Blog Archives

I was a stranger, and ye took me in

July 30, 2014 | 44 comments

These children, fleeing death and devastation, have come to us. Yes, caring for them will cost us time and money and effort, but not caring for them will cost us our compassion. Read more »

A More Nuanced Approach to Scripture

July 9, 2014 | 27 comments

I am so thankful that we are gently backing away from a literal understanding of scripture. Read more »

For the Beauty of the Earth

June 25, 2014 | 14 comments

The latest move by the Church on the environmental front is the production of a beautiful, 94 second spot on the Mormon Channel. Read more »

As Instructed

June 18, 2014 | 100 comments

On Tuesday, Ally Isom, Senior Manager of Public Affairs with the LDS Church, encouraged listeners to have respectful conversations about their concerns with and faith in the Church. Read more »

He was naked, and not ashamed

June 11, 2014 | 16 comments

I leaned into the aisle and looked back. And all the way at the back of the chapel, I saw my 3 year old strolling down the aisle, wearing nothing but a Curious George t-shirt and his glory be. Read more »

Sustained Criticism

June 4, 2014 | 80 comments

While it is possible that some Church leaders in the past may have been fallible, it falls to us now to follow our current Church leaders unfailingly. Read more »

What We Don’t Read in the Bible

May 28, 2014 | 51 comments

Do you ever read the bits of scripture that are excluded from our Sunday School lesson manuals? If you are only looking up certain passages, it is as though the rest of the text doesn’t exist. Read more »

The Ninety and Nine

March 5, 2014 | 7 comments
The Ninety and Nine

Christ can only go out after the lone lamb if he has some confidence that the other ninety-nine are in safe pastures, a protected flock. Read more »

Success in Life

February 19, 2014 | 25 comments

My daughter just turned 12, and her new Young Women’s advisor and the  one other Beehive in the ward came over to introduce her to the program, give her a slew of pamphlets, and welcome her to Young Women. After they left, I read through the Guidebook for Parents and Leaders of Youth that they had left for me. It is a nice little booklet. In the section “Role of Parents” it states: “Your sons and daughters are children of God who have great potential. Although the Church has many leaders and resources to help them, you as their... Read more »

The Bad Side of Jesus

February 12, 2014 | 21 comments

Last week, as we were walking to school, my 6 year old spontaneously started telling me about his latest Primary lesson.  He does this often, and usually reports the talking points accurately. “I learned about the bad side of Jesus,” he said. “Really? Jesus has a bad side?” I responded, wandering if they had talked about casting moneychangers out of the temple. “Yes. A very bad side. You know, when we were all in heaven, and he decided that one third of the spirits shouldn’t be allowed to have bodies, and that made them really sad, and Jesus did... Read more »

The Wrongness of Being Right

December 11, 2013 | 27 comments

It seems to me that any time you turn something into a point of conflict, you risk being in the wrong. It becomes more important to be right than it is to understand your fellow brother, to exercise compassion, to be humble and teachable. Read more »

The Joseph Smith Papers, Documents Volume 2

December 4, 2013 | 5 comments
The Joseph Smith Papers, Documents Volume 2

On Monday I attended a launch event at the Church History Library for the second Documents volume of the Joseph Smith Papers. We were given a brief introductory presentation from historians and production editors who worked on the project. Documents Volume 2 covers the time period from July 1831 to January 1833. Three themes emerge through the documents covering this period of time. The first document is a revelation from July 20, 1831, which later became canonized as Doctrine and Covenants Section 57. It identified the land of Missouri as the land of Zion. This set the stage for... Read more »

Bittersweet Thanksgiving

November 27, 2013 | 10 comments

We grew up. All of those kids I went to high school with. Not just high school; my family never moved, so I started in with them in kindergarten and went through to graduation. Part of me never felt like I fit in. Being the only Mormon in my class may have had something to do with that. Not that many new people moved into our little town, although many of us have since moved away. How many, I’m not sure, as I’m one of the ones who left. But every once in awhile, I get a glimpse into... Read more »

Earth Stewardship: Doctrine, Principle, or Heritage?

October 30, 2013 | 12 comments

I was recently told that earth stewardship is not a doctrine nor a principle of the gospel; rather, it is a heritage. Read more »

Everybody Ought to Have a Body

October 16, 2013 | 12 comments

A distinctive Mormon doctrine related to creation and stewardship is the idea that embodiment is a necessary prerequisite for god-like exaltation. This doctrine includes within it the ideas we can be exalted to become like God, and that God himself has a physical body. The soul of man is the spirit and the body. Although we believe we had a premortal existence as spirit children of God, we were not completely created until we were born into our physical bodies. Our mortal parents acted as co-creators with God in having us. Our bodies are the temples in which our... Read more »

Just because you heard it at church, doesn’t make it true.

September 18, 2013 | 69 comments

Or mean that you must repeat it. Because sometimes people say things in church are are just plain not true. Read more »


September 4, 2013 | 23 comments

It's one thing to know that what you are witnessing is wrong; it's another thing altogether to know what to do about it. I do know that inaction is often taken as tacit approval, and I do not want to be guilty of the sin of complicity Read more »

Bloggernacle PSA: fMh Tracy McKay Scholarship

August 23, 2013 | no comments

"If you haven't heard around the 'nacle-- The fMh Tracy McKay Scholarship fund drive is in full force! Last year many around the bloggernacle rallied together to help the awesome Tracy McKay finish the last few months of her degree when her ward could no longer help her out. fMh is keeping the tradition going by helping more single Mormon mothers go back to school. Read more »

Guest Post: The Parable of the Two Sons

August 7, 2013 | 8 comments

My friend and neighbor has written a beautiful parable that I am pleased to share with you today. David Harding works actively in his ward and neighborhood. His daughter is my daughter’s best friend. As those of you with children know, it is a great blessing to have your offspring fall in with good people who help support them as they grow into themselves. Periodically, maybe once or twice a year, David writes something that he thinks could be shared beyond his close circle. The topics range, but as often as not they are gospel related. And so I’m introducing... Read more »

Not quite “Faith in Every Footstep”

July 24, 2013 | 19 comments

It’s no surprise that my favorite book about the pioneers was not written by a Mormon. Read more »

I’m not sorry

July 10, 2013 | 19 comments

The problem with repenting is that it is not just an intellectual exercise. It’s emotional. To repent, one must feel penitent. But how can you repent when you don’t feel like repenting? Read more »

We’re not equal

July 3, 2013 | 97 comments

God may be no respecter of persons, but everyone else is. We're not equal, and the roles we fulfill in the church are not equal, so stop saying they are. Read more »

No. Not maybe. Not “We’ll see. I think I can do that.” Just no.

June 19, 2013 | 25 comments

No. Thank you, I will not commit to doing that. No. That makes me uncomfortable. No. I wouldn’t have time to do that well and still meet my other obligations in a satisfactory manner. No. I don’t have the skills necessary to do that job. No. I’m pretty sure I’m just not going to do that, so you’d be better off asking someone else.     We, sweet, eager to please, eager to accept authority people that we are, we need to learn to say “no.” If it helps, we can explain why we are saying no, so long... Read more »

Get with the program

June 12, 2013 | 15 comments
These are a few of our programs from the last month. Most became origami and were lost.

For members and visitors alike, that little sheet of cheap white copy paper is invaluable when they need it. But usually, they don't. Read more »