The Lost Christmas Letter

Unbeknownst to many, one of the ancient texts in the lost 116 pages of the Book of Lehi is a very small sub-section called “The Christmas Letters of Sariah.” However, we have recently unearthed one of them, believed to have been written around the time the family was about to sail to the promised land, and are publishing...

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Nature’s Law of Agency

Most of us are already thinking about Christmas and the birth of the God who made our universe. What I offer you, today, is the thought that our gentle and loving God called out, and our universe responded, choosing to follow God’s will and become what we experience today. Let me begin. I say begin, but this is the final major...

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From Whom Do Your Blessings Come?

By Michael Barker I once heard a provocative question: When you feel God’s presence, or have an answer to your prayer, to whom do you acknowledge the comfort or the blessing came? God the Father? Mother in Heaven? Jesus Christ? The Holy Ghost? In non-mainline-Evangelical Christianity, one often hears of having, “A...

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Mormonism is Not Book of Mormon Christianity

With the new BYU curiculum change, one of the classes that will be required is “Teachings and Doctrine of the Book of Mormon.” It made me think about doctrinal similarities and differences between the Book of Mormon and modern Mormonism. Since I can’t write a blog post about every doctrinal comparison, I tried to...

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14 Fundamentals in Falsifying the Prophet

A bomb went off in Salt Lake City in the 1980’s. But this bomb wasn’t set by Mark Hofmann. It was set by Ezra Taft Benson, the President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. The trigger was his famous speech, The Fourteen Fundamentals in Following the Prophet, which he delivered to a packed house at BYU’s Marriott Center on...

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Christ is Not Leading a Petty Church

There is a common cautionary tale I hear retold within Mormon circles. This tale goes something like this: Once upon a time the LDS Church was going to do something progressive, and amazing. However, these measures were abandoned when some person or group (often unknowingly) decided that they would engage the media regarding a...

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Christmas Wishing

As a new father, I have spent a lot of time thinking about how my daughter will experience Christmas. My own family was pretty light on holiday traditions. Honestly, there were a few years the lights never went up on the house and we didn’t get around to doing a tree. One year the lights just stayed on the house for the whole...

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I Am The Little Drummer Boy

My favorite Christmas song has, for years, been “The Little Drummer Boy.” It is the one which most closely resembles my relationship to my Savior. There are probably other choices that would seem more obvious. “O Holy Night”? “Oh Come All Ye Faithful”? “Joy to the World”? Those are all songs I love, and they to speak...

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Revisiting “Why America May Go to Hell”

Dec 03, 14 Revisiting “Why America May Go to Hell”

Posted by in Featured, Humanity, Racism, Repentance

Admittedly, I wasn’t surprised at the non-indictment of Darren Wilson. Governor Jay Nixon had issued a ‘State of Emergency’ prior to Monday’s decision which surely indicated that the response would be heavy. There was no relief found among the images of the National Guard preparing for war. The police in my neighborhood...

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The Answer to All the Hard Questions: Um…Maybe Not.

by Michael Barker The December 2014 issue of the Ensign has an article by R. Val Johnson entitled, “The Answer to All the Hard Questions.”  It’s intended audience seems to be those in faith transition, but the author attempts a reductionistic-like answer to “all the hard questions.”  It’s...

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