Author: Linda

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Dreaming of a Black Christmas

Some of my fondest Christmas memories take me back to when I was an elder in a black church. When I preached, folks not only listened, they shouted hallelujah and amen! When we shared...

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Segwaying

I just got back from DC. I’ve been to DC before. I’ve seen the sights, haunted the galleries, gaped at the Star Spangled Banner. When my kids were little a friend arranged a tour...

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Agendas

Agendas by Linda Hoffman Kimball Like many of you, I’m sometimes called on to lead group meetings. Whether it’s a meeting for community, employment or a church responsibilities I generally try to have an...

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Missing the Point of Perfection

When I was a Methodist teenager first learning about Mormons, the youth pastor at my church warned me that Mormons were a lot like the Pharisees – very rule bound, proud and determined to...

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Long Time Gone

by Linda Hoffman Kimball This was the month my mother died. 16 years already. Long enough ago That I could have been Again a teenager, Straining and wrestling With her strange brand of love,...

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Five Tips for Talks

I imagine I’m preaching to the choir here. But if I were giving 5 tips on how to give a good sacrament meeting talk this is what I’d say…

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Initiatories and ICHP

Initiatories and ICHP* *Intra-Perioneal Hyperthermic Chemotherapy I spend Friday mornings in the temple whispering in white, calling down the powers of Heaven to cleanse and prepare women for the bounty God has eternally in...

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For Those Who Have Eyes to See

For Those Who Have Eyes to See When my daughter was 10 she attended a summer camp in Ohio. The couple who ran the program – I’ll call them Mr. & Mrs. Greenjeans –...

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My Twisted Sister

A few years ago when I was Relief Society President,  we started out meetings with a scripture, preferably one in which a woman featured. Here’s one of my faves. It’s found in Luke 13:10-17....

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Discerning the Spirit

Perhaps, like me, you have attended a sacrament meeting and heard lackluster talks with retread stories, out of context scriptures and “faith promoting rumors.” Then in the concluding wrap up the bishop comments on...