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April 9, 2011 | 25 comments

I wonder sometimes if our kids don’t think that “amen” means “thank heavens that’s over!” Read more »


April 5, 2011 | 4 comments

Not every scholar agrees (as if!), but some identify the following structure in Matthew’s Gospel: Read more »

April 2011 FHEs

April 1, 2011 | 2 comments

Introduction to this series is here. I only prepared three this month in order to leave time for an Easter FHE (one of my favorites is here). Read more »

Book Review: God So Loved the World: The Final Days of the Savior’s Life

March 30, 2011 | 6 comments

Eric D. Huntsman, God So Loved the World: The Final Days of the Savior’s Life, Deseret Book, 2011. Read more »


March 27, 2011 | 14 comments

Imagine your four favorite meals. Now imagine them cut into bite-sized pieces and combined into one dish. Read more »


March 24, 2011 | 11 comments

The Greek word translated as “parable” means, basically, a comparison. A parable compares one thing with another. Read more »


March 22, 2011 | 24 comments

As every tween knows, a hypocrite is someone who says one thing but does another. Read more »

March 2011 FHEs

February 28, 2011 | 2 comments

Previous posts: January and February. Read more »

Polygamy, Again

February 22, 2011 | 50 comments

The real reason that polygamy was restored was to decrease the number of children each woman would have, which was necessary in order to Read more »

February 2011 FHEs

February 1, 2011 | 2 comments

See this for the introduction to this series. Read more »

The Failure that Was a Success: How My Son’s Losing the Spelling Bee Was One of the Proudest Moments of My Life

January 28, 2011 | 20 comments

A guest post from former guest blogger Eric Huntsman: Read more »

Reactions to Single, Female, Mormon, Alone

January 18, 2011 | 86 comments

So this column was definitely the digital equivalent of kicking over an anthill. Read more »

January 2011 FHEs

December 20, 2010 | 7 comments

FHEs have been somewhat pathetic in the Smith household of late; Read more »

A Mormon Image: Greater Love

December 17, 2010 | 15 comments
A Mormon Image:  Greater Love

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What the Smith Boys Said This Year

December 10, 2010 | 22 comments

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New Handbook Online

November 14, 2010 | 107 comments

Well, this will keep bloggers busy for a good long time. Read more »

Church Statement on Immigration

November 11, 2010 | 128 comments

This is interesting stuff. Read more »

Mormon Identity: Men and Women in the Church

November 5, 2010 | 92 comments

Go here and either listen to or read (I love transcripts! Thank you!) this episode and then return and report. Read more »

It’s That Time Again

November 4, 2010 | 30 comments

The time when it feels like I spend most of Gospel Doctrine translating the scriptures into modern English instead of actually teaching them. Read more »

My Testimony

October 13, 2010 | 61 comments

I thought I would ape this post. Read more »

Goodbye Satan, Hello World

October 12, 2010 | 59 comments

I don’t have any statistics for you, just a hunch that we now usually say “the world” where twenty or more years ago we would have said “Satan” or “the devil.” Read more »

An Open Letter to the Deseret News

October 11, 2010 | 68 comments

Your latest editorial shows a disturbing lack of integrity. Read more »

Kids, Conference

October 4, 2010 | 39 comments

I used to worry that my kids weren’t listening to a word of General Conference. Now I worry that my kids are listening to every single word of General Conference. Read more »

The Limits of Orthodoxy

August 31, 2010 | 28 comments

Apparently, you can’t say polygamy was not God’s will. But you can say that a male-only priesthood is not God’s will. Go figure. Read more »