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Now You See It . . . Now You Don’t

October 21, 2014
Now You See It . . . Now You Don’t

The Mormon news arm, like Singapore’s government, loves to control the message. Sometimes this is done incredibly well. [1]  The “I’m a Mormon” campaign, the Book of Mormon advertising that accompanied the musical, and this week, a piece on garments so frank and direct that it made the Well-Behaved Mormon Woman uncomfortable, even more than […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, social media | 10 Comments »

10 Best Mitt Romney Halloween Costumes

October 14, 2014
10 Best Mitt Romney Halloween Costumes

Here are my top 10 suggestions for Mitt to wear to the ward Trunk or Treat: Harry Reid & Hillary Clinton (with Ann) Cubmaster Walmart greeter A binder full of women The Fonz Himself and Ann in their underwear (I’m sure I’ve seen this image somewhere) Ken and Barbie (with Ann) Angela Merkel Robot, using […]

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Posted in America, Culture, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 2 Comments »

10 Reasons to Go To Your Mission Reunion

October 7, 2014
10 Reasons to Go To Your Mission Reunion

General Conference is always the time to either heed or ignore invitations to go to your mission reunion. Did you go this year? Here are the top 10 reasons to go to your mission reunion: To show off your hot wife (or husband). To show off your gastric bypass results. (For men) if you still […]

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Posted in Agency, Culture, Freedom, General Conference, LDS, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 13 Comments »

General Conference in GIFs: Oct 2014

October 7, 2014
General Conference in GIFs:  Oct 2014

It’s time to recap the latest General Conference through the medium of GIFs.  First, a few quick observations about General Conference and social media: I swear that the Pinterest memes with scrolly fonts and pictures of nature are up before the speaker even finishes the talk.  What is up with that?  Also, does it remind anyone […]

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Posted in Agency, Criticism, Culture, Faith, General Conference, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 5 Comments »

10 People Who Were More Valiant in the Pre-Existence Than You

September 30, 2014
10 People Who Were More Valiant in the Pre-Existence Than You

From the tongue-in-cheek folkloric depths of Mormondom, we have a treasured gem of Gospel Doctrine classes of yesteryear: trying to ascertain (based on current life circumstances) who was more valiant in the pre-existence.  This is the kind of speculation born of the race ban, but it certainly wasn’t limited by that ban.  It’s the Mormon […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Culture, Doctrine, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Pride, Priesthood, Race Relations, Women | 9 Comments »

Where Are All the Men? You’ll Never Know.

September 22, 2014
Where Are All the Men?  You’ll Never Know.

The church has recently released a 9 minute video called “You Never Know.” It features what must be assumed to be a single mom who is trying very hard to get her to do list done so she can meet her cousin at the airport to spend the evening with her.  But her to do […]

Posted in Agency, America, Christian, Church Policy, Culture, economics, emotions, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, money, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Women | 54 Comments »

Strange Bedfellows

September 16, 2014
Strange Bedfellows

About a week ago I had a dream that I was in the Creationism museum.  I’m sure this was inspired in part by the Buzzfeed articles about that dubious family-friendly recreational activity.  In the dream, I got separated from my family, and I was struggling to find my kids.  I kept passing anti-scientific exhibits and […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, Education, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, Mission, Modesty, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, theology, Women | 34 Comments »

Consumer Church

September 9, 2014
Consumer Church

“Ask not what your church can do, but what you can do for your church” is what JFK might have said if he had been a General Authority. Not attending church used to carry a very high penalty:  fines, ostracism, and even death.  In Shakespeare’s day, it was illegal not to attend church.  Nowadays, there really […]

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Church Policy, Culture, emotions, Faith, Freedom, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Pride | 45 Comments »

Is Mormonism Making You a Better Person?

September 2, 2014
Is Mormonism Making You a Better Person?

Sometimes as active members, we are caught up in being the best Mormon we can be, the most observant, ticking all the boxes, perceived well by other ward members.  We can forget that the point is to become a better person by following Christ’s teachings, not just to become a better adherent to a set […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Pride, theology | 13 Comments »

What Would Dolores Umbridge Do?

August 26, 2014
What Would Dolores Umbridge Do?

All churches are struggling to retain Millenials.  Although it’s true that every generation has a higher rate of religious attrition than preceding generations, there is far less stigma to being unreligious now than ever before.  If churches want to retain Millenials, more effort needs to go into understanding them, finding common ground, and presenting the […]

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Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Blind Obedience, BYU, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 37 Comments »

The Face of Mormonism

August 19, 2014
The Face of Mormonism

What do our faces say about us?  Lauren Bacall said “I think your whole life shows in your face, and you should be proud of that.”  Whether you are proud or not, there it is for everyone to see.  If we wish we had more laugh lines, we should laugh more. Face reading is the […]

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Posted in Agency, Blind Obedience, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, emotions, Faith, Freedom, General Conference, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Prophet, Uncategorized | 10 Comments »

Masters of Sex: Revisionist History

August 12, 2014
Masters of Sex:  Revisionist History

I’m about to go on record as agreeing, at least in part, with Boyd K. Packer’s statement that not all truth is useful. Masters of Sex:  Truth vs. Usefulness I’ve been watching the Showtime original series Masters of Sex, about real life pioneering sex doctors Virginia Johnson and Bill Masters.  Their work was incredibly important […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Freedom, gender equity, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Truth. Lying, Uncategorized, Women, workplace | 15 Comments »

The Upside to Gerontocracy

August 5, 2014
The Upside to Gerontocracy

My immediate family spans three generations.  My parents are from the Silent Generation (both born in the 1920s), and my oldest sisters are Baby Boomers, teens in the 1960s.  One of my sisters sang with Steve Miller.  I was an accident, born in the late 1960s (a Gen-Xer) when my older sisters were already getting […]

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Criticism, Culture, Faith, LDS, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Pride, Uncategorized, Women | 23 Comments »

Utah Shakespeare Festival 2014: Hawkgrrrl’s Reviews

July 29, 2014
Utah Shakespeare Festival 2014:  Hawkgrrrl’s Reviews

Our family just returned from our annual pilgrimage to the Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City.  We’ve been attending every year since 1997, and we bring our kids and sometimes other relatives to enjoy the plays.  We even attended when we were living in Singapore on home visits.  We saw a young half-naked (but for some […]

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Posted in Criticism, Culture, Reviews | 10 Comments »

The Acceptable Range

July 22, 2014
The Acceptable Range

A few years ago, I was talking with my husband about who he thought was more emotional at work in his experience:  men or women.  He said women, definitely.  I said on the team I worked on and in general, I would say the men were more emotional.  I asked my then boss what his […]

Posted in Agency, Criticism, Culture, emotions, gender equity, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Resting bitch face, Women, workplace | 15 Comments »

Religious Parenting vs. Secular Parenting

July 15, 2014
Religious Parenting vs. Secular Parenting

Are you a religious-minded parent or are you secular-minded?  How do you know? I just finished reading American Grace:  How Religion Divides and Unites Us by Robert Putnam and David Campbell.  The book compares religious and secular trends in American society by looking at results of a series of surveys done over the last few decades. […]

Posted in Agency, America, Anti-Mormon, Church Policy, Culture, Faith, Freedom, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Pride | 25 Comments »

Denied! Temple Recommends and “Apostate” Relatives

July 8, 2014
Denied!  Temple Recommends and “Apostate” Relatives

A specific section of the Church Handbook of Instruction is being cited as the rationale for denying family members Temple Recommends due to the views of their family members.  The section in question is this: Section 3.3.4  Members Whose Close Relatives Belong to Apostate Groups Bishops and their counselors must take exceptional care when issuing […]

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Church Policy, Criticism, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Women | 103 Comments »

5 Strawman Reasons Some Matt Walsh Wannabe Thinks People Leave the Church

July 1, 2014
5 Strawman Reasons Some Matt Walsh Wannabe Thinks People Leave the Church

A recent post has gone viral, and while I don’t think the author reveals a very deep or nuanced understanding of why people actually leave the church, I will give him absolute props for letting everyone tell him that in the comments.  Here’s a quick summary of his 5 reasons (but hey, feel free to […]

Posted in Agency, America, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, theology, understanding, Women | 39 Comments »

Approved Post Topics: An LDS Blogger’s Guide

June 24, 2014
Approved Post Topics:  An LDS Blogger’s Guide

In the wake of Kate’s excommunication, and in light of the Newsroom’s recent statement [1], I thought I’d help out my fellow bloggers with some suggestions of approved topics for future posts: What is your favorite color? How glad are you when Daddy comes home? Which of the twelve apostles is tallest? Will our pets […]

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Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Christian, Church Policy, Education, Excommunication, Faith, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Women | 111 Comments »

Kate & John: Liberal Tactics and Conservative Bias

June 17, 2014
Kate & John:  Liberal Tactics and Conservative Bias

The recent actions against John Dehlin and Kate Kelly have been unsettling for many of us who are familiar with them and their work.  Others feel that the church’s action against them is long overdue, and that they are undermining (or attempting to) the very foundations of our doctrines.  There are people like me who […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Excommunication, Faith, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Women | 59 Comments »

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