It Exploded (and other adventures in the saga of Jane Manning James)

janemanningjames

A few years before her death, Black pioneer Jane Manning James dictated her life story to Elizabeth J. D. Roundy, concluding it with these words: [M]y faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ of Latter‑day Saints is as strong today–nay it is if possible stronger–than it was the day I was first baptized. I pay my tithes and offerings, keep the Word of Wisdom. I go to bed early and arise early. I try in my feeble way to set a good example to all. Those of us who have come to love … [Read more...]

If you’re in Utah, you’re invited! February 12!

darius at first night

Announcing my guest speaker, Darius Aidan Gray A brief timeline of his life: Timeline: 1964: Darius Aidan Gray becomes LDS, learning the night before his baptism that he won't be able to be ordained to the priesthood. 1965: Darius attends BYU and is told that he must not associate with white women. He lives in poverty. His boss refuses to pay him, and friends take him to Salt Lake City to sue the man. They do, successfully. He leaves BYU "on a dead run" certain that he will never … [Read more...]

Daughter of Jairus

Daughter of Jairus, by Carl Bloch

I have a fertile imagination. That is, perhaps, an understatement. I wonder if each of us lives life differently, sees our life events differently. I am usually in a poem, composing a poem, and reading a poem simultaneously. I say that metaphorically. When I played Nora in Ibsen's A Doll's House, I said the lines, acted the part, and also recognized the unity of the script. My imagination follows trajectories. I am, as my husband has said, "leapingly intuitive." I leap from image to image, … [Read more...]

Virtual quiz–answers

Correct answers are bolded. 1: In the Gnostic poem “Hymn of the Pearl,” a young man is sent off by his ________ to pursue a quest: A) overseer B) father C) parents D) twin 2: Who wrote these words: “If the image of a thing is imprinted on the memory, the thing itself must first have been present, for the image to be imprinted.” A) Boethius B) St. Augustine C) Joseph Smith D) Percy B. Shelley … [Read more...]

A Quiz for my Virtual Students

Quiz on King Follett and Pre-existence literature NAME:______________________________ 1: In the Gnostic poem “Hymn of the Pearl,” a young man is sent off by his ________ to pursue a quest: A) overseer B) father C) parents D) twin 2: Who wrote these words: “If the image of a thing is imprinted on the memory, the thing itself must first have been present, for the image to be imprinted.” A) Boethius B) St. Augustine C) Joseph Smith D) Percy B. Shelley … [Read more...]

I Speak to Dead People

Brian Kershiznik.  Prints available at Kershiznikprints.com

Part III of Caves, Cloisters and Temples Part I is here. Part II is here. I am an ordinance worker in the Provo Temple. I get to work with young women, and sometimes older women, who are going through the temple for the first time. I explain to them the meaning of their garments, and promise that they will be protected if they wear them. (I consider this protection to be more spiritual than physical.) I also pronounce supernal blessings on the living who represent the dead. Two … [Read more...]

A Gift for my Readers

I recorded this story, one I made up and told to my son on a cabin porch, as a "perk" for donating to the Heart of Africa film. I offer it here as a gift and/or an invitation. Feel free to download it or listen to it (best done on a cabin porch). If you choose to donate to the film, we will happily accept that. Donations are tax deductible. See the link above. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPjl5hXdP_c … [Read more...]


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