The Desert

Nibley’s One Eternal Round

When the Dead Sea scrolls were found in 1947, there was a shroud of secrecy over them and the general public were not allowed to see them. Some Religions of the day thought they might conflict with what they had already set as dogma.   It wasn’t until the 1980’s when the Biblical Archaeology Review began to publicly mount a campaign […]

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Assume God is in the details of your life

April 2011   This was one of the points that Boyd Petersen shared about Hugh Nibley, in his article, What I Learned about Life, the Church and the Cosmos from Hugh Nibley: As Hugh advised one person, Ask for the direction of the Holy Spirit every day and learn to recognize its whisperings. Then you will know exactly what steps to […]

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Prophecy or Suggestion

I have heard this talk from President Gordon B. Hinckley, quoted as a prophecy by many Mormons. I am not questioning prophecy when it comes, but I do have a problem when members claim that something said by a prophet or an apostle is prophecy when it was not. President Hinckley even said, that he was not prophesying — he […]

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All is well

I used to believe in a different scenario for the last days. I’m not sure what it was exactly, and that’s because it is kind of vague in our teachings. Or I should say, it is hidden in Isaiah. And few there be that find it. Christians believe in a rapture — where the believers are taken up to meet […]

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Fasting with water

I fast with water. But I didn’t used to — I grew up in the LDS church and when fast Sunday came along, I was taught to go without two meals and donate my money to the poor. I was told to go without water. I recall onetime, getting a sip from the drinking fountain at church and someone reminding […]

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The faith of the founding fathers

John Adams thought the big celebration for America’s independence day would be July 2. In a letter, dated the 3rd of July, he wrote to his wife, Abigail: “The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great […]

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The commandment to search Isaiah

I always hear about keeping the commandments. But what are they? It’s not that easy to name them all. The Israelites had it wrapped up into Ten Commandments, which makes sense. But then again, it became difficult trying to figure out what it meant to keep the Sabbath day holy. Just how many steps can you walk? Turn the light […]

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Pacific Coast Earthquake Faults

I’ve lived in California most of my life. I know what an earthquake feels like. Nothing can prepare you for that shaking of the earth. All of a sudden you feel very small. I’m curious about the San Andreas Fault — My grama lived through the San Francisco quake. I’m not too keen on living on the Pacific Plate, which […]

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Teasing Isn’t Good

Some families, friends, and associates “tease” each other. They seem to make a sport of poking-fun at one another and become expert in the “put-down”. You know what I’m talking about. It seems fun and innocent, but really it’s sarcasm. It’s making fun of someone — which is not fun for the person who is the butt of the joke. I […]

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Free Online Disaster Preparedness Course

Sometimes you just don’t know where to start when it comes to preparing for disasters. You have to buy things and the list can get long. And who likes to think about chaos taking over? But I know it happens and will happen. It might be easier to start by buying a gallon of water each time you go to […]

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