Wisdom of Men

Ravening Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing

Jun 24, 2020
14 min read

Above is a window at the London School of Economics, it was commissioned by Bernard Shaw in 1910 in reference to the Fabian Society. This was an organization created in the 1800s to subvert the existing order and create a…

Speaking Hard Things

Jan 27, 2020
5 min read

I’ve noticed that pop culture has influenced us at church where we feel more inclined to walk on eggshells, afraid to offend others. True, we value kindness, but I think we err in thinking that it means that we must…

When the opposition rejoices, it doesn’t mean they’re winning

Oct 23, 2019
5 min read

There are a lot of changes happening in the Church today, and for some, it is refreshing, but for others, it is concerning. I have heard some explain that various groups that have criticized the Church are happy with some…

The Tragedy of Seeking the Unobtainable

Aug 30, 2019
1 min read

…ye have sought all the days of your lives for that which ye could not obtain; and ye have sought for happiness in doing iniquity, which thing is contrary to the nature of that righteousness which is in our great and Eternal Head. Helaman…

Visualizing the Sources of Ideas

Aug 10, 2019
4 min read

As I was meditating upon the various sources of ideas that influence man, my thoughts converged upon a simple model that I have been finding useful. Ultimately, the mind of God is the source of all light, truth, and knowledge….

Veiled Idolatry

Aug 7, 2019
1 min read

There were a few verses I came across in my study of the New Testament recently that have been on my mind. It was not to Me that you offered victims and sacrifices forty years in the wilderness, was it,…

Detecting False Prophets

Mar 3, 2019
4 min read

“But behold, if a man shall come among you and shall say: Do this, and there is no iniquity; do that and ye shall not suffer; yea, he will say: Walk after the pride of your own hearts; yea, walk…

Truth is not found within

Oct 30, 2018
4 min read

There is an ideology today that I hear quite often and it is poor in principle and flawed in doctrine. You may recognize this ideology as it appears in the following forms: “Live your truth” “Be who you really are”…

“Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.”

Sep 29, 2018
1 min read

Over a half century ago, while I was still a child, I recall hearing a number of old people offer the following explanation for the great disasters that had befallen Russia: “Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has…

When the Precepts of Men Get Placed Above the Commandments of God

Aug 21, 2018
6 min read

Nephi prophesied that in the last day groups would contend with one another and that they would be built up “not unto the Lord” (2 Nephi 28:3) These groups have authorities that will “contend one with another, and they shall…

“What Mothers Cannot Give to Their Sons”

Jun 12, 2018
4 min read

Props to Junior Ganymede for posting about this article titled What Mothers Cannot Give to Their Sons. It’s a brief read and worth your time. While it doesn’t mention the Boy Scouts of America or their latest move to allow girls…

“We Can Set It Aside:” How to Judge the Teachings of All Men

May 28, 2018
4 min read

These words from Joseph Fielding Smith have been a key guide to my own studies over the years: “STANDARD WORKS JUDGE TEACHINGS OF ALL MEN. It makes no difference what is written or what anyone has said, if what has been said…

History

Nov 23, 2017
4 min read

A few quotes have been on my mind lately. The first is from Hugh Nibley: “History is all hindsight; it is a sizing up, a way of looking at things. It is not what happened or how things really were,…

Triggered!

Nov 5, 2017
3 min read

I understand that there are legitimate situations where people suffer from post-traumatic stress or any other psychological issues. Then there are people that are perfectly fine but equate the discomfort they feel in the presence of alternative opinions with the pain…

Heed Them Not

Jul 2, 2017
5 min read

I can’t think of a more spot-on description of the virtual, media-fueled cloud of blabbering that surrounds us than the great and spacious building mentioned first in Lehi’s vision in the Book of Mormon. The building had the characteristics of…

For This Cause: Why Marriage Matters

Feb 22, 2017
19 min read

“I then remarked that marriage was an institution of h[e]aven institude [instituted] in the garden of Eden, that it was necessary that it should be Solemnized by the authority of the everlasting priesthood,” (from a Joseph Smith journal entry, Nov….

The False Gods We (Still) Worship

Nov 7, 2016
14 min read

I would like to address the subject of modern idolatry in the form of wars of aggression, near-eastern emperor-vassal covenants, and voting your conscience. The following is an excerpt from Spencer W. Kimball’s classic talk The False Gods We Worship….

Taking Life

Aug 26, 2016
10 min read

I wrote most of this back in 2014 but haven’t published it until now. In fact there was a lot more history before and after this but I feel like this one experience was a big turning point for me. Few…

In Defense of Perfection

Jun 26, 2016
15 min read

I’ve been observing two things (one good and one bad) being conflated into a single topic and then dismissed altogether. This is much like the proverbial baby being thrown out with the bath water and I want to take a shot at…

A Modern Parable: The Bull and the Jackrabbit

Jun 19, 2016
2 min read

I love the modern parables that often appear over at jrganymede.com. They often feature common animals such as bulls, parrots, rabbits, etc. Over time, I’ve started to see patterns in these parables of which animals represent different aspects of our…