“Questions are good. Doubt is not the opposite of faith, but absolute, antiseptic certainty is the opposite of faith.” (Phillip Barlow, professor and holder of the Leonard J. Arrington Chair of Mormon History and Culture at Utah State University, Mormon Matters podcast; episode 73, “And the survey says”)

Finding Peace in the Plan of Salvation

On April 28th, 2011 our family of four grew to a family of six with the birth of our twin sons.  Nearly three years ago, I held two tiny angels in my hands and said goodbye. And my world changed. Suddenly, I was personally invested in what happens in the here afters. I wanted to know if something had been said by someone at...

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Am I a Critic?

Apr 21, 14 Am I a Critic?

Posted by in Faith, Featured, Feminism, obedience

For those of you waiting for my next speculative, theological post, I’m sorry to put you off a month. Maybe I’ll get you a new, Plan of Salvation, home evening lesson by Christmas. That’s probably a good time for it. I need to write about something more immediate. One of my very favorite LDS books is Hugh...

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Perspective on Peter

Apr 18, 14 Perspective on Peter

Posted by in Compassion, Faith, Featured, New Testament

Growing up in the church, I have often heard Peter referenced as one who failed. He lost faith when he removed his gaze from Jesus and sunk into the water. He denied the Christ three times on the day of our Savior’s crucifixion. Yes, he did many great things too, but for some reason he was, more often than not, a go-to for...

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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

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 King James Bible in the Book of Moses, Part I

With the recent publication of David Bokovoy’s Authoring the Old Testament: Genesis-Deuteronomy, many have wondered to what extent the Bible has had influence on the Book of Moses. The discussion has mainly revolved around the parts of the text that are obvious revisions of the Genesis creation chapters (Genesis 1, 2-3) that...

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Living Scriptures

I went west seeking God. I wanted to knock at the door and made it known that I am seeking the greater light. A burning in my heart was the Spirit’s testimony that what I was doing was right for me. In a sea of people, and under a storm of hail and insults I walked. Singing my song unto the Lord, I waited. I approached the...

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For Our Daughter. Again.

Last October, I wrote a post about my wife’s involvement with Ordain Women and their initial appearance in the standby line at General Conference, requesting entry to the General Priesthood Session. It’s a short post, and you should read it for context here. For Our Daughter At the time, Danielle and I had not begun...

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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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