LDS memoir ‘Let It Go’ reminds it is a commandment to forgive

I read the memoir “Let It Go: A True Story of Tragedy and Forgiveness,” by Chris Williams, a former LDS bishop in Salt Lake City, (here) who in 2007, lost his wife, two children and unborn child, when a drunken … Read More

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So, are there different degrees of hell, heaven?

I read a fascinating piece from a website,¬†whatchristianswanttoknow.com, on hell. It was titled, “Are There Different Levels of Hell and Heaven.” (Read) Frankly, the part about hell interested me more. I think that’s human nature; most of us are fascinated … Read More

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LDS leader Oaks urges retention of religious values in public debate

Dallin H. Oaks, who is an apostle in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and a former member of the Utah Supreme Court, spoke last week at Utah Valley University. What’s unique about the address is Oaks spoke … Read More

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With Fawn McKay Brodie, there was little neutrality among Mormons

Next year, it’ll be the 100th anniversary of the birth of Fawn McKay in Weber County. It’s pretty safe to say that there is no one left who witnessed the extremely intelligent Huntsville youngster who moved through college in her … Read More

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Tweeting LDS General Conference was a lot of fun, and healthier than Facebooking

I tweeted 10 hours of LDS General Conference last weekend. I’m not claiming to be a pioneer in Twitter, but I have always tended to Facebook events such as this. But I see the appeal in Twitter. It’s a media … Read More

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Will Ordain Women have an impact with most Mormon women?

LDS General Conference starts this weekend and the one question is whether Ordain Women will engage in social activism and gather to request admittance into the church’s all-male priesthood conference session. The answer to that is yes. The second question … Read More

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Diaries of the ‘cowboy apostle’ Ivins include secret Mormon plural marriages, political intrigue

On Sept. 12, 1932, Mormon apostle Anthony W. Ivins, first counselor to LDS President Heber J. Grant, made this diary entry. “On this date Prest. [Heber J.] Grant, who has been unwell for some time with prostrate gland trouble went … Read More

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The elder brother to the ‘prodigal son’ also had his problems

I’m a repeat reader; if I like a novel, I’ll read it five times. If I really like it, I’ll get around to reading it 10 times. If it’s among my favorite novels, I never stop re-reading it. One of … Read More

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Mormon deity doctrine versus ‘state of blessedness in the presence of God’ forever

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, continuing a trend of more transparency in its history and non-traditional doctrines, last week published “Becoming Like God” (read) which focuses on the Mormon doctrine of exaltation. The Salt Lake Tribune’s Matthew … Read More

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LDS correlation keeps the Gospel simple to a fault

I want to do a quick comparison between LDS Sunday school lessons, one from 1955 (pre-correlation), the other from our current — correlation — times. The topic is Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians in the New Testament. In a … Read More

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