Category: agency

I Feel Sorry For Mean People

Reposted from Cheryl's personal blog and edited for clarity. I drive a ...

In Wisdom and Order: A Book Review

Life gets crazy around here.  I live in the desert outside ...

Faith to Forgive Grievous Harms: Accepting the Atonement as Restitution

There is a podcast, Mormon Discussion, that I listen to on ...

How does the “World” teach me to be a Christian?

When I consider the cultures described in the scope of New ...

Gender Roles in the Plan of Salvation

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

Agreeing With God

When studying the life of Christ I have pondered if His ...

A Word of Wisdom: Now, With Even More Promise!

Often, we consider the benefits of following the Word of Wisdom ...

How Do I Choose Uplifting Entertainment?

The For the Strength of Youth the guidelines for Media and Entertainment ...

Diet and Agency

I have two stories that I wish to share as illustration ...

Asking the Wrong Questions

The story is told of a woman lamenting to her bishop, ...

Finding Myself

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

The Burden of Fatherhood

On Sunday, we celebrate men who carry the burden of fatherhood. But ...

In Defense of “The Orange Shirt”

I’m still an avid reader of The Friend, even though my ...

Homosexuality, Feminism, and the Intelligentsia

This is the sixth in a 7-part series, A Compound in One. Twenty years ago ...

Sex as a Sacrament

This is the fourth in a 7-part series, A Compound in One.  The gospel of ...

Gifts (Estates) Precede Callings

This is the third in a 7-part series, A Compound in One.  As I studied ...

Know Ye Not That Ye Are the Temple of God?

This is the second in a 7-part series, A Compound in One. Latter-day saints are ...

Dualism, Pythagoras, and Philosophical Curiosity

This is the first in a 7-part series, A Compound in One. In a former ...

Agency: Guns, Gays and Abortion

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

Spiritual Education Through Sin

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

A Peek at LDS Un-Schooling

A growing number of LDS families choose to use home-based education, ...

With Mindful Consideration

Emily Spackman joins us as a guest writer today. We live in ...

Called to Fall

Half a year and most of a lifetime ago our world ...

What Satisfies Hunger and Thirst?

I have been struck more than once by the way our ...

Humility and Forgiveness

Which one of us has had a stone lobbed at us, ...

Divine Motherhood, Earthly Realities

If you've ever been in a class of 9-year-old people reading ...

Viral Media

It's easy to pass on information very quickly. With the stroke ...

That for Which I Hunger and Thirst – and the Place of Blogging in My Pursuit

[On Sundays this year we are publishing a series from Ray ...

Do God and Satan Negotiate My Trials?

As a group of editors, we find there are questions that ...

Why We Sometimes Shouldn’t Write

I have a long history of offending people with my writing. ...

When the Spirit Leaves

We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel ...

What is Influencing You?

Sheri Dew visited our area for a 3-Stake fireside Saturday night. ...

Healing

This last essay in our Peculiar Minds series is by Michelle. A ...

Understanding P0rnography Addiction

This essay in our Peculiar Minds series is by Dr. Kevin ...

What Shall I Give in Exchange For My Soul?

I am drawn to simple, yet profound statements: one sentence sermons ...

Can I Do Good with a Bad Attitude?

I have a testimony of the gospel and of my Savior, ...

On Losing Our Religion

NPR ran a series recently called Losing Our Religion.  Jen posted ...

Reflections on Meekness: Being Gentler With the Ones We Love

[On Sundays this year we are publishing a series from Ray ...

You’ve Got Questions? We’ve Got Insight.

As part of our attempt to foster an area where we ...

Exact Obedience in an Imprecise World

One Sunday evening in November, I found myself in a little ...

The Paradox of Spiritual Debt

[Over the next few Sundays we are publishing a series from ...

Growing Sin

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

The Gift of Oneness

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

The Gift of Weeping

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

Salvation in This Life

Those who crucified Jesus did so because they could not accept ...

The Big Fluffy Airport In The Sky

Please welcome Brenda Madore who is guest posting with us. One of ...

When the Road Veers to the Right

Have you ever experienced a point in your life when something ...

Handling the Glut

A few days ago my husband and I watched BYUTV’s collection ...

A Storm of Anger

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

Pool Covers and My Hurricane Husband

Please welcome Emily Christensen who is guest posting with us. I got ...

If Ye Do This, Ye Shall Always…

Months ago, I was preparing to teach the gospel doctrine lesson ...

Return and Bring Me Word

(Last week.) Once again, the supervisor has put off starting my son ...

Messengers from my Father

I could use a revelation. An angel would be good. The other ...

Connection to the Divine

I helm a large ship.  In the deep waters in which ...

Ghazal

My grandfather, Gurcharan Singh Gill, is the kind of grounded, giving ...

Empty Nets

I’m pretty sure I’m on a List at church. It’s the ...

A Summer Cottage in Babylon

Merrily we roll along, roll along, roll along... Yup, that was me ...