Raising the Drawbridges

“Is Poland’s government right-wing or left-wing?” asks a recent article in The Economist. Its leaders revere the Catholic church, vow to protect Poles from terrorism by not accepting any Muslim refugees and fulminate against “gender ideology” (by which they mean the notion that men can become women or marry other men). Yet the ruling Law and … Read more

Reason and Truth Rattling Around My Brain

The concluding talk of this Friday afternoon session was (then) Elder Ezra Taft Benson’s, “Watchman, Warn the Wicked,” and it was a powerful talk that I think will resonate with a lot of issues that we’re facing today. But as I looked back on the passages that I’d highlighted from these talks, there was a … Read more

“Things Won Are Done; Joy’s Soul Lies In Doing”

This is part of the General Conference Odyssey. In The Happiness Hypothesis, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt writes, Richard Davidson, the psychologist who brought us affective style and the approach circuits of the front left cortex, writes about two types of positive affect. The first he calls “pre-goal attainment positive affect,” which is the pleasurable feeling … Read more

The DR Book Collection

We’re a group of heavy readers here at Difficult Run, but we’ve mainly expressed our love of books over the last couple years through sporadic lists. As bibliophiles, we take an interest in what others are reading. We often buy or rent books based on the suggestions of others. However, we also research the books under consideration to … Read more

On Repetition and Lines of Communication

This post is part of the General Conference Odyssey. Some General Conference sessions seem brimming with impactful revelations and guidance. And some do not. I believe in a lot of cases the variable isn’t the session or an individual talk; it’s me. When I was a missionary in the MTC, the October 2000 General Conference … Read more

On the Inevitability of Worship

This post is part of the General Conference Odyssey. I was very struck by Elder Bruce R. McConkie’s statement in How to Worship that “[God] has planted in our hearts an instinctive desire to worship, to seek salvation, to love and server a power or being greater than ourselves.” I imagine it’s a claim that … Read more