“Good night, Grandpa,” Jake mumbled to the silhouette at his bedroom door.
“Good night, Jake. See you in the morning,” came the low voice. With a shrug of his shoulder, the man pushed off from the door frame and began to turn.
“Grandpa, do you believe in the Great Turtle?”
Continue reading “The Turtle and The Earth”
I performed the civil marriage of my son and you can do the same for your children.
Continue reading “Civil Weddings”
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. However, 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”
In several previous posts (Stages of Faith Part 1, 2, 3, 4), I discuss faith stages and ask how the church can meet the needs of those in different stages of their individual journey. However, we may actually need to address a different question first:
Continue reading “Faith Crossing – Part One”
“If you do what God wants, you will receive a reward. In fact, God wants to give you stuff.” This is known as prosperity gospel or prosperity theology and there is a uniquely Mormon flavor of it.
Continue reading “God on a Leash”