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T&S welcomes guest poster Wendy Ulrich

May 27, 2008 | 8 comments

Wendy Ulrich, Ph.D., is a former president of the Association of Mormon Counselors and Psychotherapists, and the author of Forgiving Ourselves: Getting Back Up When We Let Ourselves Down, recently published by Deseret Book. She is the founder of Sixteen Stones Center for Growth in Alpine, Utah, offering seminar-retreats on topics such as spirituality, abundant life, loss, forgiveness, and other aspects of personal growth. She was a psychologist in private practice in Michigan for twenty years before moving to Montreal, Quebec to serve with her husband as mission president. They currently live in Utah. Welcome, Dr. Ulrich! We’re honored... Read more »

God Himself

May 18, 2008 | 17 comments

Lucky me, I got to talk about Mosiah 15 in my Gospel Doctrine lesson today. Read more »

More Blessed to Give

February 19, 2008 | 44 comments

A few months ago I read Kate Braestrup’s excellent memoir Here If You Need Me, and I’ve been thinking about this passage ever since. My son Zach is the child of Unitarian Universalists, so naturally he didn’t know a lot about Jesus. But I heard a lot about Jesus at my Christian seminary, and a lot of it was pretty cool. Read more »

Monday morning quiz

October 29, 2007 | 94 comments

True or false: Mormons believe God is a married couple. (To receive credit, you must explain your answer. ) Read more »

Do some good this weekend!

October 12, 2007 | 8 comments

Don’t forget: Get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping by supporting the Gifts Outreach book fair at all Utah Barnes and Noble bookstores, Saturday October 13. Read more »

What Might Go Right

October 4, 2007 | 12 comments

I was signing copies of GIFTS at a Barnes and Noble author event when a tall, brunette middle-aged woman approached the table. She peered at me and the stack of books at my elbow with curiosity. “Do you have any friends or family members with Down syndrome?” I asked. “No,” she said. “I’ve been lucky.” Read more »

Getting in the way

August 30, 2007 | 95 comments

Harry: You realize of course that we could never be friends. Sally: Why not? Harry: What I’m saying is – and this is not a come-on in any way, shape or form – is that men and women can’t be friends because the sex part always gets in the way. Read more »

Doors in the Wall

August 23, 2007 | 57 comments

The function of the brain and nervous system and sense organs are in the main eliminative and not productive. Each person is at each moment capable of remembering all that has ever happened to him and of perceiving everything that is happening everywhere in the universe. The function of the brain and nervous system is to protect us from being overwhelmed and confused by this mass of largely useless and irrelevant knowledge, by shutting out most of what we should otherwise perceive or remember at any moment, and leaving only that very small and special selection which is likely... Read more »

The Lord Is With Us

August 22, 2007 | 40 comments

Matt has kindly invited me to continue guest posting at will. And I’m glad, because my mind is spinning this week with thoughts I’d like to dump on you guys. I’m going to start with a long preamble: this sacrament meeting talk that was assigned to me a few months ago. More to follow tomorrow. We don’t call this earth life “the lone and dreary world” for nothing. We are strangers here, homesick for our heavenly parents, our heavenly home. In our mortal bodies we are subject to all kinds of difficulties and infirmities, both mental and physical and... Read more »

‘Til We Meet Again

August 2, 2007 | 8 comments

I keep telling myself this, but now I really mean it: It’s time for me to make a graceful exit. Thanks for a fun 10 days, everyone. I’ve appreciated all your comments (yes, all). If I’ve left any loose ends you want to call me on, or if you’d like to contact me for another reason, email me: kathryn (at) kathrynlynardsoper (dot) com. Cheers! Read more »

A little knowledge

July 31, 2007 | 84 comments

In January 2007 the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) issued new guidelines recommending first-trimester Down syndrome screening for all pregnant women, regardless of age. That means this year, 4 million American women will be offered first-trimester screening for DS, and thousands will receive a positive prenatal diagnosis. This protocol is supposed to increase women’s reproductive freedom, but I fear it does just the opposite. Read more »


July 30, 2007 | 7 comments

Now working on my final guest post. Thought I’d toss a (non-related) bone in the meantime: Here are ten candid, insightful, courageous pieces from Segullah’s back issues. Enjoy! Read more »

Teach me diligently

July 29, 2007 | 48 comments

I’ve just been called as Gospel Doctrine teacher. Read more »

What think ye…

July 28, 2007 | 117 comments

…about the Church’s new pamphlet on same-sex attraction? Read more »

Bitter, Sweet

July 27, 2007 | 29 comments

This essay was recently published in Literary Mama. I’m posting it here as a precursor to my upcoming post about prenatal testing for Down syndrome. I. In the beginning You can tell a great deal about people by the way they react when you tell them you’re going to have a retarded child. Read more »

Coming Home

July 26, 2007 | 99 comments

Summer, 2003: I was a wreck. Read more »

True Confessions

July 25, 2007 | 59 comments

Let not any man publish his own righteousness, for others can see that for him; sooner let him confess his sins, and then he will be forgiven and he will bring forth more fruit. (TPJS 194-195) Read more »

Hearing Voices

July 25, 2007 | 26 comments

Two years ago when Segullah made its debut I fielded lots of questions. The most frequent was this: Why a new journal? Read more »

Fleshy Tablets

July 23, 2007 | 31 comments

I have a tattoo on my left ankle. Read more »