Book Review: Ezra and Hadassah: A Portrait of American Royalty

Ezra and Hadassah: A Portrait of American Royalty is the gripping account of author Heather Young’s tumultuous childhood at the abusive hands of those into whose care she was entrusted, both her foster and Latter-day Saint adoptive parents. With remarkable courage, wit and honesty, Heather tells of how she and her special-needs...

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The Authorship of Isaiah and Its Bearing on the Book of Mormon

Scholars today recognize that the full text of Isaiah was not written by a single individual named Isaiah in the latter half of the eighth century BCE, but rather that the text was written by at least two, and more probably three, individual authors spanning a period of about four centuries. Generally scholars identify chapters 1-39...

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A Circle, Unbroken

Aug 10, 14 A Circle, Unbroken

Posted by in Faith, Featured, prayer

Growing up, I vividly remember my family forming prayer circles whenever we’d gather as a large group. One by one, “the siblings” (my aunts, uncle and mother) within the circle would take the time to offer up a prayer of gratitude, strength or forgiveness. My aunt, Arthurenia often started the prayer, with her verses gradually...

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Can you see what I’m saying?

Jul 22, 14 Can you see what I’m saying?

Posted by in art, Faith, Featured, sculpture, Uncategorized

I am an artist because I can’t not be one. The creative process is part of my personal identity. It’s also been a part of my family culture for generations. I understand the World through poetry, painting, and sculpture and I find expression for my own feelings and ideas as I create.   I know this is weird in a...

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Do the Right Thing

Jul 02, 14 Do the Right Thing

Posted by in Compassion, Featured

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; – Isaiah 61:1 “I am many things to many people: Civil Rights leader,...

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Affirmation and the Gay Mormon Revival

There was a time when I utterly rejected the notion that it was possible to be gay and Mormon. I defined being Mormon as being a baptized member of the Church in good standing, and during the years I was coming of age, it was not uncommon for individuals to be excommunicated from the Church for the simple fact of acknowledging...

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007: Permablogger Emmett O. Rabs

Jun 07, 14 007: Permablogger Emmett O. Rabs

Posted by in Featured, Podcast

In this episode Mike and I chat with our first permablogger Emmett who, has played and won three Super Bowl titles with the Dallas Cowboys. We also talk about her introduction into Mormonism from Catholicism,  some of her past and upcoming posts. Including an interview she did for Rockstarr Ministries. Check out all of...

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Fearing fear itself

He who fears he shall suffer, already suffers what he fears. ~Montaigne, Essays, 1512 Fear is a very primitive emotion, setting off a chain reaction of events that pumps our blood full of adrenaline, raises our heartbeat, tenses our muscles, expends our energy, and quickens our thoughts. This is the essence of the so called “fight...

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Making a Hole in the Roof

After my kids had gone to bed and all the cleaning was done, I curled up on the couch. In preparation for Stake Conference my husband had been gone all day and I was emotionally and physically exhausted. All wanted to do was drink hot chocolate and go to bed. But I felt pulled towards the scriptures, not out of duty or habit,...

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Moroni’s Promise is Not About the Book of Mormon

May 04, 14 Moroni’s Promise is Not About the Book of Mormon

Posted by in Book of Mormon, Faith, Featured, Revelation

I was having a conversation with a friend about how doctrine changes in the Church. I made the claim that a form of the trinity is taught in the Book of Mormon, most clearly evident in Abinadi’s teachings. He told me that that isn’t possible, because he knows that our view of the Godhead must be right, and that the Book of...

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