“Make Strawberry Wine” (Woman’s Exponent, “Household Hint,” May 1, 1873)
I’ll be attending a wedding later today. The couple will be married in the church, and a new baby will be joining them somewhat sooner than later. For a faithful LDS family, this is difficult.
My 13-year-old daughter came down with Bell’s Palsy last weekend. I was reeling a bit from the diagnosis
When I was growing up, “woman” meant “woman” and “man” meant “human.” Or “man.” Depending on the context.
I ran across this Relief Society moment in the March 15, 1873 Woman’s Exponent. Maybe it will make you smile, too:
“And again, it shall come to pass that he that hath faith in me to be healed, and is not appointed unto death, shall be healed. He who hath faith to see shall see. He who hath faith to hear shall hear. The lame who hath faith to leap shall leap.” (D&C 42:48-51)
5-year-old son: Mom, he hit me with his backpack! Me: Did you hit your brother? 11-year-old son: No. 5-year-old: Yes, he did! He did!
Seven Storey Mountain is Thomas Merton’s autobiographical account of his increasing restlessness with a worldly life. He converts to Catholicism and eventually enters one of the most strict (the strictest?) Catholic orders: a Trappist monastery. What has fascinated me
Enjoy that Thanksgiving turkey . . . while you can. You may be a vegetarian during the millennium.
A few months ago, a sister in our ward asked my daughter to babysit. On a Monday evening. Thatâ€™s right. Monday Evening. We try to be diligent with family home evening on Monday night, so the answer needed to be â€œno,â€ but I was a bit confused about how to convey that message.
Just kidding about the â€œoftenâ€ part. Are you an early voter or a procrastinator? Hereâ€™s why I voted early:
Polygamy was a topic for persuasive prose, not poetry in nineteenth century Utah.
Most everyone Iâ€™ve talked to loved President Uchtdorfâ€™s talk at the General Relief Society Broadcast. But I have a question (and yes, men, this is for you, tooâ€”since I assume that as a son of God, you also get joy in following the Fatherâ€™s example of creation and compassion):
The little historian in me cheers for small things, such as correct phrasing. At the General Relief Society Broadcast on Saturday, September 27, Sister Barbara Thompson
The church issued a statement about alcohol laws in Utah. The last paragraph reads: â€œThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believes that Utahns, including those who work in the hospitality industry, can come together as citizens, regardless of religion or politics, to support laws and regulations that allow individual freedom of choice while preserving Utahâ€™s proven positive health and safety record on limiting the tragic consequences of overconsumption of alcohol.â€
I freely admit that Iâ€™m not the funniest person in the world, but I do think I have a sense of humor. I like a good laugh as much as anyone. Or perhaps I should say, â€œI like a good laugh as much as anyone who is LDS.â€
â€œI seriously doubt whether there will be anyone in the celestial kingdom who is not kind.â€ â€œAn important measure of our efforts for the celestial kingdom is how we treat others.â€ (Elder Jensen, Regional Conference meeting, September 7, 2008).
This morning I heard a member of Utahâ€™s delegation to the Republican National Convention tell a radio talk show host that â€œthere is a really special feeling among the Republican delegation.â€ Could you run that by me again?
Between loving fresh vegetables and an assumption about gardens being â€œdoctrine,â€ I find myself planting every spring and harvesting what the bugs didnâ€™t nibble in the summer and fall. Except for a few condo-living years when dirt was a scarce commodity, I have planted religiously. But
The gospel doctrine lesson on Alma 43-52 proposed four principles of war as waged by the righteous:
The bishop is worried about ward reverence. He should be, truth be told.
(I hope you havenâ€™t discussed this before, at least not in this way.) At the height of national debate over the Equal Rights Amendment, Elder Bruce R. McConkie explained that all LDS women should look to Eve: â€œEve, the mother of all living, is truly the perfect pattern for all her daughters. Oh that all women would follow the path laid down by the first woman of all women and do the things that she did that all might be saved!â€ I have done some preliminary research and realized members of the church interpret the Eve story diverselyâ€”
Need a smile? Then you might wish you’d gone to sacrament meeting on March 15, 1857 in the Salt Lake Thirteenth Ward:
I donâ€™t want to debate the ins and outs of the tragedy at Mountain Meadows. It was horrific no matter how you cut it. My more immediate problem is personal
Did you know that BYU had a combined-gender missionary club in the early 1920â€™s named the Y.D.D.? It took me a month to discover the secret of the initials: â€œYoung Doctors of Divinity.â€
You are probably too erudite to discuss this, but Iâ€™m bringing it up anyway: vampire books. You know what Iâ€™m talking about.
I stumbled across a few LDS socialist stories when I was writing my MA thesis.
Fascinating Utah history factoid:
Can you help me a bit more with this topic? . . . Since LDS funeral sermons were given exclusively by men before 1900, they make an interesting comparison with LDS womenâ€™s death poetry of the same time period.
I have an uneasy relationship with death.