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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 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...
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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.
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.
Today, Christian pop singers are saying, “Praise the Lord and pass me that flame thrower before the fire marshals shut us down.” It's all new wine in new bottles. But then, it always has been.
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