Jerry Earl Johnston
Jerry Earl Johnston is a former Deseret News staffer who currently freelances columns for Mormon Times and the Faith page. Hes from Brigham City, Utah, where he and wife Carol still live. They have a blended family of five kids and 14 grandchildren. While at the News, Jerry worked in sports, features, on city desk and was editor of the Religion section. He has been a columnist for the paper for more than 30 years. He has a Masters Degree in Spanish from the University of New Mexico and is the author of five books. He served an LDS mission to Bolivia.

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There will always be differences among people — different cultures, different countries, different colors, different character traits. But in the kingdom, you don’t define people by their difference...
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To borrow Paul's analogy, when it came to church callings, our patriarch was both the "head" of the body and one of the "toes." And in his heart, he saw both as vital, invigorating and worthy of his full energy...
I’ve seen the stories. You’ve seen the stories. Folks are replacing religion in their lives with other activities. Young people are fleeing the faith of their fathers. The human race, we’re to...
There we were, a couple thousand folks from ages 3 to 103, singing a children’s song together. I’ve said before that adults singing children’s hymns is not only charming but also spiritually e...
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Switching faiths can be traumatic, filled with tension, tears, fears and a feeling of great loss over what was left behind. And we lifelong members need to keep that in mind.