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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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...
“First,” she said, “the view here is a blessing.” And it was. The serenity of the Pacific Ocean filled almost every window, including the windows of the chapel. It was like looking out o...
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.
Now, I had to wonder, was I the wishful thinker? Had everyone else been spirited away in some kind of Secular Humanist Rapture, leaving me behind?
Like many parents, I try to imagine myself at age 15, having to live with all the cultural shifts, availability of vice and ugly violence that teens today deal with on a daily basis. And I wonder if I’d b...
If you look long and hard enough, I’m convinced you can eventually find a spiritual lesson inside of everything — stones, sunshine, the game of baseball, the flight of geese. Even, as I found last S...
If you look long and hard enough, I’m convinced you can eventually find a spiritual lesson inside of everything — stones, sunshine, the game of baseball, the flight of geese. Even, as I found last S...
It was the late Truman Madsen who said when secular writers examine spiritual experience, they grasp everything except the spiritual experience. Or, as Ralph Waldo Emerson would say, they see only the needles, ...