A Letter to My Young Mormon

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Todd,I just finished reading a book by Adam Miller. It is called Letters to a Young Mormon. Others have written books in this format, but this one struck me and I wanted to tell you about it...in a letter.Adam talks about two stories. The story that we want our lives to tell and the story of God's work in your life. The more we try to tell our own story, the more we resist Him. When we do this we are sinning.Todd, I admit...I sometimes try to influence the story of your life. I … [Read more...]

Hymns Through the Lens of a 13-Year-Old Young Man

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"I already thought three was too many," Todd whispered to me in reference to the normal minimum of three hymns that we have in LDS Sacrament meetings (our main Sunday service).Todd is my 13-year-old son and I love hearing his commentary on the world and our shared experiences.Yesterday, we had a musical testimony meeting at church.It is an annual tradition in our ward to have a testimony meeting where anyone from the congregation can walk up to the podium and share a little bit about … [Read more...]

Seven Things You Might Not Know About Me

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There is a Facebook prompt going around. If you like a status where somebody is sharing a number of things you might not know about them...they will assign you a number of things to share.Ardis at Keepapitchinin´╗┐ gave me the assignment of sharing seven things you might not know about me. Since I am turning 37 tomorrow, I will focus on some ways in which I have changed since my youth.1. I was a Dallas Cowboys fan until I was 11. My parents point to this as an example of how I have allows b … [Read more...]

That Dan Peterson Guy…Deserves an Apology

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I have been a jerk towards Dan Peterson. I would like to apologize to him and ask for his forgiveness.I have only met Dan once. It was during the summer of 2007 at Brigham Young University-Idaho. I taught at BYU-Idaho from 2006 to 2009. My wife had volunteered to help at BYU-Idaho Education Week that summer since volunteers were able to attend classes for free. I stopped by to say hello to her outside the lecture hall in the Taylor Building where she ushering.I saw Dan sitting at a table … [Read more...]

This is Why I am A Feminist

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Few people have influenced my life's philosophical work than that of the political philosopher Susan Moller Okin. However, I am not a feminist because of Susan Moller Okin.If you follow this blog, you know I love sharing clips featuring the philosopher Judith Butler. See here, here, and here. As I said on one of posts, "...my work and thought is very different from that of Butler. However, her approach to gender continues to fascinate me..." Yet, I am not a feminist because of Judith … [Read more...]

Teaching the Gospel in Our Homes: My Sermon

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Today, I gave a sermon about teaching the gospel in our homes. The talk touched on Rawls, King Benjamin from the Book of Mormon, my Chevy Suburban, and lots of cutestories about my beautiful and amazing children.Lyndee spoke first and I make a few references to her talk.Take a listen to the talk here.Or here: Podcast Powered By PodbeanI am sharing this talk as part of the Passing on the Faith: … [Read more...]

15 years!

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15 year ago today, Lyndee Marie Curtis and I were married in the Salt Lake Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.She has been my rock. Thanks, babe.Help us celebrate by subscribing or donating to Approaching Justice! … [Read more...]


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