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Saturday Afternoon General Conference Open Thread

October 6, 2007 | 221 comments
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As is traditional here at Times and Seasons, please feel free to post your comments, thoughts, insights and inspirations regarding the Saturday afternooon session of General Conference here. Read more »

Saturday Morning General Conference Open Thread

October 6, 2007 | 133 comments
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As is tradition here at Times and Seasons, please feel free to post your comments, thoughts, insights and inspirations regarding the Saturday morning session of General Conference here. Read more »

Times and Seasons Welcomes Curtis DeGraw

October 1, 2007 | 20 comments
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There are those who get invited to guestblog at Times and Seasons because they’ve been a regular in the Bloggernacle for ages and we figure their turn has come. There are those who get invited because it collectively occurs to us that we and our readers would really benefit from hearing from a circus animal trainer/professional skydiver/registered Democrat/Hollywood movie star/John Birch Society chapter president/illegal immigrant/11-year-old chess master/French chef/member of President Hinckley’s security detail/quantum physicist/polygamy rights activists/dude on the corner handing out pamphlets/female panda/etc. And then there are those who get invited because we just plain like them. Curtis DeGraw... Read more »

The Times and Seasons Hat Trick

August 27, 2007 | 27 comments
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This summer, Times and Seasons was fortunate enough to host three superb guest-bloggers: Dave Banack, of Dave’s Mormon Inquiry fame; Patricia Gunter Karamesines, who came to us by way of A Motley Vision; and Kathryn Lynard Soper, who blogs and writes at her pseudo-eponymous blog and the journal Segullah. We are proud to announce that, one by one, all of these fine guestbloggers have succumbed to our desperate pleadings and wholly fictional promises of shiny new kitchen appliances stuffed with cash have agreed to make their presence here at Times and Seasons more permanent. For more proper introductions to... Read more »

Times and Seasons Welcomes PGK…

July 12, 2007 | 16 comments
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…or Patricia Gunter Karamesines, to those who know her outside the blogging world. Read more »

“Larger Projects”

June 26, 2007 | 118 comments
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Last week, Adam Greenwood pointed out to me an essay by Sally Thomas in First Things, titled “Home Schooling and Christian Duty.” Her article defends home schooling against a very particular kind of attack–specifically, the claim that educating one’s children in the home, away from the public schools, is a failure to be a witness to others as a Christian, a failure to be “in the world,” and more specifically be a light unto it. It’s an interesting claim, one which comes down to, as Ms. Thomas puts it, the idea that homeschooling is selfish, that “homeschoolers enthroned... Read more »

Times and Seasons Welcomes Dave Banack…

June 20, 2007 | 23 comments
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…or, as you likely know of him, DMI Dave. Read more »

Two Million Strong (and Growing…)

June 7, 2007 | 18 comments
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Sometime this morning–perhaps even by the time I put up this post–Times and Seasons’ visitor counter will pass the two million mark. Two million readers in a little over three and a half years. Not bad for a blog that doesn’t feature kittens or porn. Read more »

MWS: Shannon Hale

May 29, 2007 | 10 comments
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Shannon Hale is a Newbery Honor-winning, New York Times bestseller-listed author of youth and fantasy fiction, most particularly Goose Girl and Princess Academy. This week sees the release of her latest novel Austenland, her first adult fiction novel. She is a returned missionary and lives in Salt Lake City with her husband and two under-three-years-old children. Read more »

MWS: Doug Thayer

May 23, 2007 | 15 comments
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Douglas Thayer is one of the pioneers of what Eugene England called “faithful realism” in his definitive study of Mormon literature. Besides having taught literally thousands of Mormon writers during his fifty years as a professor of English at Brigham Young University, his short story collections Under the Cottonwoods and Mr. Wahlquist in Yellowstone have become a template for those writing about the interior life of Mormons today. He has also published the novels Summer Fire and The Conversion of Jeff Williams. Read more »

A Mormon Writers Symposium

May 22, 2007 | 18 comments
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Thirty years ago this summer, President Spencer W. Kimball gave us his “Gospel Vision of the Arts”: Read more »

My Daughter, the Universalist (Part 2)

May 15, 2007 | 56 comments
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Three years ago, I related how Caitlyn, our second daughter, imposed a new ending upon the story of “The Ten Young Women,” in which, after the foolish women who’d left to refill their lamps returned to find the door to the wedding feast closed, the Bridegroom returned, opened the door again, admitted everyone, and everything ended happily. She is seven years old now, and less innocent, but her longings remain the same. Read more »

Protest Days

April 25, 2007 | 77 comments
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Only only time I’ve ever been arrested for civil disobedience, or held up a sign during a protest, or marched and chanted in the name of a political cause, was when I was an undergraduate at BYU. Go figure. Read more »

The Stake Conference Experience

April 15, 2007 | 83 comments
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Today we had stake conference. It was our turn for one of those newfangled and (I hope) still evolving “multistake conference broadcast” experiences; at least some of you living in the Midwest and Great Plains must have caught it also. I think this is the fourth time we’ve been part of one of these over the past five years or so in four different states. Of course, the language of our having “had” stake conference, or being “part” of it, is rather misleading; what I really mean is, we joined twenty or so others in a cacophonous side room,... Read more »

Easter Weekend, by Eugene England

April 7, 2007 | 11 comments
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Gene England (1933-2001), Mormonism’s greatest personal essayist, wrote “Easter Weekend,” his greatest personal essay, twenty years ago. I reread it every Easter, usually on Holy Saturday. The following are only excerpts. It was originally printed in the Spring 1988 issue of Dialogue, was reprinted in the Autumn 2001 issue of Irreantum, and is available in full in The Quality of Mercy, a collection of his essays long out of print. I didn’t know Gene well. But even many of those who didn’t know him well miss him, and look forward to someday hearing his voice again. Read more »

The Three Trees: a Folktale for Good Friday

April 6, 2007 | 11 comments
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Once upon a time, three little trees stood in a forest high on a mountain, dreaming of what they would be when they were grown. Read more »

Sunday Afternoon General Conference Open Thread

April 1, 2007 | 93 comments
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As we’ve done in the past, here’s a space to share any thoughts, inspirations, insights, and/or revelations that come to you through general conference. Enjoy! Read more »

Sunday Morning General Conference Open Thread

April 1, 2007 | 91 comments
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As we’ve done in the past, here’s a space to share any thoughts, inspirations, insights, and/or revelations that come to you through general conference. Enjoy! Read more »

Saturday Afternoon General Conference Open Thread

March 31, 2007 | 112 comments
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As we’ve done in the past, here’s a space to share any thoughts, inspirations, insights, and/or revelations that come to you through general conference. Enjoy! Read more »

Saturday Morning General Conference Open Thread

March 31, 2007 | 101 comments
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As we’ve done in the past, here’s a space to share any thoughts, inspirations, insights, and/or revelations that come to you through general conference. Enjoy! Read more »

Mormonism and War

March 18, 2007 | 220 comments
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Tomorrow will mark the fourth anniversary of the beginning of the war in Iraq. Several bloggers have acknowledged that anniversary this month by responding to a challenge: link to whatever you wrote about the war in March 2003, and explain what, if anything, you were wrong about. I have put up my own response here. But for Times and Seasons, I want to reprint something else I wrote, just under four years ago: a post inspired by President Gordon B. Hinckley’s April 2003 General Conference address, “War and Peace”. Read more »

From the Archives: Ashes to Ashes

February 21, 2007 | 3 comments
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A post for Ash Wednesday, and Lent, and the promise of spring. Read more »

Mormons, the Cross, and the Power(lessness) of Christ

February 16, 2007 | 25 comments
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Over the past couple of weeks, four things I’ve recently read have continued to stick in my mind: Nate’s post on the power (or lack thereof) of prayer, Kaimi’s post–and the ensuing long thread–on his daughter’s desire to wear a cross, an extremely thoughtful FARMS review of an apparently equally thoughtful book about Mormonism by an Anglican priest…and finally, Matthew 5. Taken together, they make me wonder why we Mormons think about Christ’s atonement the way that we do. Read more »

What Didn’t Make It Into the Deseret News Article

January 29, 2007 | 15 comments
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Over in the “Notes from All Over” sidebar, I linked to a Deseret News article by Carrie Moore which discusses a recent addition or addendum to the church’s oft-repeated state on political neutrality. (Scroll down to “Relationships with Government,” where you will read that “elected officials who are Latter-day Saints make their own decisions and may not necessarily be in agreement with…a publicly stated Church position.”) I was contacted for the article, and I have to thank Carrie for making me sound far more coherent than I’m sure I actually was; she put together a fine and thoughtful exploration... Read more »