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“Israel, Israel!” God is calling!

By Linda Hoffman Kimball

Musings on my recent trip to Israel – by Linda Hoffman Kimball, photography by Linda Hoffman Kimball I recently returned from a tour of  biblical and ancient archeological sites in Israel. Our guide, scholar Daniel O. McClellan, PhD – the active LDS biblical scholar  whose podcast “Data over Dogma” is a compelling watch/listen for those …

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Promoting Unity through Interfaith / Interpath Efforts

By Karen Austin

I have lived in nine different US States, which has afforded me the opportunity to meet a lot of people from a variety of backgrounds. During the four years that I lived in the Washing, DC Metro area, I got to meet people from several US States and people from several countries throughout the world. …

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The Beloved Community

By Linda Hoffman Kimball

On Monday, January 17, 2022, our country will celebrate Martin Luther King Day which has been a federal holiday since 1986. One of the most potent concepts Dr. King promoted was the “Beloved Community.”  As journalist Grace Tatter describes it:

Beloved community [is] a community in which everyone is cared for, absent of poverty, hunger, and hate. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. popularized the term during his lifetime of activism and imbued it with new meaning, fueled by his faith that such a community was, in fact, possible. But he always acknowledged that realizing his vision would involve systems of law, education, infrastructure, health care, and municipal reform — no one sector, much less one person, could create it in isolation.[1]

As members of The Church of Jesus Christ, we aspire to work individually and collectively toward something similar and, possibly, identical . The term we generally use is “Zion.”

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Honoring the “Certain Women Art Show” Segullah Winners

By Linda Hoffman Kimball

Honoring  the 2021 “Certain Women Art Show” Segullah Winners Brittany Soucy, Elizabeth Crowe, and Kirsten K. Campbell   Segullah is thrilled to announce the recipients of the 2021 Segullah honor awards to three artists whose work was displayed in this year’s “Certain Women Art Show.” As in 2019, Latter-day Saint women artists were invited to …

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Insurrection

By Linda Hoffman Kimball

January 6, 2021 DC USA – can you decipher the words on the white flag?

Insurrection

When I was 10 in 1962, I was aware from overheard news reports of something involving our US government, Cuba, and Russia. I couldn’t have told you any details, but the Cuban Missile Crisis seeped into my naïve little system. I seriously thought I wouldn’t live to see 12.

On November 22, 1963, I was 11 and at recess at my elementary school. I heard a rumor – President Kennedy had been shot and killed in Texas. Back in the classroom this terrible news was confirmed. I didn’t understand politics, but this shook me. I wept, although I wasn’t entirely sure why.

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Caesar’s Things

By Elizabeth Cranford Garcia

Last night was one of those rare nights that I couldn’t sleep, turning over and over in my head a social media exchange about politics. I say rare because this is exactly why I’ve mostly avoided social media for months now. Seeing the constant stream of antagonism/ignorance/self-righteousness keeps me up at night and occupies my …

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Journal Poetry Selection: The Guests by Terresa Wellborn

By Terresa Wellborn

The Guests I drove, a solitary sail into the mouth of the night, to the Wasatch edge where I saw her, a deer, head bent to a pool of green, and you, a flung star. How we wanted her, like a hooked dream, awash in our own brine. We poured, paired cups of disbelief and …

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Renlunds Equally Yoked at the Pulpit

By Karen Austin

Because I didn’t marry until I was in my mid-thirties, I attended a lot of young adult activities for a dozen years, including devotionals. For the last twenty years or so, I have been married, and I haven’t had a calling with the young adults, so I’ve been missing some great devotionals, I’m sure. This …

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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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SURPRISE: “Lo, I am with you always”

By Lisa Meadows Garfield

This year I am focused on living in the Spirit. My aim is to pay close and constant attention to the spiritual signals I receive and to “obey flawlessly” — a phrase I adopted from John Pontius. I am well aware that I am full of flaw-full obedience every day, but my commitment is to obey the Spirit of the Lord as precisely as I can determine His will and direction. I have joined a few “spirit sisters” in this quest, and our communal experience has been enlightening, and in a fundamental way, quite surprising. 

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