But first, some Witnesses new:
Some will be interested to know that the whole Witnesses film is illegally available online on a site which, for obvious reasons, I will not identify. (He apparently comes out of one foreign country via another.) Intellectual property theft is really no different from any other type of theft. It’s despicable, but it’s hard to prevent or stop. Supporting such a site is an endorsement of illegal and unethical behavior.
On a much brighter note: three of the cast Witnesses – Paul Kandarian (oldest David Whitmer), Samantha Valletta (Elizabeth Cowdery) and Michael Zuccola (youngest David Whitmer) – will be in AMC Boston Commons theaters for the film screening at 7 p.m. this Friday, June 25.
I just published an article in Meridian magazine that some of you might find interesting:
On a whole different front, I love this 17.5 minute video of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This is Elder Peter Johnson, whose background is, uh, somewhat different from mine and certainly not typical of General Authorities in the past:
Moving on to an unrelated note, I just watched an interview on CNN with a health official from Mesa County, Colorado. For those of you who may not remember where Mesa County is, it is directly adjacent to the Utah state border. This is where Grand Junction is located. And, thanks almost entirely to low vaccination rates, it is experiencing an increase in cases of the delta COVID-19 variant. It gives me hope that if we are truly determined we can continue to delay reopening temples and stop the work of redeeming the dead, we can still interfere with mission work to prevent people from finding the restored gospel. , we can continue weakening the fellowship of our local congregations, and we can perpetuate virtual General Conferences into the indefinite future.
The low vaccination rates contributed significantly to this magnificent achievement.
And the refusal to get vaccinated has helped here too.
Can we do it in Utah? Yes we can!
COVID-19 cases rise among young Utahns as the highly contagious delta variant of the virus continues to spread among a population where less than half of all residents have received even a single dose of the vaccine, University of Utah doctors warned Tuesday.
“This same population that is less likely to be vaccinated has received more COVID-19,” Dr. Russell Vinik, director of medical operations at the University of Salt Lake City of Utah Health, said in a statement. virtual press conference calling the lagging vaccination rates and an increase in cases among young Utahns “very, very worrying.”
But, in order to further impede the advancement of the Kingdom, we absolutely must stop such developments like this:
It is important that we vaccinate as few people as possible from now on. The more the coronavirus spreads and the more it is allowed to settle in bodies, the more opportunities it will have to mutate. It helps to think of each newly infected person as some kind of mutation lab. And, if all goes well, the virus will eventually mutate into a form that our current vaccines will be unable to fight off – and then we’ll be off to the races!
But we’ll have to find better and more convincing justifications for our refusal to accept vaccination:
This argument could work, of course:
For evangelical leader Jamie Aten, advocating for vaccines has led to a death threat: Aten, who teaches at an evangelical college, has received swarms of angry anti-vaccine emails – including one saying his work was “punishable by death”.
I believe in us. We can do it! We can snatch defeat from the clutches of victory!
I couldn’t be more excited about this story than I am: “New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard is set to become the first transgender athlete to compete in the Olympics.” Apologizing in advance for the subject, which some may find uncomfortable but which is in a very concrete way unavoidable, I draw your attention in this context to a related article: “Weightlifter Suffers Tragic Testicular Injury Just Weeks Before Tokyo Olympics”
And, in other news:
I am generally not very much a petitioner. But I just signed this one:
My action (or my inaction) isn’t worth much, however, as I hardly ever eat at Burger King anyway.