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Taxes

January 31, 2005 | 44 comments
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Perhaps when missionaries are faced with fence-sitting investigators, they should note the tax advantages of joining the Church. Read more »

‘And Many Other Women’ Part VII

January 23, 2005 | 12 comments
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I’m thinking about Hannah today. Read more »

To X or not to X . . .

January 3, 2005 | 38 comments
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Yesterday, a new policy for our ward was announced. Let’s call it policy X. It was made clear that X came from the stake president, directly from training by a member of the seventy. I think X is a bad idea. Read more »

Studying the Doctrine and Covenants

December 31, 2004 | 10 comments
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I would imagine that I know less about the Doctrine and Covenants than your average seminary student. Read more »

Christmas Shopping

December 1, 2004 | 5 comments
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Here are my suggestions for everyone on your Christmas list: Read more »

What the Smith Boys Said This Year

November 25, 2004 | 8 comments
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What I’m not good at is keeping a journal. What I am good at is writing down in my planner the funny things that my kids say and then printing them up to put in our Christmas card each year: Read more »

Just Say No

November 23, 2004 | 22 comments
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So my visiting teachers came over today. I love them; they take good care of me. One of them told me that they were asked on Sunday (I wasn’t in Church this week: sniffly kids) to check in with their visiting teachees and see how they are doing in meeting the challenge that the ward has set for the opening of the San Antonio Temple. Read more »

‘And Many Other Women’ Part VI

November 23, 2004 | 8 comments
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I’m not usually this speculative in my interpretation of scripture, but I thought I’d send this out as something of a trial balloon. I am intrigued by this idea but not necessarily convinced by it. Read more »

Elder Oaks’ Devotional

November 10, 2004 | 32 comments
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A Deseret News article reports a recent devotional by Elder Oaks where he expresses concern over some recent social trends. Discuss. Read more »

‘And Many Other Women’ Part V

October 27, 2004 | one comment
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I wrote my thesis on Mark 14:3-9, so there’s a lot that I want to say about it, but for now, I’m only going to talk about its relationship to Mark 12:38-44. Read more »

Book of Mormon Family Home Evening Lesson Eighteen

October 24, 2004 | one comment
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BMS: The People of Ammon MBM: Anti-Nephi-Lehies Read more »

‘And Many Other Women’ Part IV

October 17, 2004 | 9 comments
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Today I’m thinking about John 8:1-11, commonly called ‘The Woman Taken in Adultery.’ Read more »

Book of Mormon Family Home Evening Lesson Seventeen

October 17, 2004 | one comment
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MBM: A New Convert BMS: Aaron Teaches King Lamoni’s Father Read more »

Thank You, Jana

October 17, 2004 | 5 comments
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Today brings to an end Jana’s stint as a guest blogger. Thank you, Jana, for sharing a slice of your very interesting life and for your thoughtful posts. We wish you well in your writing projects. Read more »

‘And Many Other Women’ Part III

October 5, 2004 | 28 comments
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I sometimes have a beef with religious art because of the assumptions that the artist must make about the scriptures in order to complete her/his work. This is an interesting corrective. I have a poster-size version of it, framed, and I like it. Read more »

Book of Mormon Family Home Evening Lesson Sixteen

October 4, 2004 | one comment
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BMS: Alma’s Mission MBM: Alma’s Mission Read more »

Welcome Guest Blogger Jana Riess

October 4, 2004 | 5 comments
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We’re excited to have Jana onboard for the next few weeks. Here’s her bio: Jana Riess is the Religion Book Review Editor for Publishers Weekly magazine, and is also the author of The Spiritual Traveler: Boston and New England and What Would Buffy Do?: The Vampire Slayer as Spiritual Guide. She is currently co-writing Mormonism for Dummies, forthcoming in February 2005. A convert to the LDS Church, she holds degrees in religion from Wellesley College, Princeton Theological Seminary, and Columbia University. She has been interviewed by the Associated Press, Time, Newsweek, People, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times,... Read more »

Book of Mormon Family Home Evening Lesson Fifteen

October 3, 2004 | no comments
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I’m a little behind here because we took a break from our regularly scheduled Book of Mormon FHEs to have one on using kind words. (Care to imagine why?) Read more »

Calling All Bright Young Minds

October 3, 2004 | 22 comments
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I have a unique opportunity and I need some help taking full advantage of it. Read more »

‘And Many Other Women’ Part II

October 1, 2004 | 11 comments
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Here’s Luke 11:27-28: And it came to pass, as spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked. But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it. Read more »

‘And Many Other Women’ Part I

September 29, 2004 | 5 comments
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I’ve been trying not to post much since I have entered the Mentally Incoherent state of pregnancy (as evidenced by the fact that I somehow deleted this post after writing 80% of it–this is take two), but the comments from Ashleigh and others about women in the scriptures have tempted me beyond that which I can bear. I am hoping that this will be the first in an occasional series about overlooked women in the scriptures. The title is from Mark 15:41, where we find out, at the crucifixion, that women have been with Jesus all along (“Oh, gee,... Read more »

LDS Art and Its Critics

September 22, 2004 | 73 comments
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I followed Adam’s link in the sidebar to an article in Meridian Magazine, by their film critic Kieth no I did not spell that wrong Merrill. Read more »

Book of Mormon Family Home Evening Lesson Fourteen

September 19, 2004 | no comments
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MBM: Alma BMS: Alma Teaches and Baptizes Read more »

Stupid Internet Tricks

September 17, 2004 | 5 comments
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We’re going to the Temple tomorrow, three hours away, and I was sitting here pondering where we might eat lunch (I’m extremely pregnant and pretty much living from one feeding to the next.) in a city I don’t know that well. So, I went to Yahoo! maps, typed in the address of the Temple, clicked on ‘show restaurants’ and ‘all cuisines’ and there you have it. Every restaurant in a five mile radius, location shown on map, and no panicked u-turns because you passed a place that looked good or settling for fast food because you don’t know if... Read more »