Is Redemption Spiritual Welfare?


Is it something for nothing, a handout[1], the dole?


The scriptures tell us it is free[2] and open to all[3], its effects immediate[4].

But the effort expended by the Redeemer was hardly free; it was infinite and eternal[5].

Should not our part be commensurate? Is it? Where’s the parity?


How can redemption be free yet infinitely expensive?


For answers, choose from the following scriptures:

1 Nephi 2:15

Alma 36:12

John 11:35

3 Nephi 9:20

Mosiah 21:35

1 Corinthians 15:29

Alma 21:18

[1] Romans 11:6

[2] 2 Nephi 26:27,  2 Nephi 2:4

[3] 2 Nephi 26: 24-27

[4]Alma 34:31

[5]Alma 34:10

Tributes for ObamaCare

Young adults learned what tribute is in “Hunger Games.” Now, with ObamaCare, they find themselves in the role of tribute.



Little Dorrit

Little Dorrit

Charles Dickens

Finished November 16, 2013

It was difficult for William Dorrit to maintain dignity when he begged visitors for gratuities. He fooled himself.

His son, Tip, was not deserving of the honor he demanded, because he was not earning his own way.

Amy was admirable.

So was Arthur Clennam.

I relied on the movie to turn the characters into flesh and blood. I usually prefer the book standing alone. I also missed important plot elements and the movie helped me. At the wrapping up scene, I wondered many things: what happened to Mrs. Clennam; what was in the box; what did Amy’s note say; what caused the explosion; what happened to Miss Wade; was she illegitimate; by whom; did Gowans come back; what financial swindle was Mrs. Clennam tied up in. Even after seeing the final episode of the movie, I am unclear about some things.

Dickens left me out of much with his complex prose. I was surprised to find the book so challenging.

I think main lessons were about the real and illusory methods of asserting worth and earning respect. Blandois demanded it but was least worthy.

I doubt I will read this again.

Why Liberals Are Panicking

Legal Quibble About ObamaCare Bactrack

Legal Quibble About ObamaCare Backtrack


Pres. Obama’s decision to let people keep their old policies, “undercuts the purpose of the exchanges,” says William White, the District of Columbia insurance commissioner.


“The White House says Supreme Court rulings have held that agencies can exercise discretion to enforce laws in a way that achieves the goals of the statute.” (WSJ, In Reversal to Quell Protests, Obama Alters Requirement, Nov. 15, 2013)


House Speaker John Boehner questioned the legality of the administration’s action.

ObamaCare: A Great Idea?

Alan Blinder writes in the Wall Street Journal[1] that Obamacare is a horrible, embarrassing, inexcusable, unmitigated disaster. The rollout was botched and badly designed. The website is a catastrophe, a debacle, a glitchy failure. Virtually no one actually understands how the new law works. The law makes the administration look like a gang that couldn’t shoot straight. It’s a national laughingstock and undermines trust in government. The foregoing are all Blinder’s words.


As utopians do, he still claims “the basic idea” behind the law is good; implementation failed though the program’s lofty goals are wonderful.


It’s always like this with command-and-control; sterling intentions meet reality. It reminds me of responses I get from some young people when I ask them what they know about communism: they say that it is an economic system that is a really good idea but has never been properly carried out.

[1] Despite a Botched Rollout, the Health-Care Law Is Worth It. Alan S. Blinder, WSJ, November 12, 2013.

How Do You Spell Syria?

Blessed with Spelling Diversity

I taught the Citizenship in the World merit badge to 40 Boy Scouts yesterday. It was a positive experience. We discussed the Syrian civil war. On a quiz I asked: What country recently used lethal gas on its citizens?

They answered: Aseria, Siria, Syria, serea, sideia, Sryria, syere, Siberia, Syrah, Syrria, Astria, Seria.

Someone once said: “I have nothing but contempt for anyone who can spell a word only one way.”