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What if God was One of Us?

January 9, 2011
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NT SS Lesson #3 Welcome, once again, to the “Gospel Speculation” class. Since I am not a Ward Sunday School teacher, I am under no obligation to stick to the lesson manual or even stay true to the stated purpose of each lesson. Rather, I write these columns to entertain myself, and as motivation to […]

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Agitating Faithfully: Should You Sign?

January 7, 2011
Agitating Faithfully: Should You Sign?

A new website, Agitating Faithfully, provides a forum for Latter-day Saints to be counted in their support for gender equality. At the site, members of the Church can sign their name and ward to show that they support extending the priesthood to women.  Below is some information about the site: Agitating Faithfully was inspired by […]

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How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?

January 2, 2011
How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?

NT SS Lesson #2 In the year 4 BC (or thereabouts), Mary had a problem. She had been told that by the power of God she would conceive a child, who would be known as the Son of the Highest. She wasn’t told how to notify her family, her friends, or the man to whom […]

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Sustainable Polygamy

December 31, 2010
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With a 2004 lawsuit came the coining of the term “Lost Boys” to describe those young men in the FLDS community who have been cast out — ostensibly to reduce competition for older men in the sect who marry large numbers of younger wives. This phenomenon is apparently limited to the FLDS because of the […]

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How Long is the 11th Hour??

December 26, 2010
How Long is the 11th Hour??

OT SS Lesson #48 Ever since Malachi 3 (ca 455 BC?), covenant Israel has been waiting for the coming of the Lord. Lest any Christian mistake that Old Testament prophecy of the coming of the Lord in glory was fulfilled in the meridian of time, Christ himself taught that he would return and would at […]

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Mormon Women and Alternative Spiritual Paths

December 12, 2010
Mormon Women and Alternative Spiritual Paths

[Zina D. Huntington] when only fifteen years old was baptized by the Patriarch Hyrum Smith, August 14th, 1835, and soon after went to Kirtland with her father’s family. In this year she received the gift of tongues. On one occasion in the Kirtland Temple she heard a whole invisible choir of angels singing, till the […]

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The Malleable Nature of Scripture is Scriptural

December 5, 2010
The Malleable Nature of Scripture is Scriptural

OT SS Lesson #47 Any Mormon worth his salt knows that scripture is meant to be “likened” unto ourselves. Latter-day Saints from Joseph Smith to the most recently-called missionary have cheerfully wrested scriptures from their context and misapplied the prophecies to their own lives. One might be tempted to urge caution when so doing, but […]

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I Blew the Whistle on Santa to my Primary Class

November 28, 2010
I Blew the Whistle on Santa to my Primary Class

I have been teaching the CTR 7 class in Primary — this group all turned 8 during the year and they were baptized.  Today we had a lesson on Jesus Christ in which we pulled different scriptures about the Savior out of the Gospels and made a Concentration game from them.  During a short explanation […]

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Daniel, Muggles, and Millennial Politics

November 21, 2010
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OT SS Lesson #46 Well, who doesn’t think of the Old Testament Daniel while watching Daniel Radcliffe perform his role as the famous Harry Potter? Young boy is taken away from his home to enter a fantastical world he never knew existed — Check. Along with other elite youth, he is instructed in the wisdom […]

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Virtue or Stupidity: Why Daniel Reminds me of the “M-Word”

November 14, 2010
Virtue or Stupidity: Why Daniel Reminds me of the “M-Word”

OT SS Lesson #45 If there still exists anyone in the greater world of Mormon blogs who thinks I am writing these Old Testament posts as a resource for Sunday lessons and not for my own simple entertainment, this one should surely disabuse them. Let me start out all faith-promoting, though, and I’ll degenerate as […]

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River of Joy: Ezekiel and the Latter-day Temple

November 7, 2010
River of Joy: Ezekiel and the Latter-day Temple

OT SS Lesson #44 Here’s a section from our manual this week: Ask class members questions similar to the following: Have you ever been excited while watching a sporting event or some other kind of entertainment? Have you ever been so excited at such an event that you stood and shouted or cheered? Can you […]

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Unveiling the 2010 Church Handbook of Instructions

November 3, 2010
Unveiling the 2010 Church Handbook of Instructions

If you are a member of a stake presidency, stake clerk, stake executive secretary, high councilor, stake Relief Society, Young Men, Young Women, Primary or Sunday School presidency, bishopric, ward clerk, ward executive secretary, high priest group leader or assistant, elders quorum presidency, ward Relief Society, Young Men, Young Women, Primary, and Sunday School presidency […]

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Halloween and the Laws in our Inward Parts

October 31, 2010
Halloween and the Laws in our Inward Parts

OT SS Lesson #43 When my now-returned-missionary daughter was in second grade, her class had a Halloween party. I sent her to school in a little blue Sleeping Beauty princess costume. As the teacher was setting up for the party, one of the students informed her that she was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, and that […]

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You Naughty, Naughty Fig!

October 24, 2010
You Naughty, Naughty Fig!

OT SS Lesson #42 For a complete understanding of the Book of Jeremiah, one must keep in mind three different time periods. The first is that to which Jeremiah is ostensibly referring: his own. In this history, Jeremiah describes the rise of Babylon under Nebuchadnezzar in the 600’s BC, the fall of Jerusalem, the deportation […]

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Iron Pillar, or Wet Clay?

October 17, 2010
Iron Pillar, or Wet Clay?

OT SS Lesson #41 Did you know that the Prophet Jeremiah and I have a lot in common? You can read about it in Chapter 19. The Lord tells Jeremiah to get a clay jar and go to the East Gate of Jerusalem. Then he throws it down, breaking it into little pieces, and warning […]

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God Says Yes

October 13, 2010
God Says Yes

I asked God if it was OK to bake eclairs And he nodded his head as he Brushed some crumbs from his beard. I asked God if a guy could sing opera.. He said he didn’t really Think that was too weird. But God, I said (because I don’t always believe it the first time), […]

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His Hand is Stretched Out Still

October 11, 2010
His Hand is Stretched Out Still

For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still. OT SS Lesson #36 When you read the words of the prophet Isaiah that [the Lord's] hand is stretched out still, does it give you comfort, or does it cause you to tremble? The phrase is a picturesque one, […]

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Yom Kippur and the Symbolism of Jonah’s Spiritual Journey

September 23, 2010
Yom Kippur and the Symbolism of Jonah’s Spiritual Journey

OT SS Lesson #33 If your ward happens to be just a little bit behind on the Sunday School lessons, you might experience the synchronicity of having the Book of Jonah read on Yom Kippur.  This year, the Jewish holiday falls on September 18 (close enough to Sunday the 19th!) and Jonah is traditionally read […]

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Adversity: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

August 19, 2010
Adversity: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

OT SS Lesson #32 After the Satan figure is given permission to afflict Job as a test of his faithfulness, three of Job’s friends, Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar, come to visit him, sitting with him in silence for seven days. On the seventh day, Job speaks, beginning a conversation in which each of the four […]

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Sophia of the Proverbs and the Feminine Divine

August 14, 2010
Sophia of the Proverbs and the Feminine Divine

OT SS Lesson #31 Feminist readers of the scriptures are well aware of the passages in Proverbs 8 which personify Wisdom (GK Sophia, HEB Hokhmah). These passages affirm that Sophia was there when God made the earth and acted as a partner with God in the creation. This idea fits in well with my conceptualization of […]

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