Category Archives: Personal Essays

How to Make LDS Church Meetings Less Boring

Robert Kirby in his latest column in sltrib.com alleges that LDS church services are boring: [I need to find] ways to entertain myself in church when it gets boring. Which happens a lot. Please don’t try to tell me that … Continue reading

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Thoughts about the New LDS Presidency

Expectedly, Russell M. Nelson was just named President of the LDS Church.  He had two basic themes in his short inaugural address: He made an overly defensive justification for the seniority selection process. He encouraged those who had left the … Continue reading

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I Reject the Idea of Skills-based Immigration

Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) on Face the Nation said he is in favor of a skills-based immigration system, which he said the president supports: If you’re a doctor, or a scientist, or a computer programmer, it shouldn’t matter whether you come from … Continue reading

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Mormon Support for Trump Remains Strong, I Don’t Understand

According to an article in sltrib.com: An aggregation of the Gallup Daily Tracking poll last year shows that 61 percent of Mormons surveyed approve of Trump’s job as president, just above the 60 percent of white, non-Hispanic Protestants — mainline … Continue reading

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The Sh!tshow in Washington DC

According to the New York Times: President Trump on Thursday balked at an immigration deal that would include protections for people from Haiti and some nations in Africa, demanding to know at a White House meeting why he should accept … Continue reading

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Utah’s Senator Orrin Hatch is Disgusting

First, let me get my prejudices out of the way.  I’m a liberal Democrat. Recent events (early December) have not treated Senator Orrin Hatch well.  First, he praises President Trump as the “greatest President that he has served under.”  Someone … Continue reading

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What Is an LDS Spiritual Experience?

Even on “liberal” Mormon blogs, it is not uncommon for posters and commenters to mention that they have had deeply spiritual experiences.  Experiences that reaffirm their faith in the Church.  Occasionally, making it difficult when they start to question church … Continue reading

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