Monthly Archives: April 2006

Sunday School Lesson #15

April 12, 2006 | 5 comments

Lesson 15: Numbers 11-14; 21:1-9 Read more »

The Last Door

April 12, 2006 | 28 comments

We’ve all heard the stories about intrepid missionaries who faced rejection door after door only to be let in at the final house that they contacted. Read more »

On Earning the Right to Complain

April 11, 2006 | 133 comments

“If you don’t pay your tithing and serve in the Church, you give up your right to bitch,” Read more »

In Defense of the Word “Gentile”

April 10, 2006 | 29 comments

I like referring to non-Mormons as “Gentiles.” Read more »

An Open Letter to BYU Students

April 9, 2006 | 275 comments

On Tuesday, gay rights activists will, according to news reports, hold a rally on or near the BYU campus. How might you respond to this? Read more »

A Hymn for Palm Sunday

April 9, 2006 | 13 comments

My song is love unknown, My Saviour’s love to me, Love to the loveless shown, That they might lovely be. O who am I, That for my sake, My Lord should take Frail flesh and die. Read more »

From the Archives: Mormon Cursing

April 8, 2006 | 20 comments

While reading Wilford Woodruff’s diaries recently, I discovered that I have been living in a cursed part of the country. What am I to make of this, and the more general phenomena of Mormon cursing? Read more »

Why My Mission was Hard

April 7, 2006 | 266 comments

I’ve heard lots of people discuss how their missions caused a spiritual crisis for them. So did mine. Read more »

The Uses of Adversity

April 6, 2006 | 32 comments

The late Carlfred Broderick was a professor of Marriage and Family Therapy at USC as well as a Stake President. He may have been one of the most profound–not to mention funny–LDS thinkers of his generation. Read more »

Redeeming Judas?

April 6, 2006 | 32 comments

Today’s headlines contain news of a new gospel: The Gospel of Judas. Read more »

Mordred had a point…

April 6, 2006 | 38 comments

Among Mormon History nerds, “Camelot” refers to the period of time in the 1970s and early 1980s when Leonard Arrington served as Church Historian. It is traditional to look back on it as a Golden Age that was tragically lost. Read more »

Danger Rethunk

April 5, 2006 | 23 comments

I’ve taken down the post titled “The Real Danger?” because it was pointed out to me that its impetus was unnecessarily divisive. This was certainly not my intent and so I considered deleting my first paragraph. Without a statement of that impetus, however, the post simply became a denunciation of pornography, which someone else pointed out was something everyone agrees with and someone else said was old news. Such a denunciation has been done much more effectively in the LDS context by President Monson in the recent General Conference and by President Hinckley in the Priesthood Session of the... Read more »

The Real Danger?

April 5, 2006 | 75 comments

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A Reinterpretation of Faith-Promoting History

April 5, 2006 | 64 comments

Mormons have an ingrained habit of interpreting their history in the rosiest of all possible terms, even when — as a historical matter — a less rosy interpretation makes more sense. Read more »

Spiritual ancestors

April 5, 2006 | 5 comments

Last year in Sunday School, as we were finishing up the Doctrine and Covenants, the teacher asked us what the spirit of Elijah meant to us. I immediately thought: “the spirit of adoption.” I’m not sure where that thought came from, but I have continued to think about it in the past few months. Read more »


April 4, 2006 | 11 comments

In the past, I have suggested that the Mormon constitution is English, but of late I have wondered whether it might be Roman. Read more »

Mara Gwen

April 3, 2006 | 27 comments
Mara Gwen

I’m very pleased to present the second Times & Seasons baby of the month, my daughter Mara Gwen. Read more »

A Proconsular Apostle in Chile

April 3, 2006 | 44 comments

Peggy Fletcher Stack’s recent Salt Lake Tribune article on the Church in Chile is definitely worth a read. Read more »

How quick we are to condemn

April 3, 2006 | 21 comments

In Notes from all over a link was added to a news item claiming that the latest Dutch spelling reform requested that the name “Christ” be written with a lower-case “c”. That information was spread on various American news channels and blogs. Flurries of comments ensued. Read more »

Sunday Afternoon Session: Open General Conference Thread

April 2, 2006 | 73 comments

Ok, here’s the last session for this General Conference. It’s been fun. Read more »

Sunday Morning Session: Open General Conference Thread

April 2, 2006 | 74 comments

Welcome to the second day of General Conference. President Hinckley, President Faust, and Elders Oaks, Ballard, Wirthlin, Scott, Holland, and Uchtdorf have yet to address a general session this year, so there is a lot to look forward to today. Read more »

Tomorrow morning, at 2 AM

April 2, 2006 | 23 comments

Once a year, after enduring a grueling six hours of church in one day, I lay down to sleep knowing that during the wee hours of the night I will be robbed of one whole hour. It is time to forever abolish Daylight Saving Time. Read more »

Priesthood Session: Open General Conference Thread

April 1, 2006 | 52 comments

I am not sure how an open thread on Priesthood Session will work, but let’s give it a try. I hope someone will provide summaries of the talks to provide a basis for the conversation. Read more »

Saturday Afternoon Session: Open General Conference Thread

April 1, 2006 | 128 comments

Ready for Round Two? Here is the open thread for the Saturday afternoon session of General Conference. Read more »

Hidden Treasures

April 1, 2006 | 9 comments

I just finished reading Mormon Lives: A Year in the Elkton Ward and–wow–what an amazing book. It reminds me of Saints Well Seasoned: Musings on How Food Nourishes Us–Body Heart, and Soul. Not only were both books quirky little takes on Mormonism, but neither seems to be very well known. What LDS titles do you think deserve more attention than they are getting? Read more »

Saturday Morning Session: Open General Conference Thread

April 1, 2006 | 107 comments

This is an open thread for discussions of the Saturday morning session of General Conference. Read more »

Watching General Conference

April 1, 2006 | 10 comments

Over the past few years, we have been watching General Conference at home. I know this is old hat in Utah and some other regions, but it’s a relatively recent innovation in the nether regions, enabled by the internet, satellite television, or certain cable providers. For families with children, General Conference in the home is a huge blessing, though sometimes I feel a bit of nostalgia for the old days. Read more »