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, 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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“The Spirit That I Have Seen May Be The Devil”–Nephi’s Slaying of Laban

The opening pages of the Book of Mormon confront us with the most problematic story in the entire book—the murder of a defenseless Laban by a sword-wielding Nephi.  (1 Nephi 4)  We all know the story.  Nephi has been commanded by God (through his prophet-father Lehi) to obtain Laban’s brass plate version of the Hebrew...

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Baby Jesus and Bathwater

Recently I participated on a panel at the Sunstone Symposium. I volunteered because the panel had consisted only of men and the organizers needed at least one woman. Turns out, I was that woman. Jeff Burton, author of, For Those Who Wonder, chaired the session. You can read his Sunstone columns here.  Our panel discussion was...

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Mind, Body and Soul

“What is man that though are mindful of him?” – Psalm 8:4 What are we? How much of us is simply the result of brain chemistry? Is our consciousness an illusion? Is there any part of us beyond our body? Is our will an illusion and behavior determined? How much of our behavior is programmed by our genes? Are we...

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The Road to Tyranny

May 16, 13 The Road to Tyranny

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The Road to Tyranny: (Steps to take in order to transition a limited government of the people, by the people and for the people, to a tyrannical government that runs the people.) 1. Wage war on independence and personal responsibility. Play up the victim angle. Everyone is now a victim…a victim of their race, a victim of their...

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BOOK OF MORMON LESSON 24: ALMA 13-16

ALMA 13-16 “Give us Strength According to Our Faith…in Christ” Alma2 Explains the Ordination of Priests: Alma 13:1-12 13:1 “..cite your minds forward to the time when the Lord God gave…” Why is Alma2 mixing up the future with the past? 13:2 “those priests were ordained…in a manner...

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Book of Mormon Lesson 6: 2 Nephi 1-2

Following the mode of the Old Testament Patriarchs,  Lehi gives blessings and final words of counsel to his posterity.    Using the idea of gaps and  blanks, lets see if we can learn something from what we are not told.  Again the following is taken from my reading of Grant Hardy’s Undersanding the Book of Mormon, a...

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