We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression” (Articles of Faith 1:2).

A companion like no other

Way back in the day, when I served my mission the bar was low.  EVERY worthy young man was expected to serve a mission and serve I did.  Since 2005 we have undergone a policy change known as “raising the bar” and we won’t take just anyone to serve.  Elder M. Russel Ballard explained, “Instead of using...

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MORMONAD:  THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT by Milayna Barker – age 12 Note: Soon after joining Young Women’s we were told that we were going to be making a video version of the Mormonads with the young men in our ward. I didn’t know what those were and so I asked my mom and dad.  They told me they were posters that the...

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The Prodigal Son

Our ward recently had stake conference and in Relief Society we were given a lesson on The Prodigal Son by our stake president.  It was a wonderful lesson and I was touched by the words and thoughts that were shared by my wonderful stake president and members of my ward. I think often in the LDS church, we get caught up in the...

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I, Weirdo.

Mar 25, 14 I, Weirdo.

Posted by in Agency, Compassion, Featured, individuality

There was a time when I just wanted to fit in. I wanted to be liked. It’s a basic human need but I think that it’s also a fairly universal desire. Unfortunately, I was an awkward kid, transplanted mid-year in a small school in a small town where the cliques were already established. I made good friends in time, and got...

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Injustice in a Just World

I have always clung to the idea that the vast majority of people are basically good. At the same time, a look at history or the news makes quite clear that even good people are capable of doing some pretty horrible things.  Why is this? Back in the 1960s a psychologist, Dr. Marvin Lerner, became disturbed by the tendency for the...

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What’s keeping us from becoming Gods?

Why aren’t we Gods, yet? The list of reasons I’m not a God is pretty long, but I want to approach it from a physical perspective rather than a moral one. To do so, I want to explain to you a bit about Robin Hanson’s Great Filter argument. In it he asks, what are our chances of ever leaving this planet and...

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The Stranger Started From Disguise: Circumstance and Divine Identity

Based on actual events. Shared with permission. I’ll never forget the morning I got that surprise knock at my door. I wondered who it would be, since the clock hadn’t even yet chimed nine o’clock. I opened the door, and there she stood on my porch, her hair wrapped up in a dark bandana, and her little pre-school aged son at...

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I, Apostate

I am an apostate. Or so I hear. It has recently come to my attention that certain members of my ward have taken to calling me an apostate, likely because of articles I have posted at Rational Faiths. It is hard for me to tell precisely what it is I may have said or written that causes others to view me as an apostate; largely...

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Akedah – Must We Kill Isaac?

Akedah – Must We Kill Isaac? by Heber Longhurst One of the most striking passages in the Hebrew Bible is the Akedah or the binding of Isaac by Abraham. The great mystery of human death will always produce strong emotional reactions. The presence of death makes the reality of our mortality undeniable. Death leaves a void in the...

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What the Heck is a Cafeteria Mormon?

Feb 22, 14 What the Heck is a Cafeteria Mormon?

Posted by in Agency, Faith, Featured, Forgiveness

WHAT THE HECK IS A CAFETERIA MORMON? “Teach of faith to keep all the commandments of God, knowing that they are given to bless His children and bring them joy. Warn them that they will encounter people who pick which commandments they will keep and ignore others that they choose to break. I call this the cafeteria approach...

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