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Faith as a mustard seed

When I was about ten years old, I had a small glass locket with a mustard seed in it. I can’t remember where I got it, but I was fascinated by it. I knew it had something to do with faith. Plus, I’m a naturalist — I love to collect things of nature. Funny thing, I don’t know what happened […]

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evil spirits and the priesthood

Evil spirits and the priesthood

We don’t really talk about evil spirits. Even though the apostles included their experiences during the time of Christ. Early church members recorded instances as well.  I’ve always been careful to advise my kids not to engage in watching movies that embellish that dark side. It’s real, and it’s not good to fool around with it. But it came up […]

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Potpourri that lasts 50 years

In 1976 I made a batch of potpourri that was supposed to last 50 years. I still have it. And it smells great. It is about 40 years old. I haven’t made any since then! But I would have to say that this is one of my favorite potpourri recipes and it’s superior to anything you buy. You know how […]

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Choosing a spouse

It’s probably the most important decision you’ll make in this life — who you marry. It’s not that easy. I have four sons and one daughter. When they were gathered home one week, we talked about choosing a mate.   What do you look for? How do you choose someone that is a good match? In Mormon life, we hope […]

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Antibiotics for preppers

There’s a part of me that wants to live off the grid. And I’m not a camper. I like the comforts of power, water, and gas. I especially like to bath daily. And sleep in the comfort of my bed. And eat fresh foods. However, there’s no guarantee that the world as we know it will stay this way. Chaos […]

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Who administers to who?

I think I understand why it is so difficult to communicate with God. Down here on planet earth — the telestial world — I am left with the Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit to relay all communications between me and God. That’s the nature of this sphere. It’s such a “lone and dreary world” that God and Christ do not […]

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I learn about brooding

I walked into my first Hugh Nibley class, totally unaware of the man and his work. It was the 70s. I sat down, opened my Pearl of Great Price and it was at that point that the scriptures became intriguing. Nibley was the first professor to offer a semester course on The Pearl of Great Price. Before that no one […]

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Does divining for water work?

I noticed a movie with Russell Crowe called The Water Diviner, and I thought about gift of the rod. In the 1830s, many people believed that they could use divining rods to help them find water or treasure. Oliver Cowdery believed in and used a divining rod. In fact, the Lord recognized Oliver’s ability to use a rod: …thou hast […]

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Vitameatavegamin

I think I need some vitameatavegamin. Just got home from a long road trip.

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Nauvoo Green

“If I were to tell you all”

I’ve always heard that Joseph Smith knew more about the kingdom of God than he could share. Because if he did, people in the church would want to kill him. Sound absurd? Robert Horne, while living in Nauvoo, heard the prophet speak in the Nauvoo Temple — “On May 23, 1843, I listened to a discourse preached in the Nauvoo […]

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