Posts Tagged ‘ Church Living ’

Lint-free

January 19, 2009 | 4 comments
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On the sweetness of Mormon life. Read more »

The Political is Personal

January 19, 2009 | 43 comments
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This post is Janet’s fault. Read more »

A Year’s Supply of Goodwill

January 12, 2009 | 6 comments
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The Lovely One and I do not (yet) own a hand-crank radio or an AK-47. But we’re still emergency preparedness freaks in our own way. Read more »

Get me a new hometeacher

January 4, 2009 | 31 comments
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On the sweetness of Mormon life Read more »

The New Era 2.0

January 1, 2009 | 70 comments
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The Church has a new website for youth, launched today. Read more »

Merry Christmas

December 25, 2008 | 2 comments
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Merry Christmas

God be thanked for the matchless gift of his only begotten. Merry Christmas everyone. Read more »

The True Meaning of Christmas

December 22, 2008 | no comments
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The Church has put together a web page on the true meaning of Christmas. Please give it a look and pass on the link. Read more »

Get thee behind me, Santa!

December 22, 2008 | 16 comments
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I know, I know. There’s so much to love about the jolly fella. But he keeps getting in the way. Or not. Read more »

The Carnival of Ward Choirs

December 14, 2008 | 3 comments
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On the sweetness of Mormon life. Read more »

Tithing Settlement 2008

December 11, 2008 | 8 comments
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Tithing Settlement is a great part of the Christmas season. Read more »

Release Time v. Early Morning Seminary

December 4, 2008 | 57 comments
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Below is a forward I recently received about a perceived effort to eliminate the release time seminary system in an Idaho school district. The email is from a CES employee to parents of students in the school district encouraging them to oppose one of several proposed schedules currently under consideration that apparently would restructure the district’s trimester system and eliminate the class flexibility that enables the release time seminary program. It’s unclear whether preventing the Church from offering seminary during school hours was the intent of the proposed schedule at issue, but it nonetheless raises some interesting questions about... Read more »

The Great Unity

September 26, 2008 | 32 comments
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Last weekend I went to the penultimate game in Yankee Stadium, and the next night watched the last game on television, complete with its post-game wake. Over nearly 20 years I’ve attended meetings there, letting a place and a culture become an almost religious part of my life. Its a Temple of baseball. Read more »

Doctrines of Localization

September 6, 2008 | 37 comments
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Doctrines of Localization

In April, 1998, President Hinckley visited New York City to speak at a special fireside held in Madison Square Garden, and our stake provided a 100+ voice choir for the event. I remember thinking at the time that with all of the talented Church members in New York City, the choir should be permanent. Read more »

Only a Clerk

September 4, 2008 | 18 comments
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Soon after I was made a ward clerk 20 years ago this month, I walked into the clerk’s office to find a xerox copy of an article posted there. The article was the text of a letter, sent by one of my predecessors, to the Church’s membership department, and had somehow found its way to Sunstone. It was titled “A Religion of Clerks.” The author, Randal Quarles, has since served as Undersecretary of the Treasury. Read more »

Sunday School Redux

August 25, 2008 | 4 comments
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Three excellent quotes from this week’s Sunday School lesson: Men and women who turn their lives over to God will discover that He can make a lot more out of their lives than they can. Read more »

Pioneer Reenactments

August 5, 2008 | 23 comments
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We saints do pioneer reenactments a lot. Dress up, pull a handcart, dance a little to “whoa, haw, Buck.” I’ve been thinking about that and I need your help. Read more »

Reading Psalm 137 as a Microcosm of Discipleship

July 11, 2008 | 12 comments
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Psalm 137 is one of those wonderful and paradoxical passages of scripture that contains within itself a universe. Read more »

We’re All Utah Mormons Now

September 26, 2007 | 45 comments
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After we got to talking about temple attendance in Elders’ Quorum I mentioned Pushing Towards the Temple. Our high councilman was sitting in. He observed that whoever was pushing towards the temple, it wasn’t us. The major effect of the Church building a temple out here in our backyard is that we started taking the temple for granted, he said. We’re Utah Mormons now, he said. Read more »

The Cacophony of Heaven

September 25, 2007 | 62 comments
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My wife and I cleverly decided to live in the same ward as my parents, so our small children only keep us from listening to about half of sacrament meeting. They were particularly well-behaved yesterday so I think I got in about 2/3s. Read more »

Quadrupling Fast Offerings

November 30, 2006 | 42 comments
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About a year or so ago our stake made a move to improve fast offering receipts. The bishop supported this and urged everyone to donate to fast offerings and, in addition to the general admonition, he reinstituted Aaronic priesthood collection of fast offerings after church. Read more »

I am now officially not young

March 30, 2006 | 58 comments
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It happened not long ago. I started getting emails from something called the Cambridge Stake MSA. As is my habit with all mass mailings, I deleted the first few without reading them, but after a while I noticed them and realized that I didn’t know what MSA stood for. Turns out MSA is the “Middle Singles,” which is everyone 30-50 years old who isn’t married. In the eyes of the church, I am no longer a “Young Single Adult.” I’m just a “Single Adult.” I am now officially old. Read more »

What If President Hinckley Says This Next Month…

March 8, 2006 | 35 comments
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“…brothers and sisters, there is another matter of which I’d like to mention before we close this glorious conference. We live in a new age. A time where information surrounds us. The internet has grown to be a regular part of many people’s lives. Email makes it easier to communicate… but I’m not going to give you my email address (crowd erupts with laughter). Read more »

The December 1925 Improvement Era

December 13, 2005 | 21 comments
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Let’s flip through a church magazine that’s nearly a century old. The pages are slightly yellowed; there are a few stains on the cover and the staples are rusting. Read more »

The Real Reason

November 26, 2005 | 41 comments
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Matt Evans and I went a few rounds at one of those other blogs over the reason behind falling LDS birthrates. Turns out we were both wrong. Read more »

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