Wednesday, August 1, 2012


"And the Lord plagued the people, because they made the calf."
Exodus 32:35
(This is an update to a previous post about the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performing with the celebrity guest entertainer and singer, Katherine Jenkins.)

Since the demand for Mormon Tabernacle special performances is so high, tickets are distributed through a lottery system.  In case you were not one of the “lucky ones”… I am posting one of the segments of  last weeks performance. In addition to singing popular songs, Katherine Jenkins with her partner Mark Ballas performed their dance routine from the popular television show, “Dancing with the Stars”. Here is the link for you to watch.

The couple performed the Paso Doble which is a Spanish dance where traditionally the man is characterized as the matador (bullfighter) and the lady as his cape/or the bull in the drama of a Spanish bullfight. It was a crowd pleaser as you can tell by the applause. I don’t want to read too much into it.. but I think there is some symbolism.
There are many places that I consider to be a holy place on this earth. Places like Mt. Sinai where God spoke to the prophet Moses, places like the sacred grove where the Father and the Son came to the Prophet Joseph Smith. I consider the point where heaven meets earth as sacred. Twice a year, men who are sustained as prophets, seers, and revelators speak to us from pulpit in the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake. Many would consider that place to be a “sacred” place where they believe the mind and the will of God is revealed to us through these men. You can go on a tour of the Conference Center; however, the visitors are not allowed to come close to the pulpit.
Now for the reason for this post. When Moses came down to speak the mind and will of God to the Israelites, he found them dancing and worshipping a “golden calf” (which was actually a small bull.) We know that King David danced in praising the the dancing of the Israelites is actually a wonderful form of worship. However, the dancing to worship a false idol is not pleasing to the Lord.. While waiting upon the Lord the Israelites were dancing in worshipping a bull. The bull is an ancient symbol for the power of God.

I couldn’t help but think how ironic that this symbolic bull dance that spectators watched for pleasure would be performed on the very spot where messages are delivered by the Men who “sit in Moses seat”. It is at least interesting to see some similiarites between us, "the chosen people of the Lord" today and the ancient Israelites.

Sidenote: Funny how I came across this today of one of our most famous Mormons in very opportune photoshoot.


Anonymous said...

a fascinating parallel; not sure what to think--

I don't disapprove of dancing, especially, not generally, but the conference center doesn't seem like 'the place' for it--

So, you (unknown) think this is a positive photo of "one of the most famous Mormons"?

Just curious--

I found it repugnant, but I don't want to offend anyone who thought otherwise.

Anonymous said...

it is very much deference that place is given, it was just rather for "the most famous mormon" will be a tragedy on many levels if he is elected. And I am not even talking about on a political level.

Anonymous said...

I don't see a Mormon President as a tragedy. The Church will get more inquiries into religion and the BOM than it ever has. The corp. with all its millions being pumped into advertising could never match this exposure.

It's time the Church was brought out of obscurity, warts and all. The truth can handle scrutiny. The rest should've been cast away long ago anyways.

Anonymous said...

I don't think 'unknown' wants this blog to become political--

but I second anonymous august 3, 8:35; I, too, think it would be a tragedy--

the only thing that could ever "bring the church out of 'obscurity'" would be complete repentance by all the members--

and that doesn't appear to be happening anytime soon--

I agree that some missionary work is better than no missionary work at all, but I remember hearing President Kimball say that the missionary program would not be necessary if all LDS lived their religion completely--

I don't see the man above as being the best example of that--

but I also don't want to start an argument--

and I am not a collectivist. The idea that any/all Mormons are the same as every other Mormon is not in my mind.

Each Mormon is an individual and is an individual representation of what he/she truly believes. According to what I understand about the life of the man above I would say that he believes in himself and in money.

Anonymous said...

The symbolism and irony identified in this post are deep. I never would have noticed that. Good work.


So, you (unknown) think this is a positive photo of "one of the most famous Mormons"?

Personally, I was surprised by the photo. When I went to the wailing wall, no cameras were permitted. I thought it was disrespectful to the Orthodox Jews, since they believe when taking photographs will take their soul away.

The photo seemed more like a photo opportunity to show which side his on. But maybe true to form, we might see next photos of Mitt Romney praying in a Muslim Mosque. :)

And yes... I would prefer to keep this blog non-political. :)

Anonymous said...

When Babylon collectively elects by popular vote to elevate as their leader/figurehead a representative of "Zion," well, one of the two teams must've swayed a bit in their supposedly eternal and diametric opposition, all justification and rationalization of what good could be done aside.

Meh said...

I'm not Jewish and I think what's going on in that picture is offensive, so it makes me wonder how much worse it is for those who are Jewish.