Author Archives: Lara

God’s Gifts Put Man’s Best Dreams to Shame

  A few months ago, a friend recommended to me a BBC series titled “Call the Midwife.”  Based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth, it portrays a young nurse serving alongside Catholic nuns in the poorest neighborhoods of 1950s London.  … Continue reading

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“Ender’s Game,” Sci-Fi and Mormonism

Last Saturday I attended a private viewing of “Ender’s Game,” the new sci-fi adventure film based on Orson Scott Card’s best-selling book of the same name.  Card’s son and his wife—with whom we became friends several years ago through our … Continue reading

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The Republicans’ Suicidal Wing

 I’m the sort of person who feels inspired by phrases like “rule of law.”  So it may seem odd that I’m turned off by the wing of Republicans who oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants as a matter of principle.  Illegal … Continue reading

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Facebook Prophecies

Facebook Prophecies If you’re a Facebook user, you’ve probably seen a black-and-white photo of interracial marriage protesters presented alongside a current-day photo of gay marriage protesters.  Splashed across this meme are the taunting words, “Imagine how stupid you are going … Continue reading

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A Talk on Love by Julie Weaver

One singular thing about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is that our clergy is not paid.  All adult members are expected to help run the congregation by fulfilling assignments from teaching Sunday school to mopping the kitchen.  Not only does … Continue reading

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When Sex is a Party Favor

A topic trending in the news over the last few months is rape.  There was the girl in Steubenville, Ohio, who was assaulted while unconscious at a party.  After she awoke, she learned that pictures of her naked body were circling among … Continue reading

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Sifting Through the Supreme Court Oral Arguments

The Supreme Court’s recent hearings on cases involving gay marriage offered some relief from the storm of protests and media coverage raging outside the courtroom doors.  In sharp contrast to the tone of our national debate, the justices and lawyers … Continue reading

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To Breed or Not To Breed

The Seattle Times recently published a personal essay by editorialist Sharon Pian Chan titled “Why I am not having kids,” in which she described how, after 15 years of waffling, she and her husband decided to skip parenthood.  Her article … Continue reading

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The Book of Mormon Musical

Trey Parker and Matt Stone, creators of the satirical animated series “South Park,” have long been fascinated by Latter-day Saints, and on more than one occasion have skewered our history and goody-two-shoes personas on their show.  About ten years ago, … Continue reading

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Why Are Mass Murders Becoming More Common?

When I heard the terrible news last week of the children and educators murdered in Connecticut, my response was probably similar to that of millions of Americans:  first, an expression of horror and sorrow, followed by the distressed question, “Why … Continue reading

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