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CHANGE: As the church makes adjustments, can we keep up?

By Michelle Lehnardt

Before I hit publish on this post, I clicked over to www.mormonnewsroom.org to make sure I didn’t miss some big announcement this morning. It can be hard to keep up. You know what I’m talking about. The church is changing as rapidly as my garden in spring: sticklike branches budding with leaves overnight, fresh green tendrils …

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Further Light and Ambiguity

By Linda Hoffman Kimball

For over a week now I have rejoiced and grieved/danced and wept/ felt free-at-last and still a tad bit bound. Sorry to be so oblique. I’m sorry, also, that I have been instructed that “oblique” is the best I can do. (That isn’t an apology; it’s a regret.) The other day, weighed with these joys …

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“Hyacinth” by Annie Wiederhold

By Annie Wiederhold

“Hyacinth” by Annie Wiederhold The black roof and spires disappeared into the ashy night sky, giving the impression that the bright gold Angel Moroni was floating unassisted as I walked the Provo City Center Temple perimeter for the first time. The distinctive bronze fountain looked greener than it had in pictures, and its dramatic illumination …

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Faint Lines

By Megan Wilcox Goates

  I. I’m reading a book series where the characters sometimes swoon, generally from the loss of blood due to an eighteenth-century battle injury via musket ball or broadsword. It’s very swashbuckling. Do people faint in real life, or only in books? My sister passed out in front of an elevator after giving blood once. …

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Dear Self: I Love to See the Walmart

By Linda Hoffman Kimball

Because I live for much of the year in a sparsely populated location, it was big news a few years ago when the Walmart came to a town nearby. By “nearby” I mean a 40 minute drive away. By “town” I mean that 13,000 people live there. It calls itself Heber City, but I know fer cities (Chicago and Boston in particular), and “City” in this case is stretching it.

At last there is an option for one stop shopping! I like their prices on basics. I like that I can go in without worrying about whether I’m dressed stylishly. I like the little game I made up of seeing if I can spot at least one person wearing a cowboy hat when I go.

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Passion: Windows of Agates

By Linda Hoffman Kimball

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Sunday morning

During the passing of the sacrament I decided to prep myself for Sunday School by reading the scriptural passage we’d be studying. Isaiah 54. That first verse caught my attention in a visceral way:

“Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the Lord.”

I know many women for whom fertility issues are a great source of anxiety and grief. My own three children were hard to come by, but relative to those who want children but can never have them or lose them early I can only imagine the heartbreak. And, given Isaiah’s setting where being barren (even though it may have been the guy’s problem!) was deemed “shameful”, the problem was exacerbated by that unjust layer of societal disrespect.

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“We Will!”

By Linda Hoffman Kimball

I am a proponent of having friends and family of all ages, faiths and “worthiness-es” join to support and celebrate marriages on the wedding day. There is something moving and profound in answering “We will!” when an officiator asks the gathered crowd, “Will all of you witnessing these vows do all in your power to …

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Rhetorical Questions

By Linda Hoffman Kimball

Questions to ruminate over

Have you cut your hay where you had no right to or turned your animals into another person’s grain or field, without his knowledge or consent?

Have you branded an animal that you did not know to be your own?

Do you wash your body and have your family do so as often as health and cleanliness require and circumstances will permit?

During the Mormon Reformation era of 1856-57, church leaders devised a catechism of questions asked of apostles, bishops, missionaries and regular church members to discover areas of personal attitudes and behavior that could use improvement. These were among the questions asked. These soul-searching questions and others designed to measure spiritual and behavioral commitment to the church had an influence on our contemporary temple recommend interviews.

I renewed my temple recommend this past week, and the experience caused me some useful introspection.

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Dream, Dream, Dream

By Linda Hoffman Kimball

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am a dreamer. Not so much of the “can’t-pay-attention-because-I’m-imaging-an-idyllic-life- herding-goats-in-the-Alps” variety. Also not the “come-up-with-big-schemes-and-never- accomplish-any-of-them” kind. It’s the nighttime kind. The crawl-under-the-covers-and-snooze kind I like best.

Here are some reasons why.

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What’s in a Name?

By Linda Hoffman Kimball

I sat in the hospital waiting room reading celebrity magazines, a guilty pleasure I rarely indulge in. My husband was in an operating room in Boston having a pin installed in his hand to help heal a fractured bone. In the great scheme of things, it wasn’t too big a deal.

Another family walked in and sat on the couches in a different corner of the room. We had a short exchange of pleasantries, after which one of that group said:

“Yuh not from around heah, ah yuh” – which, being translated, means: “You’re not from around here, are you.”

I told them I grew up in Illinois.

“You roll yuh ahhs.” (“You roll your “r’s.”)

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