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In Mormon scripture, the “weak shall confound the wise1, ”

1 D&C 133:58

Why Doctrine and Covenants 133:59
59 And by the weak things of the earth the Lord shall thresh the nations by the power of his Spirit.
Doctrine and Covenants 133:58
58 To prepare the weak for those things which are coming on the earth, and for the Lord’s errand in the day when the weak shall confound the wise, and the little one become a strong nation, and two shall put their tens of thousands to flight.
Doctrine and Covenants 124:1
1 Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you, my servant Joseph Smith, I am well pleased with your offering and acknowledgments, which you have made; for unto this end have I raised you up, that I might show forth my wisdom through the weak things of the earth.

WEAK, adjective [G. The primary sense of the root is to yield, fail, give way, recede, or to be soft.]

1. Having little physical strength; feeble. Children are born weak; men are rendered weak by disease.

2. Infirm; not healthy; as a weak constitution.

3. Not able to bear a great weight; as a weak bridge; weak timber.

4. Not strong; not compact; easily broken; as a weak ship; a weak rope.

5. Not able to resist a violent attack; as a weak fortress.

6. Soft; pliant; not stiff.

7. Low; small; feeble; as a weak voice.

8. Feeble of mind; wanting spirit; wanting vigor of understanding; as a weak prince; a weak magistrate.

To think every thing disputable, si a proof of a weak mind and captious temper.

9. Not much impregnated with ingredients, or with things that excite action, or with stimulating and nourishing substances; as weak broth; weak tea; weak toddy; a weak solution; a weak decoction.

10. Not politically powerful; as a weak nation or state.

11. Not having force of authority or energy; as a weak government.

12. Not having moral force or power to convince; not well supported by truth or reason; as a weak argument.

13. Not well supported by argument; as weak reasoning.

14. Unfortified; accessible; impressible; as the weak side of a person.

15. Not having full conviction or confidence; as weak in faith.

16. weak land is land of a light thin soil. [I believe never used in New England.]

WEAK, verb transitive To make weak [Not used.]

WEAK, verb intransitive To become weak [Not used.]

The Case for Religion Requires a Better Offer

by Robert John Stevens, May 22, 2016

Last year I accepted a brief acting role to dress up as a veteran beggar and sit in a wheelchair at Brigham Young University at the SW corner of campus at 800 N and 100 E in Provo, Utah.

The cameraman was Scott Cook who was creating the film as part of his application to the BYU Media Arts Major. Most of the time he distanced himself from me as hundreds of bright-eyed Mormon BYU students passed me on their way to campus, almost half of them returned missionaries. Next to me was a large, glass donation jar.

Some students looked and smiled at me. Others tried not to make eye contact. The novelty of feeling like a celebrity, if there were any, quickly turned to despair as I witnessed core problems in Mormonism—nobody stopped, nobody said anything to me and nobody donated.

I did both my undergraduate and graduate work at BYU. It is always a thrill to be there. I wonder sometimes who else loves BYU as much as I, but suppose I truly was a veteran beggar of another faith. After that experience why would I ever want to become a Mormon?

Utah farmers cannot store irrigation water?

Hi Amy and Todd,

Thanks for your great article in Deseret News!

I want to alert you to the fact that Strawberry Water in Payson and the Central Utah Project don’t allow Utah farmers to store water; our only option is to flood irrigate.

Not only does flood irrigation use much more water, it makes it difficult to grow vegetables due to not being able to get water until it comes via the canals and ditches.

Flooding also leaves lots of sediments and eventually destroys the soil for farming.

I’d rather store water and use it efficiently.

If you would like to talk further about this, please call me.


Robert Stevens

P.S. See also:

Through ingenuity, Ogden farmer’s pumpkin patch uses far less water

See also deceased Mormon Apostle John A. Widtsoe’s book on Dry Farming:

United States Vice President Henry A. Wallace on the Book of Mormon

“Of all the religious books of the 19th century, it seems probable that the Book of Mormon was the most powerful,” wrote Henry A. Wallace, vice president of the U.S. from 1941-45 and a newspaper editor. “It reached only perhaps 1 percent of the people in the United States, but it affected this 1 percent so powerfully and lastingly that all the people of the United States have been affected, especially by its contribution to opening up one of our great frontiers.”

I live in Utah. How many laws must I obey?

by Robert John Stevens, September 16, 2019

How many times have we heard government employees say, “You are responsible to know and understand our laws.”

Few if any Americans have read the laws to which they are subject. How could they? It could easily take their entire a lifetime. Was that the intention of our Creator or our Founding Fathers?

Among those laws include:

1. The U.S. Constitution — just 4,400 words.

2. The U.S. Code. Few citizens know they exist and fewer have read them including members of Congress:

3. The IRS Code. —The 2016 edition is 4,132 pages.

4. State Laws —for me the Utah Constitution and Laws

5. County Laws — for me they are Utah County Regulations

6. City Codes —for me they are Provo City Regulations

7. Motor Vehicle Laws and Regulations. For me they are the Utah DMV Regulations

8. CC&Rs (also known as subdivision regulations)

9. Employment regulations including non-disclosure and employment agreements.

10. User agreements that people click to accept often without reading. It is a fair bet that you did not read the agreements for the operating system and browser software to read this.

Beware Signing of Employment Agreements

by Robert John Stevens, May 24, 2019

Here are just a few of the issues that keep me from signing employment, non-disclosure and non-compete agreements:

1. “At-will employment” — The company’s agreement says they have the right to fire you anytime, without a reason and without penalty but they don’t mention or deny you the same right to quit without penalty.

2. Future disclosures — they may require you to disclose to them whatever you work on for future employers which disables your ability to sign and abide by future confidentiality agreements.

3. Legal Expenses — Whatever they charge you with, you are required to bear the financial burden of their legal expenses.

4. Transfer of all your IP — past, present and/or future. Whatever you discover, built, or build for them during our outside of work, at school or afterwards is automatically transferred to them. Had the Google or Facebook founders signed such a legal document, surely they would have been later sued.

5. Legal verbiage — There are many legal phrases and terms that you may not recognize including “at-will employment” and “work for hire.” Don’t assume you’ll recognize those terms.

6. Carefully written verbiage designed to deceive.

7. Non compete — Required adherence to not work for their clients and partners without listing who they are.

If they won’t send you the documents they require you to sign then they are hiding something so don’t put yourself and family in jeopardy.

They may say after you accept the job you can read the documents while signing them but under that pressure will you really walk away from a bad contract?

Ask them if they will work directly with your lawyer and send your lawyer all the documents. If they won’t do that then forget it–there are plenty of jobs available. Don’t ruin your life.

Of course you hope you discover or invent something at school or outside of work that you can benefit from. Work towards that and prosper.