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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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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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