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Primary Lesson Supplements 20-24

June 18, 2006 | 9 comments
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I’ve been distributing weekly lesson supplements to our senior Primary teachers; I figured I might as well post them here. “Those might be of some use,” as my four-year-old would say. You can also use these ideas for FHE, Sharing Time, etc. Read more »

Tempted to Violate the Word of Wisdom

June 15, 2006 | 124 comments
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When we think of temptations related to the Word of Wisdom, we usually think of, you know, being tempted to violate the WoW. But I can think of a few different WoW-related temptations. Read more »

Jesus’ Female Ancestors

June 13, 2006 | 33 comments
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The first chapter of Matthew includes five women in Jesus’ genealogy. Why? Read more »

“Well, yes, actually, there is.”

June 11, 2006 | 18 comments
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That’s not the answer you expect when you toss out the standard home/visiting teaching line asking if there is anything you can do to help your teachee. Read more »

Lots of Questions for Greg Whiteley

June 10, 2006 | 17 comments
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“Probably the only people who are more lonely in an LDS ward than musicians who used to be almost-famous are filmmakers who never were”–Greg Whiteley, director of New York Doll. Read more »

Motherhood and Priesthood–Take 57!

May 21, 2006 | 151 comments
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I think that motherhood and priesthood are parallel; I know that many of you don’t. And one argument against my position that I see frequently is that you need the cooperation of the opposite sex (not to mention the blessing of fertility) to be a mother but not to be a priesthood holder. I’ve never found that argument persuasive, but until now, I haven’t been able to articulate why. Read more »

The Life and Times of Carol Armga

May 4, 2006 | 6 comments
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I’ll introduce our newest guest blogger by letting her introduce herself. Read more »

Out of Africa

April 30, 2006 | 8 comments
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Nathan (enters, stage left): “Tell Simon that America is part of Texas!” Read more »

A Primary Primer

April 23, 2006 | 30 comments
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I haven’t been in Primary very long, but it has been long enough to notice this: most adults could benefit from a few simple ideas that will make them much, much better at teaching a group of children. Read more »

The KJV: A Sealed Book?

April 20, 2006 | 146 comments
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I’ve been teaching the second half of the Old Testament in Institute this semester. The KJV is a terrible obstacle to understanding the scriptures. Read more »

An Interview with Valerie Hudson

April 17, 2006 | 12 comments
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BYU Political Science professor Valerie Hudson has been in the news lately as a result of her new book, Bare Branches. Read more »

An Open Letter to BYU Students

April 9, 2006 | 275 comments
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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 »

The Uses of Adversity

April 6, 2006 | 32 comments
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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
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Today’s headlines contain news of a new gospel: The Gospel of Judas. Read more »

Hidden Treasures

April 1, 2006 | 9 comments
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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 »

Book Review: Celebrating Passover: A Guide to Understanding the Jewish Feast for Latter-day Saints

March 30, 2006 | 25 comments
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Easter celebrations and the lack thereof have been a hot topic recently; if you want to add something to your celebration of this season, I highly recommend this book. Read more »

An Easter Activity for Family Home Evening

March 29, 2006 | 13 comments
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I can’t take credit for this idea–these are sometimes called Resurrection Eggs and they’ve been around for a few years. Read more »

Black Comedy

March 20, 2006 | 44 comments
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So maybe I missed something, but I’m pretty sure that one genre the Saints haven’t touched is black comedy. I’m not much of a narrative writer, though, so think of the following as sitting on little scraps of paper on a rickety table in my front yard with a hand-lettered cardboard sign next to them reading ‘Free to a Good Home.’ Read more »

Cheryl White: A Photo Essay

March 19, 2006 | 7 comments
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Cheryl White:  A Photo Essay

Cheryl White, an amazing artist who lives in Central Texas, was kind enough to open her home and studio to me (and my three rambunctious boys) for a tour last week. This is what we saw. Read more »

How to Teach a Scripture Passage

March 12, 2006 | 13 comments
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Here’s a systematic approach to preparing a lesson on a passage of scripture. Read more »

An Interview with Jared Ludlow

March 11, 2006 | 13 comments
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Jared Ludlow has been at BYU-Hawaii since 2000 and is an assistant professor in the History and Religion Departments. He earned his PhD in a joint program in Near Eastern Religions from the University of California-Berkeley and the Graduate Theological Union. He is the author of Abraham Meets Death: Narrative Humor in the Testament of Abraham. Read more »

Does Feminism Make Women Unhappy?

March 7, 2006 | 52 comments
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Go read this. Then return and report. Read more »

JMS Sunday School Lesson #10

February 27, 2006 | 14 comments
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Book Review: Stand As a Witness: The Biography of Ardeth Greene Kapp

February 26, 2006 | 22 comments
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Book Review:   Stand As a Witness:  The Biography of Ardeth Greene Kapp

We begin with a quiz: How many book-length biographies of LDS women can you name? . . . Read more »