The Exponent Blog

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Virtual Oases XXXIX

Must read of the week Claudia Bushman’s speech at the recent FAIR conference: “If we lose our female LDS world, we will have lost a lot.” More voices you might enjoy: Jana Reiss’ original...

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Does service count if you hate every minute of it?

I had a friend who was asked by the Relief Society president to go and clean a rather unpleasant woman’s house. My friend described the rather horrific condition of the bathrooms, and then, she...

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After the Surgery

My yellow teacup children in an afternoon window, Their names were a favorite pastime. My Olives and Stars were put away but not as carefully or as quietly as I would have liked. Try...

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I'm a lover, not a fighter. . .

…that’s what my boxing teacher often says, even though she’s a three-time Golden Glove title winner. I can identify with that phrase. I don’t enjoy watching people hit each other, and have never been...

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Listening to Silence

“Sit in silence for five minutes and write down everything you hear.” That’s what the professor said to our freshman survey course, a course that had nothing to do with stillness or meditation. It’s...

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Virtual Oases XXXVIII

Mogget: Another look at the “adulterous woman” This LDS woman is a rising star in YA literature (some of my students are big fans) — hat tip to this post. Susan M: You are...

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The First Law of Heaven

I wish I’d have said it first, but I didn’t. There we were, having an earnest discussion on obedience. And then the wise one startled me with this simple truth, “Agency is the first...