Category: Policy

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Eight is Great

Last Sunday, our Primary had a little “8 is Great!” class for the Primary kids turning 8 this year to help them get excited for baptism. My oldest daughter is one of those kids....

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On Rites and Rituals

Mormonism places a large amount of emphasis on rituals and rites of passages. When you’re a baby, you’re blessed. At age 8, baptism is expected. If you’re male, you’re ordained to the priesthood; but...

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To sustain or not to sustain?

  We had ward conference yesterday, and as part of that, the leaders of the church were put to a sustaining vote.  I admit that I had a personal quandary about whether to participate...

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The Women’s Institute

Rainy afternoons are plentiful in Oregon, and on such a day there is nothing quite like a jigsaw puzzle, Miss Marple, and a little benevolent neglect of your child. I recently watched our heroine...

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Grandma Eliza, me, and prophets

Eliza Ann Haven Westover was my grandma’s great-grandmother. For Christmas, Grandma sent me copies of some family letters and photos, including a letter Eliza Westover wrote to her son when she was 87 and “laid...

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Zion Mormonism

Guest post by Mie Inouye.  I spoke these words during my ward’s fast and testimony meeting on December 6, 2015, in the wake of the LDS handbook change that excludes the children of parents...

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Good Doctrine Tastes Good

One of my favorite things that Joseph Smith taught, is that truth tastes good. I especially love this part in “The King Follet Sermon“: This is good doctrine. It tastes good. I can taste the...