Author: Emily U

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Relief Society Lesson 22: Teaching the Gospel

Traducción española/Click for Spanish Translation  Translation and adaptation generously supplied by Lindsay Wilde Unsworth. This is a lesson that I could mostly teach as-is, with little supplementation or selectivity about what to include from the...

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Sacred Music Sunday: How Can I Keep from Singing?

I love the hymn “How Can I Keep from Singing,” written by the 19th century Baptist minister and composer Robert Lowry.  Dr. Lowry also wrote “I Need Thee Every Hour” and “Shall We Gather...

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I don’t believe in being clean

I don’t believe in being clean.  I believe in being changed. The Old Testament goes into great detail about the many things that can make a person unclean, and of the rituals needed to...

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Your Name for God

I’ve never read the Old Testament cover-to-cover, and just for “fun” I thought I’d do it.  Once.  I’m enjoying the experience of reading it through rather quickly, not stopping to dig deep, because the...

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Discovering What I Believe

“Anybody who writes knows you don’t simply write what you believe. You write to find out what you believe, or what you can afford to believe.” – Essayist Adam Phillips “The art of writing...

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Theological Thorns and Same-Sex Marriage

Last November, revisions to Church Handbook of Instructions 1 included policies of ordinance exclusion to minors who reside with same-sex parents and of mandatory disciplinary council (essentially mandatory excommunication, I believe) for Church members...

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Divine Presence, Absence, and Violence

A friend recommended I read How to Read the Bible & Still be a Christian: Struggling with Divine Violence from Genesis Through Revelation by John Dominic Crossan.  So I read it, and found it...