More Islands and Atolls

Obedience @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  I decided a couple of days ago that I should write something for the blog, since...

BoM Gospel Doctrine Lesson 22: Alma 5-7 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Alma has divested himself of the judgeship to go on a mission of sorts, to his own...

Reading Beyond the Comfort Zone @ Segullah
  -  Some of the books we’re excited to read this week. When school ended for the summer...

The Difficulty of Deciphering Spiritual Communication @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   This post and the next are intended to provide some sort of context for many topics I...

Taking Care of Mom @ Segullah
  -  I stand at her left, my right hand gripped tightly around her gait belt. Holding onto her...

Review: The Mormon Jesus @ Peculiar People
  -  Perhaps my devotional life’s greatest flaw is that I forget about Jesus....

Being Enough @ Segullah
  -  When the same message comes at me in the same week from vastly different sources, I’m...

Getting Personal @ Segullah
  -  Enhance your natural beauty in minutes with just a few of our products!  Enjoy some...

The Secret Combination That Saved China @ Mormanity
  -  One of the important parts of the Book of Mormon that many Mormons try hard to overlook...

Peculiar Treasures: By sea, by air, through the void to heaven @ Segullah
  -  Salt water for what ails you this Monday morning, courtesy of Ursula encouraging a teeny...

Elizabeth Garcia’s Stunt Double: To Stash and Savor @ Segullah
  -  Some might argue the world needs more brick-and-mortar book shops, green lights, and...

BoM Gospel Doctrine Lesson 21- Mosiah 29, Alma 1-4 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Today we move into the Book of Alma. The stories of Alma Sr. and Alma Jr. are a major...

BoM Gospel Doctrine Lesson 20: Mosiah 25-27, Alma 36 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  (Posted from the Middle of Nowhere, Michigan.) This lesson has us jump to Alma’s...

Stop Praying for us, and Acknowledge That You Helped Create Omar Mateen @ Peculiar People
  -  Let me give you a run down: 2015 was the deadliest year on record for transgender women,...

Serpent and/or Dove? @ Segullah
  -   I moved into my new home on May 27th, yet I slept on the floor until June 15th.  The...

Let’s stop blaming the victims @ Segullah
  -  In the wake of recent tragedies, along with the compassionate vigils, kind tributes and...

WHICH IS THE WEED? @ Segullah
  -  On a recent trip to Iceland, I saw these yellow flowers growing happily side by side,...

Honesty and Presidential Politics @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   I’ve seen claims among Republicans that Hillary Clinton is as dishonest as Donald...

"Under This Head Ye Are Made Free" @ Mormanity
  -  One of many recent discoveries regarding ancient wordplays in the Book of Mormon is...

Love. @ Segullah
  -   Sunday caught me by surprise. I was suddenly awakened in the end of the day to...

Gordon B. Hinckley, Gun Control Advocate @ Peculiar People
  -    My heart aches in the wake of Sunday Morning’s Pulse nightclub tragedy. I...

Wallace Stegner and Jesse Knight @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   Earlier this year I was editing an article that referenced Wallace Stegner’s Mormon...

Two Green Apples @ Mormanity
  -  I like faith-promoting stories that are more than just rumors but come from sources I...

The Weak Shiver of an Uninspiring Democratic Process @ Peculiar People
  -    I’ve been relatively quiet during this primary election season, mostly to stay out...

The Straight and Narrow Path, the Rod, the Spacious Field, and the White Fruit: Further Thoughts on Lehi's Dream @ Mormanity
  -  Not to beat a dead Nephite horse, but I'd like to say a few more things about Lehi's...

Normalizing Gun Violence on Campus @ Peculiar People
  -  The following post originally appeared on Professor Park’s Blog. When I first read...

Scripture, Context, and Genres: Scattered Reading @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  I’m spending a lot of my time writing about the idea of “context” right...

Why Should We Trust Anything on Family Search? @ Small and Simple
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The Iron Rod: Inspired by an Aqueduct in Rochester? @ Mormanity
  -  As discussed in my previous post, RT's response to my defense of the evidence for Lehi's...

Abdicating Authority to the Algorithms @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  Supporters of chicken patriarchy like to cite calling on family members to say prayers as...

Andrew Sullivan on God, Doubt, and Organized Religion @ Peculiar People
  -  Blogging pioneer Andrew Sullivan formally retired from the daily content grind last year...

Salvation in Mormonism @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Robert at Scriptural Mormonism does a good job discussing the place of grace in “old...

Film Journal: The Land Before Time @ Peculiar People
  -  A few days ago, after carful deliberation, my wife and I chose to watch Don Bluth’s...

Some Thoughts on Inequality @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   I was reading the Book of Mormon a few days ago and came to Alma 16:16. Alma and Amulek...

The Great and Spacious Book of Mormon Arcade Game @ Mormanity
  -  My two recent articles on Lehi's Trail at The Interpreter  ("Joseph and the Amazing...

BoM Gospel Doctrine Lesson 19: Mosiah 18-24 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Mormons have a thing about Doctrine, with a capital D. We try to define it, we argue...

No, Elder Oaks, Trump’s No Santa Claus @ Peculiar People
  -  Prior to the March 22nd Utah caucuses, LDS Church members may have been surprised to...

Support the Exponent! @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  The Exponent II blog is having a fundraiser this weekend. You’re likely familiar...

The Pope Gives Ordain Women a Shot in the Arm @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  Pope Francis said a few days ago that he will organize a commission to look into having...

What Paper and Wood Tell Us About the Gold Plates @ Mormanity
  -  When Joseph Smith finally received the gold plates from the stone box that had been...

Mormons, Evangelicals, Tradition, and Sunday School @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -    When it comes to frustrations with Gospel Doctrine class, one problem is that we...

BoM Gospel Doctrine Lesson 18: Mosiah 12-17 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  It’s been a busy week. I capped off the semester by editing an 11,000 word chapter...

China's Real Estate Market: A Potentially Significant Bubble @ Mormanity
  -  For those of you who recognize the huge impact of the Chinese economy on the global...

From Angst to Enlightenment: Reflections on Radiohead’s A Moon Shaped Pool @ Peculiar People
  -  Editor’s Note: This review comes to us from guest contributor Brandon Habermeyer....

An Insane, Kingly Decree: Flushing the Constitution Again and Empowering Pedophiles @ Mormanity
  -  One of the awkward things about bathrooms in China is that there is less privacy than we...

Trans Win: Federal Government to Sue North Carolina @ Peculiar People
  -  The Department of Justice recently announced it will be suing North Carolina for House...

Are We Really Overtaxed? @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   One of the common refrains we hear from Republican politicians and conservative...

Terryl Givens on Mormons at the Forefront @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Terryl Givens has up an essay at First Things called “Mormons at the Forefront.”...

Stephen L. Richards on science, religion, questions, and General Authorities @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  On May 31, 1925, Elder Stephen L. Richards gave the baccalaureate sermon to the...

God and Evolutionary Psychology @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Evolutionary psychology suggests God makes more sense than not. I’m not sure he sees...

BoM Gospel Doctrine Lesson 17: Mosiah 7-11 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  I have an awful lot on my plate in the next week, so this is straight out of my previous...

The Day Mormons Started Praying for Hillary @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   Sooooooooooooo . . . where to start? Today (May 4) is the day a majority of American...

May 4th is Not Just Star Wars Day… @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Few Mormons, I think, know that May 4 is a significant day in LDS liturgical history. ...

Who Will Canonize the Family Proclamation? @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  I admit I breathed a small sigh of relief when this last General Conference ended without...

Dumpster Diving with a New LDS Area Authority in Hong Kong @ Mormanity
  -  My wife and I had the pleasure of attending a multi-district youth conference in Hong...

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Biblical Namesake @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  This is based on a talk I gave in my ward in February 2016.  I don’t think...

Those Misogynist Nephites @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   Some readers have accused the Book of Mormon of being misogynistic. I mean, what else...

A Thought on Book of Mormon Origins @ Mormanity
  -  The full significance of Martin Harris's visit to Charles Anthon has been diminished in...

PEL on Scientism @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -   “…[scientism] is contributing to a growing trend on the left, quite as ferocious...

Will It Play in Papua? @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  In another life I was a linguist, interested particularly in linguistic typology, the...

General Conference and Immigration @ Mormanity
  -  I've been deeply touched by the emphasis on service to refugees being advocated by the...

Stats on LDS Retention @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Just a short post as I’m planning a longer post on this topic at T&S next week. A...

Blogging at T&S @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Just a note I’m blogging at Times and Seasons for the next while. I’ll still post...

If You Haven't Seen These Two Documentaries . . . @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   Well, you ought to.Which documentaries?First, Inequality for All. This film features...

Why do Church leaders dislike the internet? @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  In Elder Ballard’s recent address to CES teachers, he warned his audience several...

Mormon Millennials Becoming More Republican @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Somehow I missed that UVU (just a few blocks from work) was having a religious liberty...

Gallup on Number of Mormons @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  I’d missed this when it came out. Gallup does regular interviews and keeps track of the...

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Map: Part 1 Now at MormonInterpreter.com @ Mormanity
  -  "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Map" is the tongue-in cheek title of my serious...

New Atheists and Mormon Moderates @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Over at BCC Jacob Baker put up a paper tying New Atheists with the John Dehlin style of...

The Mental Health System Strikes Back @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  I’m sitting in a small room on the fifth floor of the local hospital. I’ve...

A Mother's Attempt at Prayer @ Mormanity
  -  At our recent District Conference (Shanghai International District), an LDS mother in an...

A Must-Have Missionary Book @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   A few weeks ago, BYU Studies held an annual meeting for some our supporters. This year...

Predictions for General Conference @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  General Conference already got underway last week, but I’m a bit slow, so I’m...

Another Reason Why the Ancient Covenant Formulary Matters @ Mormanity
  -  Some LDS writers have talked about the ancient covenant pattern found in the Near East as...

Professor Explains Why Mormons Don't Like Trump (and My Thoughts on Dissent) @ Mormanity
  -  I apologize for stepping into political topics in this post, which I prefer to avoid...

Can More Government Involvement Make Us More Free? @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   One of the articles of faith of modern conservatism is that government is intrusive and...

Why Mormons Accept Cruz @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  The Washington Post Monkey Cage blog has an interesting story up on religious freedom and...

An Annoying but Beautiful Passage: Isaiah 55:8-9 ("My Ways Are Higher...") and Its Link to Continuing Revelation @ Mormanity
  -  Isaiah 55:8-9 may be one of the most annoying passages in scripture. Not because it...

Consciousness: I Think, Therefore God Exists @ Small and Simple
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Ready for Negative Interest Rates? @ Mormanity
  -  On a temporal note (the theme "provident living" being my excuse), here's a heads up on...

Productivity and the Mormon Busyness Ethic (Part 2) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain...

Productivity and the Mormon Busyness Ethic (Part 1) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   Several moons ago, Sunstone published an essay of mine with the title above. In this...

The Chain that Veils: A Word Play in Moses 7:26? @ Mormanity
  -  As I'll explain in more detail in the near future, an important verse in considering...

The Republican Autopsy: A Brief Review @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   Three years ago, in March 2013, the Republican National Committee released a 100-page...

Recommended Resources for Dealing with the Extremes of Biblical Criticism @ Mormanity
  -  For students of the scriptures who are interested in understanding modern debates over...

Cherry-Picking Facts @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   You probably think I’m going to discuss the selective appropriation of information...

Scholars and Faith: The Conversion of Heinz Cassirer @ Mormanity
  -  One of the tragedies of modern biblical scholarship is the unnecessary loss of faith it...

Conservatives and Liberals @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   Catherine Rampell of the Washington Post had an interesting column last week. Her point...

Public Execution Theory – Another Way to Think About the Atonement @ Small and Simple
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The Yoke of Christ: Ancient Insights Related to Grace and Works @ Mormanity
  -  Last year while pondering Christ's famous command to take his yoke upon us, I wondered if...

A Witness of Book of Mormon Authenticy from a Non-LDS Scholar: Translation of the Afrikaans Version @ Mormanity
  -  Faith promoting stories sometimes have obvious weaknesses that can justify discarding the...

The Corporate Religion (Part 4: When Speed Looks Like Growth) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   Let’s look at another piece of the profit puzzle. Paul Hawken made this telling...

Another Book of Mormon Publication in a non-LDS Academic Source @ Mormanity
  -  Since some people refuse to seriously consider Book of Mormon evidence unless it's in a...

The Corporate Religion (Part 3: Where Profit Comes From) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   In the first post in this series, I introduced the question that has perplexed worldly...

A Significant Scholarly Publication Includes Two Articles on Hebrew Elements in the Book of Mormon @ Mormanity
  -  For those who refuse to consider Book of Mormon evidence until it appears in academic...

The Corporate Religion (Part 2: The Profit Problem) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   John Hobson, a frail little Englishman with a speech impediment and a penchant for...

The Corporate Religion (Part 1: The Worship of Growth) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   Corporate capitalism is a religion. You may think this a rather fantastic statement, but...

Review of ‘Lehi In Arabia’ DVD @ Small and Simple
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An Analogy of the Gospel and Chess @ Small and Simple
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Why are You a Member of the Church in the First Place? @ Small and Simple
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Christianity, Unconditional Love, and Absolute Tolerance: The Policy and the Wheat and Tares (Matt. 13) @ Small and Simple
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Christianity, Unconditional Love, and Absolute Tolerance: Sabbath Day (Matt. 12) @ Small and Simple
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Christianity, Unconditional Love, and Absolute Tolerance: The Policy and Leaven (1 Cor. 5) @ Small and Simple
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Christianity, Unconditional Love, and Absolute Tolerance: Repentance (Matt 11) @ Small and Simple
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Why the Mormon Church is Wrong on This @ Mormon Mentality
  -  As you all know, the church has really stepped in it this time. Or as my most devout,...

Women Speak Up @ Mormon Mentality
  -  In last weeks General conference, president Nelson gave a talk where he exhorted women...

I Can Smell a Mormon From a Mile Away @ Mormon Mentality
  -  I knew I knew it. The first time I saw the first commercial, it seemed so obvious to me....

Deep Geneology @ Mormon Organon
  -  Don’t forget to check out my post at the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious...

A New Book and Discussion: Wandering Realities @ Mormon Organon
  -  My new book, Wandering Realities, was recently released by Zarahemla Books. I was...

Brother Hafen is Wrong @ Mormon Mentality
  -  I read the August 2015 Ensign article “The Proclamation on the Family: Transcending...

The Latest Bit of News You Should Know @ Mormon Mentality
  -   The Association for Mormon Letters reviewed my...

Single Mothers in the Church Will Never Get a Break @ Mormon Mentality
  -  As many of you know, I have a daughter who is a temple-divorced single mom. She left her...

Woman News Part 2 @ Mormon Mentality
  -  This came across my Facebook Newsfeed page and I thought it made important points about...

Woman News @ Mormon Mentality
  -  Are you on Facebook? If you are a female, I sure hope so. That is where girls go to get...

Rabbi For All @ Mormon Mentality
  -   In my town, the local Rabbi is retiring after 41 years of leading the Jewish...

What’s Next???? @ Mormon Mentality
  -  Sheesh. I go away for one lousy week to participate at Sunstone Symposium at the Univ. of...

RootsTech 2014 Review and The Hipster RM @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  SISTASinZION Radio! Listen live HERE and call in at (646)...

Ordain Women {Kate Kelly & Suzette Smith} @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  SISTASinZION Radio! Sundays 5pm - 7pm (Mountain Time) Listen live HERE and call in...

Cathy Stokes aka MoDea (the Mormon Madea) @ As Sistas in Zion
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Faith and Family with Garth Smith and DeAnne Flynn @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  SISTASinZION Radio! Sundays 5pm - 7pm (Mountain Time) Listen live HERE and call in...

Shall we discuss my story Démodé before computers do it for us? @ Mormon Organon
  -  Well it’s a new year and my one New Year’s Resolution was to revive this into...

Finding Faith in 2014 @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  SISTASinZION Radio! Sundays 5pm - 7pm (Mountain Time) Listen live HERE and call in...

Race and the Priesthood in the LDS Church @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Episode will load below or listen here. Tune in as the Sistas speak with members of The...

Nelson Mandela and Faith-based News + Filmmaker Stephen V. Nelson @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  SISTASinZION Radio! Sundays 5pm - 7pm (Mountain Time) Listen live HERE and call in...

Sheri Dew - Women and the Priesthood: What One Mormon Woman Believes @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Episode will load below or listen here. Sheri Dew stops by SiZ Radio to chat with...

Mormon Women Bare, Katrina Barker Anderson + Journalist, Trent Toone @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  SISTASinZION Radio! Sundays 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) Listen live...

Hot Wife, Helpful Husband? @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  What happened to happy wife, happy life? A new study says husbands are happier in their...

She Said, She Said: Mormon Women Bare @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Our girl Jennifer Borget has a blog segment called “He Said, She Said” where she...

Sunday Best: Saturday is a Special Day @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Is Saturday really the day that we get ready for Sunday? Sista Laurel shares her...

Songs for the Soul: He is With Us @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Uplifting music has the power to put us in tune with the Spirit of Lord. The Sistas share...

Marriage Ain't for You {Urban Translation of Marriage Isn't for You} @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  If you tuned in to SiZ Radio last night you heard us talking to Seth Adam Smith author of...

Marriage Isn't For You {Seth Adam Smith & Aesha Adams-Roberts} @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  SISTASinZION Radio! Sundays 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) Listen live...

Luv True Luv... @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Do we really "fall" in love or do we accept, allow, and embrace it? There are several...

It Ain't Even Black History Month! @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  We thought PBS might hold it against us since folks said our Mormon brotha Mitt Romney...

Preachers of L.A. {Is Religion Right for Reality TV?} @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  SISTASinZION Radio! Sundays 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) Listen live...

A Night of Hope with Joel & Victoria Osteen { SLC, Utah Review} @ As Sistas in Zion
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SiZ Radio: 183rd October LDS Conference Review @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Sistas in Zion Radio! Every Sunday 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) Listen here and...

A Girl's Guide to Football with Jessica Kehl @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Sistas in Zion Radio! Every Sunday 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) Listen here and...

An Ordinary Hero: Joan Trumpauer Mulholland and Loki Mulholland @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Sistas in Zion Radio! Every Sunday 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) Listen here and...

Mormon Survivor Dawn Meehan + Jack and Sherry Weyland @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Sistas in Zion Radio! Every Sunday 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) Listen here and...

How the Mother of Vampiro Rojo de Santanás Died at the Hand of the Ethicless Thing @ Mormon Organon
  -   I’ve been too busy of late to write any science posts, but here is a little...

SiZ Radio: Be Wise Magazine + Jamaican LDS Pioneer @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Sistas in Zion Radio! Every Sunday 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) Listen here and...

Nobody Asked You: A Dose of Unsolicited Christian Advice @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Have you ever made a comment only to hear, "Nobody asked you!" Or read an advice column...

Why evolution matters to LDS Theology @ Mormon Organon
  -  There seems to be a temptation to borrow Christian fundamentalist creationist ideas and...

Death, the Fall, and Darwin: Roman Legions of Death, Part 2 of 7 @ Mormon Organon
  -  So to begin. Assume that the story that science tells is tout court correct. That humans...

Death, the Fall, and Darwin: A More Harmonious Reading, Part 1 of 7 @ Mormon Organon
  -  This is being posted semi-concurrently at BCC (Posted there about a week earlier than...

Scholar of Moab makes Ben Park’s ‘Nearly Essential Readings’ in Mormonism for Members! @ Mormon Organon
  -  Ben Park has compiled a list of Essential Readings in Mormonism that includes both...

Clark Monson on Wolves @ Mormon Organon
  -  President Monson’s son weighed in on the debate about introducing wolves back into...

On guns @ Mormon Organon
  -  In silence I’ve watched the splashes of opinion on Facebook and among blogs on gun...

The School of Mormon Theology, or The Lure of Fame @ Patheos
  -   The desire for a faction or party within a larger whole, a sect in the literal sense,...

Mormons Celebrate Easter with World's First Virtual "Hallelujah" Chorus @ Patheos
  -   This Easter season, 2,500 voices from around the world joined the Mormon Tabernacle...

Prayer for the Senate @ Patheos
  -   "Eternal God, ruler of all creation, each day seems to bring more bad news than good."

ONE's Prayer for Everyone: A Worldwide Week of Prayer and Action for the Least of These @ Patheos
  -   Join the #PrayerForEveryone Campaign from September 24 to October 1 to help end extreme...

ONE and Heifer International in Malawi: A Photo Essay @ Patheos
  -   This past May, ONE and Heifer International took a group of likeminded writers to...

Coram Deo: Prayer and Life @ Patheos
  -   The more my life is a life of prayer, coram Deo, the more my private prayers will be...