It’s a blustery 3 degrees F (-17 C) outside right now on the first Sunday of the New Year. In a moment I need to head into the wind for an meeting. But first, two New Year examples of BCC bloggers popping up in daily life in Utah County.
A few days ago we were playing a family game of hockey on a nearby pond. While one of us chased down a puck after an errant pass, the rest of the family paused to rest, and someone commented, “Can you imagine breaking through this ice to get baptized, and doing that for 7 days in a row!” That statement stems from a family home evening lesson we had based around J. Stapley’s and Kris Wright’s Journal of Mormon History article, “A History of Baptism for Health.” If you haven’t read it, I recommend it. Stapley provides an abstract in a previous BCC post. But, as it is necessarily short it can’t give a feel for the many fascinating details their research has discovered–including an example of a person breaking ice to get baptized seven times.
Then, on New Year’s day we were visiting with a group of families in the neighborhood. While chatting about snow-removal strategies, I overheard snatches of another conversation involving Kevin Barney’s recent Dialogue article, “How to Worship our Mother in Heaven (Without Getting Excommunicated)”
With Kevin’s analysis of references to Asherah in the O.T. and his measured exercise in “religion-making,”this article also reads high on the “Honey, read this paragraph!” meter (and may show up in a future FHE).
So, Kevin, J. Stapley, and Kris Wright. Thanks for helping bring in the New Year.