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Robert Kirby: Come, come — again — ye Saints

In a information launch totally invented for the needs of this column (that means that there’s not a shred of reality in it, although a few of you’ll consider it anyhow and wind yourselves into whiny snits), the religion’s governing First Presidency introduced: “We’re involved that the current quarantine could lead to in any other case valiant members opting to stop church exercise altogether. It ought to be remembered that the COVID-19 pandemic is a device of the adversary meant to beguile the slothful and opposite of nature, like sure…

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Robert Kirby: ‘Residence work’ after the pandemic

Due to the lifting of sure restrictions, many companies are cautiously reopening places of work the place folks as soon as labored in shut quarters. The Salt Lake Tribune is not any exception. On Wednesday, I attended a Zoom assembly whereby the editor defined to staffers the circumstances beneath which they might quickly be capable of return — in the event that they so select — to their desks. As you would possibly count on, there have been a number of restrictions. For starters, repopulating the newsroom received’t happen in…

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Robert Kirby: In the case of artwork of Jesus, keep in mind that holiness is greater than skip deep

The latest directive to make The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints a extra Christ-centered religion got here final week from prime leaders. No photos of present church leaders, Joseph Smith, Orrin Porter Rockwell, or angels serving to pioneers push handcarts within the snow. For the file, I used to be not consulted on this coverage change. It conflicts with my proposal to have illustrations of the deaths of the unique apostles posted there to remind us of the power of their religion. Peter, custom says, was crucified the…

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Robert Kirby: Pleased Mom’s Day to all of the ‘mothers’ I’ve had

It’s Mom’s Day, after we have fun the ladies who blessed us with life, nurtured us to maturity, or just didn’t promote us to a circus after we proved extra bother than we had been price. Everybody has a mom. You would possibly want you didn’t, however the organic reality is that somebody — nearly actually a feminine — needed to lug you round for a small eternity after which free you upon the world. I’ve a mom. She’s 86 and presently in an assisted residing heart in South Jordan.…

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Robert Kirby: This 12 months simply retains getting worse, however screaming gained’t assist

2020 will go down in historical past because the 12 months when all the things was tousled. The pandemic was simply the beginning. Now it’s only one factor after one other, a canine pile of miserableness with no sign of ending. On a private stage it’s been lower than nice. Being quarantined wasn’t so dangerous at first. I’ve labored from residence for years, so I used to be already acclimated. However now everybody else works from residence as effectively. Issues have turn out to be crowded and noisy. What else?…

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Robert Kirby: Sue my church over its reality claims? That may be like suing myself.

North Carolina resident Laura A. Gaddy recently sued The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, asserting it had misrepresented its historical past and “lied about materials info regarding the creation of key scripture.” I’ve been a Latter-day Saint my complete life. Sorry. Utilizing the phrase “saint” in reference to myself (and even most individuals I do know) stretches the boundaries of credulity. Anyway, I by no means as soon as thought-about the potential of suing the church I attend. Not as a result of it might be like suing…

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Robert Kirby: How I might spend all that Mormon mad cash

Though the huge wealth of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (a reported $100 billion in a wet day fund) remains to be a matter of nice curiosity, there have been no official feedback about it throughout final week’s Common Convention. OK, in order that stash has in all probability taken a success throughout this market-sapping pandemic. However the church nonetheless has some huge cash. And that cash ultimately will earn money off curiosity. It’s none of my enterprise how the church spends its money, simply as it’s…

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