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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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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.
Scholars debate the true holiness of just about every holy site in Israel. Yet there is one place where scholars, scientists and spiritual leaders all agree is a place where Jesus certainly stood — and th...
I know we live in the “Beehive State.” But the other day I was set on my heels when I realized how much my own life is bound up with bees. I’m a “Bee” from Box Elder High.
Traditionally, spiritual moments are moments filled with “light.” But as I travel around, I find that many churches — especially Catholic churches — are just the opposite. They offer us ...
I realize the term “edgy LDS writing” sounds like a contradiction to many people. But every group has its limits. And every group has writers who push them. An acquaintance of mine, David Kline, has...
People of faith produce an eye-popping amount of service and charitable funds for the world. Yet no matter how much we do, we feel ashamed we don't do more.
When it comes to home teaching, I’m usually the guy they make jokes about.I’m the guy who doesn’t home teach in October or December because I feel funny showing up at people’s houses o...
Some of the things people have read into the Book of Enoch are boggling. In the section of prophecies some readers see veiled references to metrosexuals, the modern country of Greece and even prophecies about F...
I like the idea of interfaith buffets. When it comes to the teachings of other churches, playing Chuck-A-Rama makes a lot more sense to me than playing Whac-A-Mole.
Founded in 1993, St. Antony's was the first recognized Coptic monastery outside of Egypt. The monastery was named for St. Antony the Great, a desert-dwelling saint who lived a bare-bones life.