different somehow
Though they're all still the same
Everything's untouched but forever changed
Everywhere on earth
Every single soul, everyone there is, all together now
And everyone alone all together on the precipice
All that mattered then, all that matters now
All that matters after the world shuts down
All of it dissolved all together in the chrysalis
Together in the chrysalis
Nothing changes, until one day it does, then there's no going back
Our best selves and our worst selves live in that moment there
Sparring over who draws the new maps
And though their lines
May look the same
Everything depends on who wins that game
Everywhere on earth
Every single soul, everyone there is, all together now
And everyone alone all together on the precipice
All that mattered then, all that matters now
All that matters after the world shuts down
All of it dissolved all together in the chrysalis
Together in the chrysalis
And now the impossible's happenin'
A million knots that we were told can't be untied
Would always hold all unraveling
And even while the heavens fall
The fog's still wrapped around us all
And when it's snuffed out every last star
We'll see just who we are
Just who we are
All together now, all together now
All together alone in the chrysalis
We're all together now
All together now, all together alone in the chrysalis
We're all together now
All together now, all together alone in the chrysalis
All together now
All together now, all together alone in the chrysalis
We're all together now
All together now, all together alone in the chrysalis
All together now
All together now, all together alone in the chrysalis
We're all together now
All together now, all together alone in the chrysalis
All together now
We're all together alone


 




"Everything with eyes has some amount of eyes"

"Everything with eyes has some amount of eyes"

https://open.spotify.com/track/0RQ6ghOpbHURdOqn1ltRDy?si=c076891e0722475f

This reminds me to not take myself too seriously. And about tautology. 

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tautology


Triops Has Three Eyes 

Rabbits have two eyes

And whales have two eyes

And eagles have two eyes

But triops has three eyes

Triops has three eyes

Two eyes on a face

Are usually enough

But triops has got

One that looks up

And one that looks around

And one to keep an eye

On the other pair of guys

Triops has three eyes

Needles have an eye

Tornadoes have an eye

Potatoes have a lot of eyes

But triops has three eyes

Triops has three eyes

Everything with eyes

Has some amount of eyes

And triops has got

One that looks up

And one that looks around

And one to keep an eye

On the other pair of guys

Triops has three eyes

There are two sides to every story

But triangles have three

And the tricycle has one more cycle

Than the washing machine

Chickens have two legs

And varmin [unverified] have two legs

And monkeys have two legs

But tripods have three legs

Tripods have three legs

They've got more than you

'cause they need more than two

A tripod has got

One that points back

And one that sticks out

And one to be a friend

To the other pair of legs

Tripods have three legs

Look, there's an eye

Hey, there's another eye

And there's a third eye

'cause triops has three eyes

Triops has three eyes

Two eyes on a face

Are usually enough

But triops has got

One that looks up

And one that looks around

And one to keep an eye

On the other pair of guys

Triops has got

One that points back

And one that sticks out

And one to be a friend

To the other pair of guys

Triops has three eyes

Triops has three eyes

Triops has three eyes

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

How Far Are You Willing to Love?: Including isn’t Agreeing

 I loved this talk by Ben Schilaty. 

How Far Are You Willing to Love?: Including isn’t Agreeing | Ben Schilaty | TEDxBYU
https://youtu.be/63lwcxP8ZVQ

Years ago I read his blog regularly.  http://benschilaty.blogspot.com/

Love God, Love my Neighbor, "On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." Matthew 22:40 https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/nt/matt/22.40?lang=eng#p40

His talk reminded me of this video of Dallin H. Oaks, "Love and Law", https://youtu.be/SsrZ1XqwQlg


Saturday, April 17, 2021

The useless Whys, What ifs, and If Onlys

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I have come to understand how useless it is to dwell on the whys, what ifs, and if onlys for which there likely will be given no answers in mortality. To receive the Lord’s comfort, we must exercise faith. The questions Why me? Why our family? Why now? are usually unanswerable questions. These questions detract from our spirituality and can destroy our faith. We need to spend our time and energy building our faith by turning to the Lord and asking for strength to overcome the pains and trials of this world and to endure to the end for greater understanding.

What a wonderful I quote I found in "Come Follow Me Insights (Doctrine and Covenants 37-40, Apr 12-18) at 31:10", https://youtu.be/9U9fQURv8EE?t=1870

It is from Robert D. Hales, "Healing Soul and Body" Oct 1998. 

Also from this episode is this quote from Richard G. Scott from "Trust in the Lord", Oct 1995

It really does no good to ask questions that reflect opposition to the will of God. Rather ask, What am I to do? What am I to learn from this experience? What am I to change? Whom am I to help? How can I remember my many blessings in times of trial?


There are several stories from Ken Alford

Personal applications of principles when going through...

"Ken, with out being too personal .. how did it affect your personal identity and who you are?"

- Leukemia in the family

- Other family challenges

"Heavenly Father can comfort infinitely. He knows the end from the beginning. We don't know how some of these stories are going to turn out yet, but it's going to be OK."

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Sunday, April 11, 2021

Find Peace by Reading the Book of Mormon

I have known Melanie Wellman Stroud for well over 15 years. I remember attending a ward or stake fireside back when I first knew her. It was about how she studies the Book of Mormon. It inspired me. 

She has since had a roller coaster of experiences. She has been hosting a podcast called Come Follow Me for Us since January 2019. One of her perennial topics is how we all need to study The Book of Mormon every day. 

For many years now, I have had the goal of reading or listening The Book of Mormon every day.  For the last six months I have been reading or listening to The Book of Mormon for least 15 minutes every day. 

I don't know if I can say too much about what is does for me. It has been an anchor to me when many others had slipped away. It roots me to Jesus Christ who is my only hope. It has chided me in many ways. It has been a way for me to know that I have been having revelation. 

I love The Book of Mormon. It verifies the truth of the Bible. I know that as I live by its teachings, I will overcome the world through my Savior Jesus. 


Here is Melanie's podcast on the Book of Mormon.

https://comefollowmeforus.com/bomstudy/

Here are links to how to get it as a podcast.

Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/3vCK5Xkn8WnybenySfrHv7?si=qTwLmQEsQASTXJF7fRUK8w

Apple - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/come-follow-me-for-us-podcast/id1448229352

Here is a Google Doc that has some key quotes and promises and how Melanie was taught to study The Book of Mormon by her mission president. "The Book of Mormon:  The Liahona of our Lives"

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CFDrfwTnmbqGEuprDR0u1IpUxIWSMo3xfOxgPDkElw4/edit?usp=sharing


Melanie Wellman Stroud

From a FB Post, 11 Apr 2021

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

Why Multiple Accounts of the First Vision

I am listening to episode 5 of "The First Vision: A Joseph Smith Papers Podcast. Eight minutes in, a professor Steven C. Harper of BYU talks about the nature of memory and why there were different accounts of Joseph Smith's first vision. 

8:23 - 12:45 question "Why are there different accounts?"

Following is a selection of the transcription of “It Caused Me Serious Reflection” (The First Vision Podcast, Episode 5) from 8:25 - 12:45 in the audio that answers the question "Why are there different accounts?"

The four gospels of the new testament.

The way memory works. A present production of the shards of the past. 

We view the past through the lens of the present. 

From the transcription

Spencer: All this talk of record keeping brings us to a question that many Latter-day Saints have asked about Joseph Smith’s first vision. Why are there different accounts?

The answer: there are different accounts of the First Vision because Joseph Smith described the event to different audiences at different times. Naturally, the different accounts vary in emphasis and detail because each was told in a different context. Nevertheless, the various accounts tell a consistent story.

Now, historians expect differences in the accounts of historical events if they were created at different times and under different circumstances. In fact, such differences in detail and emphasis often help historians and other scholars piece together a fuller story.

For instance, think of the accounts of Jesus’s life and His resurrection in the Bible—the four gospels. There are four different accounts told in different contexts that emphasize different details. Scholars of the Bible and early Christianity do not reject the accounts because of the differences but instead understand the different accounts as a benefit to their scholarship.

So, the different accounts of the First Vision can be studied in a similar way. And they not only help us better understand the vision itself. The different accounts help us better understand Joseph Smith’s life and the early history of the church he led. As Steven Harper explains, this has a lot to do with the way that memory works, that in addition to Joseph relating the vision at different times to different audiences, the various accounts are also formed by the nature of memory itself.

Steve: So, the answer to why these different accounts to me lies in the science and the psychology of memory. Memory is not what we often assume it is. Memory is not a recording of our past that’s like this podcast recording. We could replay it ten years from now, and it’ll sound the same. It’ll be the exact same recording, no matter how many times you play it or how distant in time we play it. That is not how memories work, not at all.

A memory is a present production that is made from a combination of cues that are stored somewhere in our minds somehow. Nobody knows for sure how, but “traces” of the past, as Daniel Schacter at Harvard calls them. “Traces” is his word.

So, it’s the past or pieces of the past—you might think about it as shards of the past—and present. The present environment in which we are remembering has a lot to do with the shape that memory will take.

Spencer: What Steve is describing is really interesting to me. As I understand it, what is happening in the present influences the way we remember events in the past. Our circumstances in a given moment also influence what aspects of those events we choose to emphasize. When we are talking about memory, context matters. And it matters a lot.

In other words, we view the past through the lens of the present. That’s how our memories work.

So, how does this influence the way that Joseph Smith remembered and retold the First Vision at different times?

Steve: So, what is happening in Joseph’s present to cue the memory in the first place, and then help him recover some of the shards or traces he has at his disposal, and put them together in the particular way he does at the time—that’s the way to get at the differences in the accounts.

Spencer: If we want to understand the differences in the accounts of the First Vision and uncover new and deeper meaning from Joseph Smith’s experiences, then we need to ask what was happening in Joseph Smith’s life at the moments in which he recounted the First Vision. In short, to move beyond the question of why there are different accounts of the First Vision to the question of what insights can we gain from studying the different accounts, we need to look at what cues informed the way Joseph remembered and told audiences about the event.

A link to the other episodes of "The First Vision: A Joseph Smith Papers Podcast"

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

One Eternal Round

Scriptures that use the phrase "one eternal round"

"I perceive that it has been made known unto you, by the testimony of his word, that he cannot walk in crooked paths; neither doth he vary from that which he hath said; neither hath he a shadow of turning from the right to the left, or from that which is right to that which is wrong; therefore, his course is one eternal round." (Alma 7:20

"And it may suffice if I only say [The Book of Mormon records] are preserved for a wise purpose, which purpose is known unto God; for he doth counsel in wisdom over all his works, and his paths are straight, and his course is one eternal round." (Alma 37:12)

"For he that diligently seeketh shall find; and the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto them, by the power of the Holy Ghost, as well in these times as in times of old, and as well in times of old as in times to come; wherefore, the course of the Lord is one eternal round." (1 Nephi 10:19)

"For God doth not walk in crooked paths, neither doth he turn to the right hand nor to the left, neither doth he vary from that which he hath said, therefore his paths are straight, and his course is one eternal round." (D&C 3:2)

"Listen to the voice of the Lord your God, even Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, whose course is one eternal round, the same today as yesterday, and forever." (D&C 35:1)

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I also found this YouTube video by Greg Matsen who is "the founder of Cwic Media" and "has a strange passion for ancient history & religion." He talked about how the round is a symbol of the higher law and some of the ancient history of circles. Also how it related to the square and the lower law. 

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In addition, I found this from Scott R. Braithwaite, assistant professor of psychology at BYU, BYU Campus Education Week Sep 2014. "Deliberate practice is so intense you can only do it for one to four hours a day. It also involves seeking critical feedback targeted at improvement from an unbiased mentor." ("Improvement and Progression: One Eternal Round")

A study of students at the Academy of Music in Berlin was set up to determine what separated the best students from the average students. All of the students were extremely talented. “The key was not how many hours were spent in total because they all spent the same amount of time,” said Brother Braithwaite. “The key was how they spent their time. Elite performers spent 3.5 hours practicing alone and the lowest skilled musicians spent 1.5 hours.” The best students also worked in two defined periods at a deep level and took a nap and rested in between periods. The worst students were busy all day, never rested and never got intense, deliberate practice.


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Vulnerability

"I define vulnerability as uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure." (Brené Brown, Daring Greatly, p 34)