What have you seen lately?

What have you seen lately?

Saturday my wife and I ate downtown in Salt Lake City.  Instead of taking the Interstate back home, we meandered back to State Street and then down State Street.  It was between 6:00 and 7:00 pm on a Saturday evening.  I was surprised to see that there were eight tattoo parlors open at that time,
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Social and Cultural “Rights”

Social and Cultural “Rights”

In the Church News there is an article about religious freedom being eroded by encroaching social and cultural “rights” which conflict with religious freedom.  The case of Perry v. Schwartzenegger in California, which challenges the Proposition 8 vote was cited by Elder Lance Wickman, the Church’s General Counsel (lawyer).  In that case the public’s decision
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Peculiar

Peculiar

The gentiles seem determined to end their reign. According to an announcement from the Church this week, missionary work is being shifted from European and North American populations into Latin and South America, Africa and Asia. I’ve thought for some time that the failing conversion rates are the inevitable result of the “marketing” system being
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Who can be a Seer?

Who can be a Seer?

I was asked recently. “Who can become a seer?” I answered this: You could probably substitute “seer” for “prophet” in Moses’ lament: “Would to God all men were [seers]”. The purpose of seership is the same as any other gift of the Spirit: to acquire knowledge of truth. And, assuming “God giveth liberally to all
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After the Gold Rush

After the Gold Rush

I’ve been a Neil Young fan since his Buffalo Springfield days. Among his acts of kindness over the years, he saved Lionel Trains from bankruptcy in 1995, because he is a model train fan. That affection grew from his relationship with his autistic son. In any event, here is an A Cappella version of his
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Second Anointing

Second Anointing

I’ve gotten numerous questions this last week on the subject of the “second anointing” or “second sealing.” This is not a subject which I think invites a lot of open discussion. I’ve intentionally avoided it in my books. Here’s what I think is appropriate to explain:The Second Comforter: Conversing with the Lord Through the Veil
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BYU Visit

BYU Visit

I need to preface my remarks below with this: My son attended a Catholic High School for a year and had the wonderful experience of being in the minority there. I have lifelong friends who are Catholic. My family was Baptist and my sister remains a devoted Baptist. I have friends of many faiths, or
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Personal Responsibility

Personal Responsibility

I have tried to lessen the burden imposed upon Church leadership in the books I have written.  The Saints need to be more accountable for their own progress and understanding.  The books impose responsibility upon the reader to establish their own communication with God, and then to assume responsibility for their own progress. Whatever intelligence
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Salesmanship

Salesmanship

Recognizing a problem is not solving it in the same way that a diagnosing an illness is not treating it.      It is always the first step, however, to recognize a defect.  We don’t solve a lot of problems because we fail to acknowledge their existence.     Then there are those who will argue
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Infidelity

Infidelity

If a man is unfaithful to his wife, he will be dishonest in his business dealings and in his other relationships. Hence the saying: “an adulterer is a liar.” The two go together.