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Progress and Perfection Reconciled

October 1, 2014 | no comments
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Progress and Perfection Reconciled

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Helpless as a Baby

December 22, 2010 | no comments
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This is the time of year for Christmas devotions. This year my thoughts have been on the impulse to serve the needy that we have at Christmas. We don’t have it at Easter. My thoughts have also been on the Christ child. The religious significance of the grown Christ, on the cross and in the garden, is obvious. But what did Christ do for us as a bare baby? Read more »

One Christmas, Everlasting

December 23, 2008 | one comment
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Merry Christmas from Christmases past! Read more »

The Slaughter of the Innocents

December 22, 2008 | 26 comments
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After the wise men came, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. Read more »

Tithing Settlement 2008

December 11, 2008 | 8 comments
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Tithing Settlement is a great part of the Christmas season. Read more »

Holding the Messiah

December 10, 2008 | 8 comments
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On the sweetness of Mormon life. Read more »

Christmas Devotional 2008

December 7, 2008 | 16 comments
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President Uchtdorf said that the angels came to the shepherds, the poor, not to the rich. At one point in my life that would have bugged me. Today I realized that the rich should want it that way. If you’re wealthy and still looking for something, you don’t want to be told that your wealth is all there is. Read more »

The God We Hold Hostage

March 20, 2008 | 20 comments
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The Garden of Eden story doesn’t have a point. Read more »

Why Did God Give Contradictory Commandments?

February 20, 2008 | 22 comments
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The temple treats the Garden story as a universal story. Whatever the reason for that, you can make a good case that in some sense each of us has been in the Garden and fallen. In fact, as we’ve discussed here before, making the Garden story a universal story can make sense of the contradictory commandments God gave Adam and Eve. Read more »

The 6th Day of Christmas

December 30, 2007 | 14 comments
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On the sweetness of Mormon life. Some child behind me started yelling during a really good talk about charity. Because of the talk, perhaps, I remembered not to turn around and gawk. Later I peeked behind me and saw a young mother with three small children who had slipped in late. Her husband is a good man but he doesn’t believe and won’t come and he works on Sundays anyway, so she and her children are usually late. Sometimes they’re so late they don’t come until the very end of sacrament meeting. But they almost always come. Read more »

Revelation Made Flesh

December 23, 2007 | 9 comments
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Christ was uniquely part divine and part mortal. The Almighty was his father, the woman Mary was his mother. Read more »

Naked, and ye clothed me

December 21, 2007 | 5 comments
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When Christ says to Mary and Joseph– I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me –they will not ask him “when?”. Read more »

Favorite Christmas Posts

December 17, 2007 | 5 comments
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Reading bloggernacle Christmas posts each year is one way I observe Christmas. Read more »

“Falls, Gardens, Death”

December 14, 2007 | no comments
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From the archives. This Christmas season I’ll be reposting a few favorite Christmas posts from the past. This first one is from December 18 of 2005 and may not make sense as a Christmas post until a later one I put up. I would appreciate that any substantive comments be left in the combox of the original post. I’m leaving this combox open for any technical comments or for comments on this introductory paragraph. (more…) Read more »

The Feast of Saint Tithing Settlement

December 13, 2007 | 53 comments
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If Mormons had a liturgical year, the distinctively Mormon part of December would be tithing settlement, not a limp dutifulness like Joseph Smith’s birthday. Read more »

Falls, Gardens, Deaths

December 18, 2005 | 8 comments
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Falls, Gardens, Deaths

In New Mexico the weeks before Thanksgiving are High Fall, autumn in abundance, all gold colors and fruits. Thanksgiving is the high point of that season, and also its end. Then its sand hill crane season, Christmas, and winter. Read more »

The God We Hold Hostage

January 8, 2005 | 57 comments
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I and my good wife went to the temple last night. Through me, through Adam, through Christ, a 17th century Saxon named Christoph H. came into God’s presence. Or came closer to it, anyway. Read more »

Mr. Krueger’s Christmas (Eve)

December 24, 2004 | 9 comments
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We watched Mr. Krueger’s Christmas a few nights ago. It’s not half bad. Read more »

Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men

December 24, 2003 | 4 comments
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Our mission Christmases were mostly lonely times, but God gave us a gift on the second one. We had made little scrolls that we tied in red ribbon. On the scrolls we had printed a short message that said: “Silver and Gold have we none, but that which we have we give unto you. Two thousand years ago the Savior said, ‘Peace I leave with you, Peace I give unto you.’ We give you our love, and our wish that the Savior’s peace be with you.” We went caroling to the members and the neighbors and left them with... Read more »

The Contradictory Commandments of Adam and Eve

December 2, 2003 | 8 comments
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In Institute we wondered why God would give contradictory commandments: Adam and Eve were told to multiply and replenish the earth, and they were told not to eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. These commandments, the scriptures plainly state, contradict each other. See 2 Nephi 2:22-23. Read more »