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Readers Are Awesome

I didn't have readers for a very long time. As in, I didn't have readers for *years*. So thank you for spending time with my book, and for being kind enough to let me know about it. I appreciate you more than I can say.

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Mormons and Community Service

Mormon community service tends to be a series of one-offs: a tornado swoops down, and then so do we, lending support to the victims of a disaster. Or we head to a soup kitchen one day a year to serve people we don't take the time to get to know.

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The Pain of Facebook Unfriending

Considering that Facebook offers so many options (friend or acquaintance? Some or all updates?), the stark alternative -- "I don't want this person's voice in my life anymore at all" -- can be hurtful.

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Why Don't Mormons Recite the Lord's Prayer?

Perhaps it is true that Mormons unconsciously use the words of the Lord’s Prayer as a pattern for prayer, but somehow I don’t think so, especially because most Mormons are never taught it. In fact, the manual for the Gospel Principles class, which teaches new members the foundations of a Mormon spiritual life, not only omits mention of the Lord’s Prayer in its lesson on prayer, but goes out of its way to caution against repeating “meaningless words and phrases.”