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Surviving San Francisco earthquake

I just finished making a video about my grandma who survived the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. Thanks to my creative son for all the help.

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Eternal round and distilling souls

To understand the Plan of Salvation in the context of God’s “eternal round,” I like to use the model of a “continuous distillation process,” rather than employing a “batch process model’ that represents the “one time through” doctrine, which I would call only a “snap shot” of the LDS Plan of Salvation. For those who have ears to hear, the […]

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Eternal Progression

Over the years, I’ve been thinking about eternal progression and I’ve developed some ideas — but not the typical Plan of Salvation. The LDS church teaches The Plan of Salvation as a linear progression — pre earth life — mortal life (probation) — death — resurrection – “assigned” to a kingdom and that’s it. End of story, never to go out again.” […]

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Honey Balm

Homemade Honey Olive Bee Balm

I came across some scientific research in a journal that shows an interesting combination of ingredients used to help skin disorders such as psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, and other skin ailments. I based this recipe on that research. The study found that the ingredients of honey, olive oil, and beeswax are effective against Staphylococcus Aureus and Candida Albicans. The honey mixture used for this […]

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Born once, Born again

It occurred to me that being “born again” is a significant event, not to be missed when it happens. Just like a real birth — it’s not something that happens without you experiencing it — as the mother or as the baby (I know, you don’t remember your birth, but it’s all there in your subconscious.) When the scriptures say […]

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The meaning of hot drinks

I’ve often wondered about the revelation that says hot drinks are not for the body or belly. Joseph Smith gave us the word of wisdom  — “To be sent by greeting; not by commandment or constraint, but by revelation and the word of wisdom, showing forth the order and will of God in the temporal salvation of all saints in […]

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Apocalypse of Abraham

“A passage in the Apocalypse of Abraham reads like a modern description of the seething, ever-changing elements within a star. Abraham was shown the stars. An angel comes and takes him on a journey, during which Abraham goes into a trance. His spirit leaves his body, for when he comes back, it enters his body again and he has to […]

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What are you learning at church?

While sitting in Gospel Doctrine I had an entirely different insight about our lesson on the temptations of Christ. You know, the verses in Matthew 4, after Jesus has fasted for forty days, and then the tempter comes and tries to get Him to change the stones into bread, jump off the pinnacle of the temple to be saved by […]

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Prooftexts and sound bites

Prooftexting is a method of proving a point by using scripture out of context without regard for the entire text. You see this all the time. Someone will tell a story and then use a scripture verse to support the theme of the story. This happens so often, that we end up believing something to be doctrine and truth, when […]

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Two new Hugh Nibley talks

I have just digitized two old audio cassettes of Hugh Nibley — one is an interview and the second is a talk that he gave in Anaheim, California in January 1976 on the Old Testament. Thanks to R. Allred who shared these tapes with me so that we could all enjoy more of the Nib. I think you will love […]

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