A veil was never meant to protect what was on the inside, but what was on the outside.

Art by Caitlin Connolly

On my most recent podcast (you can access it here) I talk about the “unveiling of women.”

There has been — and there is still — a great misconception about veils. I’m…

What did it really mean “to till” and “to keep”?

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The usual Biblical translation rendered is that Adam was placed in the garden to “till it and keep it.” Gen 2:15.

But think about it.

We know that there are layers upon layers of meanings, symbols, metaphors, and parables in the scriptures.

And Genesis is no different.

The writer had…

One of the biggest differences between the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and other denominations is that we believe that Eve’s choice in the Fall was a holy and righteous one; a necessary, vital step for all of mankind to take on the path to becoming more like our Heavenly Parents.

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Why would this distinction be important?

Because the treatment of the daughters of Eve is a direct correlation, causation, and consequence of how the story of Eden is translated and interpreted.

If Eve is considered to be second-class to Adam, guess what?

Her daughters are considered second-class to sons of…

One of the most beautiful symbols that the heavenly messenger sheds light on for the Tree of Life dream in 1 Nephi 11 is the vision of Mary, the earthly mother of Jesus. In fact, it is the very first vision symbol that the messenger brings to the attention of Nephi. Why is that? And why do we only give it a brief, cursory glance in our gospel discussions?

Art by Jeremy Thompson at churchofjesuschrist.org gospel art library

When we think of the scriptural Tree of Life, the two most common books that our minds go to are Genesis and 1 Nephi. The Tree of Life, as we understand it, stands next to, but not necessarily opposite, of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, or, as…

The three gifts brought to Jesus after his birth — the gold, frankincense, and myrrh — bring to remembrance the ancient Jewish temple and the promise of the return of the High Priest.


It is recorded that wise men from the east brought gifts of Gold, frankincense and myrrh to Jesus.

Frankincense and myrrh were the main ingredients of the two perfumes of the oil and incense used in the Holy of Holies in the first (original) Jewish temple. …

Ramona Siddoway

Writer of snarky mysteries and female empowerment for women of faith. Hippy conservative. Global Citizen. Wrangler of chickens.

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