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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 »

Report on Incident #C40859

September 18, 2005 | 6 comments


Health Care: What to Do?

September 15, 2005 | 121 comments

This from a new report by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research Educational Trust: “The average cost of health insurance for a family of four has soared past $10,800 — exceeding the annual income of a minimum-wage earner, according to a survey released Wednesday.” Read more »

Quail and the Superdome

September 4, 2005 | 227 comments

I will frankly admit that I have been sickened by the lack of compassion for those victimized by Hurricane Katrina that I’ve seen in some corners of the Bloggernacle. Read more »

Book Review: I Love Mormons: A New Way to Share Christ with Latter-day Saints

September 2, 2005 | 133 comments
Book Review:  I Love Mormons:  A New Way to Share Christ with Latter-day Saints

The techniques that Evangelicals use to convert Mormons to ‘traditional Christianity’ do not work. The same cannot be said for the method proposed by David L. Rowe in his new book. . Read more »

Thinking With Katrina

August 29, 2005 | 35 comments

While my brother and his family are safe in Texas, it appears that all of their possessions and their home in New Orleans will be under water soon. What I am hearing now is that about half of ‘well-contructed homes’ will be destroyed and the city will not be habitable for weeks. One million may be left homeless. Read more »

A Letter to Emma Ray

August 23, 2005 | 24 comments
A Letter to Emma Ray

While David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism is nearly perfect in every way, one thing it doesn’t do is provide an intimate portrait of President McKay. That lacuna is partially filled by Heart Petals: The Personal Correspondence of David Oman McKay to Emma Ray McKay. Read more »