Miriam is a professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Memphis where she studies children impacted by incarceration and children at risk of future incarceration. She lives with her husband and three daughters.

Come Follow Me: Matthew 26; Mark 14; John 13 “In Remembrance”Come Follow Me:

I’ve broken today’s lesson into two main parts: “The Woman Who Anointed Jesus” and “The Last Supper.” I plan to use this lesson plan for guiding my own family scripture study. Therefore, I’ve broken things up into very small chunks where we can just focus on one part of the stories as we read them. For example, we’ll likely focus on each of the 4 themes I listed under “The Woman Who Anointed Jesus” on 4 separate days. If you are using this plan for a lesson at church, just pick and choose what makes sense for your class.

Why would you do it if it hurts?

I was plucking my eyebrows one morning last fall when she walked into the bathroom. “Mom, does that hurt?” she asked with big eyes. I hesitated as I thought about whether it was hurting, “Um, I guess it’s not comfortable. The first time I did it, it definitely hurt, but now it doesn’t hurt too bad.”  She looked at me incredulously, “Why would you do it if it hurts?”

Come Follow Me: Matthew 14; Mark 6; John 5–6 “Be Not Afraid”

This lesson plan is written for you to use in a class or at home. If you use it at home, I suggest just taking various segments a day at a time and discussing them as a family or on your own in your journal (my family usually does a segment a night over the dinner table). Don’t try to do the full lesson at once - it’s meant to be taken in smaller chunks. If you use it for a class at church, I suggest just choosing a segment or two to focus on during the lesson.

Black History Month: The Memphis State Eight

She eventually decided to enroll at Memphis State. On her first day, she was told that she wasn’t allowed in the library, the gym, the cafeteria, or any other shared spaces on campus. She was to come at 8am and leave by noon every day. She was to sit in the back of her classes with a police officer next to her. She soon learned that no matter how many times she raised her hand, the professors would never call on her. 

Personal Revelation is Personal

So often I hear people trying to convince others that the way they feel about a particular topic/meeting/policy is the way that everyone *should* feel. As if God speaks to each of his children in exactly the same way at exactly the same time. But that’s not the way personal revelation works.

Mary – 2000 years of scrutiny

When I got to the part where Mary was told to name her child “Jesus,” my kid gasped. “What?” she said in complete disbelief, “Mary couldn’t even choose the name of her own son?”

To be learned is good – Full stop.

The anti-intellectualism is killing personal enlightenment. Why is this view so prominent?

Sacrament Meeting Talk: Personal Revelation

I often think that when my kids are grown they may choose a variety of paths for their lives – and that’s completely up to them. However, I hope that no matter what path they choose, that they can feel that love from God in their hearts.
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