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Mesquite cooked

August 15, 2007 | 22 comments
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We left our hotel late Sunday morning, heading home from Utah. We weren’t sure whether we’d make a 2-day trip of it, stopping in St. George or Vegas, or whether we’d pull an all nighter. It would depend on how we felt. Read more »

Unlettered

August 4, 2007 | 15 comments
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“Our correspondences show us where our intimacies lie,” writes Terry Tempest Williams. Read more »

Very Serious Harry Potter Q&A

August 3, 2007 | 83 comments
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1. How does Harry Potter get from one room to another? Read more »

The Armor of God, version 1.0

August 2, 2007 | 11 comments
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Breastplate of righteousness? Check. Helmet of salvation? Check. Garments of vengeance and cloke of zeal? Check, and double check. Read more »

BYU Studies cinema

July 31, 2007 | 19 comments
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A message from Jack Welch and Gideon Burton: The upcoming issue of BYU Studies, volume 46, no. 2, will be a long-awaited, double-sized issue about Mormons and film. Read more »

(Language of) Memory of Feeling

July 23, 2007 | 22 comments
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Memory is a poor substitute for feeling, and language is a poor substitute for memory; yet it is through those dual prisms that we translate the ephemeral raw material of emotion into something more permanent. And it is only that language of memory of feeling — awful, inadequate substitute that it is — that can be preserved and recounted and ultimately woven into narratives about life. Read more »

Chains

July 20, 2007 | 90 comments
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We sometimes hear two related but distinct chains of reasoning about the consequences of what are perceived as womens’ natural tendencies. Chain One: Women are naturally more spiritual than men. Read more »

Three, Part One

July 19, 2007 | 8 comments
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Which Dialogue articles should the savvy blog-reader have hot-keyed and ready to go? What would the top three articles be, for useful citation in blog conversation? Read more »

Mail and Fee Mail

July 17, 2007 | 8 comments
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The postal rate for periodicals is expected to rise significantly this week, due to changes in the ways rates are calculated. Read more »

Women and Sacrament

July 9, 2007 | 42 comments
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On an intermittent but regular basis, women alone perform a portion of our Sacrament blessing. Read more »

Bloggerstone

June 30, 2007 | 17 comments
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Some familiar names appear in the preliminary program for the upcoming Sunstone symposium. Read more »

Snakes on the Plains

June 24, 2007 | 58 comments
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An article in the July Ensign provides a short list of dangerous threats to the home. Read more »

Cat Burritos

June 23, 2007 | 17 comments
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God wants us to be mean to animals. This is clearly the take-home point of the lesson I taught last week, which included a discussion about a camel: Read more »

The One-Room School

June 21, 2007 | 18 comments
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Snooty Elitist Kristine doesn’t think I should be writing this post, because I haven’t read enough books. I’m going to write it anyway. Read more »

Art and Part

June 19, 2007 | 25 comments
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“What e’er thou art, act well thy part.” David O. McKay’s famous line motivated him during his mission and during his presidency. It’s not a bad philosophy, either. If I’m a Mormon, I should be a good one. However, for many of us, the question isn’t acting well a part. It’s discovering what we are to begin with. Read more »

The Floor

June 15, 2007 | 11 comments
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Technically, we weren’t supposed to go on splits with Chepe at all. Not by a longshot. Read more »

King James and Queen Valera

June 14, 2007 | 33 comments
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On my mission in Guatemala, we didn’t use the King James version of the bible. Instead, we used a popular Protestant translation called the Reyna Valera. This raises all sorts of fun questions. Read more »

Brides Among the Beehives

June 13, 2007 | 86 comments
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In the Reuters interview with Elder Christofferson, the interviewer asks, “There is historical evidence that suggests Joseph Smith took a 14-year-old bride, Helen Mar Kimball, when he was 38 years old. In today’s terms, that would make him a pedophile. Does this bother you or other LDS church members?” Elder Christofferson replies, “It would depend on what all the facts were and the context. In those days, of course, was that it was not so uncommon in the society of the time.” Just how factually accurate is this defense? Read more »

MWS: Brandon Sanderson

June 11, 2007 | 12 comments
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Brandon Sanderson is the Campbell-nominated author (twice-nominated now) of the fantasy novels Elantris and Mistborn: The Final Empire. His novel Well of Ascension, second in the Mistborn trilogy, will be published in a few months. Other projects (including the playfully titled Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians) are on the horizon. Brandon also recently released another full novel in draft form, Warbreaker, which is available for free at his website. He blogs at BrandonSanderson.com and posts frequently on the message board at The Official Time-Waster’s Guide. Brandon graciously agreed to be interviewed, as part of our ongoing Mormon Writers Symposium.... Read more »

Bloggernacle: The Chain Novel

June 7, 2007 | 58 comments
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To celebrate, I’m enlisting you all to assist me in this groundbreaking literary endeavor. Read more »

I was a Teenage Mormon

June 4, 2007 | 60 comments
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Over at Pilgrim Girl, Jana discusses how she was told as a teen that her life would be a movie that everyone would watch in the hereafter. She writes: Read more »

Race and the LDS Church (Part I)

May 21, 2007 | 43 comments
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Some recent blog comments have discussed how the church’s history on race compares to other religions. Now, national politicians and pundits are discussing the same thing. There seems to be a general perception that the LDS church has not had a strong record as to race. The underlying facts, however, are quite a bit more complicated than that simple answer would suggest. As it turns out, the correct answer to the query “In matters of race, has the LDS church been progressive compared with other religious institutions, or has it been regressive?”, is: Both. This is the first in... Read more »

Making Mother’s Day Better

May 14, 2007 | 213 comments
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“Mother’s Day is an equal opportunity day,” writes Kristine at VSOM. Read more »

Moments

May 9, 2007 | 59 comments
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I. This morning, driving Daughter to school: Read more »

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