Atonement Theory

For years I’ve struggled to understand what the atonement is and how it works. This post is the byproduct of those mental and spiritual struggles. The short length of this post is intentional and took an incredible amount of humility and restraint. What I’ve written here is the very essence of my spiritual being. I see...

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19: Wilford Woodruff’s Witness: Author Interview

Aug 31, 14 19: Wilford Woodruff’s Witness: Author Interview

Posted by in Featured, Interviews, Podcast

Wilford Woodruff’s Witness: The Development of Temple Doctrine recounts Wilford’s life and his account/view of the development of the Temple using as frequently as possible his own words. Looking at Woodruff, the temple, and church policy/development as an interdependent triad is insightful and can even be paradigm shifting. The...

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“The Crucible of Doubt” by Fiona and Terryl Givens

I remember being taught as a young public relations student at BYU-Idaho that one of the keys to dealing with reporters and their probing questions – ever searching for a soundbyte they can lead their story with – is to, instead of finding the best answer to the question, examine and even reject the premise of the question. I...

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Wilford Woodruff’s Witness

3 sentence summary of the review: Wilford Woodruff’s Witness: The Development of Temple Doctrine recounts Wilford’s life and his account/view of the development of the Temple using as frequently as possible his own words. Looking at Woodruff, the temple, and church policy/development as an interdependent triad is...

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The Touch of the Masters Hand

There is a poem that tells of the auction on an old violin. As the auctioneer presents the violin to his audience, they see a dusty and worn violin in poor shape. The auctioneer calls out, “One dollar, one dollar, Do I hear two?”“Two dollars, who makes it three?”“Three dollars once, three dollars...

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Understand This

Aug 27, 14 Understand This

Posted by in Featured, Mormonism

  I served my mission in Mexico. I remember a time when a few of the native missionaries were discussing how they couldn’t understand Portuguese. The Portuguese people sound like “borachos” (drunkards) with a wad of gum in their mouth they said as they laughed. Later on my mission I was told by an older sister in the ward...

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In which my son almost dies and my world-view actually does.

I have four kids, all of them boys except for three.The youngest is Jones who is ten. Eight years ago, he drowned. July 6th, 2006, 11:20 a.m. We were visiting family in washington State and amid the cousins and uncles, breakfast and chatty aunts, Jones and his cousin Nate, who were both almost three, got into the backyard where the...

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Will a Real Mormon Theologian Please Stand Up?

Aug 25, 14 Will a Real Mormon Theologian Please Stand Up?

Posted by in Featured, Theology

  In the summer of 1865 the First Presidency issued a statement in the Deseret News condemning certain theological writings they considered to be so objectionable that they ordered copies of the works to be destroyed.  The volumes in question had been written by Orson Pratt, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and...

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19 – Dissertation Research of Adam Fisher

Aug 24, 14 19 – Dissertation Research of Adam Fisher

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In this episode we speak with Adam Fisher about his dissertation research regarding Mormon couples who change in regards to their faith, and how successful couples cope with these transitions. Thank you for listening. ps If you like what you hear and you are on iTunes, please give us a 5 stars. We hope you enjoy these podcast and...

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4 Dead Dogs

Aug 22, 14 4 Dead Dogs

Posted by in Charity, Compassion, Featured, Humanity

I have always been a dog lover. I grew up in a dog family. In fact, we were a Lab family. We hunted ducks with, wrestled with, and slept with Labrador retrievers. Thinking of those big dopey dogs sauntering up to me with a stupid grin on their face, while dripping of water and saliva, and hoping for a sniff/lick/kiss or a dog-human...

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