Why We Chose Florida for Dental School Instead of Utah

Why We Chose Florida for Dental School Instead of Utah

Hey! It’s been¬†almost two months since I’ve written anything on here. I thought now would be a good time for a little life update. First: Things are good. We’re alive. We’re happy. blah blah blah… ūüėČ Second: I got accepted to two great dental schools; LECOM in Bradenton, Florida and the University of Utah in Salt Lake. And here’s the crazy thing… We chose Florida! Wha?? Seriously, nobody could be¬†more surprised than Summer and I were when we realized that…

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10 Reasons Mormons Can (and Should) Believe in Evolution

10 Reasons Mormons Can (and Should) Believe in Evolution

When I was a young warthog… (Is the correct term wart-piglet?) I¬†grew up loving the Bible — and still do. I learned the Adam and Eve story, the six-day creation, Noah’s flood, etc. It all made sense to me. These stories¬†just represented the way things were. And that was that. I also really loved dinosaurs and wanted to be a paleontologist — but more on that later. One day during my first year of high school, I was perusing my…

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Space to Stretch and Learn

Space to Stretch and Learn

Just¬†a short Sunday thought. A woman at Church this week shared and experience over the pulpit. She¬†thought for two weeks that she had miscarried. Obviously, she and her husband were devastated. One day in particular, as she was driving to work, she was crying bitterly and feeling worse than she ever had. While¬†wondering how she could even go on like this, she prayed¬†to God for comfort, and immediately a wave of indescribably happiness and “glee”, she called it, swept over…

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No, the Book of Abraham is Not a False Translation

No, the Book of Abraham is Not a False Translation

Of all the controversial topics related to Mormonism, the Book of Abraham is one of the most debated — and misunderstood. The goal of this post is to hopefully increase your understanding of this book of scripture and give an example of how recent scholarship can support its claim of ancient origins. To lay some background info down, the next three paragraphs are from the essay on the Book of Abraham found on the LDS Church’s website (feel free to…

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Simplify

Simplify

I’ve had to cut something out of my life recently because it was a huge source of stress and anxiety. If you are human, I’m sure you know the emotions. Chronic stress is not healthy, and it negatively affects so many aspects of your life. The source of stress was actually a class that I was unable to keep up with because I kept missing tons¬†of the lectures due to frequent traveling for interviews. I’ve also been suffering from chronic…

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Feeling the Burn

Feeling the Burn

Burn-out that is. Being a senior in college is tough. As a freshman, I thought being a senior would be hard because of the difficult classes. I guess that’s kind of true, but he hardest part for me is actually the feeling of burnout. Years of library and lecture add up, somehow. I’m not quite sure where in the mind or soul this weight accrues, but it does. (Shout out to all you burned out peeps out there) I wrote…

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Racial Equality: Is it Bad to be White?

Racial Equality: Is it Bad to be White?

When I was younger, I was taught that all races were equal. I was taught that the substance of a person’s character had nothing to do with the color of their skin. That was the 90’s and early 2000’s. Today, however, I feel like the notion of all races being truly equal is under attack. Instead of promoting equality by “color-blindness”, the current¬†modus operandi is “white shaming”.

Addiction Recovery

Addiction Recovery

Whether you are addicted yourself or you know someone who is suffering, addiction likely affects you on some level. Being addicted is like a long, agonizing rollercoaster that degrades your quality of life over a span of months, years, and sometimes decades. Each high is followed by a new low.

What Are the Odds?

What Are the Odds?

I was stumped today — as I often am while taking tests in BYU’s testing center. The problem I was looking at didn’t seem as attractive as daydreaming at the moment, so I decided to lift my head up and stare out the window. In the distance, beyond the swaying leafy trees, I saw the half-moon as it hung in orbit¬†opposite the setting sun. I saw myself surrounded by a bunch of sentient beings looking a lot less stumped than…

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The Largest Chiasmus in the Book of Mormon: A Masterpiece

The Largest Chiasmus in the Book of Mormon: A Masterpiece

The Book of Mormon is, in many ways, a complex book. Its origins¬†are complicated — as are the literary devices it employs.¬†One thing that is very interesting that can be found in the Book of Mormon is the presence of an ancient Hebraic form of poetry called chiasmus. This form of poetry was not known until decades after¬†the death of Joseph Smith. The basic structure of a chiasmus is that a passage will give a list of points in forward…

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