Men, My Pandora and Crazy Ladies...

Sep 9, 2013 by

Last week I received an email from Pandora with a summary report of how many thumbs up I gave on a particular radio station. It made me think of men. What? Yes, it made me think of men, who are more analytically on my mind because I’m reading the book Wife for Life. It’s written by a woman I knew as a teenager. She was a youth leader at the stake level, meaning she ministered to the young women in several wards (congregations). I only knew her from a distance, but I always admired her. Even at 14, I recognized that she was someone who expressed love easily and it made me want to be that way. My mission president’s wife also had that quality. Because of that influence, I started to try to...

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Committed Love Is Not Inevitable...

Jul 24, 2013 by

Hey there! I’m not really back to blogging, but the last month or so I’ve had two posts swimming in my head. I have almost a day on a plane and bus, so I have a little time. One post would include reflections of my most recent stint as Relief Society president in my singles ward. I was recently “released” from the position as we call it.  In this same post I want to write about an evening I attended addressing surveys of Church members experiencing faith crisis. The New York Times just published a piece on the man who prompted the survey and who I heard speak. See that article at “Some Members Search the Web and Find Doubt.” I appreciated journalist McKay Coppins’  response “Why the Internet Hasn’t Shattered My Mormon Faith.”  I’d like...

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It’s Not You. It’s Me. I Just Need Some Space: 2 Semesters of a Blogging Break...

Aug 25, 2012 by

Hi! Thanks so much for reading this blog. I appreciate that someone actually reads it! I started this venture a few years ago. For a while there it was a billboard in the desert. Then BAM! The Mormon Moment happened and there was much more to say. Er, write. And lots more interested people. I’ve been trying to get it to be a billboard in the city. Right now it’s hanging out somewhere in the suburbs. But, I’m about to stall its momentum. You see, blogging is a lot of work. You have to think up stuff and then compose that stuff into some readable form. Some people can crank out substantial content like it’s no big deal. Good for them. It takes me a bit. When I started this project I was working...

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Responding to Doubt by Seeking Revelation...

Feb 23, 2012 by

I’ve been corresponding with a man who came across this blog and found it beneficial, especially the posts about doubting.  I just emailed him a talk I gave in my singles’ ward about six months ago. Now I’m thinking, I’ll just share it more broadly. It’s mega long as far as posts go, but you can take a bathroom break midway. It’s extremely personal, but faith is personal and I prefer to provide an example of someone working through the development of faith. Welcome into my head and examples of my dating life.:) (As if you weren’t already there.) Here are links to previous posts about doubting Doubting and Wrestling Doubt: Religion’s 4 Letter Word Why I’m Not Disillusioned by Sketchy Scriptures My Current Explanation of Life’s Purpose I’m just copying and pasting what...

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Sometimes a Swedish Girl Visits and We Laugh a Lot...

Feb 20, 2012 by

One of my former mission companions and now forever friends visited me this weekend. It was so good for my soul. Katarina came from Sweden to serve on Temple Square in Salt Lake City with hundreds of other sister missionaries from around the world. Proficiency in varied  languages is crucial on Temple Square, since it is a highly trafficked destination for international visitors.  Good thing she’s fluent in English, Swedish and German, not to mention additionally conversational in Italian, Spanish, Mandarin and ASL. (We’ll get back to that ASL.) At midpoint serving on Temple Square, sisters transfer to a different mission in the States for the door knocking form of finding in missionary work. It’s way more effective when people are coming to you with curiosity, but both experiences are meaningful and now cherished....

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Intelligence Squared Debate: The World Would Be Better Without Religion, Claim I Wish Chapman and Grayling Addressed...

Nov 17, 2011 by

Last night I was frustrated. It all started on my metro ride home when I was thinking about the things I needed to do for the evening. Before I could get to them, I thought, I need to address unresolved tasks for my Church calling (responsibility) that I had worked on tying up on Sunday, but couldn’t connect with the people I needed. I’d called them several times since. I also emailed them. I hadn’t heard back. As I walked home, calling one back and again reaching only a voicemail, I was getting more miffed. They had approached me at Church for something they needed my help with so they could fulfill their calling.  I went through the work of doing just what they asked for and now they weren’t returning my calls? I...

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