Leaving Eden

About a year ago I began my quest to better know Heavenly Mother. Frankly, I haven’t made it very far, but I have thought a lot more about Her, and I have thought more about mother Eve. Today I want to honor two women. I don’t know much about either, but I believe they have both played key roles in uplifting all...

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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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Jobology 101: Prose and Poetry in the King James Bible

Sep 24, 14 Jobology 101: Prose and Poetry in the King James Bible

Posted by in Featured, Old Testament, Poetry

For the last eighteen months or so, I have been a semi-professional Jobologist. In researching for my book, Re-reading Job: Understanding the Ancient World’s Greatest Poem, I read the Book of Job many times in a dozen or so different translations. I also read a good-sized shelf full of commentary and derivative Jobanalia. And I am...

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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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The One

If you’re so unhappy, why stay? they shouted, why not leave? You are alone. Things do not change here ever. Why do you wander? they shouted, pride or sin? You are the one to blame. We follow. We know what’s right. The One loved the ninety and nine and left, searching among the shouts, to find the...

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To Be A Prophetess

Apr 02, 14 To Be A Prophetess

Posted by in Featured, Poetry

To Be A Prophetess God called you by a blessed name, Prophetess Then wove Heaven into the palms of your hands. As we floated down the river Nile It was our lives you watched over Our victories you prophesied and imagined into song But, Prophetess, there will be those who despise you; the wrathful, the envious Who crave to tear your...

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Hoping For A Wise Star

Some of us celebrate Christmas with surety about the truth of the Savior’s birth. Some of us feel lonely, isolated from the apparent joy that seems to come so easily to those who testify of what they know. Some of us are surrounded by loved ones, embraced at family gatherings, welcomed with open arms by neighbors at ward or...

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Sacred Circles

Oct 15, 13 Sacred Circles

Posted by in Featured, Feminism, Poetry

SACRED CIRCLES By Cami Alex Thurman Ashby There I was, a young Beehive, bubbling with excitement… it was my first Girl’s Camp in Young Womens! A taste of Sisterhood, seasoned with laughter, skits, music and love; Always to be enjoyed with a side of scary camp-fire tales, moments of journal writing and scripture studies...

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Broken Things

Oct 14, 13 Broken Things

Posted by in Disability, Faith Crisis, Featured, Poetry

Guest Post by Heather Duncan Note from Melody: My dear friend and poet, Heather, penned this beautiful verse many years ago. One of the recent general conference talks captured similar imagery, suggesting that being broken is a natural state for mortality. It is a holy condition, a blessed condition. God often dwells there–in our...

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Dear Mother, I Am Here

“If men do not comprehend the character of God, they do not comprehend themselves.” ~ Joseph Smith, Jr. I’ve always maintained that I am no scholar. When I compose a blog post for Rational Faiths my contributions are primarily a product of fifty-plus years of living — the culmination of experiential knowledge coupled with...

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