Mining Doctrine – Adivce to Critics and Mormons

To the Critic

One fallacy common to those studying Mormonism (including Mormons themselves) is that of quote mining; digging around through publications and writings of leaders and pulling out some obscure phrase and calling it “doctrine.” Continue reading “Mining Doctrine – Adivce to Critics and Mormons”

Stages of Faith – Part One

Part Two, Part Three

Occasionally, I learn something that is like opening a window to greater understanding. Where a vague notion may have existed before, the drawing aside of the curtains reveals a new world. Such an event occurred a couple of days ago.

Over the last decade or so, I have been going through a faith change which I did not understand. The journey has left me unsettled, with a different perspective on my faith than most of my fellow church members.

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The Holy Ghost – Gift or Got

October 2010, LDS General Conference, Sunday afternoon session.

I’m usually sound asleep by this session of conference. There is nothing else in the world that puts me to sleep like General Conference. Nevertheless, I remember a particular talk by Elder David Bednar that I reflect on frequently.

His sermon was entitled Receive the Holy Ghost. Continue reading “The Holy Ghost – Gift or Got”

Power Lines Through My Wilderness

I have a quiet place, my own little wilderness. Well, its not mine, its publicly accessible land, but nobody goes there. If I want to hike for a few moments of therapy, meditation, and pray, I know that I can enjoy some solitude and experience intriguing landscape not far from home.

The problem with my little wilderness is that it has power lines running through it.

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