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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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I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that people walk into the Dairy Queen in Perry, Utah, see a man slicing potatoes, and make assumptions about him.
Earlier this year, at a Dodgers game, I saw all-star catcher Wilson Ramos step into the right field corner long before the game, go to a knee, bow his head and stay that way for a good two minutes. I couldn't h...
In matters of faith, where a pulpit is a witness stand and people constantly share and bear testimony, being a reliable witness is all. Religious souls rise or fall on their authenticity.
The word on the wire is Donald Trump has found Jesus. James Dobson from “Focus on the Family” leaked the news to the press earlier this week. So far no one in Trumpland is talking. Could it be possi...
When Pope Francis canonized California’s Junipero Serra last year, making him an official Catholic saint, the pope called the man “one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.” It is true...
I’ve always liked Joseph Smith’s notion that “creating” and “organizing” amount to the same thing.You take bits and pieces of what exists and organize them into something u...
For many, the word “refugee” sounds like someone foreign and far away, but the truth is former refugees move among us daily. I’m thinking of "fellowcitizens with the saints" such as Francisco ...
Bethel Church is all about spiritual signs and wonders. It is, to me, in a way, part of the “new spirituality” being practiced by young people these days. It is religion without borders, belief with...
During my years on the editorial board at the Deseret News, Sen. Bob Bennett came by many times to clue us in. And seeing his name on our “things to do today” always made me smile.
In Wyoming, Anthony’s LordLurks just beneath the skin of things;Like water in a blade of grass.Like the color blueHiding in the color green.