Rock Waterman’s Pants Are On Fire

Actually, his pants aren’t on fire; he just didn’t know the full story. President Dieter Uchtdorf recently spoke to the Church History Symposium. He said something that is vital for us to remember as we discover troubling aspects of our history: …a little more information can make all the difference in the...

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Strange Bedfellows: Marriages and Sealings

Jul 24, 14 Strange Bedfellows: Marriages and Sealings

Posted by in Featured, Mormonism, Temple

All of my life I grew up hearing about how sacred and special it was to be married in the temple. That was what you work toward, spiritually, your whole life. We sing songs about going to the temple from the time that we start talking. Getting married in the temple is kind of a big deal. A few weeks ago my kids and I visited the...

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Heavenly Mother Walks With Me

Trigger Warning: miscarriage, brief mention of D&C (surgery, not scriptures). I have always loved the concept of Heavenly Mother and the idea of a divine female source but this used to be a knowledge that was only in my brain, not one that was internalized due to personal relationship and communion with Her. Earlier this year,...

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Can you see what I’m saying?

Jul 22, 14 Can you see what I’m saying?

Posted by in art, Faith, Featured, sculpture, Uncategorized

I am an artist because I can’t not be one. The creative process is part of my personal identity. It’s also been a part of my family culture for generations. I understand the World through poetry, painting, and sculpture and I find expression for my own feelings and ideas as I create.   I know this is weird in a...

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Reason to Believe

When I was taking Wilfred Griggs and Alan Keele’s history of civilization class (The Pen and the Sword, for anyone else who might have taken it), I thought about the idea of formal arguments to prove the existence of God for the first time in my life. I tried, for a while, to construct a proof for myself based on Lehi’s...

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14: “Seek ye out of the best [podcasts]“: Parenting 101

Jul 20, 14 14: “Seek ye out of the best [podcasts]“: Parenting 101

Posted by in Featured, Podcast

“How the hell do we do this?!” is a question I am often faced with (in my head of course) when I come to conflicting advice around parenting. A lot of wisdom is thrown around and it is hard to tell what really works and what very well may damage our children, which is the last thing we want to do. In this episode I talk...

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Jeremy Runnells and the Book of Abraham

Jeremy Runnells on the Book of Abraham by Brian Hauglid In February 2012 Jeremy Runnells experienced a faith crisis and then spent the ensuing summer and into the next year reading, reviewing, and compiling different aspects of the church that led to his crisis of faith. In the Spring of 2013 Jeremy was approached by his grandfather...

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Go Ahead, Break Your Covenants

Jul 18, 14 Go Ahead, Break Your Covenants

Posted by in Compassion, Featured, Obedience

About a month ago I sat in Gospel Doctrine class listening to the popular Bible story about Samson – you know, the strong dude with the long hair. The teacher posed the following question: “From where did Samson get his strength?” Of course there was the usual silence from the class, so the teacher went ahead and...

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Science for the soul

Jul 17, 14 Science for the soul

Posted by in Featured, Humanity, Mormonism, Theology, Truth

We live in a culture that has defined a war between the two worlds I live in, science and religion. Each has been pitted against the other in a no holds barred contest for supremacy in the elusive search for truth. On one side is the Godless heathen intellectuals and elitists of the secular left, on the other the ignorant, cultish,...

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Tiamat and the Atonement

Tiamat and the Atonement One of the oldest creation myths is that of the Enuma Elish, in which the Babylonian God, Marduk, fights the sea serpent, Tiamat (this type of divine battle is called a theomacy).    In this story, Tiamat represents chaos.  The god, Marduk, fights and wins Tiamat and out of her body parts creates the...

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