Category Archives: Personal Essays

Two Important Elements of Utah Culture

On Sundays, I like to eat at the “El Mexsal” restaurant in Provo.  It is a great place to eat.  The food is inexpensive and tasty, and the service is friendly.  I like Sundays, because the customers are mostly Hispanics … Continue reading

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A Little Christmas Cynicism

I went to church on Christmas Day because the children and Ward choirs were performing.  Hearing them sing is always a pleasant experience. Getting dressed for church is always problematic.  What should I wear?  A white shirt is out.  No … Continue reading

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To Do Research or Not to Do Research

A few months ago, I road up to Rexburg ID with my son who was taking my granddaughter for the start of her freshman year at Brigham Young University – Idaho. One of the activities was the university president explaining … Continue reading

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LDS Church’s Historic Racism

In a recent column in the sltrib.com, Robert Kirby opined: The LDS Church will spend until Kingdom Come living down our past discrimination toward black people.  We earned the finger-pointing and the hypersensitivity, thanks to our past behavior. We can … Continue reading

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Stephen R. Covey’s Conformity Model Sucks

Years ago, I was required to attend a 3-day Stephen R. Covey workshop (taught by one of his minions). It was a followup to his highly successful 7-Habits workshop. At the time, Stephen had just been named by Time as … Continue reading

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LDS Church and Religious Freedom

In a recent article in the Ensign (Sept 2016), Elder Ronald Rasband tries to defend the LDS Church’s current obsession with religious freedom.  He relates the following hypothetical story: One day at work a co-worker approached Samantha, and said she had heard … Continue reading

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Those Who Leave Mormonism

In a recent misbegotten rant to young LDS singles in Tempe AZ, Elder Jeffery R. Holland unleashed the following: Don’t you dare bail.  I don’t know whether ‘furious’ is a good apostolic word.   But I am.  What on earth … Continue reading

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