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The Survival Belt from SlideBelts

I’m all about that word “survival” even though it brings to mind everything connected with “disaster” — yea, not something we really see in our current civilization in the U.S. But history is awash with it for sure. And it seems to be a popular topic for reality t.v. I guess I just don’t want to be caught trying to […]

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The Book of Mormon a tragic book

Remember, the Book of Mormon is a tragic book; it is “a voice from the dust.” It’s very sad, as you know. It begins on a note of destruction and ends on a note of destruction. It begins with lone survivors in the wilderness and ends with a lone survivor. There’s nothing more sad than survival; it’s a dirty word. […]

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A Manual for the After-Life

Here’s a pillow for your head, when you’re dead. If you were royalty in ancient Egypt, and newly dead, the “temple” workers would place this round pillow-papyrus thing under your head — after they removed your organs and wrapped you up mummy style. Meant to supply “life giving fire” to the head of the dead, it was a manual for the after-life. It was […]

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The hidden divine feminine

The divine feminine has been hidden and removed from most of our ancient texts – we believe in the Bible as far as it is translated correctly – but today we have greater scholarship uncovering the texts that reveal the divine feminine – once you start looking for her, you shouldn’t be surprised to see that the man is not […]

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Eve Daring Greatly

In life, we fall. I like what Brene Brown says about falling:  – She is a social worker researcher, and professor at Texas University. You may not have signed up for a hero’s journey, but the second you fell down, got your butt kicked, suffered a disappointment, screwed up, or felt your heart break, it started. It doesn’t matter whether […]

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Creating balance in marriage

Creating is a godly quality. The Gods create – it’s the first sentence in Genesis: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1) “And then the Lord said: Let us go down. And they went down at the beginning, and they, that is the Gods, organized and formed the heavens and the earth.” (Abraham 4:1) It’s […]

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The Mother in Heaven

Zion’s Poetess, Eliza R. Snow wrote a poem that is one of our best revelations that we have a Mother in Heaven: In the heav’ns are parents single? No, the thought makes reason stare! Truth is reason; truth eternal Tells me I’ve a mother there… When I leave this frail existence, When I lay this mortal by, Father, Mother, may […]

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Former glory

This earth life is — crappy. Excuse my language (really, I’m toning it down and not using my favorite curse word.) It’s difficult. It’s hard. Somedays I can’t believe that those of a higher glory chose to become mortal — that we chose to come to a telestial world. Christ laid down his former glory to be the savior. Adam […]

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The Spirited Side of President David O. McKay

One of my earliest memories of being a Mormon is President David O. McKay. He became the prophet, in April 1951, and served until his death in 1970, at the age of 96. He had been an apostle, at age 32, since 1906. Three years after he was sustained as President of the Church, I was born, in 1954. He was […]

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Beeswax Beard Balm Bar

Beards seem to be quite the craze. But an untamed beard is not my favorite. That’s why I decided to mix up some beard balm and make it in a bar for easier application. Use it like you would a bar of soap — not with water, but after bathing, towel dry your beard, and then warm the beeswax beard […]

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Why it’s hard to hear new information

There are several reasons why it’s hard for people to hear new information and be open to a new idea or way of thinking. In the book Creativity Inc, Ed Catmull explains how the brain fills in what it expects to see. They had made their first computer animation at Lucas Film, and even though they had not finished it, […]

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Large fruit of Zion

Just this morning I was reading from the books of Adam and Eve in the OT pseudepigrapha. I first heard about these books when Hugh Nibley quoted from them, and I have since kept them on my bookshelf. In this one, Adam and Eve are distraught, having transgressed, having lost their light and their glory where they lived in the garden. […]

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Choosing a good Magnesium supplement

My husband and I have been taking magnesium supplements. For years I have been  taking Jigsaw Magnesium and it has really helped with my benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (which I first got doing the stupid zip line in Costa Rica — I hate heights.) I stopped taking calcium supplements and switched to magnesium and I seldom get the dizziness now. […]

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And where was Eve?

I find it interesting that Eve wasn’t present when God forbid Adam to eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. In fact, according to scripture, Eve wasn’t even created when Adam got this information. The scriptures give us no accounting for when or how Eve learned that the fruit was forbidden. But we do have […]

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Symbolism of change

I had an epiphany the other morning as I was awakening from a night’s sleep. I was a little groggy, still waking in my bed of slumber, the old ipod playing a section of Moses from the Pearl of Great Price. Then as if angels were relaying information to me, I began to “awaken” to the meaning of clothing in […]

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Follow Christ

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A time of awakening

    I’ve always said I seek greater light and knowledge. That’s one of the reasons I was attracted to my husband — he was a seeker and still is. Some of my studies have included the translation of Isaiah by Avraham Gileadi, and recently I have been reading Karen Prier’s book, Understanding the Divine.   If you live in […]

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Sarah and Abraham

The great father of many nations and patriarch, Abraham, lived on the earth about 1,948 years after Adam. [His birth: c. 1813 BCE  and death: c. 1638 BCE.]  You can’t really appreciate all that Abraham suffered and accomplished unless you include his wife, Sarah. She was equal in all things and thus is an example to women seeking to understand […]

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When the earth speaks

I’m researching about the divine feminine, and in doing so, I have been reflecting on when the scriptures use the feminine voice. For example, the earth is often referred to as “mother earth” and the basis of that thinking may be rather ancient. And not just mythological. It’s found in religious texts. I came across an article about Enoch by […]

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Entering the Lord’s presence

The Book of Mormon is definitely a paradigm leading us to enter the Lord’s presence. The temple, of course, provides some very specific tools. The Doctrine and Covenants  talks about the time when Lucifer appeared as an angel of light on the banks of the Susquehanna, and was detected as such. I would add, however, that there are intermediate steps […]

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