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What the Smith Boys Said This Year

December 20, 2005 | 15 comments
What the Smith Boys Said This Year

In 2005, Simon turned seven, Nathan turned four, and Truman turned one. Read more »

An Unnatural Birth Advocate

December 14, 2005 | 161 comments

There are plenty of natural birth advocates out there–I know because I keep having to plaster a vapid smile on my face when they spout half-truths and didactical opinions at social gatherings. I’ve yet to meet an avowed unnatural birth advocate, so I’ve decided to take up that mantle for myself. So, if you are pregnant, or might be some day, here are some thoughts on why you might not want to have a natural childbirth. Read more »

The December 1925 Improvement Era

December 13, 2005 | 21 comments

Let’s flip through a church magazine that’s nearly a century old. The pages are slightly yellowed; there are a few stains on the cover and the staples are rusting. Read more »

Merry Christmas

December 7, 2005 | 36 comments

and happy holidays. Read more »

Book Review: Sister Eternal

December 6, 2005 | 5 comments
Book Review:  Sister Eternal

Thank you, Elder Uchtdorf and Ben Sowards, for creating the first LDS children’s book that deserves to transcend the LDS market. . Read more »

Richard Bushman Responds: 12Q on RSR

December 6, 2005 | 62 comments

Richard Bushman was gracious enough to respond to twelve questions about Rough Stone Rolling. Read more »

St. Nicholas’ Day

November 30, 2005 | 24 comments

When I was growing up, we always celebrated St. Nicholas’ Day (December 6th). As I child, it was all about my glee in getting my stocking filled weeks before my friends would get any holiday loot. But as a parent, I’ve found this to be a wonderful holiday to celebrate–one that provides a counterpoint to the Christmas hoopla. Read more »

Twelve Questions with Greg Whiteley

November 28, 2005 | 19 comments

Greg Whiteley, the director of the very well-received new movie New York Doll, has kindly agreed to answer questions from our readers. Read more »

The Real Reason

November 26, 2005 | 41 comments

Matt Evans and I went a few rounds at one of those other blogs over the reason behind falling LDS birthrates. Turns out we were both wrong. Read more »

Julie’s Conversion Story

November 24, 2005 | 4 comments

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Gina’s Conversion Story

November 22, 2005 | 18 comments

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The Four Types of Mormons

November 21, 2005 | 55 comments
The Four Types of Mormons

So my very bright friend in Wisconsin has come up with something that should get us light years beyond the tired old Liahona-Iron Rod business. Here it is, in his words, not mine. Read more »

Nonfiction Books for Children

November 8, 2005 | 8 comments

Most people don’t appreciate the wonderful world of children’s nonfiction books. Read more »

Sunday School Lesson #42

November 6, 2005 | 17 comments

Here are my notes. I decided to focus on OD-2. Read more »

After the Fall

November 1, 2005 | 200 comments

If you are tired of reading about bannergate, don’t click here: Read more »

My Conversion Story

October 29, 2005 | 61 comments

The reason that I don’t like to tell my conversion story is that it is boring. If I were to appropriate the famous Joseph Smith line, I would have to modify it thusly: “No man knows my history. . . . I don’t blame any one for not staying awake through my history. If I had not experienced what I have, I could not have stayed awake through it myself.” So don’t say I didn’t warn you. Read more »

Platinum Wedding Bells

October 26, 2005 | 90 comments

The Saints are pretty good at spotting blatant attacks on the family. But, recently, I realized that I had been completely unaware of a subtle yet profound attack on marriage and family. Read more »

In the -Hoods: Are Motherhood and Priesthood Equivalent?

October 23, 2005 | 113 comments

Julie: This dialogue is the outgrowth of a few comments at one of those other blogs that Rosalynde suggested might make an interesting discussion. Read more »

Book Review: Lengthen Your Stride: The Presidency of Spencer W. Kimball

October 12, 2005 | 37 comments

If you liked the recent President McKay biography, you are going to love the new biography of President Kimball. Read more »

Julie’s Homeschooling Manifesto

October 7, 2005 | 160 comments

We’ve talked about homeschooling before, but once was Bryce’s baby and the other was a peripheral issue. Because people ask from time to time, I thought I’d set out my thoughts about homeschooling in a friendly Q-and-A format. Read more »

The Nineteenth-Century Bloggernacle

October 5, 2005 | 64 comments

I’ve been concerned, lately, that blogging encourages a kind of discourse that we wouldn’t otherwise see in the Saints. I was wrong. Read more »

Genesis 38

October 3, 2005 | 42 comments

“Puzzling.” “Sordid.” “Audacious, provocative, and titillating.” Those descriptors might very well apply to this week’s box office sensation, but that’s not what this post is about. All of these terms (“Sordid” comes from the Institute Manual) were used to describe the tale told in Genesis 38. Read more »

The horse you rode in on

September 28, 2005 | 389 comments

I’m still trying to scrape my jaw off of the floor after reading some of Adam Greenwood’s comments over at, you know, that other other blog. Read more »


September 22, 2005 | 39 comments

Let me describe to you what the grocery store was like today. Read more »