Divine guidance

A cry from many mature Christians, who are familiar with the Bible and accustomed to the Christian life, is often the cry for guidance. Yet look at how God guided some of the most important faith-heroes of the past. Moses, reeling from the experience of the burning bush, asked how he could know that it was God who was speaking to him and telling him of a great journey. God gave him a version of what my mother used to tell me on long trips, “We’ll be there when we get there” — and God’s rendition of this was to assure Moses he would know when he got back to the mountain with all the people. (Of course by then it would be memory, not guidance.) Similarly, God told Abraham in Genesis 12 to go “to the land which I will show...

Author Interview with Sharon K. Souza

Those of you who know me well know that I once won a national radio play contest with a script about early Alzheimer’s. A new book has caught my attention because it deals with the same issue — and others. Do you agree with this author’s views on fertility treatments? Post a comment or reaction to what she says. AN INTERVIEW WITH SHARON K. SOUZA Author of Every Good and Perfect Gift 1 . Your debut novel Every Good and Perfect Gift is releasing this month from Nav Press. Can you tell us a little about the book? DeeDee and Gabby have been friends since the sixth grade, when headstrong and courageous DeeDee began mapping out their lives. But after twenty years with her husband DeeDee changes her plan. Nearing forty years old, she wants a baby...

National Sanctity of Life Week

The theme of sancity of life is a very personal one to me. Perhaps more than any other article I’ve written, “It Matters to This One” has been re-printed in many publications. Here’s a short version of the article. May it bless you. IT MATTERS TO THIS ONE By Latayne C. Scott I am talking to a woman who eloped at age seventeen to marry a young man everyone warned her about. She tells me her story. From their wedding night it was obvious she had made a terrible mistake, for it was then that the physical violence began. As she sat, bruised and shaking, she knew that her parents’ worst predictions had come true. But in a matter of days she was a thousand miles away, living in a small town in New Mexico. When she telephoned to tell her...

Christian Loyalties?

One of the other blogs on this site, “365 Reasons Why I Won’t Return to Mormonism,” gives some insight into some of the problems a Christian might consider when thinking about voting for Mitt Romney. However, I want to pose this question What is the difference between not voting for a Mormon who has made vows of absolute loyalty to his church, and voting (or not voting) for a Christian? To what loyalties does the Bible specifically call a believer? What does it say about citizenship and allegiances? For more information, see The Mormon Mirage 3rd Edition:  A Former Member Looks at the Mormon Church Today (Zondervan, 2009). Also available as an audiobook and as an expanded-text E-book for Nook, Kindle and other reading...

Reason #10 — Mitt Romney’s Continuing Dilemma

When I was a Mormon, all my LDS friends and I spoke of a coming calendar date in which the LDS Church would save the Constitution of the United States. That’s why a law school was begun at Brigham Young University, to train people for this eventuality. Joseph Smith and Brigham Young both taught that a day would come when the Constitution of the United States would “hang by a thread,” and Mormons would save it (see Journal of Discourses Vol. 7, p. 15. Other quotes from Mormon prophets and spokesmen are available here) According to a college friend of Mitt Romney, Mike Moody, author of a new book about Romney, the politician believes he was pre-ordained to fulfill this prophecy. So — if he does achieve position in which he can yield that kind...