Which Kind Do You Like? I’ll Take a Double-Dip of Sweet, Please

Rob and I have been having an ongoing, fleeting conversation for months about stake presidents (and maybe bishops, but I don’t want to formally include them in this post because I think they get beat up so regularly I want to give them a pass on this. Unless you have a great insight about bishops in which case, I will happily include them.) Read more »

Brace yourself for slower service at McDonald’s, guys (probably Burger King, too).

My daughter works at McDonald’s as a manager to help her husband through school. She works from 4 am – noon, rising at 3 am. Her husband gets up with their baby and goes to work at Olive Garden as a waiter at 11 am. His sister watches the baby for that hour; it’s a good setup for the little guy because with their differing days off, he only has to be tended a few hours a week. Her husband gets home at 5 pm, then goes to night school till 10 or 11. It’s hard on them, but worth it. Read more »

Remember, Don’t Have Too Much Fun

” Church is cancelled due to the snow today for 3/24/13. Bishop has asked us to remember that it is still the Sabbath day. That cancelling church is not a day off from religious observance. All members should read and study the scriptures, conference talks, and other church literature.
Members should also consider spending time doing family history work and/or indexing. Even just creating an account at Familysearch.org and looking at their family tree could be a meaningful activity.”

This was on my Facebook feed this morning. I’m not even this is ward and I’m annoyed. Why do we feel the need say this? That bishop needs to take a nap and eat a cookie.

Apparently, Abraham Lincoln Lived at the Beehive House

I recently moved back to the Salt Lake area after several years on the east coast. Every day, my bus passes in front of the Beehive House, and it occurred to me that, despite the fact that I grew up in Utah, I could not remember ever having visited it. You know how it is, you never visit the sites you live closest to.

So I went. Well, here’s what I learned there:
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Here We Are Again, 50 Years Later

On the news lately (like on the internet, in newspapers, in Time magazine, on NPR radio news –pay attention people!) there has been a good amount of discussion regarding Sheryl Sandberg’s new book “Lean in, – Women, Work and the Will to Lead.” It is another in a long line of books starting back 50 years ago with The Feminine Mystique by Betty Freidan that explores the hows and whys women can’t/aren’t succeeding a man’s world. Read more »

God’s Favorite Instruments

When I was a kid my adoptive mother decided my sister and I needed to learn how to play the piano so we could grow up and play for church services. Read more »

Hymns That Touch Your Soul

I was thinking about my brother, Rex and was remembering his funeral. He died in 1999 at age 33 of a brain tumor. He was my older brother but was developmentally delayed. Emotionally he was about an 9 year old boy. Read more »

The Stake Conference Talk I Would Love To Give

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Today I was assigned to talk to you about how to teach your children gospel principles in the home. (Because this is the only topic I’ve ever seen a woman assigned to speak about in Stake Conference, I feel comfortable volunteering for this. Heaven forbid a woman ever gets to talk about something other than motherhood. But I digress…) Read more »

All Are Alike unto God…

So, by now, I know you are all aware of the new editions of the scriptures and the much talked about changes to headings, introductions, study aids, etc.

I am generally pleased with the direction (if not always the destination) of the majority of the “adjustments” I have looked at so far. The new introduction to Official Declaration 2, for example, is receiving a lot of attention:

The Book of Mormon teaches that “all are alike unto God,” including “black and white, bond and free, male and female” (2 Nephi 26:33). Throughout the history of the Church, people of every race and ethnicity in many countries have been baptized and have lived as faithful members of the Church. During Joseph Smith’s lifetime, a few black male members of the Church were ordained to the priesthood. Early in its history, Church leaders stopped conferring the priesthood on black males of African descent. Church records offer no clear insights into the origins of this practice. Church leaders believed that a revelation from God was needed to alter this practice and prayerfully sought guidance. The revelation came to Church President Spencer W. Kimball and was affirmed to other Church leaders in the Salt Lake Temple on June 1, 1978. The revelation removed all restrictions with regard to race that once applied to the priesthood.

Questions on the divine origin of the ban aside (full disclosure — I personally don’t believe it was of God), I cannot get over the irony of citing that particular verse from 2 Nephi in the context of expanding the pool of those who may be ordained to the priesthood.

If “black and white” are equal in the sight of God in terms of their eligibility for the priesthood, why, then, aren’t “male and female”?