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Three interconnected blogs--"Mormon Midrashim," "My Life and Hard Times," and "Caucajewmexdian"--made up my Creative Writing Master's Thesis project. Each blog explores a different aspect of how I see the world.

In this blog, I used to spend most of my time telling made up stories as a way of exploring the meanings of scriptures. Recently, I've been spending more time and energy writing short essays on religious topics.

Some essays you might appreciate:
"Whose World is 'Realer'": A response to an Ian Williams New York Times op-ed that cast Latter-day Saints as out of touch with the real, messy America.
"A Four Part Series on Gay Marriage and Prop 8": It's a very tough issue, and I wrote a fairly long essay on my position.
"Three Irrational Things I Believe In": An essay that investigates the assumption that irrational beliefs are bad.
"Setting the Record Straight on Romney's Family History: The Murder of Parley P. Pratt": A response to a Salon piece that treated Parley P. Pratt's murder by the estranged husband of his twelfth wife as if it were a dark family secret. In this essay, I draw on contemporary sources to raise important questions about the Salon version of events. 
"Why Did Nephi Love Isaiah? or What's a Nice Boy from Manasseh Doing in a Place Like This?": A piece about a minor aspect of Book of Mormon history that's about halfway between the essay and story forms I use on this blog.

Some stories (loosely based on the Jewish midrashic form) that you might enjoy:
"What's the Difference Between Science and Religion?": A story about a discussion between Shadrach, Meschach, Abed-nego, and the angel in the furnace of the king.
"Foreordained": A story about why David was chosen to be Israel's famous king. 
"The God of Statistics": A story about the difference between heaven and earth.
"A Glimpse through the Veil": A story about Jesus and his memories.
"How did Salem Differ from Sodom and Gomorrah?": A warning in the form of a story about Melchizedek.
"All Things": A tale of two teachers.
"Why do angels glow?": A story about our bodies and souls.
"Two Hundred Years of Concision": A story about a subtle, human passage in the Book of Mormon I find strangely moving.

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