10 ideas to keep the conversation nice at family gatherings

10 ideas to keep the conversation nice at family gatherings

What will you be talking about at the holiday table? Some people find camaraderie by putting other people down. It happens in the best of families too. It happens at the workplace and school. But it’s especially damaging in the family. Sometimes it’s just a bad habit. When Uncle Joe is the only one missing at the holiday table — […]

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Hugh Nibley Humor — “And Bring the Brush”

Here’s Hugh Nibley, classic humor, reminiscing about his days in the military on the Eve of Thanksgiving: My first assignment — it was so typically Army you must hear about it: It was the eve of Thanksgiving, and I was scrubbing toilets out with a big brush, with a big scrubbing brush. I was busy scrubbing these latrines out and […]

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By The Light of the Silvery Moon

Nobody wants to serve up their pet turkey for Thanksgiving. Especially Wesley. So he doesn’t. But his family is expecting him to bring back a turkey from the butcher, fully thinking that he took the pet turkey in to be butchered.   “By The Light of The Silvery Moon”is a classic 1953 film that revolves around the Thanksgiving holiday. Doris […]

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How to open the scriptures

Of course we read the scriptures with the intent of receiving personal revelation, which is the vertical approach. However, we can take some pointers. Here is a parable: two men set out to find diamonds in a field where diamonds are known to be found. One man uses his hands to sift through the soft sand, and carefully inspects every […]

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The Doctrine of Election

The Prophet’s Instruction on Various Doctrines June 27, 1839 History of the Church, 3:379-381 THE DOCTRINE OF ELECTION. St. Paul exhorts us to make our calling and election sure. This is the sealing power spoken of by Paul in other places.   “13. In whom ye also trusted, that after ye heard the word of truth, the Gospel of your […]

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3 ingredient Homemade Deodorant

I’ve been making my deodorant for about a year now. I like it, and it works. I keep it in a jar and use it after I shower. (But not right after shaving!!) However, sometimes it feels a bit grainy with the baking soda, so I decided to alter my recipe and add a little beeswax to make it smoother. […]

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Seeking or just following along?

Sometimes, someone in authority will remind us that our leaders are not infallible. But Mormons tend to believe the opposite  —  the teaching to “follow the prophet” is so strong that we tend to forget to think for ourselves, as Hugh Nibley has lamented:   This law of free agency and total individual responsibility has one great drawback: it requires that […]

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The youngest child and humor

My youngest son sent me a link to an article about how the youngest child in the family is the funniest. It’s true that he has a way with words, he does not try, but he has always made us laugh. My dad had a sense of humor. He was the youngest of eight, his mom had him when she […]

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Orson Hyde’s vision of Jerusalem

In 1832, Orson Hyde received a blessing from the Prophet Joseph Smith promising Orson he would go to Jerusalem to do a great work: “In due time, thou shalt go to Jerusalem, the land of thy fathers, and be a watchman unto the house of Israel; and by thy hands, shall the Most High do a good work, which shall […]

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Orson Hyde’s Dedicatory Prayer

Before dawn on October 24, 1841, Orson Hyde climbed the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem and offered a dedicatory prayer, fulfilling a prophecy from Joseph Smith: In January of 1832, the Prophet Joseph Smith gave Orson a blessing in which Joseph pronounced an unusual prophecy upon Orson’s head: “In due time, thou shalt go to Jerusalem, the land of thy fathers, and […]

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