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King Follet Discourse

One of Joseph Smith’s most formative “sermons” was during the funeral of a man by the name of King Follett. He was not a king in the sense of royalty — that was his first name. Brother Follett died in an accident on March 9, 1844, when he was crushed in a well.  Joseph gave this discourse, named the “King Follett […]

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Yiddish Folktales

I opened my reading selection to an author named Yitzhak Leib Peretz (1852-1915) born in a Polish city, under Russian rule.  He wrote and gathered Yiddish folktales while imprisoned in 1899. This little folktale is entitled: “ And Maybe Even Higher”  The rebbe (yiddish for rabbi) was from the town of Nemirov in the Ukraine.  And every morning at the time […]

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Sukkot miniatures for kids

My daughter had a brilliant idea for teaching her kids about Sukkot or the Feast of Tabernacles — you may enjoy making these miniature “temporary shelters”  Take a nature walk with your kids and collect various items for your mini sukkot. (Acorn caps, berries, palm, bark, nuts, seeds, pebbles, rocks….) The Hebrew word sukkōt is the plural of sukkah, “booth” […]

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Conference, Sukkot, tents

We talk about preparing for LDS Conference. This year I went for something new. Earlier this week we decided to celebrate Sukkot – The Feast of the Tabernacles. At sundown on Sunday, September 28th, we gathered around our backyard fire pit and burned some landscape trimmings (lavender bushes got a good trim by me earlier that week.) We got a good […]

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Becoming a new creature

There’s a story about Joseph Smith that he couldn’t translate without first apologizing to Emma about something “she did.” My husband always wants to know what Emma did, but of course that’s not the message. David Whitmer recalled: “One morning when he was getting ready to continue the translation, something went wrong about the house and he was put out […]

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Johnson Student Center And Freeman College Union


“Golly” — I used that exclamation when I met my husband at Occidental College.  We were walking across campus, just past the old oak tree, talking about something and I blurted out “golly.” Later, after we were married, he told me he was intrigued by a girl that was in some sort-of time warp, saying, golly, on a college campus in […]

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Blood Moon 2015

Super blood moon 2015

The 2015 September 27-28 total lunar eclipse is a blood moon and a super moon. This super blood moon falls on the eve of the Jewish festival of Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles, (which begins at sundown on September 27 and continues to the evening of October 4th.) So we’ve got a blood moon, a super moon, and Sukkot. And a […]

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Feast of Tabernacles

The Feast of Tabernacles or Sukkot — is the 15th day of Tishri. Sukkot continues to the 21st day of Tishri — about 7 days. Yes, another celebration for my Jewish friends in the House of Israel. This year, 2015, it begins at sundown on September 27th — just in time for the blood moon and the super moon. For seven days […]

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Law of chastity

Quotes and where they come from: I like to trace the footnotes and get to the source. I actually learn alot in the footnotes. The notes in the book, The Words of Joseph, are full of information. When someone says Joseph Smith said this…. I want to get to the primary source. So, after one of the recent priesthood/relief society lessons […]

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Yom Kippur for a Mormon

I love the Jewish holiday, Yom Kippur, and I’m a Mormon. I want to join in — even when it involves fasting, repenting and not bathing. But I like the symbolism and ritual that reinforces my beliefs. I want to be reminded to repent and forgive. I want to set aside a specific time each year to remember my covenants with […]

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