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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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Something about seeing special souls stays with a person forever. And I would love to see Pope Francis, the man who, like a spiritual Hercules, is lifting the entire Catholic Church. Perhaps one day I will.
Last weekend, my wife and I went to see “Once I Was a Beehive,” a coming-of-age comedy that’s all the “buzz.” I was expecting a salt-of-the-earth conversion story. What I got was a...
The ovation went on and on.Michael Ballam had just sung “The Impossible Dream” from Utah Festival Opera’s “Man of La Mancha” and — true to form — he refused to break ...
Pahrump, Nevada, sits in the doorway to Death Valley. And the town has been known to hit 117 degrees in the shade during the summer.But right now I’m in a Pahrump parking lot thinking about Christmas.
What got me through my latest ordeal were all the people who wouldn’t let me droop. I was determined to feel morose, but they wouldn’t hear of it.
The kids were painting their faces when little Rebecca Kohl emerged with a red, white and blue “peace sign” covering her face. For me, it was like seeing a purple cow. I’d never seen a patriot...
Salt Lake Bees third baseman Kaleb Cowart doesn't just sign autographs for fans, he gives them a spiritual booster shot. Beneath his name he always jots the reference Philippians 4:13: "I can do all things thro...
At the risk of sounding like a party pooper, let me say that in the last five years I have probably wrung my hands over the end of the world, hmmm, for three seconds. Personally, I chose to worry about other th...
I’m not sure when people started talking about “magical thinking.” When I was in college, I don’t remember the term coming up. Now it’s everywhere.
In this day and age, getting a slice of truth for $5 — even truth tossed off by a resourceful, out-of-work liberal arts graduate — has the feel of a real bargain.