Taylor Christensen’s video titled “This is not an anti-Mormon video” is making the rounds. I see he is being criticized on both sides. Both from critics of the Church who are not satisfied with someone who recognizes difficult church history and still stays. And also by conservative members of the Church who are fighting […]

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About a year ago, BYU published an article showing the Joseph Smith Translation (JST) of the Bible appears to rely on the Adam Clarke Bible Commentary.  I first was made aware of this in a good podcast interview by Laura Hales at LDS Perspectives. Interesting quote from the article titled A Recently Recovered Source: Rethinking […]

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  With President Monson’s passing, Russell M. Nelson will be called as the prophet of the LDS Church and will choose his two counselors. The prophet obviously has the most sway in policy and doctrinal decisions in the Church. But the First Presidency acts as a body, and the two counselors are considered to have […]

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  I am enjoying the Christmas music and devotionals and time to reflect on the birth and life of Jesus. The #lighttheworld campaign that encourages us to reflect each day on a trait of Christian discipleship really helps me. One of the things on my mind is how to intellectually view Christmas and how to […]

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  My favorite podcast for the last six months has been Jack Naneek’s Mormon Awakenings podcast at Mormon Discussion Podcast. Jack is a great example of what I like to call a stage 5 (Fowler) or second half of life (Richard Rohr) Mormon. Jack’s approach differs from many in the Progressive Mormon world that are […]

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  Last Friday, I woke up to the first words of the new U2 Album. There’s nothing to stop this from being the best day ever. Bono had no idea how right he was for me, with my old favorite Mormon thinker Stephen Robinson and my new favorite Mormon thinker Adam Miller, both speaking at […]

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I’m in India for a couple weeks for business. On Sunday, I had two great religious experiences. The first, attending the small LDS branch near where I stay. There were about 20 in attendance. It was just very nice singing hymns together and hearing their talks and lessons and perspective.  The second was visiting a […]

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Recently, my grandmother passed away. She was 90 and in pain and had lived a full life. So it was a good thing. I flew out to Oregon to attend the funeral. As I was making plans for my trip, my mom said that Bill Lambert had room for me to stay. Bill Lambert is a retired […]

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This is lesson plan for Gospel Doctrine Doctrine & Covenants and Church History, Lesson 37, We Thank Thee O God for a Prophet.   D&C 1:30 30 And also those to whom these commandments were given, might have power to lay the foundation of this church, and to bring it forth out of obscurity and out […]

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