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Just Say No (to members)

November 7, 2008 | 67 comments
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A few months ago, a sister in our ward asked my daughter to babysit. On a Monday evening. That’s right. Monday Evening. We try to be diligent with family home evening on Monday night, so the answer needed to be “no,” but I was a bit confused about how to convey that message. Read more »

Vote Early, Vote Often

October 27, 2008 | 38 comments
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Just kidding about the “often” part. Are you an early voter or a procrastinator? Here’s why I voted early: Read more »

Polygamy Poetry

October 14, 2008 | 21 comments
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Polygamy was a topic for persuasive prose, not poetry in nineteenth century Utah. Read more »

Compassion and Creativity

October 2, 2008 | 15 comments
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Most everyone I’ve talked to loved President Uchtdorf’s talk at the General Relief Society Broadcast. But I have a question (and yes, men, this is for you, too—since I assume that as a son of God, you also get joy in following the Father’s example of creation and compassion): Read more »

My inner historian smiles

September 29, 2008 | 29 comments
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The little historian in me cheers for small things, such as correct phrasing. At the General Relief Society Broadcast on Saturday, September 27, Sister Barbara Thompson Read more »

Morality, Legality and Alcohol

September 24, 2008 | 20 comments
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The church issued a statement about alcohol laws in Utah. The last paragraph reads: “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believes that Utahns, including those who work in the hospitality industry, can come together as citizens, regardless of religion or politics, to support laws and regulations that allow individual freedom of choice while preserving Utah’s proven positive health and safety record on limiting the tragic consequences of overconsumption of alcohol.” Read more »

Are we not funny?

September 16, 2008 | 35 comments
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I freely admit that I’m not the funniest person in the world, but I do think I have a sense of humor. I like a good laugh as much as anyone. Or perhaps I should say, “I like a good laugh as much as anyone who is LDS.” Read more »

Kindness and Technology

September 9, 2008 | 50 comments
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“I seriously doubt whether there will be anyone in the celestial kingdom who is not kind.” “An important measure of our efforts for the celestial kingdom is how we treat others.” (Elder Jensen, Regional Conference meeting, September 7, 2008). Read more »

Special Feelings (more on Mormon Language)

September 3, 2008 | 42 comments
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This morning I heard a member of Utah’s delegation to the Republican National Convention tell a radio talk show host that “there is a really special feeling among the Republican delegation.” Could you run that by me again? Read more »

Garden Fights

August 21, 2008 | 27 comments
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Between loving fresh vegetables and an assumption about gardens being “doctrine,” I find myself planting every spring and harvesting what the bugs didn’t nibble in the summer and fall. Except for a few condo-living years when dirt was a scarce commodity, I have planted religiously. But Read more »

What We Didn’t Discuss

August 20, 2008 | 50 comments
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The gospel doctrine lesson on Alma 43-52 proposed four principles of war as waged by the righteous: Read more »

Reverence Practice

August 16, 2008 | 79 comments
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The bishop is worried about ward reverence. He should be, truth be told. Read more »

Eve

August 13, 2008 | 71 comments
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(I hope you haven’t discussed this before, at least not in this way.) At the height of national debate over the Equal Rights Amendment, Elder Bruce R. McConkie explained that all LDS women should look to Eve: “Eve, the mother of all living, is truly the perfect pattern for all her daughters. Oh that all women would follow the path laid down by the first woman of all women and do the things that she did that all might be saved!” I have done some preliminary research and realized members of the church interpret the Eve story diversely— Read more »

Wish I’d Been There

August 12, 2008 | 41 comments
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Need a smile? Then you might wish you’d gone to sacrament meeting on March 15, 1857 in the Salt Lake Thirteenth Ward: Read more »

MMM for Youth?

August 10, 2008 | 67 comments
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I don’t want to debate the ins and outs of the tragedy at Mountain Meadows. It was horrific no matter how you cut it. My more immediate problem is personal Read more »

Yesharah

August 8, 2008 | 15 comments
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Did you know that BYU had a combined-gender missionary club in the early 1920’s named the Y.D.D.? It took me a month to discover the secret of the initials: “Young Doctors of Divinity.” Read more »

Vampires

August 7, 2008 | 92 comments
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You are probably too erudite to discuss this, but I’m bringing it up anyway: vampire books. You know what I’m talking about. Read more »

Socialism and United Order

August 5, 2008 | 21 comments
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I stumbled across a few LDS socialist stories when I was writing my MA thesis. Read more »

Political Remembering

August 4, 2008 | 12 comments
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Fascinating Utah history factoid: Read more »

Death and Doctrine, II

August 1, 2008 | 41 comments
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Can you help me a bit more with this topic? . . . Since LDS funeral sermons were given exclusively by men before 1900, they make an interesting comparison with LDS women’s death poetry of the same time period. Read more »

Death and Doctrine

July 29, 2008 | 39 comments
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I have an uneasy relationship with death. Read more »

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