Category: faith

Science and Religion – Reconciling the Conflicts by David M. Barker

Review You can Check it out here. I was fairly interested in receiving ...

Is John Dehlin like unto King Saul?: Reflections on orthodoxy and dissent

“The worth of souls is great in the sight of God ...

Embracing Imperfection

My missionary is home . . . early. For many of you ...

Will Is Not Enough

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

Gifts

I sat holding my sobbing Wolf scout son this morning.  His ...

In Wisdom and Order: A Book Review

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

I Will Lead You Along: The Life of Henry B. Eyring A Book Review

We know President Eyring from his sermons: tender Spirit-filled sermons. ...

Faith to Forgive Grievous Harms: Accepting the Atonement as Restitution

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

And They Were Not Ashamed

"I hid myself, because I was naked." Adam and Eve have been ...

Follow Me To Zion

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

We Will Remember

It was a Tuesday afternoon, around 4:30PM. Since it was October ...

Consider the Blessings Book Review

Consider the Blessings:  True Accounts of God’s Hand in Our Lives ...

Charity, Women, and Priesthood

This guest post comes from Britt, a mother of 10 currently living ...

You Are Not Alone

Early in my young adulthood a genetic predisposition to depression and ...

Look and Live

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

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

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

General Conference Greatest Hits

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

Experimenting on the Word: One Chubby Lady Tests the Word of Wisdom

Like many people, this desk working mother of four arrived at ...

Review of Face to Face by S. Michael Wilcox

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

Fifteen things to Give UP – to be Happy – #1

We get inspiration from all over these days.  This is a ...

How Do You Prepare to Celebrate?

Every Thursday, and during the day on Friday, I look forward ...

Faith Crisis, the Problem- du Jour?

With all the news articles and apologetic responses to "faith crisis," ...

Saving Souls

  Joseph said we Are meant to save Souls.   I feel inadequate In the task.   How can ...

When You Lose Sight

The door slides open after she knocks. Tentatively she pokes her ...

What Do You Really Know?

Today's guest post is by S. Paul Steed a past counselor ...

Impressions of Ephraim’s Rescue

Last night my family (and half of our stake and outlying ...

Circling

The days, they roll together like waves of green blowing across ...

Faith to Move Mowers

Summers in Texas are hot. The outdoors feel a bit like ...

ARP and Me

Hi, my name is Paul and I’m a recovering co-dependent and ...

Peace and Depression: Accountability, Repentance and the Atonement

I am struck regularly by how many members fail to focus ...

Leaning Into the Wind

Two years ago at 5:00 pm on Easter Sunday nature gave ...

Pros of Prozac: A Book Review

Honestly, as a woman who suffers from anxiety and depression, and ...

Finding Myself

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

Vilification of Men

In 1878 the first Primary Association of The Church of Jesus ...

The Father of Us All

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

My Father, an Enigma

My father is an enigma amongst men. Growing up, I didn't realize ...

Hiking and Life

This was written on September 4, 2012 and originally posted at ...

Hope Not Fear, The Lord Is In Charge

This guest essay is from Carolyn Grover, and is based on ...

Adult Sharing Time

We like to keep things positive here at Real Intent, trying ...

Doubt, the Devourer

It has been declared anciently that in these latter-days, among the ...

The Power of Mothers and Babies

When I was a little girl I just knew that I ...

Relating To God and All People

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

What’s A Slacker Mom To Do?

Someone, I won't name any names, submitted this question which is ...

Follow the Money

I witnessed an exchange today that was unsettling. It was between ...

Walking the Path to Charity through the Atonement

From a workshop presented at my stake’s women’s conference. Because we are ...

How Will Governs the Cosmos

I like to understand how things work. I do this by ...

Jane’s Story

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

Choose Higher Ground

My missionary son wrote his first p-day letter Monday. It was ...

The Words We Speak

Today's post in our General Conference Discussion comes from Angie. She ...

This Is My Work and Glory

Today's post in our General Conference Discussion comes from Paul and ...

When is Your Appointment?

Over a blissfully free-from-work-and-school holiday break this winter, my eight-year-old daughter ...

Born That Way

For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has ...

Seeing Good Men

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

Reader Led General Conference Discussions

Wasn’t that a wonderful General Conference? As usual, a spiritual and ...

Pondering General Conference

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

Hold Your Peace

This is the seventh of a 7-part series, A Compound in One. In March of ...

Family is the Plan of Salvation

This is the fifth in a 7-part series, A Compound in One.  Understanding that Satan's ...

Gifts (Estates) Precede Callings

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

Not Pertinent to My Eternal Salvation

A few weeks ago I overheard a comment that has become ...

Brad Wilcox, Continuous

In a delightful pair of books, popular LDS author and speaker ...

Be Ye Therefore Perfect

Matthew 5:48 quotes Jesus Christ as saying, "Be ye therefore perfect, ...

Why We Chose a Charter School

Crystal Dever joins us a guest writer for the education mini-series. When ...

What Should I Expect?

In the Lorenzo Snow manual there is a sub-heading (on page ...

The Highest Education We Can Achieve

This is the first in a mini-series on education running this ...

Loving Pope Francis

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

Redeemed

I am not a poetry person. Oh, I enjoy reading it, ...

God’s Greatest Hits: Moses v. Satan

Years ago I worked as an academic adviser at the University ...

Called to Fall

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

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 ...

Enjoying the View

Please welcome Brenda Madore, who has published with us as a ...

Do God and Satan Negotiate My Trials?

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

Standing Still

The clock whispered its allure, tick, tick, tick. Like a marble ...

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. ...

The Day I Lied to My Bishop

I was reading a thread on a bishop’s power of discernment ...

Healing

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

Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder

This essay in our Peculiar Minds series is from Melissa Horsley.  The ...

Understanding Schizophrenia

This essay in our Peculiar Minds series is written by Judy ...

Overcoming Anxiety and Depression without Medication

This essay is a part of our Peculiar Minds series. Editor's Note: ...

What is Bipolar Disorder?

From the National Institute of Mental Health: Bipolar disorder, also known as ...

A Reader’s Story of Hope

One of our faithful readers read Free at Last in our Peculiar ...

What is Real? Living Without Diagnosis

This essay in our Peculiar Minds series was anonymously contributed.  As a wife, ...

Free at Last

This guest essay in our Peculiar Minds series was submitted anonymously. The ...

Understanding Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, and OCD

This essay in the Peculiar Minds series is by author Robison ...

The Well of Depression

This essay is a part of our Peculiar Minds series. The darkness ...

How To Help Someone Who Is Depressed: An LDS Perspective

This guest essay in our Peculiar Minds series is by Sarah ...

Simply Depression

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

Understanding Dementia

Today's guest essay in our Peculiar Minds series comes from Cassandra.  It’s ...

The Diagnosis

This guest essay in our Peculiar Minds series, is anonymous. I'm sitting ...

Resources for Help with Mental Illness

This essay is part of our Peculiar Minds series. A Personal Perspective I ...

The Unspeakable Gift

I was buffeted by images of people recoiling in their living ...

What Will I Regret?

When I heard President Uchtdorf's talk in October, I liked it. ...

Questions about Joseph Smith

This question came to us and we want to talk about ...

Gospel Protection in a Poisonous Culture

I came to conference this time hoping for real answers to ...

Life Infusions from Lives Lived Well

When we are young, it seems that we will live forever. ...

The Road IS Long

Last month the Lord promised me help when I needed it, ...

Spiritual ADD

Too often I find myself going through the following cycle: I discover ...

Invitations for Our Readers

We are passionate about what we do at Real Intent, and ...

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

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

Public Dissent and Private Responsibility

My oldest daughter couldn't find a building for her young mothers ...

Vision of Hope

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

Exact Obedience in an Imprecise World

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

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 ...

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 ...

Why I Think We’re Having the Wrong Conversation

Last year Neylan McBaine, founder of the Mormon Women Project, rocked ...

Thoughts on Spiritual Poverty

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

My Gift to Jesus

While I am a goal-setter, I've never been one for New ...

A Stream of Testimony

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

Miracles, Not Just Resolutions

I don't really like making New Year resolutions. Unless they are ...

Mary and Christmas

It's getting cold outside, where I live. The nights are getting ...

The Gift of Oneness

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

Foundational Thoughts about Spiritual Gifts

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

Something Useful, Something Meaningful, Something Joyful

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

To Believe on Their Words

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

The Gift of Weeping

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

The Gift of Faith

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

Tangible Gifts

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

The Gift of Tongues

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

Praying for Charity

Please welcome Maria Farb, who is guest posting with us. “...pray unto ...

Salvation in This Life

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

Keeping Christmas

Karen Austin at Segullah has a post up about her celebration ...

Motherhood – Service of the Highest Order

The most service I ever do is my day in and ...

A Fresh View of Repentance

The Bible Dictionary defines repentance as: "a change of mind, i.e., a ...

When the Road Veers to the Right

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

God is There. Somewhere.

The interesting thing about trials is that the ones we think ...

In Which I Am a Church Lady

I was twelve when I first knew I would grow up ...

The Map: Imagine If

My second daughter is a senior in high school.  She wrote ...

Candy to My Soul

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

Eucharisteo

For a little over a year I have been on a ...

Count Your Blessings

My son has been counting the days until his birthday. For ...

More Questions than Answers

For most of my life I have lived the gospel. Not ...

A Storm of Anger

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

Questions? You’ve got questions??

A number of years ago when I taught a stake institute ...

Light and Darkness

"What is that?" I asked. "It's one of those sun lamps. ...

Embracing Grace

I stand all amazed at the love Jesus offers me - ...

Dia de Los Muertos

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

Pool Covers and My Hurricane Husband

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

Our Matriarch

My maternal grandmother is 90 years old. She has been a ...

Carrying His Load

I had an interesting insight during a prayer one morning a ...

A poem

When we first saw the dust they'd use to make our ...

Venus & Mars and the Empty Bucket

I can never remember if I’m from Mars or my wife ...

Peoria Tree of Life

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

Sacred Silence and the Mysteries of God

Occasionally I will hear the subject of mysteries brought up in ...

Faith Enough to be Healed

Over 15 years ago I had the privilege of visiting teaching ...

Digging Deep Wells

I sat in the evening session of Stake Conference last month ...

Reconciling the Conflicts between Science and Religion

I grew up with a father who loved science, religion, and ...

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 ...

On Being Forever Broken

I work very hard at trying to be positive.  I am intentional ...

In Elder Oaks’ Office

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

Learning About the Protestant Reformation

Quick, what is October 31st known for? Halloween is not an acceptable ...

My Pavilions

President Eyring's words from Sunday morning General Conference hit me right ...

Celebrating Repentance

One of the themes of this past conference washed over me ...

If Jesus Wrote a book about the Garden of Gethsemane, would you read it?

Mark lived a dichotomous life. As an on again-off again drug ...

The War of Animal Instincts

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

Conference is Here! And How Was It?

It's finally here! (We're not waiting until Sunday to listen, by ...

Four Good Reasons to Attend Church with Hypocrites

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

The Problem with the Popular Perception of Perfection

OK, the title is intentionally over-the-top alliteration, but I believe ...

Messengers from my Father

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

“If God Only Knew…”

All people face trials or tests of the divinity that is ...

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 Comfortable Dead Watch

My eyes darted across my dresser one last time as I ...

Is Faith Your Personal Story?

Everyone has a story. Not very many people record it, especially ...

The Bright Night of My Soul

I wrote the following on Mormon Matters a while ago, but ...

Faith and Belief

A few Sundays past we had the discussion about Samuel the ...

Cognitive Dissonance For a More Perfect Understanding

Parenting doesn’t make people happier, according to a fairly recent study ...

Mites

Our ward is noisy. We are a young ward, with a ...

Letting Go

I am a quitter. Over the course of my life, I have ...

Living Faith in an Age of Like

My friends Like (according to a website I visit at least ...

A Summer Cottage in Babylon

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