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Book Review: On Fire in Baltimore: Black Mormon Women and Conversion in a Raging City by Laura Rutter Strickling

By Sherilyn Stevenson

Published by Greg Kofford Books, October 2018 In her new release, On Fire in Baltimore, Black Mormon Women and Conversion in a Raging City, Laura Rutter Strickling, a White member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, documents the conversion stories of fifteen Black women. Right away, I asked myself how I, as …

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Yongrui and the Tree of Life

By Katherine Cowley

Shen lay very still, except when he coughed. His whole body quivered in pain, and blood came out of his mouth. He was small, even for a six-year-old, and it was hard to watch him in so much pain. But his father, Yongrui, would not have money for a doctor until next week. So Yongrui …

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Mercy Water

Today’s guest post comes from Heather Kole, who is a full time American student living in Scotland. She spends her free time writing on her tiny mediocre blog, writing lists & running around in general panic. You can find more of her writing at http://honeybeau.blogspot.co.uk.

It was cold in the chapel. As I stepped into the shallow pool and looked at the Elder waiting for me in the water, I grew nervous. “This is the mercy water,” the tiny voice in my heart said.  An instant calm took over my body and my clenched fists relaxed. I took in a deep breath and stepped into the water, feeling the tingling all the way down to my toes. The warm water washed away any and all sins committed before that day, and will continue to do so until I meet my Heavenly Father after mortal death. The Elder held me under to make sure every part of me was under the water, was washed clean. I mused for a brief second while beneath the surface. “This is the mercy water.” That single phrase stuck in my head and repeated itself over and over again that night as I lay in the spare room on my borrowed school dormitory bed. I was wiped clean of sin by immersing myself in that deliciously warm water and dedicating my life to my savior and my Heavenly Father. The water erased everything and created hope.

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Welcoming outsiders

By Heather Oman

I didn’t serve a mission. When I was 21, I took a job working as a personal care attendant for 2 quadriplegic teenagers. I lived in their home, took care of them at night, and, if there was no nurse, during the afternoon as well. It wasn’t what I expected to find myself doing at 21, but I’ve since learned that life is full of the unexpected.

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A Conversation with Manolie Nettavongs Jasper

By Shelah Miner

by Shelah Mastny Miner MANOLIE NETTAVONGS JASPER entered this world as a princess. She was born in the bed of her grandfather, the king, in the palace at Xiangkhouangville, Laos. Manolie’s grandfather lived to the age of 115 and spent time in his waning years personally teaching his young granddaughter. She says, “Grandfather believed in education …

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