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My Selfish Altruism (Tales from Cambodia & Nepal)

August 20, 2013
My Selfish Altruism (Tales from Cambodia & Nepal)

Why do we give?  Is our altruism ever purely unselfish or do we give in part because we hope to gain something?  What do we want to gain? In March, we had an opportunity to join a house building in a small village outside of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  My husband was working as treasurer for […]

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Posted in Agency, Doctrine, economics, Education, Faith, Mormon | 12 Comments »

Gamblers Anonymous: Weekend Poll

August 10, 2013
Gamblers Anonymous:  Weekend Poll

“You’ve got to know when to hold them, know when to fold them, know when to walk away, and know when to run.  You never count your money when you’re sitting at the table.  There’ll be time enough for counting when the dealing’s done.” Kenneth Rogers 15: 3. Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, debt, Freedom, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 17 Comments »

The Church in the Community

July 4, 2013
The Church in the Community

In the run-up to, and analysis of the recent Worldwide Training Broadcast “Hastening the Work of Salvation“, a wish was expressed by various bloggers and commenters for missionaries to have a greater involvement in service in the community. There was a general feeling that the LDS church, unlike others, is not as involved in serving […]

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Posted in money, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized, understanding | 15 Comments »

Survey on Ethical Climates and Religion

December 28, 2012
Survey on Ethical Climates and Religion

One growing area of study in experimental ethics is the effect of what are often called climates. It started with noticing that beggers outside of a bakery are more likely to receive charity than those near a sewer. But it has expanded into realizing that many cultures have an ethical environment. To read scripture, moralizing […]

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Remembering Sandy Hook: 26 Random Acts of Kindness

December 19, 2012
Remembering Sandy Hook:  26 Random Acts of Kindness

A friend of mine found this note on her car this week with a Starbucks gift card:  “To honor the 26 people who died in Newtown, CT, my family is doing 26 acts of kindness. You are number 3. We hope you have a wonderful holiday season. God bless!” What a great way to take […]

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Posted in Agency, America | 6 Comments »

Lessons Learned Living as a Homeless Man

September 23, 2012
Lessons Learned Living as a Homeless Man

This is a guest post from Grace for Grace.  He runs a blog by the same name. It was about 5:45 p.m. one Friday evening as I drove my car a few blocks away from the food bank and parked it ambiguously.  I hadn’t showered for two days and had about 5 days of facial hair growth […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 17 Comments »

Musings on Modesty

September 11, 2012
Musings on Modesty

It’s a miracle!  A worldly toddler spontaneously sprouted cap sleeves and became modest and beautiful again! Sproing! Her entire class was basking in the warm light of spirituality as seen in this picture – even their color improved to a healthy glow as if by the grace of God. Rumor has it that similar miracles […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 45 Comments »

Lazarus, the Widow, and Other Heroes

May 20, 2012
Lazarus, the Widow, and Other Heroes

He smiled warmly at me when I walked into the store, his wife having called ahead to brief him on my need. Motioning me to follow him, he checked to see that someone else would take care of the customers at the parts counter and we went out back to his pickup. I was sure […]

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Posted in Faith | 6 Comments »

Tis Better to Receive than to Give: Ask the Bishop (Poll #10)

October 8, 2011
Tis Better to Receive than to Give: Ask the Bishop (Poll #10)

The single hardest thing I had to do as bishop, repeatedly, was deciding who would get fast offering help, and who would not.  So, I’ll let you help me on this one.  You’re the bishop! There is a family in your ward that runs hot and cold with church attendance.  They come for 6 months, […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Faith, Mormon Culture | 29 Comments »

If I Were In Charge: Stop Requiring Specific Donations For Spiritual Participation

July 13, 2011
10-Charity

Being willing to give away what we have is essential.  Christ told us that we need to be willing to impart of our possessions and to have charity towards others.  Zakat (almsgiving) is one of the fundamental Five Pillars of Islam.  Dana (generosity or giving) in Buddhism is essential to purify oneself and is one […]

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Posted in Church Policy | 112 Comments »

Why Are People Judgmental?

May 31, 2011
Why Are People Judgmental?

A few months ago, I was at a work dinner chatting with a colleague, also a Mormon (a previous bishop), and we were talking about some colleagues whose behavior we didn’t approve.   Some of our co-workers from another department (probably sales) were drinking too much at a work event which resulted in some rather unprofessional behavior.  I was rolling my […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 84 Comments »

Breast (Cancer) Awareness

October 22, 2010
Breast (Cancer) Awareness

Breasts are everywhere this month!  Pink is the new black.  If people aren’t “saving the ta-tas” they are professing their devotion to breasts.  People are shelling out big bucks buying up rubber wristbands and tee shirts that say “I <3 Boobies!”  Some schools have banned the wearing of these items.  We ate pink Krispy Kremes […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 27 Comments »

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