I attended Brigham Young University from 1988 to 2001, completing a bachelor’s degree in English … with multiple interruptions including work, a mission for the Church to Italy, and 9 years in the Army (during the U.S. Desert Storm invasion of Kuwait). It took me a long time to finish, in large part due to this pesky freshman math class that took me three expirations of … Continue reading Dr. Roger Keller and Real Christianity
I’ve got to tell you a funny story which is also pretty inspiring. I went to high school in Orem, Utah. I played on the varsity soccer and basketball teams and on the b-ball team I played with a guy named Jason Lewis. He had a younger brother named Chad who, as I remember him, was this scrawny, pimply faced, redheaded kid who more often … Continue reading LDS NFL Football Player: Chad Lewis
This is a topic that will likely take more than one post to address. There are a lot of insights, opinions, and revealed truths I can share, but it will likely take more time than today to do so (my wife tells me I should consider making my posts shorter which I plan to do, at least as much as possible; that was already a … Continue reading Pain, Loss, and The Purpose of Life
If you read my post yesterday I spoke of the really lovely day I had fishing, discussing religion and life, and hanging out with a good friend and mentor of mine. I actually spent much of the time answering his questions about the Church, which I, of course, enjoyed … especially because he wasn’t critical or skeptical at all. He was quite “intellectually interested,” despite … Continue reading Are Latter-day Saints Allowed to Laugh?
Are Mormons allowed to laugh? This is a common question I get, along with others like … “So, can you guys dance, watch sports, play sports, drink soda, go to the movies, get in the water, etc.?” Oh, and the classic: “How many moms do you have anyway?” (Just one, in case you’re wondering at all … the best one, in my personal opinion; I’m … Continue reading An Atheist and a Mormon Go Fishing
Three things you’re probably starting to come to decipher about me by now: (1) I’m not a great writer. I mean, I try and I do alright. I do enjoy writing and think I have a bit of talent. (Like many, I have aspirations of writing the Next Great American Novel someday). But, writing takes talent (of which I have little) and, even more so, … Continue reading The Testimony of a Real Prophet of God
It’s been a long day … made even longer by several emails and Facebook messages back and forth between the friend I mentioned earlier who commented negatively about my recent post on Gladys Knight joining the Mormon church. It’s another whole discussion that I’ll save for another day—the question of passages found in The Book of Mormon that some feel are racist and whether the … Continue reading Five Reasons Not to Quit Mormonism
You saw her if you watched the epic documentary I wrote of last week, Meet the Mormons. Comedian Jenna Kim Jones was the narrator of that film and she did a great job. She’s a New Yorker, a talented comedian, and also a Mormon. Thought you might like to get to know her a little better. Click Below to Watch Jenna’s “I’m a Mormon” Video: … Continue reading LDS Comedian: Jenna Kim Jones
I talk a lot about what people believe about the Mormon church … the good, the bad, the ugly, and everything in-between. But, what do Mormons really believe? This video does a great job of answering this question. It’s way better than anything I could try to say. Click Below to Watch This Short Video: If you’ve ever walked, ridden, or driven by a Mormon … Continue reading What Do Latter-day Saints Really Believe?
I’ve talked off and on about the “haters/naysayers”—those who fight against the Church and “kick against the pricks,” as they say, decrying the good and tearing down the beauty that the Church stands for worldwide. I have a hard time with them, I’ll admit. I mean, I don’t “crap on your porch” and ask you to like it. I would ask you not to do … Continue reading Healthy Dialogue vs. “Civil” Debate