Paradigms

History

Nov 23, 2017
4 min read

A few quotes have been on my mind lately. The first is from Hugh Nibley: “History is all hindsight; it is a sizing up, a way of looking at things. It is not what happened or how things really were,…

Reorienting Our Perception of Home Teaching

Nov 10, 2016
7 min read

I think we’ve all been there. You may have a good home/visiting teacher now, but I think we’ve all had no-shows and probably for most of our experience in the Church. Conversely, many of us have probably had experience being…

What if everything became sacred?

Sep 22, 2016
3 min read

After returning from my full-time missionary service, I started work with my father building decks down on the Gulf Coast of Texas. I remember standing there one morning and thinking about how life was now entering a new phase and…

Lessons Learned From (Almost) Five Years on a Plant-based Diet

Sep 4, 2016
11 min read

Back in 2011, I wrote a post about the Word of Wisdom. I had some things that were bothering me personally and decided to face them head on. I did a lot of study and research combined with soul-searching and…

Taking Life

Aug 26, 2016
10 min read

I wrote most of this back in 2014 but haven’t published it until now. In fact there was a lot more history before and after this but I feel like this one experience was a big turning point for me. Few…

Faithful Co-existence With Gamaliel’s Counsel

Aug 7, 2016
10 min read

We live in a world with billions of people and each one of us has ideas on how things should be. Whether it is how governments should operate to where the family should eat for dinner, we all have different ideas….

The Parable of the Crack

Jun 5, 2016
1 min read

There was once a craftsman who built a fine house. As the years went by it served him well until one day he noticed a crack along the ceiling. He was disappointed to see this flaw in his otherwise exemplary…

More Meaningful, Less Mechanical Prayer

Feb 21, 2016
13 min read

OneClimbs commenter and general all-around good guy Richard Nobbe left a comment on one of my recent posts and I thought he had a host of excellent questions. I was intrigued with the challenge of providing some of my own…

Surviving the Void

Jan 28, 2016
8 min read

It’s happened to me several times, in fact, the first 17 years of my life were lived without any real sense of the presence of God; at least that was my perception at the time. Time went on, and God did manifest…

True Security

Nov 5, 2015
0 min read

“So many people I hear say: “Oh, if I just make it to heaven I’ll be secure,” and I always ask them, “Where was the devil when he fell?” It’s not heaven that will make you secure, my friend, it’s…

The Path to God is Strewn With Shattered Paradigms

Sep 20, 2015
10 min read

Every single one of us, right at this minute, believes things that are wrong. There is an idea that you cherish, some way of seeing the world that seems so clear to you, but it is wrong, or at best,…

Motherhood: Paradoxes, Wisdom and Love

May 10, 2015
12 min read

The following was a talk I gave in my sacrament meeting for Mother’s Day, May 10, 2015. Today I want to address motherhood as it relates to paradoxes, mother Eve in the garden, scriptural themes that are given the female…

Approaching Truth, Keeping an Open Mind

Feb 24, 2015
4 min read

I have found this to be a very peaceful way to truth. Contention often arises when prideful individuals play intellectual ‘king of the hill’ and declare things about God, heaven and earth that they may only believe and not really…

Korihor, Elsa, Cain, and Karl

Feb 22, 2015
17 min read

What if we modernized Korihor’s philosophies and compared them to the kinds of things we hear people saying today? For morning study a couple days ago, I started off reading about the sons of Mosiah but then felt like reading about…

Freedom of the Mind

Jan 27, 2015
1 min read

“One of the most important things in the world is freedom of the mind; from this all other freedoms spring. Such freedom is necessarily dangerous, for one cannot think right without running the risk of thinking wrong, but generally more…

Terryl Givens – An Approach to Thoughtful, Honest and Faithful Mormonism

Jan 20, 2015
3 min read

I transcribed the following from the third part of an interview with Terryl Givens on the Mormon Stories podcast. I can’t remember how I came across this interview, but I remember seeing Terryl Givens’ name which immediately drew my interest. I’m a…

Joseph Smith on Truth

Jan 16, 2015
4 min read

Receiving truth “One of the grand fundamental principles of Mormonism is to receive truth, let it come from whence it may.” (Discourses of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 199) The best way to obtain truth and wisdom “The best way…

Lies and Testimony

Dec 27, 2014
4 min read

Every fast and testimony meeting I can’t help but ponder what people mean by what they say. I suppose that only the person themselves really understands what they are trying to do by going up to the stand and speaking. One person…

Room For Doubt Respects Agency

Sep 15, 2014
3 min read

I recently started the Book of Mormon over again in audio form while I’m at work. Chapter 6 of 1 Nephi caught my attention and led to some significant thoughts about agency. And it mattereth not to me that I…

“All that he seeth fit that they should have”

Sep 8, 2014
1 min read

After crying out “O that I were an angel, and could have the wish of mine heart, that I might go forth and speak with the trump of God, with a voice to shake the earth, and cry repentance unto…