The Dance of Dissonance

“I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.”   James A. Baldwin   Have you ever wondered what it would be like to make the body of Christ vomit? Have you ever wondered how it would feel to be so dizzy with...

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Eyes that I might see

”That which is of God is light; and he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day.” Doctrine and Covenants 50:24 The Optic Nerves are the two most important cranial nerves in the body. They account for 40% of all the sensory neurons in the...

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Love Conquers the Multiverse

I believe God evolved. I believe in Gods within Nature, even if I don’t understand fully what that means. I believe that new Gods can emerge from this Nature simply through obeying the natural laws needed to arrive at that state. I believe that God once was as we are now. I believe that every being has learned line upon line,...

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The Question of the Sermon on the Mount

The Sermon on the Mount[1] holds a special place in the Christian canon. So many scholars, thinkers, and writers have commented on its verses that, according to Hans Dieter Betz, a “complete account of the history of the exegesis of these texts does not exist at the present time and may never exist.”[2] There have been attempts...

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The Man in the Mask

Nov 13, 14 The Man in the Mask

Posted by in Featured, Mental Health

CONTENT WARNING: SUICIDE I sauntered toward the office, in my typical dopey high school way—entirely unconcerned with anything other than the play auditions and scoring a date with Katherine. Then Diane rounded the corner, her face blushing with feeling. I was not a boy then blessed with emotional sensitivity, except perhaps with...

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Join with us in supporting Ta Khmau: The RF Liahona Children’s Foundation Stake

What we are Doing Rational Faiths is taking a step to help those who cannot help themselves. We have pledged to “Adopt a Stake” through the Liahona Children’s Foundation. What this means is we are committed to raising enough money to provide for the nutritional and educational needs of children in need in the Ta...

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The Church is Not a Divine Sorting Mechanism (So Why Do Some People Think That It Is?)

Nov 08, 14 The Church is Not a Divine Sorting Mechanism (So Why Do Some People Think That It Is?)

Posted by in Agency, Compassion, Individuality

In a recent meeting with local church leaders I was caught off guard by a question. I was leading a presentation on the challenges that lead many members to leave the church when one participant raised his hand and demanded, “What’s the point of this?” As I tried to clarify that I was building to a consideration of what we...

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A Wednesday Sermon

Nov 05, 14 A Wednesday Sermon

Posted by in Featured, Forgiveness, Humanity, Poetry

My thoughts wander as the congregation weaves in between the gaps among the aisles of the chapel. These days, I long for a sermon that spoke to the multifaceted nature of God and the nature that lies within me. The messages of mercy and forgiveness leave me for a want that the words have yet to satisfy. I say, when I am to forget...

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Mormon Talents and the Five Factor Model of Personality

  My wife and I teach the 5-and-6-year-olds in our ward’s Primary, and we have distinct roles (I know “roles” is a loaded word on Mormon blogs, but bear with me). After we read the manual together, my wife prepares handouts, pictures, games/activities, and an outline for the lesson. My role is to become...

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LDS.ORG Essay on Nauvoo Polygamy: The Pain Remains

  On October 22, 2014, LDS.ORG posted three essays dealing with the practice of plural marriage by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints between the 1830s and 1904. Perhaps the most controversial essay is the one dealing with the earliest period, which discusses Joseph Smith’s practices and teachings as...

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