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When A Child Arranges a Nativity Set

December 24, 2005 | 7 comments
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When A Child Arranges a Nativity Set

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Book Review: David O. McKay Around the World

December 22, 2005 | 4 comments
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Book Review:  David O. McKay Around the World

Every writer’s worst nightmare actually came true for Hugh J. Cannon: the only copy of his manuscript was “misplaced” by the publisher. . . Read more »

Book Review: Early Christians in Disarray

December 21, 2005 | 31 comments
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Can you really understand what the Restoration is if you don’t have your mind around what the Great Apostasy was? Read more »

What the Smith Boys Said This Year

December 20, 2005 | 15 comments
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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
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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
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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
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and happy holidays. Read more »

Book Review: Sister Eternal

December 6, 2005 | 5 comments
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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
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Richard Bushman was gracious enough to respond to twelve questions about Rough Stone Rolling. Read more »

St. Nicholas’ Day

November 30, 2005 | 24 comments
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Most people don’t appreciate the wonderful world of children’s nonfiction books. Read more »

Sunday School Lesson #42

November 6, 2005 | 17 comments
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Here are my notes. I decided to focus on OD-2. Read more »

After the Fall

November 1, 2005 | 200 comments
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If you are tired of reading about bannergate, don’t click here: Read more »

My Conversion Story

October 29, 2005 | 61 comments
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 »