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Am I a Critic?

Am I a Critic? Posted by on Apr 21, 2014


Rebecca at the Well or, Going the Extra ...

Rebecca at the Well or, Going the Extra Mile for the Camels Posted by on Mar 14, 2014

Sunday School

The King James Bible in the Book of Mose...

The King James Bible in the Book of Moses, Part I Posted by on Apr 12, 2014


Living Scriptures

Living Scriptures Posted by on Apr 9, 2014


Lying for the Lord?

Lying for the Lord? Posted by on Apr 8, 2014


Finding Peace in the Plan of Salvation

Finding Peace in the Plan of Salvation Posted by on Apr 24, 2014


An Insider’s View–a personal...

An Insider’s View–a personal review Posted by on Mar 30, 2014

Why I Am Mormon

Yes, We Have No Bananas!

Yes, We Have No Bananas! Posted by on Feb 11, 2014


Celebrating Passover

Celebrating Passover Posted by on Apr 20, 2014


And My Face Shall Be As Stubble

And My Face Shall Be As Stubble Posted by on Apr 23, 2014

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And My Face Shall Be As Stubble

I am a man, teeming with testosterone, evidenced by my extremely hairy body. Oh, I am not exaggerating. You name the body part, and I have hair growing there: back, shoulders, toes, neck. I used to loathe it, but now I embrace it. It makes for some diverse looks, especially since I can grow a pretty thick beard. I’m talking...

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The Truth about Topaz

Apr 22, 14 The Truth about Topaz

Posted by in Compassion, Featured, humanity, truth

Near Delta, Utah there are a bunch of big volcanic rocks full of deposits of amber colored Topaz. The area is known as Topaz Mountain and it’s mostly public land so anyone can go looking for the stuff. Topaz is a crystalline gemstone that grows in gas pockets in igneous rock. the most common colors are blue and amber but it...

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Am I a Critic?

Apr 21, 14 Am I a Critic?

Posted by in Faith, Featured, Feminism, obedience

For those of you waiting for my next speculative, theological post, I’m sorry to put you off a month. Maybe I’ll get you a new, Plan of Salvation, home evening lesson by Christmas. That’s probably a good time for it. I need to write about something more immediate. One of my very favorite LDS books is Hugh...

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Holy Saturday

Apr 20, 14 Holy Saturday

Posted by in Featured

HOLY SATURDAY by Jerilyn Hassell Pool Tonight, on the eve of Easter Sunday, our ward held a candle ceremony to observe of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. We gathered as a ward family in the parking lot of our ward building and waited for the darkness of night to fall.  Candles were distributed to everyone who wanted one. We...

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Celebrating Passover

Apr 20, 14 Celebrating Passover

Posted by in Featured, Old Testament, Theology

CELEBRATING PASSOVER by Jerilyn Hassell Pool On Thursday night, our ward held a Seder meal as part of our celebration of Holy Week performed by Ayala Sarah Zonnenschein, the Executive Director at Havurah Shir Hadash, a Jewish community in Ashland, Oregon. In the interest of full disclosure, I’d read several articles about the...

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Perspective on Peter

Apr 18, 14 Perspective on Peter

Posted by in Compassion, Faith, Featured, New Testament

Growing up in the church, I have often heard Peter referenced as one who failed. He lost faith when he removed his gaze from Jesus and sunk into the water. He denied the Christ three times on the day of our Savior’s crucifixion. Yes, he did many great things too, but for some reason he was, more often than not, a go-to for...

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A companion like no other

Way back in the day, when I served my mission the bar was low.  EVERY worthy young man was expected to serve a mission and serve I did.  Since 2005 we have undergone a policy change known as “raising the bar” and we won’t take just anyone to serve.  Elder M. Russel Ballard explained, “Instead of using...

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The Elusive Book of Mormon Lands

I’ve grown up with a love of the Book of Mormon. The culture of Book of Mormon love has been strong as long as I’ve been alive, since Benson gave his big Book of Mormon talk before I was born. I’ve read the Book of Mormon dozens of times. We owned all of the Living Scriptures Book of Mormon tapes and had worn out most of them....

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MORMONAD:  THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT by Milayna Barker – age 12 Note: Soon after joining Young Women’s we were told that we were going to be making a video version of the Mormonads with the young men in our ward. I didn’t know what those were and so I asked my mom and dad.  They told me they were posters that the...

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CELEBRATING PALM SUNDAY AS A MORMON WARD – A REFLECTION We piled into our minivan almost a half hour earlier than we normally do. “Okay, I’ll say family prayer,” I said. “…Heavenly Father, we are grateful that today we can remember the last time Jesus went into Jerusalem…” When we...

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Ask Dr. Finlayson-Fife

GREAT NEWS EVERYBODY!   We are going to be interviewing the amazing and brilliant Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife on our next podcast.  Jennifer is an expert on…erm, well Mormon virtue, but like when it’s OK to not be a virtue anymore. Wait no; she is an expert on morality. The kind of morality that exists between a husband...

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NCMO: A Brief Cultural History

Apr 10, 14 NCMO: A Brief Cultural History

Posted by in Featured, Sexuality

Duck, North Carolina—home to one of the most conservative beaches in the country—seems a strangely suitable site for modern coming-of-age stories in the Mormon single adult community. Remote, humble, and isolated, Duck Beach serves as the unofficial mecca for a host of Mormon single adult looking for love, fun—and other things...

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