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The Surprising Christian Origins of Santa Claus

by Dr. Taylor Halverson | Fun Makes You Think

Santa Claus is, perhaps unfortunately, the most recognizable character during the Christmas season. But did...

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The Real Dates of the 12 Days of Christmas That Most of the World Has Forgotten

by Dr. Taylor Halverson | Makes You Think

The 12 Days of Christmas is a beloved tradition in the Christian world. But because we live in the Christia...

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One Significant Way Our Savior Used Numbers to Create Meaning That Might Have You Rethinking His Teachings

by Dr. Taylor Halverson | Makes You Think

Jesus, the Master Teacher, taught in unexpected ways, capturing the attention of His audience to draw their...

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How One of the Most Common Phrases in the Book of Mormon Is Also the Most Meaningful

by Dr. Taylor Halverson | Makes You Think

Mark Twain famously quipped that if Joseph Smith would have left out the phrase “it came to pass,” the Book...

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"Son of man" or "Son of God": Two Crucial Names for Christ We Keep Misunderstanding

by Dr. Taylor Halverson | Makes You Think

In October 2017 general conference, Elder Christofferson gave a talk entitled “ The Living Bread Which Came...

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2 Things Distracting Us from Hearing the Voice of God in Our Lives + How to Tune Them Out

by Dr. Taylor Halverson and Doug Witney | Makes You Think Mormon Life

Back when the telegraph was the fastest method of long-distance communication, a young man applied for a jo...

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How the Hebrew Translations of "God" and "Jehovah" Might Change Your Understanding of Deity

by Dr. Taylor Halverson | Makes You Think

When we read the scriptures, many different words or titles are used for God. Some are used more than any o...

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How a Friend at Divinity School Taught Me God Truly Is Incomprehensible (and Why That's a Good Thing)

by Dr. Taylor Halverson | Makes You Think Mormon Life

Some years ago while I was in graduate school, I had a conversation with a friend over lunch that taught me...

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The Surprising Lesson My Muslim Friends Taught Me About Scripture Study

by Dr. Taylor Halverson | Makes You Think Mormon Life

I travel to the Middle East on a regular basis and am always learning something new. Learning how to enhanc...

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What My Muslim Friends Taught Me About Prayer: Surprising Insights from a Mormon

by Dr. Taylor Halverson | Makes You Think Mormon Life

I’ve spent a lot of time in the Middle East. The Middle East is one of the most fascinating though deeply m...