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April Update

May 1, 2013

Professional:

– I attended the conference of the Mormon Transhumanist Association where I gave a fifteen-minute talk as a “Christian Critic of Religious Transhumanism.” The event took place in Salt Lake City on April 5, and I have to thank the MTA and its president, Lincoln Cannon, for the invitation. Lincoln and the entire MTA team were gracious and considerate, and I enjoyed spending time with them. Obviously we did not agree on issues of religion and transhumanism, yet we could voice our disagreement with respect and courtesy. You can watch the video of my talk below.

 

– The next day, after the Mormon Transhumanist Association conference took place, the MTA provided a ticket to attend the opening session of the Latter Day Saints 183rd General Conference. It was a huge event, with approximately 21,000 Mormons attending that Saturday morning, and total estimates for the weekend placed the number above 100,000. Afterward, Lincoln Cannon arranged for MTA board members, transhumanist attendees, and invited speakers for an informal yet highly educational tour around the Temple grounds. This afforded us the time to ask questions and discuss different aspects of Mormonism. As one MTA speaker explained, Mormonism is a “Masonic-based religion.” This was emphasized with a quote taken from the First Presidency Statement, October 5, 1911, and printed on a handout given to me; “Because of their Masonic characters, the ceremonies of the temple are sacred and not for the public.”

 

The LDS Conference Center during the 183rd gathering on Saturday morning.

– Radio shows I was on during the month of April: Fairdinkum Radio out of Australia, Erskine Overnight, Call to Decision, VFTB, and Worldview Weekend Radio.

– Spoke at the Worldview Weekend Annual Family Reunion Conference in Branson, MO. This was a fantastic event as it gave my wife and I an opportunity to meet so many people, to share the challenging message of “world change” and the hope of Jesus Christ, and to make new friends. Other speakers included Brannon Howse, Jesse Johnson, Ken Ham, Chris Pinto, Mike Gendren, Jason Carlson, Jimmy De Young, and Jared Carlson. Marty Goetz and Brannon provided music. Approximately 1300 people attended the event.

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Q&A session at Branson.

 Personal:

– For the first week, we as a family were in Indiana, re-connecting with friends and spending time in the Noblesville-Tipton area. On April 1, my friend Andy Gilmore, his son Evan and I, attended a cooking class at K-Bistro in Marion. After cooking up a storm with the owner of K-Bistro, our wives were treated to a fantastic meal!

– After the weekend of the Mormon Transhumanist Association meeting, I flew back to Indiana and connected with my family, then, two days later we struck for home. The first day on the road was comprised of rainstorms and wind, and the second day we traveled through a blizzard. Fun… lots of fun.

– Leanne managed to spend a few days in her hometown of Virden, Manitoba. Here, she adjudicated a speech arts festival and had the opportunity to be with her parents. Although the work of adjudicating was intense, she returned home with a smile on her face.

– Leanne traveled with me to the Branson Worldview Weekend conference, and because of flight plans we managed to have an extra part day to spend in Branson, MO and Arkansas, where we flew out from the NW Arkansas Regional Airport. Upon arrival in Winnipeg late in the evening, we found out that a major snowstorm was forecast to hit our part of the province. So, instead of staying in the city and striking out the next day, we decided to drive the two hours back home – and we’re so glad we did! The next day a blizzard hit and dumped a pile of snow across our region. In fact, after I post this write-up on the blog, I’ll be heading outside to shovel our way out!

Books Read:

– Judy Robertson, Out of Mormonism (Bethany House, 2011).

– Paul McGuire, The Warning (M House, 2007).

 

8 Comments leave one →
  1. May 1, 2013 11:15 pm

    That is too funny Carl! You have seen some weather then in the last few weeks. Warm & sunny, cold & rainy then blizzard! Glad you two made it through all that and home safe!

  2. May 2, 2013 8:53 am

    It was wonderful to hear you speak in Branson @ WVW Conference. Thank you for coming. What you spoke on was eye-opening. I pray more believers will become aware and discerning of the times. God Bless your ministry.

  3. May 5, 2013 1:30 am

    So glad you presented at the MTA conference, Carl!

  4. Carl Youngblood permalink
    May 5, 2013 8:05 am

    Carl, I think it’s important to clarify that Mormonism has some masonic influences in its temple ceremony, but it would be incorrect to say that it is a “masonic based” religion. Most Mormons consider their religion to be based on the gospel of Jesus Christ, even though our interpretations of Christianity lean more on the Arminian than the Calvinist side.

  5. May 6, 2013 2:45 pm

    Thanks for coming and speaking at the MTA conference, I appreciated your thoughts.

  6. May 7, 2013 6:05 pm

    Carl (Teichrib), you are such a friendly and kind individual, and I appreciate you coming to the conference to speak. Thank you for sharing your faith in Jesus Christ with us.

  7. May 26, 2013 3:14 am

    – Society must shift from energy-intense industrial design to an ecosystem mentality. This can be accomplished through swarm or hive theory (also known as chaos theory), with its emphasis on decentralized and spontaneous organization. Therefore, we must shed individualism and embrace collective organization. Transhumanism then becomes the “super-organism of the human family,” complete with a common code of values. In this worldview, value systems will gravitate around self-selecting groups who have shared goals of transformation. A global, positive, and assertive psychology will emerge as a type of cultural parametricism (dynamic modeling).

    • worthwithin permalink
      June 5, 2013 5:46 am

      Joaquin, society “must” not do anything that is being suggested by the one-world view. You and your cohorts may be willing to give yourselves up to the collective transhumanism mindset, but God has given me freedom to live reasonably as I deem valuable in His sight. You are already plugged into the global main-frame and I’m sorry for you.

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