The Curse of the Amish and Mormonism’s Tool Box

The other day my wife asked me to do some, um, manly things around the house. First on the list was to tighten up the p-trap under the utility sink in the garage.  I loosened up the p-trap, lined up the threads of the tightening nut, and hand tightened it.   To make sure that things wouldn’t leak, I then grabbed my channel...

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Dark Times

Jan 23, 15 Dark Times

Posted by in Book Reviews, Featured, Humanity, Theology

The LDS apostasy narrative, of the truth being lost and priesthood authority being taken from the earth after the death of the New Testament apostles, has been a fundamental part of the Mormon story. For some investigators and many chapel Mormons the narrative makes sense, and therefore must be true, because of the many...

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“Even Fifty Six Years, Should Wind Up the Scene”

In 1876, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints published a revised edition of the Doctrine and Covenants which included, for the first time, section 130. This section includes the founding leader Joseph Smith’s prophecy that if Smith lived “until thou art eighty-five years old, thou shalt see the face of the Son of...

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Be ye therefore emotional

I was asked to do an “emotional kick off” for my relief society this week. I’d had my own emotional meltdown the night before giving my 20 minute workshop so I figured that made me a perfect candidate for teaching the concepts that I needed to use. And I felt a little bit like a hypocrite at the same time. So, as introverted...

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Two Crosses

It was not a friendship I would have expected– She, black. Me, not black. She, a PhD and now attending Divinity School. Me, not an academic. She, a woman. Me, a dork. But the friendship and the call came when I needed it most. She called as I was driving home one day shortly after the news had come. The news was shocking to...

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To Whom Are We Bound?

Jan 19, 15 To Whom Are We Bound?

Posted by in Faith, Featured, Racism, Theology

But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter. Romans 7:6 “To whom are we bound?” asked Dr. Wright. He looked to his left, then to his right. This question, in front of an audience of students, faculty and other members...

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Riches for the Righteous

Jan 16, 15 Riches for the Righteous

Posted by in Featured, Obedience, Politics

I overheard a conversation the other day about the connection between wealth and righteousness. The consensus was that people could be wealthy or poor regardless of whether they were good or bad. But then someone brought up the Book of Mormon promise that “inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments, ye shall prosper.”[1] They...

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The desolation of the middle

I have been told in the past that I am something of an empath. I think that may be part of what drove me to my career. A lot of empathetic people go into medicine. A lot of them have it stamped and squashed right out of them by the pressures of the job for which empathy is simply a drag. Empathy, the capacity to feel in some small...

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Leaving Eden

About a year ago I began my quest to better know Heavenly Mother. Frankly, I haven’t made it very far, but I have thought a lot more about Her, and I have thought more about mother Eve. Today I want to honor two women. I don’t know much about either, but I believe they have both played key roles in uplifting all...

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41: Science!: The Big Bang

As Mormons of the late 20th and early 21st century we live in an age surrounded by technology borne of scientific inquiry. Many Mormons go on to study in a variety of scientific disciplines (at least enough to staff a few universities) though depending on an individual’s particular upbringing some feel that science is a scary...

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