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A Prophet by Any Other Beard?

April 13, 2014
Old-reader-cover

I gave a presentation at Saturday’s Association for Mormon Letters conference (brought to you by the letters U, V, and U) about the history of Book of Mormon comic books. I included the classics: “Lessons from the Life of Nephi” (George Reynolds and C.C.A. Christensen), “Stories from the Book of Mormon” (John Philip Dalby), The […]

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How to Stop Writing Like a Mormon Using this One Weird Trick

November 12, 2013
How to Stop Writing Like a Mormon Using this One Weird Trick

In a recent New York Times article, Mark Oppenheimer writes about how Mormons are pretty awesome at penning sci-fi, fantasy, and YA novels, but how they can never seem to write “great” fiction. Why is this? Shannon Hale is quoted as saying that the “great” books she read for her master’s degree “treated ‘decline and […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 19 Comments »

Gospel insights from Disney World

December 11, 2011
Gospel insights from Disney World

As I was carried along by this irresistible tide, I kept wondering when I was going to come across an example of disobedience, of someone swimming against the current.

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Posted in Freedom | 12 Comments »

Multiply and Replenish–Part II

November 6, 2011
Multiply and Replenish–Part II

We took a picture of the aftermath, Elder C2 and me toasting the camera with our goblets; his face, one of a man just snatched from the claws of hell.

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Multiply and Replenish–Part I

October 30, 2011
Multiply and Replenish–Part I

Don’t worry, your greenie will soon sleep through the night and grow out of bursting into tears every hour whether she is hungry or not.

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The Last Dinner Appointment

October 16, 2011
The Last Dinner Appointment

He let us in, sat us down, and asked a question that still haunts me: “Where *were* you guys?”

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Which Came First: The Event or the Story?

October 2, 2011
Which Came First: The Event or the Story?

The Philip K. Dick inside me has hypothesized that in the not too distant future, insurance companies will require all missionaries to wear a GPS and a video camera 24/7.

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Posted in Mission, Uncategorized | 4 Comments »

I hope they call me on a myth-ion

September 25, 2011
I hope they call me on a myth-ion

We believed with every fiber of our being that to end one’s mission without having this experience would be to admit that you had not truly been a Toronto missionary.

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The Rest of the Story

September 11, 2011
The Rest of the Story

Often, the most interesting aspect of a story is where it ends.

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The Plan of Cessation

September 4, 2011
The Plan of Cessation

With fist-pumpin’, you-can-do-it, super zone leader zest, it laid out a gospel so simple, Nephi would have dropped his plates in awe.

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What Would D&C 89 Do?

August 28, 2011
What Would D&C 89 Do?

I traversed mountains of fat, swam seas of high fructose corn syrup, scaled cliffs of salt, waded through bogs of eternal ketchup, and frolicked in cities of processed food.

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The Convert Companion

August 21, 2011
The Convert Companion

It was his socks, actually.

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Laser Tag!

August 14, 2011
OSCLaser2

So after the demo was finished, I went up to the woman who had been presenting and said, “Hey, could you laser my … um … name tag?”

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The Weird People Business

July 31, 2011
The Weird People Business

He wasn’t just plain nuts. He was earnest, compelling, dedicated nuts–the kind of nuts I think could have passed for prophetic a few hundred years ago.

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The Calling

July 24, 2011
The Calling

No, it wasn’t Pamela Anderson in a wet shirt; it was a missionary in a wet shirt.

Posted in Faith, Mission | 11 Comments »

Insert Appropriate John Denver Song Title Here

July 17, 2011
Insert Appropriate John Denver Song Title Here

The folks in the Church Office Building are inspired, this I know, because I had to leave for Toronto at 12:30 a.m.

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Posted in Mission | 9 Comments »

My First Nude Photo

July 10, 2011
My First Nude Photo

The MTC is the chapel where the natural man and spiritual man are joined in a stormy matrimony.

Posted in Mission, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 14 Comments »

What Lies Beneath

July 3, 2011
What Lies Beneath

I believe this tie still lurks somewhere in my closet, brooding in the darkness and waiting for its next wearer to stumble upon it.

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Suiting Up

June 26, 2011
Suiting Up

I’m not sure why they call these suits double-breasted. I’ve never found twice as many pockets or twice as many lapels on them, though I have found twice as many buttons. I’m still confused, though. Why would they call buttons breasts?

Posted in Mission, Pride | 2 Comments »

The Calling Ritual and How I Screwed It Up

June 19, 2011
The Calling Ritual and How I Screwed It Up

My littlest sister is on a mission in Spain. When she first arrived, she wrote to me saying that she didn’t remember anything about my own mission. This surprised me because I was an inveterate–even diarrheal–writer of letters, and my mom distributed them as far and wide as one could during those pre-email years. But […]

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