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Scriptural Math – What’s Not to Love?

By Linda Hoffman Kimball

Math is not my strong suit. I have other skills, but for the most part I lean on my tax-attorney-with-a-Harvard-degree-in-Applied-Math spouse for most of the numerical conundrums in the family.

Recently, however, I had a math-ish reaction to a familiar scripture.

When asked what the greatest commandment was, Christ answered, “…Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40)

What would happen if I substituted “love” every time I tripped up on “obedience” in the scriptures or Conference talks.

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Is This Enough?

By Linda Hoffman Kimball

 

Is This Enough?

Ruminations on Romans 7:19-25

When the deacon stands in front of me
with the sacrament tray
I pick the first piece I touch.

As I lift it to my mouth,
I see that it is
hardly more than
a crumb.

Is this enough?

I am tiny, too,
nearly nameless
with a thimble full of sins.

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Creating Sacred Space

By Melonie Cannon

Last week I did something extremely foolhardy. I was invited on a hike in Canyonlands National Park which was definitely beyond my capacities. However, the words “this is a once in a lifetime experience,” kept ringing in my stubborn ears and I went forward, even though my legs told me to turn back. My friend …

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Fall

By Melissa Young

                the raspberry canes lie on the dry ground, the energetic clamor of August that drove their bearing now withered against the inexorable coming of October, and its golden insistence that all labors yield to irrelevance an ultimate equality, this inability to escape gravity– assurance that all dust …

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The Precious Ordinary

By Linda Hoffman Kimball

Sacrament emblems of bread and water
Sacrament emblems of bread and water

At church we use the phrase “taking the sacrament” for the weekly taking of blessed bread and water, symbols of Christ’s body and blood offered in His atoning sacrifice. “Do this in remembrance of me,” Christ told his disciples at the Last Supper. Other churches have similar practices that are called Communion, The Lord’s Supper, Eucharist and other titles, often preceded by the word “Holy.”

In Relief Society recently we had a lesson about the Sacrament. At one point the instructor asked us to recall and share particularly memorable occasions when we’ve taken the Sacrament.

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