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Tuesday, October 26, 2004
The Desnews is a Flip-Flopper!
The Desnews opposes Initiative One, despite an earlier endorsement.
I might post more on I1 later, but my main observation about this election season lately has been that, at the end of the day, blogging about something you spend all your time studying isn't nearly as exciting as blogging on something else, and lack of free time means the end of the day usually comes too late for blogging anyway. Sigh. Seven more days.
Yesterday's Random BYU-Related Observation
If you walk over the Mysterious Heat-Emitting Vent outside the SWKT, while holding an umbrella, interesting effects occur.
Friday, October 22, 2004
Textual Changes in the Book of Mormon
Royal Skousen's 12 Answers at Times and Seasons brought up a lot of information about the critical text project of the Book of Mormon, some of which I had seen previously in his class on the critical text project at BYU. There is a lot of interesting data that, on many points, is quite convincing as to what the original text actually said. On other points, it is possible to disagree (after looking at the evidence, of course) with some of his conjectured emendations.
Today I spent the bus ride to my office reading 3 Nephi 18; after arriving, I pulled up the Church's website to continue looking at a few things. I noticed that the word "Disciples" has been capitalized every time it occurs in the chapter online, while such capitalization is not present in the physical book. Strangely, the word is not capitalized in the rest of 3 Nephi, or in 4 Nephi or Moroni 2 in other references to the twelve chosen Nephites. In 1 Nephi 12:8, though, the words "Twelve Disciples" have been capitalized online, while they are not in the print edition.
Now curiosity leads me to ask: Why the change? Why the inconsistent application of the change to clear references to the Nephite Twelve? The word "disciples" may also refer to non-apostolic followers of Christ later in the book; for example, perhaps in 4 Nephi 1:46. There may then be a reason for capitalizing sometimes and not other times. But making such a change in only one chapter, and then switching back, seems slightly strange. Are there supposed to be differences between the print and online editions? (This brings to mind a story from class: apparently in Mormon 8:28, the words "shall rise" were added to make some sense from a previously ungrammatical sentence--but they were added by a mission president in the eastern United States who had an edition of the Book of Mormon printed, and somehow made their way from there into all future editions printed by Salt Lake. According to Dr. Skousen, as I remember it, the people he works with in Salt Lake were very interested by this.)
If Dr. Skousen offers his BYU class again, comparing the online Book of Mormon text with the 1981 print edition would be an interesting project for a student.
Tuesday, October 19, 2004
Observations of a Ward Clerk
- When counting the number of people in the congregation each week, be prepared to lose track of your count and have to start over if you perform said count while holding a 7-month-old who is liable to suddenly spit up all over himself. Be able to smile about this, although smiling is admittedly easier if he misses your suit and your tie.
- In addition, realize that you will not get an accurate count when 20-25% of the congregation is nursery-age or younger and thus liable to be out in the foyer at any given moment during sacrament meeting. Do not use this as an excuse to spend the meeting in the foyer every week, "counting", with your children, though, despite the temptation to be able to let the 2-year-old run free, which is so much easier than teaching her to be reverent.
- If you go anywhere near the clerk's office on your way out to your family waiting in the car, make sure your wonderfully patient family is prepared to wait longer than expected, since you will most likely be stopped for "one quick thing" by at least one person. In other words, liberally stock the diaperbag with goldfish crackers, and raisins, and bread and cheese, and cut-up apples, and sippy cups--more or less, about the amount of food required to get a family of four across the plains in a covered wagon.
Thursday, October 07, 2004
WSJ Article on the Church
Link here. My question: Were there really only 112 BYU alumni in New England and 359 in the mid-Atlantic states in 1994, or was someone using not-very-well-updated alumni association address lists as the definitive record of how many graduates lived there? I get the impression that BYU's alumni association has been trying a lot harder over the past few years to keep former students in touch with the university, and it may be those efforts that make the derivative of East Coast Alumni with respect to Time seem large and positive recently. (Make the growth rate seem high, for those of you putting off learning the calculus portion of "all things".)
Sunday, October 03, 2004
Assignment: Compare and contrast the following two actions.
- Writing blog posts about the act of blogging
- Speaking (say, in sacrament meeting) about the act of speaking (such as the story of how the counselor in the bishopric asked you to speak, or the amount of preparation you put into the talk you are in the act of delivering)
The 174th Semiannual General Conference
Thoughts, mostly from the priesthood session, since I wasn't taking care of small children then:
- I like the musical numbers better since Mack Wilberg became one of the Tabernacle Choir directors. The arrangements sound like they'd be a lot of fun to sing, and tempos don't drag. The first two hymns Saturday night ("Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah", and "I Need Thee Every Hour") both had the first tenors up on a B above middle C, and the arrangement of "The Spirit of God" went up to the A just below that. There are quite a few hymns in the book with alto lines that don't go that high.
- President Faust got a lot of laughs by describing young men who, due to a dearth of Melchizedek Priesthood holders in their area, got to "home teach, not just be a yawning appendage to an elder making a social call."
- When President Monson announces a musical number, the second line of the song often becomes part of the announced title. I like that. It's like referring to "the BYU," or speaking of one's fellow quorum members as "Brother [firstname]" instead of using last names.
Friday, October 01, 2004
Today's Random Intersection of LDS Culture and Utah Politics
Hugh Nibley's lawn is currently sporting a Matheson for governor sign.