I was wondering about the purpose of guilt the other day and whether the feelings we often attribute to guilt always are true, legitimate guilt or if it may frequently be feelings of shame. Brene Brown describes the difference between guilt and shame in a fairly simple way that I think is helpful: guilt is […]Read more "Guilt: From God or From Man?"
The Final Judgment. The Pearly Gates. The End. I’ve thought a decent amount about what I hope that will be like. Imagined various scenarios for how it’ll play out. There are three things that have been a feature of how I want God to respond to me for the past while (some longer than others). […]Read more "Imagining Judgment"
Today, I present to you a love story. My love story. Doubling as an exploration of the most baffling advice I’ve ever received—to have more “reckless abandon”. Interested? Well, here we go… Cecelia (Cece, Cec, etc.) and I dated for 14 days before we were engaged (ring on the finger, posted on Facebook official). 10 […]Read more "Reckless Abandon: A Love Story"
“And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.” Malachi 4:6 I think this could be the unofficial tagline for Coco, the new Pixar, which you absolutely should see because it is beautifully […]Read more "Coco: Turning the Hearts of the Children…"
Note: An attempted reconstruction of a talk I delivered 19 Nov 2017, in the Provo YSA 101st Ward. If God’s voice was a musical instrument, it would be a cello. Thank you, that was beautiful. And thanks to Mary for her thoughts on conversion and the importance of small things in that process and Aubrey […]Read more "Sublime Spirituality: Sanctifying Our Darkness with God"
Two years ago today, a policy from the LDS Church regarding homosexual members and their children was released. That policy marked any member that is a part of a same-sex marriage as an apostate and that their children could not receive baby blessings, baptism or other ordinances until they are 18 (under certain circumstances). This […]Read more "The Policy: 2 Comfort & 2 Mourn"
Note: A companion of sorts to this piece I wrote about Heavenly Mother a few months ago and this piece I wrote about Jesus Christ. Like those pieces, this is an attempt at some speculative theology, meaning I’m not claiming any of this is doctrinal, nor binding in any sort of way, but rather hoping […]Read more "Heavenly Father: A Speculative Profile"