Scott Dixon won Sunday's Toyota Long Beach Grand Prix.  Congratulations to him!  A few days earlier reporter Eric Bradley got a test ride, strapped into the back of an IndyCar two-seater driven by Conor Daly.  Heart beats per minute bump way up, a driver may sweat off up to five pounds in a race, and the G-force is tremendous.  "You're sore all over by the end of the race," says Daly.Sore at the end of a race?  No kidding.  Sometimes this life feels like the most painful obstacle course....more


I saw this television commercial last year during a football game, on a high def big screen, even.I could watch it a million times, and listen to John D's song a million more.Enjoy!    ...more

Open Letter To Whomever Is Writing the Women and the Priesthood Essay has hosted a series of essays this year that have addressed some of the murkier parts of the Mormon history and doctrine. While these essays have fallen short of people’s concerns in a lot of ways, it has also inspired a lot of hope. It is the first time many of these things are being addressed and publicly spoken about, which is just a relief all its own....more
Write an essay on a religious theme, not a simple ...more

One Heart, One Mind: Trimming Zion

“And the Lord called his people Zion, because they were of one heart and one mind. And dwelt in righteousness and there was no poor among them.” Moses 7:18...more

Pants on Fire

Oh, but the Mormon world has exploded this past week.  What began as a fairly simple movement has turned into some shocking drama.  I know all people are prone to over reactions, but I feel like as Mormons we excel at this.  I think it’s a part of our mythology.  Joanna Brooks hit on this in her book, Book of Mormon Girl.  The Mormon pioneers would “circle their wagons” as to protect themselves from danger.  Mormons have been through such ...more

Conservative Mormon reactions to the Obacalypse*

I have a lot of thoughts about the elections on Tuesday.  More than a few reactions myself.  Relief.  I’m so relieved that most Americans can see that we’re heading the right direction and have voted to keep going forward instead of regressing.  Hope.  I’m hopeful that since Obama can’t run again, the House Republicans will make their goal economic improvement, instead of one term president.  I’m hoping we’ll get some compromise from here on out.  It has certainly been lacking.  A lot....more

Who Owns The Term Mormon?

Polygamy is a touchy subject for many Mormons.  Mention the word polygamy to a faithful Mormon and you will observe an almost universal knee-jerk reaction – an explanation that Mormons do not practice polygamy and that polygamist groups covered in mainstream media are not Mormon.  To counter the image of polygamy, Mormon authorities made an unsuccessful attempt to trademark the term “Mormon”, as an attempt to prevent fundamenta...more

The Strength of Testimony

As many know and have been watching – I am working on my journey of really getting back into my religion. I really have been spacing my posts about religion out because I know that a lot of people don’t want to hear about it, but there are some here who are truly enjoying the process.I have been reading my scriptures a lot lately, and of course checking out the great resources on Talks, scripture study stuff, you know… the boring stuff no one wants to talk about anyway....more

New Poll Shows Christian Right are Idiots

In a stunning new survey of the Christian Right in America, it shows that Jews are morefavorable to Mormons and Muslims to these so called Christian Right Wing idiots....more

Understanding a Special Blessing

Years ago when I was active and worthy in my church I received my Patriarchal Blessing. Typically a Bishop of the church will not recommend you or clear the way for you to meet with the Patriarch in the area if it has been less than a year since you were baptized....more