Fiona Givens

Fiona Givens was born in Nairobi, educated in British convent schools, and converted to the LDS church in Frankfurt-am-Main. She left for BYU two years after her conversion and met her husband, Terryl, the first day of class. In the middle of raising her children she decided to go back to school, graduating with from the University of Richmond with degrees in French and German, followed by a graduate degree in European history. She taught French and German at Patrick Henry High School near Ashland, VA. After seven years of 5a.m.-11p.m days, she felt impressed to stop and begin collaborating with her husband on The God Who Weeps, Crucible of Doubt, and The Christ who Heals. She has been invited to speak at firesides and women’s conferences in the U.S. and abroad. She feels most at home in water—be it pool, lake or sea and on holiday with her ever-expanding family.

February 02, 2021 05:00 AM MST
The Bible translator William Tyndale wrote, Evangelion (that we call the gospel) is a Greek word and signifieth good, merry, glad and joyful tidings, that maketh a man’s heart glad, and maketh him to sing, dance, and leap for joy. Yet in our interactions with Saints throughout the world, we have found many hurting members asking the same questions: If God weeps over our misery, why does Christ need to allay God’s wrath? If Christ promises to “wipe away all tears,” why do we anticipate sorrows to come in the next world? Too many of the wounded and struggling are wondering why a restored Church that heralds joy here and hereafter seems at time to inflict or add injury rather than proffer the balm of Gilead.
4 Min Read
March 22, 2018 12:00 PM MDT
How do we react when someone uses the scriptures as a weapon? And how do we overcome the contradictions we find in the scriptures? Read on for powerful insights from LDS scholars Fiona and Terryl Givens.
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March 07, 2018 01:00 PM MST
The language of Mormon culture, like that of most other cultures, is fraught with contradictions. All faiths have their intemperate zealots, and even the wisest and best men and women can say uninspired, ridiculous, and even reprehensible things. The religious scholar Krister Stendahl has suggested that in evaluating religions, it is only fair to characterize a faith group in terms of its best, not its worst, manifestations.1
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November 05, 2017 10:00 PM MST
That we believe about God and Christ—Their nature, Their attributes, Their character—shapes our response to the Heavenly Family and Their designs for us. Arguments about the cosmological location of Kolob will not advance our salvation. Ascertaining the true depth and extent of God’s love, however, will.
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April 06, 2016 09:15 AM MDT
In Mark 9:24, the focus in this beautiful scripture is on a distraught father. I’d like to spend a little time with him.
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November 06, 2015 02:17 PM MST
Faith begins with a question. We hope. We want to believe. But we are not sure. As Alma states, faith is not knowledge (Alma 32:26). It is a desire to believe. So, we make room in our hearts for the seed, and in so doing we trust that if it is indeed a “good seed,” it will sprout and grow and our hearts and minds will expand with “light.”
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December 16, 2013 05:32 AM MST
God Is Perfect and So Is His Son
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