Live Report from a Chilean LDS Missionary Near the Earthquake Epicenter

(TALCA, CHILE) Our son, Jason Crenshaw, is located in Talca, Chile, in the closest and possibly the hardest-hit large city near the epicenter of Saturday’s 8.8-magnitude earthquake. Astonishingly, amidst all the downed infrastructure, we got a brief message from him Saturday afternoon, then another one this morning asking us to call him, as he had…

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Bullying at School or Church?

My father (a black belt) taught me how to handle bullying, but not the way you might think. Here is a Christ-centered approach. An old friend in Australia asked me recently about my children’s experiences with bullying in school, and whether it happens in LDS denominational schools. Our discussion started because of this tragic article (caution:…

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The Quest of a Lifetime

During that time and beyond, I began to feel the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost. It was truly as Nephi said, “If ye will enter in by the way and receive the Holy Ghost, it will show you all things what ye should do.” (2 Ne 32:5.) I literally had it given to me, at the very moment, what should be said in difficult interpersonal relationships, or when approaching someone about the gospel. A power far, far beyond my own flowed into my life…

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The Parable of the Teargas Grenade

Watching my father, I learned importance of teaching your children. He did this in a relaxed way in everyday conversation, more formally around the dinner table, and sometimes just by challenging us to think. My father’s command of words and ideas made for quick, memorable lessons. My favorite is the “Parable of the Teargas Grenade,” which he…

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Questions, Temples, and Ordinances

In studying the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I encourage everyone I know to ask detailed questions and learn all they can. This, of course, in addition to the supernally-important process of praying and asking God for heavenly guidance. Asking questions is the best way to get good answers, and there are many…

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Science and Religion: “What Is Truth?”

Strolling across the BYU campus with a non-religious co-worker, I mentioned that I majored in physics and loved science. Her reply betrayed a widespread prejudice.. “It must have been hard to be religious and study science at the same time.” My reply startled her. I said: “Not at all. I’ve found that truth is truth,…

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The True and Living Church—and a Living Prophet

In 1999, I heard Elder Henry B. Eyring of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speak at a regional leadership training meeting in Nashville, Tennessee. It wasn’t his speaking ability that impressed me, but a flood of inspiration and great desire to change my life that came as he spoke and taught by the power of the Holy Ghost.

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“Excuse me. Where is this train headed?”

Just discovered a decade ago, supermassive black holes shed profound “light” both on the processes of galaxy formation and the Book of Abraham (cosmologically, symbolically, and especially spiritually). And not only do they remind us of the inspired nature of the Book of Abraham, but they help us see sacred symbolism that deeply matters to us here and now…

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When I’m Gone, Will My Life Lessons Be Lost?

Where do you record the lessons and insights of your life? When you’re gone, will others benefit? Welcome to the new blog of Kevin Crenshaw. You can learn about my professional background at www.kevincrenshaw.com. However, that is only a small part of my life. The most important things aren’t appropriate in a resume. Bridging the Gap I…

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