Thursday, May 31, 2012

Are Mormons Christian?

My friend Jessi's son was recently rejected from a Christian private school because their family is Mormon. Their story has been covered in this article: LR Christian Academy Rejects Mormon as Pupil.


Little Rock Christian Academy is a private school, so they are entitled to accept or reject whomever they choose, and do whatever they want. As a member of the church that brought you Brigham Young University, and the famous Honor Code, I can certainly appreciate that.

I am saddened by the culture of fear that LRCA seems to be promulgating against Mormons. I especially was disturbed when one administrator quoted in the article saying, "It’s very, very sneaky when people come in, especially in elementary and junior high grades where the kids are very influenced." It's funny to think that sweet little Samuel could be an agent of corruption sneaking into the haven of their academy to lead away all the impressionable kids. Well, it is funny until you realize that she is serious, and then it is just sad.

What makes someone Christian? I always thought it was believing in Christ. To some, there are subtle connotations to the term that include pretty much every religion who believes in Christ, except Mormons. There are so many different ways that other faiths view salvation, God, the Godhead, and Christ. I don't understand how they can say all of those differences are fine, but the differences that are in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are not fine. People even go so far as to accuse Mormons of being members of a cult, claiming that we worship Joseph Smith (we don't, he was a prophet like Abraham or Moses), or that believing the Book of Mormon is scripture disqualifies us from being Christian. It reminds me of the inflammatory statement made by Robert Jeffress against Mitt Romney:

 
No one seems to mind that Catholics accept the Apocrypha as scripture, there are enough Catholics, and they have been around long enough, that no one wants to accuse them of being non-christian. As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints we have 12 Articles of Faith, which define Mormon religion. One of them is:

"We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may."

I believe Robert Jeffress, and the administration of the LRCA have the right to believe and worship as they wish. I only wish that they would actually learn about what Mormons really believe before making sweeping claims against the entire congregation.


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

High Speed Science

You may have heard that it is possible to relight a recently-blown-out-candle by lighting the smoke, trailing from the wick. If you haven't heard about this, don't feel bad, Bryce and I didn't know about it until my little brother, Nate, told us. I didn't really believe him at first. (I know, when will I learn to stop doubting Nate the Great?) But he proved that it can be done! You just blow out the candle and hold a lit match or lighter in the stream of smoke that results, the wax in the smoke lights on fire and the fire travels down the smoke back to the wick, which reignites! Magic!

I was amazed, and wanted to share Nathan's candle trick with the world. Handsome Bryce works in a lab at Brigham Young University. This means he has lots of cool toys to play with, like high speed cameras. We made two videos of the candles re-lighting:


You don't even need to hold the match that close to the wick, (we just had it there so that the match would be in the frame). I love seeing fire travel down the smoke.

Handsome Bryce also made this cool video of a moth and a wasp flying in slow motion:

Hooray!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Projects and Stuff

Many exciting things are going on right now. Handsome Bryce defended his thesis and graduated.


Before he did that he had to finish his thesis. We did an all-nighter to help get that done in time. Bryce said a white-board would help him organize his thoughts so I got this one for $6 at the thrift store. It has a little chalkboard on the other side. I thought maybe McBaby would like to play with it one day. It was in good working order except for some scribbling which made it look pretty ghetto.

 

I'm a fan of spray paint. Once the thesis was done I taped paper over the chalkboard and whiteboard surfaces.


A couple of coats of spray paint and it is totally un-ghettoized!


 It was also Handsome Bryce's birthday recently. He requested red velvet cake with cream cheese icing. I really liked this recipe, but I never bothered to take a picture of the inside of the cake! It was red ok?


We also celebrated our 5th anniversary and it was magical! I love my boys, especially Bryce, and also especially Ewan, especially especially both of them.