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History of New Year’s and Feast of the Circumcision

Our much celebrated, New Year’s Day is mingled with the holy rite of circumcision. I was curious why the dark, wintry day of January 1st had become the celebrated New Year’s Day and the beginning of a New Year. The History of January 1st goes something like this: The Romans dedicated the 1st of January to the god Janus — some […]

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David Suchet reads the Bible

I found a great recording of the Bible read by David Suchet. He’s the actor who plays Agatha Christie’s Poirot. His voice and reading of the New International Version (NIV) of the Bible is my favorite. I’ve been trying to find an audible version of the scriptures that conveys the story without the narrator being overly dramatic (which drives me crazy) […]

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The Savior

I believe that Jesus Christ is my savior. Lately I have come to better understand what that really means — “Savior.” I began to look at the role of a savior in general terms. Perhaps it is easier to grasp if you have acted as a savior for someone else, where you have had to experience some suffering. I believe […]

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Joseph Smith’s birthdate

Joseph Smith was born December 23, 1805, in Sharon Vermont. His mother, Lucy Mack Smith was 30 years old. His dad, Joseph Smith Sr, was 34. It was Lucy’s fifth pregnancy, and fourth child. I’ve read many books about Joseph Smith; the most recent was Richard Bushman’s book, “Joseph Smith, Rough Stone Rolling“. The title aptly describes his life — Joseph […]

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How to celebrate the Winter Solstice

I’ve always wanted to celebrate the winter solstice because of the religious symbolism. It’s the day of the year with the least amount of daylight, which usually falls on  Dec 21 —  for those of us that live in the northern Hemisphere. The earth’s axis is tilted the furthest away from the sun and hence we get the least amount of light. […]

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The day Christ was born — maybe not April 6

Growing up in the church, I always thought Jesus was born on April 6th. I thought it was Mormon doctrine. I heard it preached by general authorities. But as Elder Christofferson explained, “not every statement made by a church leader, past or present necessarily constitutes doctrine.” (April 2012 Conference) Although April is a significant month for Mormons — General Conference […]

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The Thin Man on Christmas morning

Well, I don’t know what to say about this Christmas morning shot, but I love the Thin Man movies with William Powell and Myrna Loy and that dog, Asta. I love that Nora obviously bought her own Christmas gift. I have a friend that does that (you know who you are!) Nora is so calm. It’s a cute scene — […]

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The Spirit and Power of Elijah

The Spirit and Power of Elijah is much more than temple work. The Lord explains that before He comes again, He will send Elijah the prophet to  “Turn the heart of the fathers to the sons, and the hearts of the sons to their fathers.” (Malachi 4:5-6) Otherwise, it will be total destruction. Did you notice that this version (Young’s Literal […]

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What is this Baby Gift called Frankincense?

I’ve always liked to mix up potions and collect herbs. One year, I bought some frankincense for Christmas. I was teaching my kids about the three wise men and their gift of frankincense to Jesus. To kids, this seems like an odd baby gift in today’s world. I ordered some  from my favorite herb shop and it arrived in a small brown […]

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The Divine Feminine

Since I’ve had some requests for the presentation I gave at the Zion Conference in May 2016 I have uploaded it here: Divine feminine from Deila Taylor References Barney, K. (2001). Do We Have a Mother in Heaven? Retreived from:          http://www.fairmormon.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Kevin-Barney-           MotherInHeaven.pdf Brown, B. (2012). Daring Greatly. Crawford, C. (2015). The Struggle for Female […]

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Beards And Grooming

Beeswax Beard Balm Bar

Beards seem to be quite the craze. And my husband is growing it out. 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 […]

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The sign of the dove

  I was pruning my bonsai Oak tree when I heard a fluttering. Turning around, I saw a white dove. It seemed so tame and fluttered from the grass up to a tree branch just above me. I was so surprised. Looking around for my German Shepherd, I gave her the command to “leave it.” I continued snipping the small […]

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The Doctrine of Christ Explained

This topic — The Doctrine of Christ — has become the focus of recent talks, both in the Women’s Conference and in General Conference. The Lord explains His doctrine (to his newly called apostles in 3 Nephi) as follows: I give you authority to baptize with water; that is, I give you authority to perform the ordinance as the symbol of […]

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Taking things out of context

Taking things out of context. We see this in the media. Words taken out of context — phrases taken from a talk, or from a book. We post quotes. We read snippets and headlines. Tweets and cute messages. But even though a quote conveys meaning, sometimes we use these words taken out of context to represent the whole story — […]

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Remember the Sabbath

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Nature Book ideas for Homeschool

When it comes to homeschool, one of the more creative and interesting ways to learn about earth science and biology is by collecting specimens in nature and then drawing pictures of them in a journal. This way, you can identify them and eventually produce a book of nature finds by the end of the school year. I recommend that you […]

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The Wasatch Fault

Of course, I decided to locate the Wasatch fault because my son is now living in Salt Lake City. And I know that the University of Utah where he is going to school is right up there against the Wasatch Mountain Range. I used to never think of Utah as an earthquake state. But I do now. Usually earthquake faults […]

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Jesus is asleep in the boat

Jesus is asleep in the boat.  The apostles are trying their best to keep the boat afloat and not perish, and all the while Jesus is asleep, on a cushion, in the stern of the boat. I never thought about that while reading the parable  — I had only focused on Jesus calming the sea. He had been teaching the […]

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Melting Beeswax

I love beeswax. I use it in my homemade creams and lotions. But I like to know that the beeswax is pure without any other wax. I began to question some of the sources on Amazon when some of the beeswax just didn’t smell right. Many times the product came from China. Who knows if it’s real beeswax. I started looking […]

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The Great Separation in Taoism

I picked up a book at the dollar bookstore, and as I read it, the author, Benjamin Hoff explained that within Taoism there is a teaching of the Great Separation, you will recognize some obvious similarities to the plan of salvation: “Thousands of years ago, man lived in harmony with the rest of the natural world. Through what we would today […]

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