Posts Tagged ‘ Christmas ’

Best and Worst Holiday Gifts

December 25, 2012
Best and Worst Holiday Gifts

Personally, I’m not a big fan of gifts.  I neither like to give nor to receive.  I feel inept at selecting gifts, and I feel awkward about receiving them.  Gifts feel like an obligation, and also like we’re putting a value on a relationship.  I was raised by parents who were not big on gifts either.  […]

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Magi from China

December 24, 2012
Magi from China

A few years ago, Revelation of the Magi was first translated into English. I’ve wanted to blog about it for a time, but now seems appropriate. According to ABC News, An ancient text called the “Revelation of the Magi,” has been rediscovered and tells a very different version of the Three Wise Men’s journey to […]

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Was Jesus Born in December?

December 26, 2011
Was Jesus Born in December?

In his 1915 classic entitled Jesus the Christ, Elder James E. Talmage maintained that Jesus Christ was born on April 6 in the year 1 BC.1 Talmage was apparently the first LDS writer to propose this particular date.  Nearly a century has passed since his book appeared, and in that time it has become practically axiomatic […]

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Good Friday, Easter, and Mormons

April 25, 2011
Good Friday, Easter, and Mormons

As Easter approaches every year, it seems that many people type “do mormons celebrate easter” into Google.  If you do that right now, you will see that my post from 2008 is the #1 result on Google: Why Don’t Mormons Celebrate Easter? Frankly it’s shocking to me that my post is ranked so high on Google.  […]

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LDS Apps for the Kindle

December 27, 2010
LDS Apps for the Kindle

I was really happy to receive a Kindle for Christmas.  It was fun to take it to church yesterday and open up my new digital scriptures.  I wanted to see if anyone here got one of these, and wanted to share my impressions and LDS book selections. I got the 3G model–the one with free […]

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Christmas is Tomorrow This Year

December 25, 2010
Christmas is Tomorrow This Year

When writing a Christmas post on a site most frequented by religionists who stress the importance of family, you know most people who read the post are doing so after Christmas. (Those reading on Christmas Day itself are probably using the excuse of checking out new electronics that Santa brought by in the morning. Well, […]

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Science & Religion: Christmas Chaos

December 21, 2010
ChristmasChaos

You may be expecting a post about chaos theory as it relates to the Christmas story.  You may be expecting the promised resolution about higher-dimensional beings.  You may be expecting the next post in the science and religion series.  Or you may not be expecting anything. Because of Christmas chaos, however, I basically didn’t have […]

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The Christmas Star in the Book of Mormon

December 20, 2010
The Christmas Star in the Book of Mormon

Scientists have tried to figure out what star appeared to announce Jesus birth to the Wise Men.  I did a post a few years ago titled Astrology in the Christmas Story.  It is pretty much an accepted fact that our current calendar (called the Gregorian calendar, named after Pope Gregory who asked his monks to […]

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Christmas Lies

December 18, 2010
Christmas Lies

As of last Friday, I’ve been back home from school. As a result, I’ve been able to see my family again…back in its element. It’s been fun. Until I’ve come across the lies. Today, let me tell you a story about how our family has been ensnared by lies as a result of forbidden fruit: […]

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Stories of Jesus’ Childhood

December 13, 2010
Stories of Jesus’ Childhood

Ever wondered what kind of a child Jesus was?  Well, The First Gospel of the Infancy of Jesus Christ tells us that Jesus was part healer, part genius, part brat.  It starts out with some interesting stories about what happened to the holy family in Egypt (following Herod’s edict to kill all boys age 2 and […]

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The Untold Story of Joseph and Mary

December 6, 2010
The Untold Story of Joseph and Mary

The biblical account of the interactions between Joseph and Mary is very small.  To me, it almost makes Joseph and Mary appear 2-dimensional, and I never feel like I know them very well.  When Joseph discovered that Mary was pregnant before their wedding, we know that he considered cancelling the betrothal.  An angel intervened, and […]

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Gospel of the Birth of Mary

November 29, 2010
Gospel of the Birth of Mary

A few months ago, I picked up a book called Lost Books of the Bible by William Hone on the clearance rack at Barnes and Noble.  It is one of the coolest books I have ever picked up.  There are 26 ancient books included in the compilation, dating to the earliest centuries after Christ.  These ancient […]

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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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