Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Girls Gone Mild

As most of you know, I got into a bit of a scrape three weeks ago with a car while I was riding my bike. I'm going to skip over all of the details about how and where and why--you'll have to settle for what, as in what happened after I did a somersault five feet above the ground and skidded across the pavement. As the pictures show, it wasn't particularly pretty. I uncover these hitherto hidden bodily sores in order to satisfy requests for visual documentation of my vehicular beating, though the worst damage is certainly not visible (a cracked pelvis and bruised back that still prevents me from doing any heavy lifting).

And as long as I'm in the spirit of disclosure and working to uncover the festering the festering sore spots that plagued me, let me praise and earnestly recommend another revealer of ugliness in the spirit of Doctrine and Covenants 123:12-14--

"For there are many yet on the earth among all sects, parties, and denominations, who are blinded by the subtle craftiness of men, whereby they lie in wait to deceive, and who are only kept from the truth because they know not where to find it--Therefore, that we should waste and wear out our lives in bringing to light all the hidden things of darkness, wherein we know them; and they are truly manifest from heaven--These should then be attended to with great earnestness."

I write in praise of Wendy Shalit's Girls Gone Mild, a fabulous new book that brings to light all of the work that goes into making public sexuality the goal after which young women are forced to strive by the standards of modern pop culture. Shalit brings these hidden things of darkness to light and exposes the problems they produce: depression, eating disorders, promiscuity, sexual frustration, low self-esteem, etc. She also goes to great lengths in demonstrating that the current generation of young women are working to reject explicit sexuality and provides examples of girls who have stood up to Bratz, Abercrombie, public school systems and other institutions that push a sexual agenda, offering positive role models for today's young women.

I can't recommend Girls Gone Mild enough--it's an engaging, fun read that will leave you inspired and hopeful that the current generation of young women will overcome the current glorification of pornography, immodesty and other inappropriate sexual practices. Buy it, check it out from the library--ESPECIALLY if you have anything to do with young women; it's worth your time and money.

Friday, May 9, 2008

David Hyrum Hutchins

As some of you may know, David Hyrum (DH), our second son was blessed this past Sunday in church. As Gabe, our first son, was blessed by his grandfather, this was the first opportunity for me to give one of our children a name and blessing. The text of his blessing was as follows:

"David Hyrum Hutchins, by the power of the Melchizedek priesthood which we hold, we lay our hands on you to give you a name and a blessing. Your name will be, in this life and in the life to come, David Hyrum Hutchins. At this time, we give you a blessing that you will look to that name as a source of counsel and comfort in your dealings here on this earth. We bless you that like King David of the Old Testament, that you will develop a love of music and that you will find strength and wisdom to be a leader of men. We bless you like your uncle David, that you might have a good sense of humor and speak with wisdom and after careful consideration. We bless you as King Hiram of the Old Testament that you will be desirous to give generously to the building of the Lord’s kingdom and to seek to build your own earthly temple, this body, and to take care of it as he did the Lord’s temple. We bless you that like Hyrum Smith, the Prophet’s brother, that you will be loyal and that you will seek to develop the humility that marks those who are chosen followers of your elder brother Jesus Christ. We bless you as David Hyrum, Joseph’s last son, that you will demonstrate and experience a commitment to your Heavenly Father’s kingdom, even to death and that you will earnestly seek and desire to serve Him. We promise you that as you do these things, and as you seek to do the best that you can and to make the best decisions that you are able, that you will be granted a portion of His spirit that will serve to guide you home to Him. We love you and we offer this blessing, this prayer to our Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ, amen."