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Just Pretend It Already Has 26 Comments . . .

July 11, 2006 | 101 comments

. . . because this may be the longest post you’ll read this year. (I want a Niblet!!) Randy wanted me (and Nate) to explore the issue of presiding a little more on the temple thread, but some yahoo cut off comments, so Randy emailed me. Read more »

Book Reviews: Juvenile Non-Fiction

July 7, 2006 | 11 comments
Book Reviews:  Juvenile Non-Fiction

If you are an adult, inevitability comes in the form of death and taxes. If you are a child, it comes as the middle school research project. Read more »

Book Review: A Rascal by Nature, A Christian by Yearning: A Mormon Autobiography

July 4, 2006 | 30 comments

A Rascal By Nature, A Christian by Yearning: A Mormon Autobiography by Levi Peterson. Read more »

Book Review: An Advocate for Women: The Public Life of Emmeline B. Wells

July 3, 2006 | 11 comments

An Advocate for Women: The Public Life of Emmeline B. Wells by Carol Cornwall Madsen Read more »

Primary Lesson Supplements 26-28

July 2, 2006 | 2 comments

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Book Review: Contemporary Mormonism: Latter-day Saints in Modern America

July 2, 2006 | 13 comments

Today I abandon my personal policy of only writing book reviews that are, on balance, positive. Read more »

Pretty Please

June 28, 2006 | no comments

If any of you are familiar with the Morgan/Henefer/Coalville area of Utah and could recommend a place where two women, seven kids, and one husband along for the ride could meet up at a playground or similar, please email me. Read more »

Genealogy and Genetics

June 28, 2006 | 42 comments

BYU took advantage of me at a time in my life when I would have done almost anything for 10$. Read more »

More on Jesus’ Genealogy

June 27, 2006 | 11 comments

I posted previously on the women in Jesus’ genealogy but wanted to invite discussion on some other aspects of it. Read more »

Primary Lesson 25 Supplement

June 25, 2006 | one comment

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Movie Review: An Inconvenient Truth

June 20, 2006 | 96 comments

A review in four parts: Read more »

Primary Lesson Supplements 20-24

June 18, 2006 | 9 comments

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

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

The first chapter of Matthew includes five women in Jesus’ genealogy. Why? Read more »

“Well, yes, actually, there is.”

June 11, 2006 | 18 comments

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

“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

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

I’ll introduce our newest guest blogger by letting her introduce herself. Read more »

Out of Africa

April 30, 2006 | 8 comments

Nathan (enters, stage left): “Tell Simon that America is part of Texas!” Read more »

A Primary Primer

April 23, 2006 | 30 comments

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

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

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

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

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 »