Can We Talk?

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A few weeks ago I taught a Relief Society lesson on Priesthood Keys and Authority, and I thought I did a bang-up job. I approached the topic with some trepidation–in fact, 6 weeks of it. And considerable preparation too, as much or more than I’ve ever done. For one thing, I was struggling to come up with a compelling reason the R [...]

The Ruthless Furnace of the World

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This past Sunday, we had a lesson on the Temple as a “Symbol of our Membership.” As I was reflecting on what that might mean, and as the comments from the members of my local elders’ quorum started to accumulate, something wasn’t sitting right with me. I raised my hand and out spilled … something – something half-baked and more tinged with e [...]

Revealing the Light

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I’m guessing that if you asked most Mormons what the purpose of life was, you’d get a lot of variations on these 2 simple ideas: To get a body. To be tried and tested. I remember being taught that this life isn’t about proving anything to God.  He already knows what kingdom we belong in.  It’s about proving it to ou [...]

What I Wish I’d Said Instead

What I Wish I’d Said Instead
For those of us who have experienced a faith transition or have had a radical expansion in our knowledge about the history of Mormonism and its development, it can be easy to get so caught up in our newly acquired knowledge that we forget how abrasive and painful those first exposures to Mormonism’s “warts ” were for us. I& [...]

Blind Faith in Authority?

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I recently read an essay by David Foster Wallace—Authority and American Usage—that I loved and has got me thinking about the meaning of authority, its use, and how it gets established. Wallace spends much of the essay recounting what he calls the Usage Wars. To perhaps over-simplify things, grammarians can generally be divided into two camps [...]

Calling Out Beauty

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Tulips are my favorite flowers, but for too many of the last several years, I’ve been too busy or preoccupied to stop and really look at them. I found myself almost in mourning when I could no longer catch that glimpse of them from my car. Two and a half weeks ago, knowing that I had two major events coming up and a million stressors t [...]

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