Archive for February 4th, 2017

Faith Is Not Blind – – Devotional given at Brigham Young University-Hawaii – – 24 January 2017 – – Bruce C. Hafen Emeritus General Authority

February 4, 2017

An excellent talk by my former professor and his wife.


So as we grow in experience, we will probably encounter some distance between the ideal and the real. Let’s call it “the gap.” We can see the gap in our personal experience, in our Church experience, in the scriptures, and in just trying to survive in today’s world. Indeed, some degree of uncertainty in managing that gap is actually part of the mortal plan, as symbolized by the mists of darkness in Lehi’s dream. Some parts of mortality are certain and clear, of course, as symbolized by the iron rod. But the distance between where we are and where we want to be—the “gap”of uncertainty–remains. Let’s talk now about three different levels in dealing with that gap . . .

Understanding these three levels in dealing with uncertainty can help us solve all kinds of problems. This model applies to many realms of personal discovery and growth. But for today, let’s just apply it to dealing with criticism of the Church in the Internet age.

DVDs on RedBox that My Parents Might Want (February 4, 2017)

February 4, 2017

I have not followed through with a weekly update, but here is my current list.

Dark Horse

Dad’s Army

Florence Foster Jenkins

Harley and the Davidsons

The Great Gilly Hopkins

Now You See Me

Miracles from Heaven

The Confirmation

Deepwater Horizon

Hillary’s America



Star Wars: The Force Awakens


NPR: ‘Pretty Disgusting Snot-Like Spit’ Lets Frogs Catch Their Prey

February 4, 2017

At the end of the interview transcript there is a video of a frog in action.

Do you feel that you are under so much pressure to perform your emotions in ways that are readily legible to other people?

February 4, 2017

An unnamed woman separates from her husband. He disappears, and she goes to look for him in Greece. NPR’s Scott Simon talks to Katie Kitamura about her latest novel, A Separation.


And one of the reasons I was interested in professional mourners is because I think in our culture, we’re under so much pressure to perform our emotions in ways that are readily legible to other people. But in my experience, grief in particular is not something that can be neatly packaged or expressed. It’s a – it’s an incredibly messy and unruly emotion. And so the practice of professional mourners means that there’s someone else (laughter) expressing your grief for you in a recognizable form that everybody can understand. And that gives you the privacy to kind of grieve in the way that you you need to and grieve in your own way.