Dissenting Excerpts

Excerpts from the dissenting opinion in the SCOTUS decision legalizing same-sex marriage in all states.

"But for those who believe in a government of laws, not of men, the majority’s approach is deeply disheartening....The majority’s decision is an act of will, not legal judgment. The right it announces has no basis in the Constitution or this Court’s precedent. The majority expressly disclaims judicial 'caution' and omits even a pretense of humility, openly relying on its desire to remake society according to its own 'new insight' into the 'nature of injustice.'"

Chief Justice Roberts

"The [majority's] opinion is couched in a style that is as pretentious as its content is egotistic. It is one thing for separate concurring or dissenting opinions to contain extravagances, even silly extravagances, of thought and expression; it is something else for the official opinion of the Court to do so...The stuff contained in today’s opinion has to diminish this Court’s reputation for clear thinking and sober analysis."

Justice Scalia

"Our Constitution—like the Declaration of Independence before it—was predicated on a simple truth: One’s liberty, not to mention one’s dignity, was something to be shielded from—not provided by—the State. Today’s decision casts that truth aside. In its haste to reach a desired result, the majority misapplies a clause focused on “due process” to afford substantive rights, disregards the most plausible understanding of the “liberty” protected by that clause, and distorts the principles on which this Nation was founded. Its decision will have inestimable consequences for our Constitution and our society."

Justice Thomas

"Today’s decision usurps the constitutional right of the people to decide whether to keep or alter the traditional understanding of marriage. The decision will also have other important consequences.It will be used to vilify Americans who are unwilling to assent to the new orthodoxy. In the course of its opinion,the majority compares traditional marriage laws to laws that denied equal treatment for African-Americans and women. The implications of this analogy will be exploited by those who are determined to stamp out every vestige of dissent."

Justice Alito

Read the majority and dissenting opinions in whole

14 Fundamentals in Following the Prophet

  1. The prophet is the only man who speaks for the Lord in everything.

  2. The living prophet is more vital to us than the standard works.

  3. The living prophet is more important to us than a dead prophet.

  4. The prophet will never lead the church astray.

  5. The prophet is not required to have any particular earthly training or credentials to speak on any subject or act on any matter at any time.

  6. The prophet does not have to say “Thus Saith the Lord,” to give us scripture.

  7. The prophet tells us what we need to know, not always what we want to know.

  8. The prophet is not limited by men’s reasoning.

  9. The prophet can receive revelation on any matter, temporal or spiritual.

  10. The prophet may advise on civic matters.

  11. The two groups who have the greatest difficulty in following the prophet are the proud who are learned and the proud who are rich.

  12. The prophet will not necessarily be popular with the world or the worldly.

  13. The prophet and his counselors make up the First Presidency—the highest quorum in the Church.

  14. The prophet and the presidency—the living prophet and the First Presidency—follow them and be blessed—reject them and suffer.

President Benson, in 14 Fundamentals in Following the Prophet, an address at BYU in 1980


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"Deciding whether or not to trust a person is like deciding whether or not to climb a tree because you might get a wonderful view from the highest branch or you might simply get covered in sap and for this reason many people choose to spend their time alone and indoors where it is harder to get a splinter."

Lemony Snicket, The Penultimate Peril (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #12)

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"The almost universal gift everyone can develop is the creation of a pleasant disposition, an even temperament."

L. Tom Perry, in Youth of the Noble Birthright

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Thanks for all the adventures and playtime, grandma and grandpa!

In Memorial 2015


"Much of my childhood my mother spent on her knees. She was not giving thanks. She was praying for strength. I was trouble with a capital ‘T .’ Dad always said I was the rock-throwingest kid in the history of America, and there were broken windows and cracked windshields enough to prove it. When I discovered Mom liked flowers, I picked three hundred tulips from a neighbor's yard and delivered them to her. I shut down a construction company one weekend when I discovered that the workers left the keys with the equipment and I decided to add to my collection. I wasn't wicked, but I was a ton of trouble.

"Still, I loved the Church and I looked forward to my mission. After several months in the field, I wrote home to tell Mom that I had been called to a leadership position. I thought she would be proud. When she answered my letter, she began like this: 'When I got your letter, I began a fast. ..'

"A fast? Why a fast? I thought. I wrote home once to tell my mother I was going to have a routine physical examination. She put my name on the prayer roll. Now she had received a letter containing what she should have considered good news, and she fasted! Her letter continued: " ...because I wanted to get as close as I could to my Father in Heaven, so that I could tell him how grateful I am for what he has done for you in your life. She fell on her face at his feet, "giving him thanks" (Luke 17:16).

Ted L. Gibbons, in Rending the Veil of Heaven, p. 45

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Musical Fireworks

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Fellow Travelers

President Uchtdorf invites us to consider how we really are not all the different from one another. At some origin point, we all departed from the same heaven and came to earth as children of God.

Pres Uchtdorf greeting leaders

In his talk to religious leaders at a USC event, he recounted a visit his wife and he made to Auschwitz and recounted some of the historical background of the camp:

The commandant of Auschwitz for much of the time of its operation was Rudolf Höss, a man who grew up in a strict, religious family. His father wanted him to enter the priesthood, but Rudolf abandoned the thought as he became immersed in politics.

What kind of a person was he?

Rudolf Höss described himself as “gentle, good-natured, and very helpful.” His daughter remembers him as “the nicest man in the world.” Later, at Nuremberg, his defense rested on the fact that he was only following orders—that he was doing his duty.

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