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I Didn't Want To Be Baptized

In my church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, children are not baptized until they are at least eight years old.  The summer I turned eight, my family was relocating from Leadville, Colorado - the highest city in the United States - to near sea level in Louisiana.  This disrupted life’s routine.  Events that would lead to my baptism were delayed.  I remember being quite happy about this, since I did not want to be baptized.  I don't remember what reason I had for not wanting to be baptized, but I distinctly remember I did not want to be.  We moved again in the fall from a t

“New Mormon History” and Invigorating Faith

When I was in graduate school, a few friends and I would get together and read various articles on Church History. Since I had really enjoyed Church History, this was of interest to me. We read articles from various academic publications. I was familiar with most of these publications, having taken a course from a Professor at Ricks College who assigned reading from them in a church history course. During this course there were some articles that challenged my previous perceptions of church history.

An Easter Message

by Brad Porter, April 16, 2017

An Anchor In Rochester

Shortly after my baptism, we moved from Louisiana to New York.  When I was 12 years old, the Church was having an area conference in Rochester, NY.   My mother says that on the way to the conference the engine died for no apparent reason.  Dad didn’t know what was wrong and thought we would have to end the trip.  She prayed for a miracle to get it back on the road.  It started and we continued.  I have no memory of this.  

Developing Christlike Attributes - Writing in a Journal

From a speech delivered in the Cedar Hollow 4th congregation, Lehi, UT, Dec. 2013. I was asked to speak on developing Christlike attributes. This was the result. They are notes meant to speak from, so they are not necessarily great reading flow - yet.

Developing Christlike Attributes.

DC98:11 And I give unto you a commandment, that ye shall forsake all evil and cleave unto all good, that ye shall live by every word which proceedeth forth out of the mouth of God.

History of the World

Countless textbooks have been written on the History of the World. Thousands of scholars have dedicated their lives to researching its various details. Volumes continue to be written to catalogue as many details as possible. It is interesting to learn details of other people, their customs, religion, and way of life. The scriptures are a summary of the religious side of the history of the world - and for the most part, a spiritual history of descendants of Abraham.