Driving Out Demons

Driving Out Demons
In a bizarre but meaningful paradox, Luke 9 juxtaposes three fascinating scenes that have been on my mind this afternoon. In the first, Jesus endows his disciples with the power and authority to act in his name. He tells them to cast out demons, cure diseases, and to preach the Kingdom of God. For Mormons, these verses come across as a valid [...]

Brother, How Are You?

Brother, How Are You?
The most difficult question for me to answer on Sundays is, “How are you?” I get that question at church six or eight times every week, and I never quite know how to answer. I usually mumble “Oh, pretty good,” or something in a similar vein. But the real answer is that I often feel isolated, alone, confused. I also fe [...]

Fresh Courage Take

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I’ve had to do a lot of hard and scary things in the past few years. And I’ve had to discover where the source of my strength and courage lies. I’ve learned to stand strong, but also to lean on others when I can’t do it alone. It sounds a little silly, but one of the things that has helped me through the hardest days [...]

A Stronger Foundation

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One of the things I love about poetry and music is that they continue to reveal new truths and beauty as we move through life. In fact, we never encounter the same poem or song twice. Every time we read it or sing it or play it, we bring with us all of the life experiences we’ve had since the last encounter. That changes the poem or mu [...]

Selling My Tokens for Money: A New Ye...

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Let me give you a definition in brief. Your endowment is, to receive all those ordinances in the house of the Lord, which are necessary for you, after you have departed this life, to enable you to walk back to the presence of the Father, passing the angels who stand as sentinels (DBY, 416) There is a scene in the temple endowment that haun [...]

Covenants: Part VI

Covenants:  Part VI
“and are willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light; Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort,”  Mosiah 18:8-9 I learned these words as a young Mormon. As an adult UU, I learned what they meant.  It’s been over a year now since I signed the membership book [...]

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