Tag: Stephen Carter

Movie Reviews: The Cokeville Miracle and Freetown

Reviewed by Stephen Carter The Cokeville Miracle and Freetown are fascinating glimpses into how Mormons approach faith-promoting stories, and how those stories interact with the core message of the gospel. The Cokeville Miracle If you haven’t heard about the Cokeville miracle: in 1986, David and Doris Young (played by Nathan Stevens and Kym Mellen, repectively) …

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Purple: Review

Reviewed by Stephen Carter   Purple Mary Lythgoe Bradford Dialogue Foundation, 2009 72 pages   WE SEEM TO be magnets for beauty. Our childhoods are “cherry tree worlds” haunted by “twanging harpies,” and nourished by “string bean summers.” As we grow, “deep library treasures” take seed in our souls and whisper to us until we start …

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Growing with Sunstone

By Stephen Carter I‘m certainly not the youngest person to helm Sunstone Magazine, but I am the first editor to be as old as the magazine itself, both of us being born in 1975. Though I was not raised in a household that subscribed to Sunstone, or any other independent Mormon publication (I was kept …

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On Gratitude

By Stephen Carter   Based on a sacrament meeting talk given 25 November 2012 in the Orem, Utah 6th Ward.   Preparing this talk on gratitude became daunting almost immediately. Before I even began researching, I could already hear an insistent voice trying to take control. It wanted me to say things like, “I have …

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In Memoriam: Paul Swenson

By Stephen Carter   From Medicare’s point of view, Paul Swenson’s 100-day recovery from the life-threatening infection he contracted in August 2011 was probably money ill spent since he passed away only a few months after his release from care. But for me, it was a great time. I knew where Paul was living, and …

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Playdate with President Benson

by Stephen Carter Stephen Carter is the editor of Sunstone and author of What of the Night? a collection of award-winning personal essays from Zarahemla Books. He is stay-at-home dad to two almost-teenage sons and the world’s most beautiful toddler daughter.     Or, right-click here to download the audio file: Playdate with President Benson …

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I Will Go; I Will Play

By Stephen Carter “What would a good Mormon video game play like?” It’s a question that has doubtless crossed the mind of many a Mormon gamer as he fires missiles at a giant mutant brain, or slices her way through a horde of zombies, or fattens up a princess. The first game ideas that come …

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