“The Crucible of Doubt” by Fiona and Terryl Givens

I remember being taught as a young public relations student at BYU-Idaho that one of the keys to dealing with reporters and their probing questions – ever searching for a soundbyte they can lead their story with – is to, instead of finding the best answer to the question, examine and even reject the premise of the question. I...

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Wilford Woodruff’s Witness

3 sentence summary of the review: Wilford Woodruff’s Witness: The Development of Temple Doctrine recounts Wilford’s life and his account/view of the development of the Temple using as frequently as possible his own words. Looking at Woodruff, the temple, and church policy/development as an interdependent triad is...

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The Touch of the Masters Hand

There is a poem that tells of the auction on an old violin. As the auctioneer presents the violin to his audience, they see a dusty and worn violin in poor shape. The auctioneer calls out, “One dollar, one dollar, Do I hear two?”“Two dollars, who makes it three?”“Three dollars once, three dollars...

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Understand This

Aug 27, 14 Understand This

Posted by in Featured, Mormonism

  I served my mission in Mexico. I remember a time when a few of the native missionaries were discussing how they couldn’t understand Portuguese. The Portuguese people sound like “borachos” (drunkards) with a wad of gum in their mouth they said as they laughed. Later on my mission I was told by an older sister in the ward...

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In which my son almost dies and my world-view actually does.

I have four kids, all of them boys except for three.The youngest is Jones who is ten. Eight years ago, he drowned. July 6th, 2006, 11:20 a.m. We were visiting family in washington State and amid the cousins and uncles, breakfast and chatty aunts, Jones and his cousin Nate, who were both almost three, got into the backyard where the...

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Marriage Privilege in a marriage-oriented Church

Aug 20, 14 Marriage Privilege in a marriage-oriented Church

Posted by in Charity, Compassion, Featured, Humanity, Mormonism, Truth

Approaching a conversation on privilege (particularly with the privileged parties) is always a tricky one. It is human nature; no one wants to feel like they haven’t gotten to where they are in life by the sweat of their own brow. An important part of privilege that requires addressing though is precisely the “nature” part of...

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A God Is Born–Nature’s Plan of Salvation

Here is my Back to School gift for you to share with your kids (or parents) in Family Home Evening. Hopefully it adds some fun to the old Primary Plan of Salvation Diagram. I’ve provided links to documents you can download or print out yourselves, as posters or as figures to cut out and lay out on your living room floor as you...

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18: Faith Transitions Part 1

Faith is hard and sometimes it fails us or we fail it, I’m not sure which. Stories of undergoing and recovering from faith transitions are a perennial favorite in the bloggernacle (or jabbernacle for podcasts). In this series I interview the RF permabloggers and let them tell their story. They share what set them off on their...

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If You Like the Gays, Then You Aren’t a Disciple of Jesus : Am I in Crazy-Town?

Aug 16, 14 If You Like the Gays, Then You Aren’t a Disciple of Jesus : Am I in Crazy-Town?

Posted by in Compassion, Featured, Homosexuality

If You Like the Gays, Then You Aren’t a Disciple of Jesus : Am I in Crazy-Town? Yesterday I read in Deseret News that Elder Russell M. Nelson, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, spoke at the BYU Summer Commencement in Provo, Utah on Thursday, August 14.   You can listen to Elder Nelson’s commencement speech here (it...

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When the Levee Breaks

When aspects of the gospel don’t quite sit right or don’t fit into the church’s prescribed sphere of faith-promoting answers, it is a common practice in Mormonism to distance one’s self from such issues if they can’t be resolved. This is usually done under the pretense that God’s ways are not our...

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