The Woman at the Well

The Woman at the Well John 4:4-28 He leaves Jerusalem and heads to Galilee (probably a 70 mile journey), to get to Galilee he passes through Samaria, a route that is often bypassed by most Jews so that they can avoid Samaria. The Jews don’t like the Samaritans and the Samaritans don’t like the Jews….

The Caution of Religious Practices

When Abinadi was talking to the priest of King Noah, he said that the commandments are not “written on their hearts,” and that they had not “applied their hearts to understanding” them, and for that reason they were not able to act with wisdom (Mosiah 12,27, 13:11).  So I’ve been wondering what it means to…

Transactional Faith

Today I’m talking with Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife about Transactional Faith. It is wrong to approach our faith as some sort of transaction believing that if we do what is right then we will be blessed? Is it wrong to believe that through our actions we can secure certain blessings and outcomes? Can we, through our…

A Lovely Yet Conflicting Story From Facebook

I read this today on Michelle D. Craig’s, 1st Counselor in the General Young Women’s Organization, Facebook page. I love what’s she is saying but I also feel conflicted with what she is saying: I got an email last year from a wonderful sister in Oregon that I just need to share. She wrote: “After…

The one thing about Personal Development that I don’t like.

About five years ago, I feel in love with the personal development movement. I attended a few conferences, signed up for an intensive course, and entered the gateway to a new and better life. I read lots of books, listened to motivating speeches, created a vision board, recited affirmation statements, and wrote out my life…

True Greatness

What makes a life lived and honorable life? What does it mean to create goodness with your life? What does it mean to make an impact and a difference? What is true greatness? With the renaming of buildings and the consideration of whether or not someone should have a statue built to honor and remember…

Minnesota, Warsaw, and Jerusalem

Just some sketches of notes and rough draft of thoughts… The Park in Minnesota My friend sent me a message yesterday on Marco Polo. She went to the park with her two year old son, just wanting to get out. Everyone, these days, are feeling cooped up due to Covid. Upon arriving at the park…

Obedience and Integrity

To some, obedience can almost feel like a trap. What’s the difference between obedience that is driven by moral courage and obedience that is dangerous? When is it good to yield? When is it good to comply? When is it virtuous to obey? “Sometimes we want to place it in the frame of either obedience…

Cool Things From Created From the Covid Circumstances

I’ve seen a lot of really cool and inspiring things that people have created out of the challenging circumstance that Covid has created. I deiced today that I want to start keeping a list of them…it’s a small list so far, if you have any others you know about, add them to the comments.

What’s in the Name

Listen to six individuals share their views on whether Universities should change the names of their buildings. Three women, three men, different faiths, ages 24-60, one black, five white. Currently, there are many petitions throughout the country petitioning a name change of University buildings if the building is named after an individual that was a…