EP 506 – Nobody’s Out There Trying to Kill Grandma

Geoff and Kurt get into it on COVID, the First Presidency Christmas Devotional soothes our hearts, four temples move to Phase 3.

Have you ever wanted to hear Kurt Francom of Leading Saints opine heavily on the issues of the day? This is the episode for you. The gloves come off as we talk COVID! Kurt is a wonderful human.

And speaking of COVID, Elder Dale G. Renlund and his wife both contracted COVID-19, the Church announced. Elder Renlund is the second apostle to come down with the illness after Elder Gerrit W. Gong a few months ago. The Renlunds report mild symptoms and we wish them a speedy recovery.

The First Presidency Christmas Devotional: Coronavirus Edition went off without a hitch. Similar to General Conference, the devotional was broadcast from the theater at the Conference Center with musical clips from previous devotionals. You can read a full recap here.

The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the closure of all temples globally. We’ve crept toward reopening through a series of “phases” but no temple has reached “phase 3” status, which would mean it is open again for proxy work, not just living ordinances. That is changing with an announcement from the Church that four temples will indeed move to phase 3 in December, and the Brethren have a full media campaign to explain how the process will differ in the time of COVID.

First 4 Latter-day Saint Temples Move to Coveted Phase 3

In other temple news: The Church News explains that Utah has 25 temples because it is so righteous and pure, and groundbreakings were held for the first temple in India as well as Japan’s fourth.

A “radical manifesto” attempting to provide a third way—or moderate but faithful—interpretation of gospel teachings is making some rounds, and it has a few notable signatories. The issue is interesting, but Peggy Fletcher Stack’s article about it is among the more rambling pieces we’ve read in a while. We’re all about a moderate, sensible approach to discipleship and exploring complex issues.

What. On. Earth. Is. Happening. With. Missionary. Videos.? You know what we are talking about, right? The pandemic has forced missionaries to do their work remotely and also resulted in a number of, um, “sharing” opportunities of dubious merit. We’re not sure what the endgame is here, but you can see a few examples below.

Look at the dancing!

And these moves!

And of course, a full-blown Star Wars parody:

Do you want funeral potato earrings? Of course you do! Do you want to hear more about the father who allegedly strangled his son when said son refused to go on a mission? Of course you do!

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Intro: “Second Christmas Song” by Tusk Lord
Outro: “Christmas Song” by Vitamin Pets

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