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Last Updated Apr 17, 2015 09:51PM

I’m a huge believer in church. More specifically, I’m a huge believer that when I’m in church it’s imperative that I keep my meager wits about me. Fail to pay attention and I might end up going along with something perfectly ridiculous. For example, back in the Mormon pioneer days I might have let this bit of counsel slide. LDS Apostle Heber C. Kimball said, “I have noticed that a man who has but one wife, and is inclined to that doctrine, soon begins to wither and dry up, while …

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  • Kirby: Fighting the boredom of caregiving
    It’s Monday and I’m writing this column at Sonny’s kitchen table. His two dogs Maggie and Shiloh read over my lap and point out spelling errors. It’s...
    Updated Apr 14 2015 07:51 am   |     |   Share
  • Kirby: Reverence — keeping the noise down
    Today is Sunday and many of us will be going to church. Be careful. There are a lot of things at church that can hurt you. While a variety of these t...
    Updated Apr 15 2015 07:25 pm   |     |   Share
  • Kirby: Making your point — less show, more substance
    I first learned about the “opposed” business during last Saturday's General Conference when a friend called to ask if it was me who did it. Since I w...
    Updated Apr 10 2015 09:54 pm   |     |   Share
  • Kirby: The letdown of PTFD
    Early Sunday morning, I hid 150 Easter eggs in my backyard for the grandkids. Took me the better part of an hour, including the part where my wife cam...
    Updated Apr 08 2015 05:06 pm   |     |   Share


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  • Kirby: Please excuse me from the truth
    Through no fault of mine, Sonny had his knee replaced on Thursday. It was one of those expired geezer warranty things rather than a recent injury. As ...
    Updated Apr 09 2015 07:41 pm   |     |   Share
  • Kirby: How to handle Mormon General Easter Conference
    Sunday is the clash of important days. It’s LDS General Conference and Christian Easter. Tough choice for Mormons. Listen to words of inspiration from...
    Updated Apr 04 2015 09:54 am   |     |   Share
  • Kirby: Overcome by the spirit of humor
    I have not yet been tapped to speak at LDS General Conference this weekend. A lack of formal invitation hasn’t stopped me from preparing for the possi...
    Updated Mar 31 2015 03:48 pm   |     |   Share
  • Kirby: What surprises await Mormons this conference? More tithing? Less church?
    LDS General Conference is upon us again. Thousands of Mormons will cram themselves into the Conference Center (and lesser buildings) to get the latest...
    Updated Mar 30 2015 06:12 pm   |     |   Share
  • Kirby: Dying for the big day
    I looked out the back door yesterday and saw that spring is definitely here. Bees buzzed. Flowers bloomed. After a fitful winter’s nap, the earth was ...
    Updated Apr 08 2015 04:25 pm   |     |   Share
  • Kirby: Missionary words of what
    Last Sunday, we had a missionary homecoming in my LDS ward. Recently returned from the Baltic states mission, the elder spoke to a chapel packed with ...
    Updated Apr 08 2015 04:25 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Robert Kirby aims a pool ball cannon at a clothes washer in Rush Valley Saturday March 21, 2015.  Kirby: Cannons and hearing no evil
    When you're dead and gone, what sorts of stories will those closest to you tell about you? It's worth pondering while there's still time to do somethi...
    Updated Apr 08 2015 04:07 pm   |     |   Share
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Columnist Robert Kirby really shines as grand marshal of the Green River Melon Days parade in 2013. Kirby: Confessions of a disengaged employee
    According to a recent Gallup poll, Utah has one of the highest ratios of “disengaged workers” in the nation. Just “28 percent of Utah workers are acti...
    Updated Mar 23 2015 01:15 pm   |     |   Share
  • Kirby: Church is finally changing me
    Despite a nefarious reputation, I still work in the nursery of my LDS ward. It’s coming up on five months since the connection between the bishop and ...
    Updated Apr 08 2015 04:05 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Robert Kirby  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Kirby: Honesty is not always safe policy
    Shooting cannons is dangerous business. Not the actual firing, although there is some element of risk to that part. But I’m a lot more afraid of assem...
    Updated Mar 17 2015 07:00 am   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Robert Kirby aims a pool ball cannon at a clothes washer in Rush Valley Saturday March 21, 2015.  Kirby: Cannons and hearing no evil
    When you're dead and gone, what sorts of stories will those closest to you tell about you? It's worth pondering while there's still time to do somethi...
    Updated Apr 08 2015 04:07 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Courtesy of  Robert Kirby)
Columnist Robert Kirby really shines as grand marshal of the Green River Melon Days parade in 2013. Kirby: Confessions of a disengaged employee
    According to a recent Gallup poll, Utah has one of the highest ratios of “disengaged workers” in the nation. Just “28 percent of Utah workers are acti...
    Updated Mar 23 2015 01:15 pm   |     |   Share
  • Kirby: Church is finally changing me
    Despite a nefarious reputation, I still work in the nursery of my LDS ward. It’s coming up on five months since the connection between the bishop and ...
    Updated Apr 08 2015 04:05 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Robert Kirby  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Kirby: Honesty is not always safe policy
    Shooting cannons is dangerous business. Not the actual firing, although there is some element of risk to that part. But I’m a lot more afraid of assem...
    Updated Mar 17 2015 07:00 am   |     |   Share
  • Kirby: I can’t wait to not do things because of my religion
    Utah state law now says a government employee can refuse to perform someone’s marriage based on his or her religion and the sexual orientation of the ...
    Updated Mar 19 2015 10:21 pm   |     |   Share
  • Kirby: Inflexibility is not faith
    Several years ago, I was tapped to “teach” the lesson in High Priest Group. Bad idea, but it wasn’t mine. I merely agreed to go along with it. Anyway...
    Updated Mar 19 2015 09:59 pm   |     |   Share
  • Kirby: Moving an important reference point
    The Utah State Prison has been located at Point of the Mountain since before my family moved here in 1970. It was the first Utah landmark I acquired. ...
    Updated Mar 10 2015 04:04 pm   |     |   Share
  • Kirby: Growing up and acting my age
    I recently discovered the first suggestion that I was destined for a career in newspapers. Digging through a box of childhood memorabilia at my parent...
    Updated Mar 08 2015 05:16 pm   |     |   Share
  • Kirby: My church deal-breakers
    When her excommunication from the LDS Church was upheld last week, Kate Kelly announced that her husband, Neil Ransom, would resign his own membership...
    Updated Mar 13 2015 02:57 pm   |     |   Share
  • Kirby: Alton Brown and high speed food
    Took my 13-year-old granddaughter Hallie to the Capitol Theater to see Alton Brown’s “The Edible Inevitable Tour” Friday evening. I know what you’re ...
    Updated Mar 03 2015 12:35 pm   |     |   Share
  • Kirby: It’s time for object legislating
    Joseph de Maistre, a French lawyer, wrote in 1811, "Every nation gets the government it deserves." I didn't know it was Maistre who said this before ...
    Updated Mar 01 2015 09:03 pm   |     |   Share
  • Kirby: Death and what comes next?
    My wife says her idea of heaven is where everything that is bad for us here on Earth will be good for us after we die. Skeptical as I am, I instantly ...
    Updated Feb 27 2015 10:49 pm   |     |   Share