We Both Liked It
Elizabethe and I went to Longhorn Steakhouse for our date tonight. We both liked it. Well, it was actually a late lunch early dinner, but we timed it just right.
Arriving at 3pm for dinner meant a very empty, quiet, restaurant. Elizabethe ordered their parmesan crusted chicken, and I ordered steak frites. For once, I ordered a rare cooked steak and it was COOKED CORRECTLY!!! Both of us very much enjoyed the food and service. We’ve agreed that we both liked it and it is now our favorite place to dine out.
It was also nice eating where it was clean and quiet. We tried a place a few weeks back that was so noisy that it gave Elizabethe a headache. (Plus, their food was really bad.)
I’ve been practicing for Sunday’s Stake Conference. I have to accompany the missionaries on a number that has a lot of arpeggios. I have a difficult time with arpeggios, and so I’m quite nervous about Sunday. Plus, it is written in 3/4 timing, but the rhythm goes from a 6/8 to a 3/4 and to a 2/2 in places. It gets kind of tricky. At times you want to count in 2/2 triples, while at other times, it is more of a 3/4 in quarter notes. I attempted to count it in 6 beats per measure, which seemed to work, but then I thought that would get me in trouble if the conductor is leading in 3. Aye.
I will keep practicing and we’ll see what develops.
I read a blog by a church member who compared Islam today to the Saints of the mid-1800s. While I believe what he was trying to say was the saints in the 1800s were persecuted for their religious beliefs, and so are the innocent Muslims, what came out was a poor understanding of both the Meadow Mountain Massacre and radical Islamic terrorists.
His comparison also lacked a discussion of the major differences between Islam and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Latter-day Saints profess to have the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ and that Jesus Christ is the head of the church. The church on earth is guided by a prophet and his two counselors, and 12 Apostles. All 15 men are called as prophets, seers and revelators, but only the prophet can administer all the keys of the priesthood.
Islam, on the other hand, has no formal clergy and is governed by Islamic law called sharia. Enforcement of the law varies by country to country. There is plenty written about how sharia is executed and enforced. It doesn’t take much study of it to realize why there is so much fighting in Islamic nations.
Bottom line is, I think he should have simply stated his concern that we accept innocent people with open arms, that our humanity should outweigh our fears. An attempt to compare Muslim immigrants to the United States to Latter-day Saints fleeing persecution in Missouri and Illinois is a long stretch. Let’s just leave it with we have always been a nation to welcome the down-trodden and stop with any comparisons.
I think I’ll just settle down for the evening and clean my camera lenses. Yeah, that’s what photographers do to relax.