Michael Barker

CELEBRATING PALM SUNDAY AS A MORMON WARD – A REFLECTION

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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CELEBRATING HOLY WEEK AS MORMONS

Apr 06, 14 CELEBRATING HOLY WEEK AS MORMONS

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CELEBRATING HOLY WEEK AS MORMONS NOTE: A year ago, after listening to a Mormon Matters podcast series about the different Easter traditions, my bishop asked if I would do some research into the different  Holy Week traditions and give a proposal to the Ward Council of what our ward could do to celebrate Holy Week.  I did a lot...

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Prayer: A Reflection

Mar 26, 14 Prayer: A Reflection

Posted by in Charity, Featured

PRAYER: A REFLECTION by Michael Barker I was driving home early in the morning the other day.  I was listening to the On Being podcast; Paul Ellie was being interviewed regarding his unusual biography about the intersecting stories of four literary Americans of the 2oth century:  Trappist monk – Thomas Merton, social...

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The Most Important Talk Ever Given In the History of Mormonism

Mar 02, 14 The Most Important Talk Ever Given In the History of Mormonism

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The following is a transcript of a live presentation given at Brigham Young University on October 23, 2002 by Chieko Okazaki. My dear brothers and sisters, aloha! This is an unusual experience for me; the conference organizers asked me to speak to you today giving an address I prepared for a regional women’s conference in...

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Temple Baptisms – A Reflection

Feb 19, 14 Temple Baptisms – A Reflection

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TEMPLE BAPTISMS – A REFLECTION It was the combined opening priesthood meeting when the announcment was made that the youth in our ward would be going to the temple in two days to do baptisms for the dead.  They needed some volunteers from the Melchizedik Priesthood holders to help with the ordinances. I used to be the Young...

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A Letter to a Liberal Mormon

Feb 02, 14 A Letter to a Liberal Mormon

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A LETTER TO A LIBERAL MORMON Dear Liberal Mormons, I have heard things and read things as they have come across my Face Book feed that are concerning and need to be addressed.  There seems to be a rise among liberal and so-called “intellectual” Mormons to give science primacy over the Word of God.  Allow me to expound...

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Joseph Smith’s Polygamy, Volume 2: History – A Book Review

NOTE: This is a review of only Volume 2.   To read my review of Volume 1, click here. Joseph Smith’s Polygamy, Volume 2: History  -  A Book Review “We obeyed [the command to practice plural marriage] the best we knew how, and, no doubt, made many crooked paths in our ignorance.” Amasa M. Lyman With the recent...

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Nanawatai

Jan 30, 14 Nanawatai

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NANAWATAI Note: This essay relies heavily on The movie, Lone Survivor.  I’m not going to give a spoiler alert, because if you can’t tell from the movie’s title how the movie ends, um, I don’t know what to tell you. The movie ended and I was speechless. Literally.  I sat there in the theater next to my wife...

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An E-mail from Dr. Phillip Barlow

AN EMAIL EXCHANGE BETWEEN ME AND DR. PHILLIP BARLOW NOTE: This is a personal email exchange between Dr. Phillip Barlow, the Leonard J. Arrington Chair of Mormon History and Culture at Utah State University, and me.  The conversation was spured by a fabulous Mormon Matters podcast (click here to listen), in which he was one of the...

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FROM THE LIFE OF JOSEPH FIELDING SMITH, CHAPTER 2: OUR SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST

Note: I teach Elder’s Quorum every other week.  These are my lesson notes from today’s discussion.  In general, the material presented in italics, are things I said or questions asked by me; but not always!!  Also, you will notice that there is a ton of material here.  I did not get through all of it, but picked and...

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