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A Tale of Two Cities: The State of Utah Welfare

A Tale of Two Cities: The State of Utah Welfare

Something remarkable happened in Draper last night–yes, that Draper, the well-heeled Salt Lake City suburb where you can buy a $10 million faux chateau overlooking the Draper temple: After a pummeling from nearly 1,000 residents, Draper Mayor Troy Walker pulled two of his city’s proposed homeless-shelter locations off the table. (Source) I know what you’re […]

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What’s a Gay Like Me Supposed to Do? Some Unanswered Questions.

What’s a Gay Like Me Supposed to Do? Some Unanswered Questions.

MCS is your typical single Mormon in his late 20’s. He faithfully attends his YSA ward, and is one of the Same Ten People who rotate through all the hard callings. You’d never guess he was gay, but he is, surprise! He graduated from BYU with a degree in history a few years ago and, […]

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Post for the Fourth Wednesday in Lent

Post for the Fourth Wednesday in Lent

Our God of the sanctuary, before whose doors our prayers blow like a great desert storm, all sand and wind: as we walk in Jesus’ wilderness way, may your Spirit tune our impatient hearts and voices to the seasons of your day, through Christ our Lord. Amen. For music, Mazzy Star’s “Seasons of Your Day”:

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Lesson 14: The Law of Consecration #DandC2017

Lesson 14: The Law of Consecration #DandC2017

Learning Outcomes At the end of class, students will be able to: Identify commonalities between the Law of Consecration and other communitarian religious movements. Explain the roots of consecration in the Mormon church. Assess how consecration fits in the modern church. What Is Consecration? In October of 1830, Oliver Cowdery, Peter Whitmer, Parley Pratt, and […]

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Prayer for the Fourth Tuesday in Lent

Prayer for the Fourth Tuesday in Lent

O God of light, in whom there is no darkness at all: in gratitude that Jesus came to meet us in our darkness, we pray for your Spirit to guide us through your mysterious love, the darkness that is no darkness. Amen. For music, Voces8 singing Judith Bingham’s “The Darkness is No Darkness”:  

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March 2017 General Women’s Session: Charity Still Not Failing

March 2017 General Women’s Session: Charity Still Not Failing

How many of you attended the women’s session of General Conference on Saturday? There were not many bums in the pews at my stake center, and even fewer bums in the plastic chairs set up in the overflow. That may be par for the course in many areas, but women’s session in our stake tends […]

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Unexercised Hearts

Unexercised Hearts

I just finished reading Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale.  I had been avoiding reading novels about World War II for a while now, unwilling to face the similarities of the rising white nationalism that is evident in our country today.  When I concentrate on it, it causes an ache in that tender place right below my […]

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The Relief Society 175th Anniversary – A Sermon

The Relief Society 175th Anniversary – A Sermon

Rachel Hunt Steenblik is sort of a PhD student in philosophy of religion and theology at Claremont Graduate University, but mostly a mother. She co-edited Mormon Feminism: Essential Writings with Joanna Brooks and Hannah Wheelwright. She also blogs at The Exponent, and loves books, bikes, and boggle. This is a slightly fleshed out version of […]

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Prayer for the Third Saturday in Lent

Prayer for the Third Saturday in Lent

Our God of wayfarers, who led the children of Israel through the wilderness: grant that we, in the short sojourn before we cross over the Jordan to our heavenly home, might catch enough of your Spirit to forge the kind of love here that makes for joyous meetings there, through Christ our Lord. Amen. For […]

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Poverty in the scriptures: An introduction

Poverty in the scriptures: An introduction

D.T. Bell lives in Salt Lake with his wife and three kids. He works in technology, but used to work in international aid and development. He first developed an interest in issues relating to poverty while serving a mission in Argentina. He was into the Bloggernacle before it was cool. Just kidding, it will never […]

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Prayer for the Third Friday in Lent

Prayer for the Third Friday in Lent

O God of our uncertainties: as Jesus in the wilderness refused the comfort of turning stones into bread, grant that we might not too readily quench our thirst for your Spirit. Amen. For music, Mary Rocap’s “A Half a Dozen Things.” She’s a singer-songwriter from Durham, NC, who used to sell our family the best […]

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Where Would You Go?

Where Would You Go?

Let’s say, for the sake of argument only, that you were done with Mormonism. (Really, it’s just a hypothetical, don’t freak out!) In such an event, where would you go?

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Prayer for the Third Thursday in Lent

Prayer for the Third Thursday in Lent

O God, you who brood over the dark, roiling waters of our human failure to love: as Jesus came not to walk upon these waters, but to compass their depths, grant us the courage of your Spirit to face their fierce waves, that we might clasp hands in love with our sisters and brothers of […]

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Prayer for the Third Wednesday in Lent

Prayer for the Third Wednesday in Lent

O God of judgment, before whose bar we must all appear: open our hearts with the grace of your Spirit to hear the stories of the people around us, that in them we might come to see Jesus incarnate and learn at last to love him by loving them. Amen. For music, R.E.M.’s “New Test […]

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