2008: The Year the Financial Market was Socialized

I have been requested to write some of my thoughts on the “mortgage crisis” and the “bailout” of the financial markets.  I don’t have much time to get into this topic right now, so I’ll just give two thoughts.

We have been told how “urgent” this is.  It has to be done before Friday.  Anytime the government works really fast, either there is things in the bill that they don’t want We, The People, to find out about, OR they are trying to distract us from something else.  Which is it Government?  Either way, I don’t want it.

Second, we as a country are suppose to be for capitalism and against socialism, at least the Republicans are.  Yet, it is under a Republican Presidency that are financial markets are being socialized.  And people wonder why I’m so angry at the Republicans…

Will Josh be smart?

Amanda & I were commenting about how smart Mikey is during dinner.  I asked Amanda if she thought Josh would be as smart as Mikey or smarter.  Mikey then said what sounded like “Dumb”.  Amanda & I looked at each other and started laughing.  What Mikey actually said is “Yum”.  His dinner was good, but he said it at just the right moment… 🙂

Home Teaching and Mikey

Every month, when I go home teaching, I take Mikey with me.  I do this for several reasons, among which are;

  • I’m trying to set a good example for him
  • I want him to become friends with others in our ward.
  • I want him to love Church service.

Today, with my Home Teaching companion, Mikey & I went home teaching to a family in our ward.  They have a threeish year old.  He and Mikey played together pretty well.  When we were on our way home, Mikey told me “Daddy, I love home teaching.”  It made me happy to hear that.

I also like to make some kind of dessert to take with us when we go home teaching.  Today, I made brownies.  My home teaching companion made a handout, and used some cutesy scissors to decorate its border.  Later in the evening, Amanda told me that my companion and I are more like “Visiting Teaching companions” than Home Teaching companions.  Silly wifey.

How's that deal?

Mikey’s newest phrase is “How’s that deal?”.  He’ll come up to me and say something like “Daddy, when we get home, can I watch TV?  How’s that deal?”  It’s pretty funny.  We’ve started using that with him now too.  “Mikey, do you want to go do XYZ tomorrow?  Then you have to brush your teeth.  How’s that deal?”.  He’ll then tell me “That’s a good deal Daddy”.

I had an interview with the Bishop tonight and got home pretty late.  The whole family was up wanting to know what my new calling is (which I’ll post here at Mike’s World News on Sunday or Monday after I’ve been sustained and set apart).  It was, of course, way past Mikey & Josh’s bedtime.  Mommy decided that instead of reading scriptures, Mikey should just have a short story and then go to bed (and read scriptures in the morning).  Mikey didn’t want that; he wanted his normal two chapters a night (1 chapter in The Old Testament, 1 chapter in The Book of Mormon).  After Amanda & Mikey argued about it for a few minutes,  I announced “I’m not going to argue with my two and a half year old about reading scriptures.”  We proceeded to read them until Mikey feel asleep.

The Divine Institution of Marriage

The Chuch of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has recently released a new 6-page document entitled The Divine Institution of Marriage.  Per the Church:

“The Church has a single, undeviating standard of sexual morality: intimate relations are proper only between a husband and a wife united in the bonds of matrimony.  

The Church’s opposition to same-sex marriage neither constitutes nor condones any kind of hostility towards homosexual men and women. Protecting marriage between a man and a woman does not affect Church members’ Christian obligations of love, kindness and humanity toward all people.

As Church members decide their own appropriate level of involvement in protecting marriage between a man and a woman, they should approach this issue with respect for others, understanding, honesty, and civility.

Intending to reduce misunderstanding and ill will, the Church has produced the following document, “The Divine Institution of Marriage,” and provided the accompanying links to other materials, to explain its reasons for defending marriage between a man and a woman as an issue of moral imperative. ”

To read The Divine Institution of Marriage, visit http://newsroom.lds.org/ldsnewsroom/eng/commentary/the-divine-institution-of-marriage

Often times, when talking about why the Church is against gay marriage, people will ask “What’s the harm?” or “They’re not bothering you.”  To those who believe that, read NPR’s When Gay Rights and Religious Liberties Clash.

What do you think?  Is this a cause the Church and its members should be fighting for?

Quote of the Moment

“…Are we reading the Constitution and pondering it? …Are we abiding by these principles and teaching them to others? …Can we recognize when a law is constitutionally unsound? …We must become involved in civic affairs to see that we are properly represented…”

Ezra Taft Benson
October 1987 General Conference
Ensign, November 1987

Quote of the Moment

In regards to the question of whether to vote for the “Whig” candidate or the “Democratic” candidate in the election of 1844, and his unwillingness to vote for either, the Prophet Joseph Smith stated:

“….we shall have the satisfaction of knowing that we have acted conscientiously, and have used our best judgement. And if we have to throw away our votes, we had better do so upon a worthy rather than an unworthy individual who might make use of the weapon we put in his hand to destroy us.”

 Times and Seasons, Nauvoo, IV, 441.
Cited also in Roberts, Comprehensive History, II, 208-209.