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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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As we all grow more aware, I think the conformers will allow mavericks more wiggle room and the renegades will learn to respect those who conform and what they offer. I’m banking on our ability, as believ...
It didn’t feel like much of victory. And I think, even then, I probably suspected that most victories were hollow at heart, unless you won them for someone or something larger than yourself.
Personally, I believe Bryce Harper’s unique style is a good thing. Like Harry Reid, Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, Gladys Knight and others, he breaks down the Mormon stereotype.
Over the past few weeks, several leaders of Utah’s Republican Party have been floating ideas about ways to protect the party’s brand. Some have suggested interviewing candidates to see where their l...
For members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, organizing and creating are often one and the same. We cut and paste, trim and sort. We love to gather, arrange and display. We always have.
For the first time, many local theater-goers will see the sight gags and hear the song lyrics that, until now, have been masked by euphemisms such as “coarse,” “graphic” and “risqu...
In some churches, sacred objects are said to have supernatural powers. My church isn’t one of them. But when I touch an object that’s part of religious history, I know why others claim to feel the m...
In poll after poll, youths today say they feel hamstrung by the do’s and don’ts of organized religion. They prefer to carve out their own spiritual path. They tend to see organized religion as an at...
Eric Stamets, a 24-year-old defensive wizard from Dublin, Ohio, has the skills and determination to shake things up. And this summer, he hopes to start by shaking things up at shortstop for the Salt Lake Bees.
When you visit places where your ancestors lived, when you read about the world around them, when you touch objects they touched and read books they read, you help them to live again.