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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. He’s 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 a boy, I was taught to be wary of lavish displays. Simplicity trumped splendor, I was taught. The ordinary didn’t need to be ornate. But I’ve since made peace with all things opulent in religion.
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When I get confused about evangelical Christianity, I make one call, that’s all. I call Brad Scheelke, owner of Oasis Christian Books in Logan. Brad and I are old “fencing buddies.” We cross s...
First pitch for the exhibition game between the Salt Lake Bees and the Los Angeles Angels is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. at Smith's Ballpark, barring any inclement weather.
Things get doubly serious when God is the one giving people another name. He puts his seal on their hearts and writes their names on his palms. You better be ready for all that awaits you. The stakes are high.
Holy Week is around the corner. And, as Chaucer would say, “folks are longing for a pilgrimage.”Let me suggest one. If you’re going to be anywhere near Southern Colorado, visit San Luis, the...
In Brigham City, the thousands of people who attended the open house for the new temple in 2012 got to see an impressive mural — a mural of the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge awash with geese, ducks, cr...