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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Holy Mega FB Thread, Batman! Reaction to SLTrib Article...

Aug 19, 2012 by

The Salt Lake Tribune published an article Friday with bullet point suggestions to involve women more fully in the operations of the Church. Currently, only men hold the priesthood. Some women, such as many of the authors of the blog Feminist Mormon Housewives,  insist that women should be ordained to the priesthood just as men. They cite a great deal of historical evidence where women early in the Church administered ordinances and operated the Relief Society women’s organization as a completely independent entity. It was only in the 1950s  with the implementation of “correlation” that the Relief Society was moved as a subordinate to the First Presidency of the Church. Before correlation, the general Relief Society presidency made final decisions for leading the women of the Church. Now, they need approval from the First...

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Georgetown University’s Villa Le Balze in Florence...

May 13, 2012 by

My parents are worried about me being in another country. Washington, DC is far enough for them. I’m posting some pics for them to get a sense of where I’m staying. It’s a gated community kind of place. Margaret Rockefeller Strong Larrain donated the Villa Le Balze to Georgetown University in 1986. When she inherited it, she wanted to donate it for an educational purpose. She invited universities to submit proposals and Georgetown beat out the likes of Harvard, Yale and Stanford for the chance to educate their students here. It could have been because her lawyer was a Georgetown alum.:) The garden courtyard. The view, part of it. My camera’s zoom is really good. The greenhouse The dining hall where we eat almost all of our meals prepared by Italian cooks. Lunch has...

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Bruce R. McConkie's Description of Receiving the 1978 Revelation...

Mar 1, 2012 by

President Spencer W. Kimball was the prophet when the revelation was received in 1978. Ordaining all worthy males to the priesthood weighed heavily on his heart and he began petitioning the Lord concerning it. Elder Bruce R. McConkie was an Apostle during this time and in his biography, written by his son, he describes the experience of receiving the revelation. A long discussion followed in which each member of the Quorum of the Twelve expressed himself.  Elder McConkie recorded: “A strong, compelling spirit of unity was in the meeting.  It seemed as though all of the Brethren were in effect joining in the prayers which President Kimball had recently been making on this tremendously important matter.” President Kimball suggested that they go forward with the prayer. He said that if it was agreeable with...

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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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