Author Archives: jendoop

About jendoop

Jen writes, reads, paints, walks, prays, eats and sleeps. Paul is her co-conspirator in teaching these skills to 4 children.

Will Is Not Enough

Here we are a month into the New Year and there ...

Follow Me To Zion

At times recently converted members of the church feel distanced from ...

Look and Live

In the church we talk of ideals often, the paramount good ...

General Conference Greatest Hits

A few days ago I searched on the LDS library app ...

Gender Roles in the Plan of Salvation

This is a theory, a try at understanding. It is my ...

Review of Face to Face by S. Michael Wilcox

Arms folded, head bowed, eyes closed, and of course, kneeling. This ...

Choosing a Career

The subject of careers is much more complicated now than it ...

Entertained or Devoted?

My husband and I went to see the movie, Man ...

Finding Myself

This generation, like many before, is obsessed with claiming self, but ...

The Father of Us All

As we celebrate Father’s Day it feels natural to remember our ...

Summer Fun?

Hopefully you'll excuse my somewhat frivolous forum question today. I'm wondering ...

The Perfect Gospel Doctrine Teacher

Someone asked me recently what the qualities of the ideal gospel ...

Mother’s Day Epiphanies

Even though Mother's Day comes every year, and some mothers have ...

Relating To God and All People

One of the most often-quoted scriptures in the Church is Moses ...

Adult Parenting

My oldest daughter graduates from high school in less than a ...

What is Spirituality?

A friend recently asked on Facebook, "What does Spirituality mean to ...

Jane’s Story

Jane was abused as a child and in that horror she ...

Seeing Good Men

There is a line from Avatar which has become a silly ...

Pondering General Conference

  We're kind of quiet here at Real Intent on General Conference ...

Agency: Guns, Gays and Abortion

With all the tumult about same sex marriage, gun rights, and ...

Remember and Act

Today I attended a stake RS conference. In one of the ...

Spiritual Education Through Sin

We are often told that the only thing that we truly ...

Loving Pope Francis

This morning I heard, “I will pray for him and for ...

Why These Mortal Bodies?

As I get older my aches and pains increase (I sound ...

Enough with the Finger Pointing, Let Me Love My Kids!

This is a post from Jen's personal blog, June 2012 that ...

Satisfying our Dissatisfaction

In the last few years there have been public displays of ...

Mental Illness FHE Lesson

Over the past month I've been pulling together the Peculiar Minds ...

How Do We Embrace Those with Mental Illness?

We're learning so much about mental illness, let's see if we ...

Simply Depression

This essay is a part of our Peculiar Minds series. I have ...

Is Mental Illness a Latter-Day Plague?

This forum question is part of our Peculiar Minds series. Throughout preparing ...

Peculiar Minds

This is the first essay in our 10-day series, Peculiar Minds. When ...

Faith in Love

Valentine's Day is nearly here, in case you haven't seen the ...

All Is Well or Woe?

Mormons around the world sing the pioneer anthem 'Come, Come Ye Saints' ...

Vision of Hope

“Made for spirituality, we wallow in introspection. Made for joy, we ...

I’m Being Tried?

I've been listening to NPR's Morning Edition series "Losing Our Religion" the ...

I Am a Sheep

I am a sheep. Like the fluffy blobs of wool sprinkled ...

Growing Sin

I don’t like the word repent. Short and chopped at the ...

Are You Happy?

I'm irritated with our culture's focus on happiness. It seems to ...

A Stream of Testimony

As the old year ends and the new begins, the editors ...

Tangible Gifts

This is the fourth in a series by our writers and ...

Candy to My Soul

It’s that time of year where sweet temptations are constantly at ...

A Storm of Anger

Lying here in the dark I hear the rumbling of a ...

Dia de Los Muertos

Halloween coincides with the Mexican festival Dia de Los Muertos (Nov ...

Peoria Tree of Life

with Richard Shook, artist This year I’ve had the opportunity to watch my ...

In Elder Oaks’ Office

Fifteen years ago my father-in-law was called to be a mission ...

The War of Animal Instincts

Recently, I remarked to my sister that I attract people with difficult ...

Four Good Reasons to Attend Church with Hypocrites

At church today I witnessed one of my fellow citizens in ...

The Child Behind the Diagnosis

Later in life than is usual, I’m a college student studying ...