The Troubling Christ

This is an approximate transcription of a talk I gave in church today (Easter) at the Pioneer 2nd ward in Provo, Utah. Many parts of the gospel of Jesus Christ …

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Iniquity, humility and Donald Trump

Last week, I made an audio essay about my feelings about the election of Donald Trump. Listen below, or continue scrolling to read read the written version. On Tuesday night, …

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Input/Output #2: Bloody revenging, cult comedy and audio docs (9/19/2016 – 10/23/2016)

Welcome to another installment of Input/Output, where I take a moment to reflect on stuff I saw or heard last week, as well as stuff I made in that same period of …

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Input/Output #1: Heaven, ships, a song-writing apostle and an invisible girl (9/12/2016 – 9/18/2016)

As an entertainment reporter who works full-time at a newspaper, I’m constantly seeing stuff and writing about stuff. Sometimes it’s nice to pause on reflect a little, so this is the first …

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Can’t edit iTunes metadata? (solution!)

Organizing the thousands of albums on my computer in iTunes sometimes takes careful work. I was just on the phone for several hours with Apple trying to figure out why …

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The Gospel is for all — ?

This post is adapted from notes I prepared for a talk I gave in church in 2013. I was in the Park Slope YSA branch in Brooklyn, New York when …

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On Utah, In Utah

As of this week, I have now lived in Utah for ten years. Minus two years in Brazil and one summer in New York City. I like to claim Utah as …

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‘Team Queequeg’ blog

As part of a class that explored “Moby Dick” and digital culture, some classmates and I created a blog. Continue My posts: Take Two! Help me know what is different …

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Elder Holland’s conference talk is the most significant sermon on doubt and faith in recent LDS history

I can be prone to exaggeration, but after being blown away by Jeffrey R. Holland’s talk last weekend, its dust has been settling on my mind throughout the week, I …

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My short speech on marriage

Today I participated in a well-attended rally for marriage equality in Provo. There was a great spirit and energy throughout the event — we sang songs, listened to short speeches …

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My Mormon.org profile

I posted a profile on Mormon.org, outlining a few of my beliefs: I believe that God’s truth — the restored gospel — encompasses everything that is true, including scientific truth. …

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Why I support same-sex marriage

When people start advocating unhealthy dietary lifestyles because they oppose certain romantic or sexual lifestyles, it gives me pause. Since many of my friends are thinking about gay marriage tonight …

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‘Writing About Literature in the Digital Age’

I wrote a chapter on Sondheim’s “Assassins” in an e-book that I helped publish as part of a course in college that heavily focused on blogging: Writing about Literature in …

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‘The Book of Mormon’ musical: ‘Tartuffe’ of the 21st century?

This is a long post aimed at being a one-shot analysis of the soundtrack to The Book of Mormon musical from the perspective of a faithful Latter-day Saint.  The views …

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‘The Anson Vasco Call Family Blog’

I created a blog on one of my ancestors, Anson Vaso Call, as part of a class project: Please help to keep the memories and experiences of our family preserved …

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