In his closing remarks for the October 2019 general conference, church President Nelson suggested that we prepare for the spring session “by reading afresh Joseph Smith’s account of the First Vision as recorded in the Pearl of Great Price.” This is the best known account of the experience of the young Joseph and one that we should all be familiar with. There are also several other accounts that are similarly valuable.Continue reading “Theophany Miscellany”
You’re not as mentally grown up as you might think. In fact, you might be under the influence of developmental gravity and you don’t know it.
From the Audience: “Yep. It all started in third grade when I tried to jump out of the swing …”Continue reading “Grow UP (and Down)!”
It is not uncommon to hear someone say: “All religions teach good principles.” Our response may be an outwardly, yet reserved, nod. But, internally we may be saying: “Yeah, but they don’t have all the truth like we do.” Or, silently append the platitude with “… but, they won’t be saved.”Continue reading “Binding and Blinding”
It is my experience, both personal and observed, that we can create our own faith crisis by putting our faith in the wrong things. Some things must be unchanging, true, and good. Other may not be. Our faith is constructed from childhood with simplistic stories, but that which we can understand as a child is often much different than reality.Continue reading “Distinguishing Doctrine and Practice”
In part one I describe a tension between the church and those in faith crisis and post-deconstruction stages. Assuming that we want to retain these people, the question is:
How can the church, as an institution, help people through a faith crisis or reconstruction?
I have a few ideas.Continue reading “Faith Crossing – Part Two”
Continue reading “Wrong Question”
We are still behaving as though “Which church is true?” is the question most people are asking.
But it no longer speaks to the questions young adults (in this culture, at least) are actually asking.
This is a topic that I have wanted to address for a long time. In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we often speak of inspiration, revelation, or feeling. Of these, “revelation” carries the most weight. But, there are often unintended consequences.Continue reading “Seems Like Revelation”
As a child I remember listening to a particular sermon about the evils of depression, a tool of Satan, evil ingratitude. I don’t know why it struck me so strongly, maybe because I recognized a dark sadness within myself that convicted me.Continue reading “Weeping Souls”