The Exponent Blog

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Sacred Music Sunday: For the Beauty of the Earth

Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Gratitude is both a simple and a difficult topic....

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Transgender Day of Remembrance

Today is the Transgender Day of Remembrance. It was first held November 20, 1999, marking the anniversary of Rita Hester’s death, an African American trans woman who was killed in her apartment. Now on...

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A Christmas Sacrament Meeting, the Sequel

Last Christmas, for the second consecutive year, I was charged with creating the Christmas Sacrament Meeting program in my local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) ward as part of my calling...

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The Undisguised Brutality of our Time

In January 1920, exactly one century ago, Dr. Sigmund Freud lost his daughter, Sophie, to the Spanish flu pandemic. He was unable to visit her during her time of sickness because of travel restrictions....

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Spring 2021: Family History and Legacy

I learned family history the old-school, traditionally Mormon way: filling out hundreds of pieces of paper that went into binders full of names. Young women activities in the library, staring at microfiche. Proud stories...

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Reclaiming The Great Apostasy

The Church takes a very dim view of the period between 100 A.D. and 1820.  Preach My Gospel, the manual for missionaries, uses the following words and phrases to describe 1700 years of humans worshipping...