Category Archives: Why I Believe

Tried and True: The Scientific Method

Any science experiment requires multiple trials in order to test the consistency of results. So shared BYU Chemistry Professor Jennifer B. Nielson at a BYU Devotional last month. When I heard her explain “experiment” this way and apply this definition … Continue reading

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Why do Mormons Get Married in a Temple?

This is a valid question and one that many might be curious about. After all, why would someone want to get married in a temple that would limit the amount of guests that could participate in the ceremony, and not … Continue reading

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How to Be Real with God

Editor’s Note: This post was written in response to a comment by Tim on the post The Book of Mormon Musical–A Mormon’s Review.  The text of the comment is reprinted below: I was raised in the church and have done … Continue reading

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Ten Percent Is Nothing

Tithing, the Mormon practice of voluntarily giving one tenth of your income to the Church, is one of the greatest principles of Mormon faith. Tell a nonmember friend about tithing, and you’ll see a lot of head scratching, confused looks, … Continue reading

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Memory and Hope

When I was a college freshman, the teacher in my physical anthropology course reviewed the evolutionary history of humanity, as found in the fossil record.  Early on you have creatures with five fingers and toes; then there are the numerous … Continue reading

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Learning to Be More Honest in Prayer

I overheard my 6 year old niece Tessa recently give the most beautiful prayer. She said, “Heavenly Father, please help me to stop sucking my thumb, to learn how to read better this summer, and to stop throwing fits.” I … Continue reading

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Home Away From Home

At nineteen years old, I was itching for adventure. (Weren’t we all?) I signed up for a summer program in London, and then—armed with a change of clothes, a stash of peanut butter bars, and plenty of pluck—I backpacked from … Continue reading

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Propaganda and Truth

As an LDS missionary in eastern Ukraine, my attempts to distribute pamphlets about our church were often met with the dismissive rejoinder, “Eto propaganda.”  That’s propaganda. We’re all resistant to the idea of being manipulated by potentially-false information. We’re wary … Continue reading

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On Love

Happy Valentine’s Day! My favorite thoughts on love are found both in the New Testament (1 Cor. 13) and The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ (Moroni 7). In particular, this statement has resonated with me many times: … Continue reading

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Media Attention Misses the Heart of Mormonism

The plethora of articles I’ve been seeing on the web lately about Mormons are missing a very vital something.  They range from how Mormons try to keep the rules and stay cool, how we are leaving the church, our strangest … Continue reading

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