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 [...]

Abandoning Sainthood with Billy Joel

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  The Sinners are much more fun. There. I said it. I’d rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the Saints.  Given the drinking and feasting He did with them, I’m betting Jesus felt the same. I never realized how prophetic Billy Joel was until I was sitting in the living room guffawing with my family to an old comedy and [...]

The Beauty in Unfulfilled Expectation...

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Minnesota sunrises can inspire awe, especially on days that are destined to be cloudy and gray. The sun on the clouds can be breath-taking. Needing a good dose of awe and wonder,  one morning I decided to take a break from my work to watch the birth of a new day. But this sunrise was different. I’ve watched hundreds or maybe even thous [...]

East of Eden – Marriage and Fai...

East of Eden – Marriage and Faith Crisis
We always refer to Eve’s partaking of the fruit as a sin or, to soften the blow, a transgression. It was not just a violation of God’s commands but the violation. It set the whole plan into motion. But maybe, just maybe, that’s a stage 3 reading of the text. Maybe Eve was plunged into faith crisis. There in the garden of he [...]

The Soul’s Sincere Desire

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How do you pray? I’m not asking for a “how to” guide to prayer. In my first years of Primary I learned the basics: fold your arms, close your eyes, bow your head, address the Father, use Thee and Thou and other prayer language, give thanks, pray for others, ask for what you need, close in the name of Jesus Christ. Listen. I [...]

Moroni’s Promise

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A (more or less) transcript of a talk I gave this month. My assigned topic: revelation.   While in the middle of performing the atonement—that is, after having suffered in Gethsemane but before dying on the Cross—the Lord explained his purpose to Pilate, and it’s perhaps not what you would expect. (His disciples, if asked the same ques [...]

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