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Ponderize Alma 7:23 - We don’t believe in “moderation in all things”

I realized today that it has been nearly 20 years since I have eaten anything produced by a McDonalds.  I still recall staring at menu at a Mc’D’s in Illinois and realizing that there was nothing on the list of items offered that I wanted to eat.  There was nothing that would make me more healthy, live longer, improve my quality of life, make me feel better, or be a reasonable exchange between what I paid and the product I received.  So, I determined on that day to never go back, and I haven’t.  My only regret is that I didn’t highlight this day  so I could celebrate it as an anniversary each year.
The other day I was talking to someone about a whole food plant based lifestyle and they asked the question, "Aren't we supposed to have moderation in all things?" to defend their attraction to bacon.  The simple answer is "No".  I have found that this statement is commonly used by someone who is attempting to defend a behavior that they know is not healthful.  I have…

Ponderize D&C 137:9 - Purism vs. Pragmatism

“For I, the Lord, will judge all men according to their works, according to the desire of their hearts.” [D&C 137:9]
As I thought about this scripture I pondered about the apparent dichotomy between purism and pragmatism.  For reference, here are the definitions: 
     purist - a person who insists on absolute adherence to traditional rules or structures, especially in language or style.       pragmatist - a person who is guided more by practical considerations than by ideals.
Some of the questions that came to mind are: Is there room in the Church for a a bit of pragmatism?  Are we more focused on the results, or the process?  Do the ends sometimes justify the means?  It it better to obey the spirit of the law vs. the letter of the law? While I won’t answer all of these questions here, here are a few thoughts on the subject.  
The prophets and apostles have a responsibility to maintain the purity of the gospel.  Elder Packer said: 
      "The commandments found in the script…