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Metaphors in the Gospel of John

By Karen Austin

John’s gospel bears testimony of the divinity of Jesus the Christ. The manner of his writing shows Greek influences in the use of concepts and principles. John’s writing also makes ample use of metaphors.  In the gospel of John, Jesus declares to His followers that He (Jesus) is the Living Water, the Bread of Life, …

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Bless My Palpitating Heart

By Linda Hoffman Kimball

Bless My Palpitating Heart

Cover Art for “Leaves from a Mislaid Album” by Edward Gorey: Gotham Book Mart, 1972

When I first felt “called” to join the Church decades ago, I –  a Midwesterner – was a freshman at an Ivy League college. I was already a devoted Christian regularly reading the scriptures and intent on walking Christ’s path. My first LDS Sunday School teacher was a C.S. Lewis scholar and the perfect segue for me to feel confirmed that this new place was fertile soil. My earliest Church experiences were in university wards under the pastoral care of some of the best, brightest, and most committed LDS people one could find. I didn’t yet know that Primary was a thing. I wasn’t quite sure what “Relief Society” was, but I learned to love it.

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Howard Gardner and Encountering the Divine

By Karen Austin

Because the pandemic has altered the way my family and I worship, this has given me an opportunity to think about what activities create opportunity for encountering the Divine and expressing devotion.  I have found myself using the theory of multiple intelligences by Howard Gardner as a schema for exploring how to be inspired and …

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Talking “Why” & Sitting in Paradoxes: An Interview with Speaker & Author, Ganel-Lyn Condie

By Sherilyn Stevenson

At Segullah, we pride ourselves on highlighting women relevant to Mormon letters. This quarter’s featured woman, Ganel-Lyn Condie, writes in a genre rarely featured in literary magazines, and yet, her work adds to the discourse in the Church today. As a best-selling, self-help writer and public speaker of “real” topics, Ganel-Lyn impacts discussion surrounding contemporary …

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Book of Mormon Challenge Accepted—and Mangled

By Karen Austin

  This past October, when President Nelson issued the challenge for LDS women to read the Book of Mormon by the end of the year, I could hear my father’s voice booming in the back of my head: “If you are going to do something, do it right.” I had just accepted a full teaching …

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Favorites: Comforts from a Good Book

By Linda Hoffman Kimball

Life's Lemons photo by Linda Hoffman Kimball
Life’s Lemons
photo by Linda Hoffman Kimball

This time of year, folks are looking for a variety of favorites. Beach reads? Must see movies? Favorite vacation spots? Summer recipes? I’m curious about all these categories, too, so let me know.

However, when I started musing on the broad topic of “favorites”, I found myself drawn to a very niche category: “My favorite biblical scriptures on comfort.” I’m surprised that this is where I’ve landed since I’m feeling upbeat right now – everyone in my family is in good health; my son and his wife just welcomed my 4th grandbaby; we’ve got an exotic trip planned later this month; I’m surrounded by good friends and nature’s spectacular beauty. It’s like there’s a sound track of Beethoven’s and Schiller’s “Ode to Joy” playing in the back of my mind much of the time.

But I’m not naïve. And I’m not always this full of hallelujah. I know Life is never just one thing. Never just “good” or “bad.”

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2 Nephi 26:33

By Emily Milner

I have always remembered this guest post by Deborah, on turning scripture into poetry. For Martin Luther King Day, a brief attempt: 2 Nephi 26:33 … [A]nd the Lord inviteth them all to come unto him and partake of his goodness; and he denieth none that come unto him, black and white, bond and free, …

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One in Thine Hand?

By Linda Hoffman Kimball

One in Thine Hand?

I’m happy to be studying the New Testament again in Sunday School. I grew up on its cadences and witness. It remains my favorite of the canon. It’s the volume through which I came to know Christ, to begin to grasp the Atonement and through whose principles – along with the other scriptures – I try to work the Gospel into my bones. I believe, to borrow from Elder Bednar’s April 2010 Conference talk:
“Regular reading of and talking about the [scriptures] invite the power to resist temptation and to produce feelings of love within our families. And discussions about the doctrines and principles in the [scriptures] provide opportunities for parents to observe their children, to listen to them, to learn from them, and to teach them.”

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Through My Window

Stephanie is a not-so-young mom of three young children.  Her daily life consists mostly of caring for her family, finding matching socks, thinking of something to make for dinner, reading or writing something that uplifts her, and occasionally shaving her legs.  Stephanie blogs about finding faith in the trenches of motherhood at Diapers and Divinity

The morning was a cozy morning at my house. Grant went off to kindergarten.  Clark and Natalie sat on my bed and read books, then colored pictures at the kitchen table.  I felt kind of lazy, and did some dishes and talked on the phone.  I stayed in my pajamas for most of the day.  At one point, I looked out the window and saw big beautiful snowflakes dancing around in the air. They were the magical, floating kind that are perfect for postcards and winter photos.  I admired them for a few minutes and then remembered that the high temperature was in the teens, and the wind chill lately had been brutal.  I realized that it wasn’t nearly as lovely out there as it looked through my window, and I was glad to be inside.

I don’t regularly spend my days having deep thoughts, but in this case, my observation led me to ponder some things.  So I chose to do my scripture study on judgment, particularly to think about how I see others.  Perhaps you don’t make the same mistake I do, but I tend to look at other moms as the ones that have it all together.  Their kids always look so magazine-ready, and when I stop by their home it’s freaking spotless compared to mine, or they show up right on time to a meeting when I haven’t been on time to anything for years . . . you get the picture.  The way they do motherhood looks all lovely through my window.

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Initiate

By Emily Milner

Sister Ilis Grant echoes Exodus clear eyes teaching mine. Her humble tongue repeats, stumbles, blesses. Blessings echo, overlap. I circle round, emerge, tasting glory, clothed in grace.