The Exponent Blog

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Death and Ritual in Mormonism

  I recently watched a fascinating Ted Talk by Kelli Swayze entitled, “Life that Doesn’t End with Death.”  She talks about her husband’s home culture in Tana Toraja, Indonesia, and how, in the Torajan...

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On White Man’s Burden

In the aftermath of recent happenings in Charlottesville, I’ve been sad and feeling powerless. I’m wrestling with my whiteness and what it means about my responsibility as a citizen of planet earth. In this...

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Niceness is my favorite sin

Several years ago, I sat in a Sunday School class where the following question was posed:    “What is your favorite sin?”  The question was an adaptation of Lamoni’s father’s simple invocation in Alma 22: ”O God… if there is a God, and...

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V.I.P.s in the Kingdom?

…Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons. Acts 10:34 Central to our beliefs is that each of us is a child of god. I mean, we have been singing...

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Racism in the church

With the recent events in Charlottesville, a church member brought up the issue that racism is still present in the church. I remember being shocked when I learned as a teenager that blacks didn’t...

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Reclaiming my Dresses

I am a stubborn lady. I can’t be convinced to change my mind about something if I’ve already researched and made my decision. Salespeople often dislike me for this reason – I’m impossible to...