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A Sixth-Generation Mormon Meets a Born-Again Christian

Iwas a competitive tennis player and an academic high-achiever. Whatever I did, I did it with all of my heart—and being a good Mormon was no exception.

As a sixth-generation Mormon girl, I believed that the Mormon Church was the one true church of God. I believed Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God. By age six, I was convinced that having a temple marriage and faithfully obeying Mormon laws would qualify me to spend eternity in the highest heaven—the Celestial Kingdom. There, I would exalt into godhood and bear spirit children. This was my greatest dream.

As a young girl, obedience felt as easy as skipping pebbles. As I entered my teenage years, it felt more like dragging boulders. The burdens included paying a full tithe, dressing modestly, maintaining sexual and moral purity, actively attending church, and obeying the Word of Wisdom (which forbade consuming alcohol, tea, coffee, or tobacco). I longed to make myself worthy of entering the temple one day.

But there were temptations to resist. Throughout high school, Mormon friends of mine began drifting into the world of partying. Alcohol seemed to release them from the striving and shame that comes with performance-based love. It took a will of steel to resist joining them each weekend. For three years I resisted, feeling like a pressure cooker of unworthiness waiting to explode.

Testing My Beliefs

As a senior, I gave up resisting, telling myself that this rebellion would only last for a season. I jumped into the party world with the same passion I brought to the rest of my life, funneling beer without restraint. One party at a time, my conscience started shutting down. I was “unworthy”—and relieved to no longer care.

Yet even as I felt liberated from Mormon legalism, I didn’t waver from believing that the Mormon church was God’s true church. That truth was embedded deep within.

During my freshman year at the University of Utah, I met Gary. We were both athletes living rebelliously, and we were mutually infatuated. Though we shared much in common, our religious beliefs differed. Gary told me he was a born-again Christian—I’d never heard of one. For the first month of our relationship we avoided the subject. Then, on a wintry December day, Gary cracked open the door of this conversation.


“How do you know Mormonism is true?” I had never heard this question before. But without hesitation, I replied, “Because I’ve experienced a burning in my bosom.” (This is what our scriptures had informed us—that a “burning in the bosom” would accompany the perception of authentic truth.)

Gary was not so easily swayed. Over the next 15 minutes, he challenged my logic. He asked me to explain how an emotional experience alone makes something true, pointing out that feelings ebb and flow and vary according to circumstance. I, however, knew no other paradigm for assessing spiritual truth. Moreover, I had been taught not to question or test my beliefs, so I never did.

Gary continued, “Have you looked into the historicity of Mormonism?” Historicity? What is that? )

Joe Biden: Impeachment’s First Casualty

Pope Francis: Catholics Focus on Sex Too Much, Need ‘Profound Conversion’ on Social Justice

OK’ hand gesture added to hate symbols database but how much are we going to give to them

The “OK” hand gesture, a mass killer’s bowl-style haircut and an anthropomorphic moon wearing sunglasses are among 36 new entries in a Jewish civil rights group’s online database of hate symbols used by white supremacists and other far-right extremists.

The Anti-Defamation League has added the symbols to its online “Hate on Display” database, which already includes burning crosses, Ku Klux Klan robes, the swastika and many of the other most notorious and overt symbols of racism and anti-Semitism.

The New York City-based group launched the database in 2000 to help law enforcement officers, school officials and others recognize signs of extremist activity. It has grown to include nearly 200 entries.

(  Billy’s thoughts – While I am against all hate. Should  we give up all the things we use because somebody full of hate has used them. There are somethings we have to do or not do because of safety. However there are other things we can keep doing. Even if the bad guys do them. 

Also something to think about if I am right the ADL has gone to the left. 

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BreakPoint: How to Think About Impeachment Timely Words from Chuck Colson

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Even before he was sworn into office, President Trump’s political opponents were talking impeachment. Still, nothing so far – not pressure from “the Squad,” not the Mueller Report—has been able to move House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in that direction. That may have changed.

In response to the revelation that President Trump asked the president of Ukraine to investigate Hunter Biden, Pelosi announced she was launching an “impeachment inquiry.” Though even after the release of partial transcripts of the call that was heralded as a “smoking gun” by some and a “nothing burger” by others, it’s still not clear whether this “inquiry” will lead to actual proceedings. Still, we’re a step beyond where we’ve been since the 1990s.

Two sitting U.S. presidents, Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton, have been impeached. Richard Nixon resigned in order to avoid impeachment. In 1998 and 1999, Chuck Colson brought his up-close, intimate, and personal experience with Watergate to bear, along with his biblical worldview, on the Clinton impeachment proceedings.

Three of Chuck Colson’s observations from those BreakPoint commentaries are, I think, particularly helpful and clarifying for what we’re likely to face now in the coming months.

In one commentary, Chuck noted that many people didn’t understand what impeachment is and how it works. That’s just as true today. Here’s his helpful explanation:

If the House of Representatives passes an impeachment resolution this coming week, it does not mean the president is going to be turned out of office. It simply means that the House has made a finding that there is credible evidence …

The Senate’s job will be to decide how to dispose of the matter: Do nothing, plea bargain, censure, or conduct a trial.

In their wisdom, our Founding Fathers designed a way we could bring to trial the only man in America who cannot be tried in the courts while he sits in office: the president of the United States. They intended no man to be above the law, a concept that reflects a major Christian contribution to the founding of our nation.

The House action will not, I repeat, not, despite what the president’s defenders claim this week, overturn the election results.

In another commentary, Chuck noted a stark and important difference in how the Watergate investigation proceeded and what he was seeing in the Clinton impeachment:

Nearly 25 years ago, I sat in the witness chair facing the House Judiciary Committee during the impeachment hearings of Richard Nixon. It was hardly a happy day for me because I was there to testify under oath about all the transgressions we now know of as Watergate.

I left the hearings that night knowing I was going to prison, despondent because I knew that my friend President Nixon would soon be out of office. But, in a sense, I had a renewed confidence in the American system. Why? Because the congressmen seemed genuinely concerned about upholding the law. Even the Republicans, mostly partisan defenders of Nixon, recognized that the integrity of the presidency was on the line, and what was right had to take precedence over politics. Even though I was on the losing end, I was reassured that the American system was stronger than any man or partisan interest.

Chuck went on to note how those days were over, replaced by a culture in which political leaders were unwilling to put national interest above political ideology, and in which citizens had lost their confidence in the American system. I can only imagine what he’d think now. My guess is that he’d add a loss of civic knowledge and a lack of public virtue to his analysis.

Still, in Chuck’s final analysis, after the Senate (wrongly, in his view) acquitted President Clinton, he reminded us that all the events of the cultural moment must be understood in light of something bigger, unchanging, and ultimately sure:

And for all of us who are Christians, regardless of how we view this process, let us remind ourselves that we serve a God who rules over the affairs of men—whether they know it or not.

That was true in 1972, in 1998, and it remains true today.


What’s in a Word?

  • Chuck Colson

  • BreakPoint
  • December 11, 1998
Impeaching the Truth

  • Chuck Colson

  • BreakPoint
  • November 23, 1998
The Impeachment Vote

  • Chuck Colson

  • BreakPoint
  • February 15, 1999

What constitutes real human rights abuses?

Two Very Different Events

What constitutes real human rights abuses? Janet Parshall speaks to that question in this week’s commentary.


Smear 2.0 of Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh,

Penna Dexter Just days into Smear 2.0 of Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh, the Wall Street Journal ran an editorial that accurately described the matter as “The Assault on the Supreme Court.” The Journal’s Editorial Board was spot on in assessing the Left’s motivations, stating, “The attacks on Justice Kavanaugh are an attempt at intimidation to influence his opinions.” As a nation, we’re already figuring out that Justice Kavanaugh will not be intimidated. Failing to intimidate, the Journal continues: “they want…

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Pain can be good in your life

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One of the first clues that something was wrong with little Megan showed up when her baby teeth were coming in. She’d chew her lips bloody in her sleep and bite through her tongue while she was eating. When she was three, she laid her hands on a hot pressure washer in the backyard. Didn’t cry, just stared bewildered at the red blister in her palm. Megan was diagnosed with a rare condition that makes her unable to feel pain. She gulps down scalding hot food with no internal warning that she’s hurting herself. One child with this same condition had appendicitis that went untreated until her appendix burst and there was no pain. Well, last I knew, Megan was five and her inability to feel pain was downright scary. )

Miami Heat should avoid the heat

The rights to name the arena used by the NBA’s Miami Heat is up for sale – and a pornography website has ma king bid to put its name on the building.

  Not a good idea for the Heat or the NBA.

     American Airlines Arena will be renamed at the end of the year when the current deal expires. A Miami-based online porn website ( which my source didn’t identifie or would I. ) has made a $10 million bid to put its name on the arena, stating: “It doesn’t get much more Miami than having the arena sponsored by [us].”

Daniel Weiss of the Brushfires Foundation says it’s a new cultural low. “I do believe it’s a sign of how normalized and mainstreamed pornography has gotten,” he tells OneNewsNow. “They are treating this as any other business doing their affairs in the public.”

Weiss says if the Heat and the NBA are smart, they will stay far away from the offer.

“The Miami Heat would be very ill-advised to take on a pornography company for their naming rights because of everything we’ve seen in the last few years with the #MeToo [movement] and sexual exploitation [in the news].”

He continues: “[The porn site’s] so-called business is built on the exploitation of women and perpetuating very negative stereotypes about men [and] women – they’re very sexist and misogynistic, they’re very racially based.”

Weiss hopes sports leagues will take the same approach they took with Big Tobacco back in the 1970s.

 The  NBA will be taking a big risk by bringing porn into the game. Many families have been hurt thanks to porn. The price is not worth it. 

Billy David Dickson

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Catholic hospital compromises over euthanasia push

Well  a hospital which is Catholic has compromised  with the government of Canada over the demand to help people end their lives. 

   The hospital is St. Martha.

        Euthanasia watchdog Alex Schadenberg, who leads the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, says government officials have ordered the hospital to help patients who request euthanasia.

As a compromise, the hospital is sending people to a nearby facility that is not associated with St. Mary’s in an attempt to maintain its integrity.

“But in fact they’ll still do referrals which also concerns me,” Schadenberg says. “It’s a grave question to me.”

  I must agree with Schadenberg. It sounds to me like the good Catholic folks at this Canada hospital have compromised their church’s view on Euthanasia. If not they have come close to it.

  There is a lesson for all of us. We shouldn’t compromise our convictions. For sure our Biblical and moral convictions.  

Billy David Dickson 

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