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Ticket-less? Provo City Center Temple

January 25, 2016 | 3 comments
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Ticket-less? Provo City Center Temple

Not one of those several hundred thousand people who snapped up tickets to the Provo City Center Temple Open House in the first 24 hours? There is still a way to see it. Read more »

2015 Gen Conf–Sunday Afternoon

October 4, 2015 | 5 comments
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These are just my notes as I scribbled them and, considering how illegible my handwriting is (even to myself), you will not want to quote them word for word! Read more »

A 15-year-old’s Notes about Sunday Morning Gen Conf

October 4, 2015 | one comment
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Sunday Morning Session–October 4, 2015 Conducting–Dieter F. Utchdorf Song, Prayer, Song   Thomas S. Monson Let your light so shine…be an example unto others–We let others see our light by being an example Being an example in word Being an example in conversation Charity Be an example in spirit Faith and doubt cannot exist in the same mind at the same time Purity Ronald A. Rasband (new apostle!) A few days ago he was called…interesting I always think it would be awkward to quote someone in conference who is at that conference The Lord doesn’t condone sinful conduct, but... Read more »

A 12-year-old Takes Notes on His First Priesthood Gen Conf Session

October 3, 2015 | one comment
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General Priesthood Session Opening Song: Let Zion In Her Beauty Rise Invocation: Elder Johnson Song: Jesus The Very Thought Of Me Read more »

A 9-year-old Child’s Notes on Gen Conf Sat afternoon

October 3, 2015 | 7 comments
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I love the primary kids choir. They are full of adrenaline. They are about as old as me. They look cute. I like their clothes. It is funny to me that they are so wiggly, even on TV. So. Three new apostles. Wow! Pretty awesome. Read more »

The random thoughts and perspectives of a 17-year-old kid about the Sat. Morning Gen Conf session

October 3, 2015 | 3 comments
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So my mother comes into my room while I am reading a Ranger’s Apprentice novel, and says, “Hey bud! Want to write a blog post about Saturday Morning Conference session?” First thought: Zombie Apocalypse. No! There is absolutely No. Flipping. Way. I am going to write a blog that thousands of people could read, comment on, and maybe even be enlightened about. (Yeah, people sometimes do that. I can enlighten people. Occasionally.) Why am I typing this out now? Don’t ask me. Sometimes I am tempted to ask my therapist if he can crack open my head and see... Read more »

Review: Adam Miller’s Grace Is Not God’s Backup Plan

May 16, 2015 | 7 comments
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Whether you are a student of the scriptures who reads 3-4 versions of the Bible simultaneously (at least one of which is in Hebrew or Greek) or you are so lackadaisical that scripture “study” means learning where the book of Romans is (hint: New Testament), you will want to read Adam Miller’s insightful, thought-provoking and beautifully written “paraphrase” of Romans, Grace Is Not God’s Backup Plan. Read more »

Gen Conf: Sat Afternoon Notes

April 4, 2015 | 8 comments
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  Conducting: Pres Eyring Opening Song: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty Music by Young Single Adult Choir from Davis and Weber Counties, Utah Prayer: Sister Stevens President Uctdorf: Sustaining Read more »

Wickedly Awesome Traditions of My Fathers and Mothers

December 22, 2014 | 6 comments
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Wickedly Awesome Traditions of My Fathers and Mothers

Holidays make me think of traditions, especially the food and family traditions of Thanksgiving and Christmas. But that makes me think about other traditions, such as the scriptural “wicked traditions of our fathers,” which then makes me think of the wickedly awesome traditions of my fathers and mothers. (And clearly that is the problem with me thinking.) Read more »

Day 2 of Gratitude

November 26, 2014 | 2 comments
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Day 2 of Gratitude

Prayers of Gratitude—Sunday, November 9 . . . was the annual Primary Program, one of my favorite Sundays of the year. Though many find this day difficult, I simply have to smile at the unpredictable entertainment, as well as the sincere belief and sincere silliness of little children. Moreover, there is the pleasure of watching someone else discipline my rowdy children while I sit and enjoy whatever message I can glean from the too-close-to-the-microphone yelling of three-year-olds. This year I did get a message. Read more »

Learning to Yell

November 16, 2014 | 8 comments
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Learning to Yell

You probably think the title is a joke or some nice irony or a typo. It is not. It is not even a feminist manifesto about reclaiming my “voice.” This really is a story about me re-learning to yell. I used to yell. No problem. All I needed was a slight provocation Read more »

4 o’clock

October 20, 2014 | 10 comments
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4 o’clock

A few years ago, my sister handed me a lumpy white envelope for Christmas. I opened it carefully, able to feel the jumble of small parts beneath my fingertips. Inside were perhaps 30 or 40 small, dark seeds. “Um. Cool,” I said, mystified. Read more »

GenConf–Saturday Morning

October 4, 2014 | 10 comments
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President Eyring conducted the Saturday morning session. Direct quotations are in quotation marks (from my notes). Other text is my summary of what was said. Read more »

Isaiah 29:21

October 2, 2014 | 16 comments
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Isaiah 29:21

A friend recently said she needs a “new approach” to studying the Book of Mormon. I’m not sure what her old approach was, Read more »

In Your Heart and Mind

September 11, 2014 | 9 comments
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My son came stomping into the house from the garden a month ago, demanding I punish his sister, Read more »

The Un-Christian Juror

March 1, 2012 | 16 comments
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I finished up my month of jury duty last fall. Yes, you read that right: a month of jury duty. As things settled back to my usual craziness, I decided that I was rather disturbed by my behavior. Read more »

Wacky, But True

January 23, 2011 | 108 comments
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I collect two things: bookmarks and wacky, true sacrament meeting stories. Read more »

Battle Hymn, verse 4

July 6, 2010 | 26 comments
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Last Sunday, we attended a family member’s baby blessing in a Spanish Ward in Utah. My rudimentary high school Spanish was no help at all. Read more »

Reincarnation, Mormon style

June 29, 2010 | 28 comments
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In a PEW survey a few months back, 24% of American adults indicated that they believed in reincarnation (ie, that people will be reborn into this world again and again). Apparently many Christians don’t have a problem overlapping their Christianity with Eastern beliefs. Read more »

I’m Sick and Tired of December

December 6, 2009 | 43 comments
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I’m not Scrooge and I’m not the Grinch, either—but December is enough to make me feel like one of those guys. It’s only December 6, and I’m feeling sick and tired of this month. Could we schedule anything else? Seriously. I cut back on parties and try to simplify, just like nice mommy articles suggest. I do. I make or buy four carefully chosen presents per child in pre-set categories, so I don’t overspend. I refuse every invitation I can. But what else are we going to cut? The first grade Gingerbread Man play, the Christmas piano recital, or... Read more »

Halloween Costumes and Inner Conflict

October 23, 2009 | 45 comments
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Halloween scares me. Of course, I’m scared of lots of things—poverty, cancer, rape, gang violence, Satan, etc. I thought I should admit that up front.  Make of it what you will. Read more »

Christian Neighbors

October 7, 2009 | 14 comments
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When my neighbor four-doors-down called last night and asked if I could take dinner to my neighbor three-doors-down, I said yes. I’m a Mormon mom: dinner for a single, middle-aged man is no problem. It was the circumstances that made me pause. Read more »

Conference Traditions

October 4, 2009 | 14 comments
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My son was none-too-thrilled to realize last night that by next General Conference he will be twelve and *get* to go to a two-hour meeting with his dad. We thought that reviving my husband’s tradition Read more »

Tattle

October 1, 2009 | 92 comments
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Someone feels the need to tattle on us to the bishop every so often. Read more »