What my mother’s marriage to my “non-member” dad taught me


Interfaith marriages or marriages where one believes in God and one does can be hard. But that’s doesn’t mean it’s bad idea. People can be good to each other regardless of differences. What an incredible story! I’m quite impressed. Lindsey Johnson is quite the blogger.

How Vast Is Our Purpose

FullSizeRender (1) My mom and dad on their wedding day, April 11, 1992.

Until I was about seven years old, my dad was a “non-member,” meaning that he was not a baptized member of the LDS Church.

This might not sound like too big of a deal to those of you who are not LDS, but for those of you who are, you can imagine the gossip and harsh words that were spoken about my mother’s choice both when she was engaged and when she was married.

It was a difficult choice for her. She grew up in the Church, being taught that a temple marriage was the only way to go and that she should never settle for anything less.

But, if the right person is not a member of the Church, things can change.

I never really thought about the strength necessary to be in my mother’s shoes, until recently when…

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In the News: Operation Underground Railroad combats slavery around the world


This is the second in a two-part series about Operation Underground Railroad. An organization dedicated to combating the trafficking and slavery of children. This article focuses on the story of Tim Ballard, the organization’s founder. I really enjoyed interviewing Ballard. He was a great guy and I admire his determination to combat this problem. It’s a long article, but he had a lot of awesome things to say. Seriously, here’s a non-profit organization worth supporting.

via Operation Underground Railroad combats slavery around the world – Standard Journal: News.

In the News: Rexburg booting company owner acquitted


Booting has been a major issue in the City of Rexburg for a long time.

This was my very first jury trial as a crime reporter. Actually it was the very jury trial I’ve ever sat in on period. Everything was fascinating from jury selection to the trial itself. The issue itself, booting, is one I think people in the City of Rexburg have blown out of proportion. Well, in this case it was a student who blew things out of proportion. I couldn’t understand why he didn’t just pay the ticket. Some I think student like to play the “predatory booting card just to avoid paying fines that deserve. That said both attorneys made excellent points. This jury could’ve ruled both ways. It really was an interesting trial that I wish I could’ve covered more thoroughly in my article. Sometimes you just run out of time.

REXBURG — After hearing attorney arguments, testimony of witnesses and nearly an hour of deliberation, the owner of a booting company accused of obstructing an officer was acquitted by a local jury Thursday.

via Booting company owner acquitted: Jury deliberates an hour following trial, Darren Helm found not guilty – Standard Journal: News.

Caleb’s Corner: ‘Rough Stone Rolling’: A fascinating read


A photograph or “daguerreotype” of the founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Joseph Smith circa 1843.

Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling was one of the most difficult and important books I’ve ever read. Honestly, there’s so much I could say about it. Like many of works of religious history, it’s made me thoroughly examine my convictions. No, I’m not planning on leaving the church. This book confronted me with some painful facts about the church, but it didn’t shake my faith in God. If anything it has only solidified my belief, and helped me understand what’s really important. Facts are feeble thing. Oft disputed, oft negated by the discovery of more facts. Faith is something that goes beyond the facts. Belief in a God goes beyond the life of one man. The truth is this biography isn’t a definitive account of Joseph’s life, but an exploration of the man behind the visions and how he shaped both religious and American history. If you’re looking for every detail on the prophet, or the absolute truth, you won’t find it. In the end, this is the work of a true historian, who understands what writing history requires even of a believer. It is one of the best works on Joseph Smith out there and is fit for anyone, believer or not. But I get ahead of myself. Check out my column. As always it was fun to write.

For years I have struggled to read “Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling,” one of many accounts of the first prophet and founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

via ‘Rough Stone Rolling’: A fascinating read – Standard Journal: Opinion.

If you want to purchase this fantastic book, you can find it at http://www.amazon.com/Joseph-Smith-Rough-Stone-Rolling/dp/1400077532/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1432055040&sr=8-1&keywords=Joseph+Smith+Rough+Stone+Rolling

I refer to Amazon.com because they tend to have the best prices, but you can find it with most online booksellers.

Why Consumers Don’t Trust ‘Organic’ Labels


Glad someone is finally pointing this out. Organic is a joke!


Organic products are all over grocery store shelves and menus, but consumers don’t have much faith in the “o” word, according to a study from market research firm Mintel. More than half of shoppers say they believe that labeling something as organic is “an excuse to charge more,” and more than one-third say they believe “organic” is just marketing jargon “with no real value or definition.”

The word has, however, had a strict definition overseen by the federal government since 2002. Back then, fresh off the heels of public debate about the term, a report on Oregon shoppers found that just 7% had no trust in the label. “It’s about an erosion of confidence,” says Billy Roberts, an analyst with Mintel, which surveyed 2,002 U.S. adults for the new study. “It’s a question of whether the whole supply chain is delivering on an organic promise.”

Roberts says that highly visible…

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Caleb’s Corner: Dealing with the many trolls on the Internet


This was the only photo I could find without some kind of copyright. I think it's appropriate.

I know it’s a creepy photo, but it was the only one I could find without restrictive copyright. Still I find it appropriate given the subject of my column this week.

Caleb’s Corner is my weekly column for the Rexburg newspaper. This week I’m dealing with “internet trolls” (refer to the photo at the top of the post). Seriously, I getting tired of internet trolls. They suck the fun out of any discussion. Infesting nearly every internet dicussion board, I vent my frustration suggest a possible solution. What’s a funny or ridiculous moments you’ve had with internet trolls. Please share in the comments below. And please click the link to my column. Hope you enjoy it!

Dealing with the many trolls on the Internet – Standard Journal: Opinion.

In The News: Temple thief gets probation


Now, I realize most people think that Mr. Rankin deserves far more than five years probation. I mean, from a Mormon perspective stealing from the Temple is probably the worst thing you can do. I mean it’s such a sacred building to members of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, you have to have a special recommend just to get in. But Judge Moeller is a fascinating one, remember that even the Temple is ultimately just another building in the eyes of the law. It wouldn’t be fair for him to impose an overly harsh sentence merely based on the religious significance of the building involved. Let God judge the spiritual aspects of this man’s crime. As for the Earthly aspects of the crime I think the judge did the best he could. What do you think? Should the judge have imposed a harsher sentence? Posts your responses in the comments section, but be civil.

REXBURG — A man who committed a series of thefts at the Rexburg LDS Temple and the BYU-Idaho campus was sentenced to 45 days local jail time and five years probation.

via Temple thief gets probation – Standard Journal: News.