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Updated: Who’s Privileged?

October 3, 2014
Updated: Who’s Privileged?

Recent blog posts by Kate Kelly and Joanna Brooks on FMHseem to embrace some of what I was trying to convey with this post.  There seems to me, the way that I read those two articles, a recognition that things are not just about white, privileged, Mormon feminists but the net of equality is cast […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, gender equity, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Race Relations, Uncategorized, Women | 78 Comments »

Pure Speculation – Ordaining Women – How Would it Work?

September 20, 2014
Pure Speculation – Ordaining Women – How Would it Work?

I have wondered what if the Prophet had a revelation extending the Priesthood to all worthy women. Many of us have said, if that were to happen, we would happily accept it. But since it has not, well…… But if it did happen, how it would work? Since adult men who join the church are […]

Posted in Church Policy, Doctrine, emotions, Feminism, gender equity, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Women | 33 Comments »

Just in! The Leaders Have Spoken

June 28, 2014
Just in! The Leaders Have Spoken

The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve have issued a statement today regarding Priesthood, questioning and apostasy. The full text of the statement is: Office of the First Presidency 47 East South Temple Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150 June 28, 2014 In God’s plan for the happiness and eternal progression of His children, […]

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Doctrine, Excommunication, Faith, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Priesthood, Prophet, Uncategorized | 91 Comments »

Introducing restorepolygamy.com

June 20, 2014
Introducing restorepolygamy.com

In light of two key events happening in the US and within the Church, we are excited to announce the latest in member-driven agitation. As you know, the US is rapidly moving toward legalizing and recognizing same sex marriage (SSM). The US Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and many individual states […]

Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Doctrine, Faith, Joseph Smith, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Polygamy, Prophet, Uncategorized | 28 Comments »

The Hypocrisy of the Donald Sterling Situation

May 2, 2014
The Hypocrisy of the Donald Sterling Situation

I don’t know about you but almost the instant I heard the story of Donald Sterling, billionaire Basketball team owner, slumlord, adulterer, and racist, I knew what was going to happen. And, it did…. How did this person go from well-known philanthropist and multiple recipient of NAACP awards to the new Grand Wizard of the […]

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Posted in money, Politics, Race Relations, Uncategorized | 15 Comments »

Oh, and General Conference is Being Held Too

April 4, 2014
Oh, and General Conference is Being Held Too

Most members of the LDS Church look forward to the first weekend in April and October to hear from the Prophets, Apostles and other General Leaders of the Church. It also affords them a weekend off of normal Church activities.  But this time around, the main attraction may not actually be in the Conference Center, […]

Posted in Anti-Mormon, Church Policy, Doctrine, Freedom, General Conference, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Women | 24 Comments »

The Gauntlet has been thrown down, What’s Next for Ordain Women?

March 17, 2014
The Gauntlet has been thrown down, What’s Next for Ordain Women?

As reported by the Deseret News, the Ordain Women’s movement received a letter from the Public Affairs Department of the LDS Church, signed by Jessica Moody, whose name I did not recognize as a spokesperson for the Church. The crux of the letter, when it is peeled back is three-fold: No, you cannot have tickets […]

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Church Policy, Doctrine, Faith, General Conference, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Women | 150 Comments »

What is wrong with…Modesty?

March 7, 2014
What is wrong with…Modesty?

I have been thinking about all the complaints lately about various things in the LDS Church. Therefore, I thought I might tackle some of the stickier ones in the coming weeks. Subjects such as Male Priesthood, Simplified History, Traditional Marriage, Missionary Service, etc. Today, in the wake of the brouhaha over Elder Tad R. Callister’s […]

Posted in Agency, BYU, Church Policy, Faith, Modesty, Morality, Prophet | 45 Comments »

Maybe Everything is a Lie?

January 24, 2014
Maybe Everything is a Lie?

Andrew’s discussion on 4 Reasons Why Disaffected Mormons Become Atheists sparked a thought in my mind as the familiar stories unfolded in the comments.  Those stories told many times before speak of being lied to, mislead, having facts and truth withheld by “The Church.” The history was not told completely, or in their mind, purposely […]

Posted in Agency, Christian, Faith, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Truth. Lying, Uncategorized | 116 Comments »

Is Free Speech Dead?

December 27, 2013
Is Free Speech Dead?

UPDATE:  A+E lifts suspension on Phil Robertson’s appearances on Duck Dynasty. New Season will  start on Jan 15 and filming for new episodes including Robertson will film in the spring.  A+E issued the following statement: “While Phil’s comments made in the (GQ) interview reflect his personal views based on his own beliefs, and his own […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Christian, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Race Relations | 36 Comments »

Plain and Precious Things

December 6, 2013
Plain and Precious Things

“Wherefore, thou seest that after the book hath gone forth through the hands of the great and abominable church, that there are many plain and precious things taken away from the book, which is the book of the Lamb of God.” (2Nephi 13:28) One of the common prevailing ideas taught in the LDS Church is […]

Posted in Church Policy, Community of Christ, Doctrine, Faith, Holy Land, Joseph Smith, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Polygamy, Priesthood | 16 Comments »

Where Were You?

November 22, 2013
Where Were You?

Today is November 22, 2013 and marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th President of the United States. For those of us who are old enough, we remember exactly where we were when we heard the news of his killing.  We remember enduring a weekend of nothing but the coverage […]

Posted in Freedom, Uncategorized | 12 Comments »

Friday Potpourri

November 8, 2013
Friday Potpourri

Here are two stories that I thought were interesting discussion topics. MacNeil Murder Update – BREAKING NEWS: MacNeil found guilty early Saturday morning on all counts first degree murder and obstruction of Justice. Pretty much guaranteed to spend the rest of his life in prison. Yesterday (Nov 7), the prosecution and defense rested their case. […]

Posted in Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Roman Catholic Church, Truth. Lying, Uncategorized | 6 Comments »

The Latest Mormon Murder Trial: the MacNeill Murder

October 18, 2013
The Latest Mormon Murder Trial: the MacNeill Murder

Seems like having a sensational Mormon murder trial a few times a year is becoming more common.  This latest one is no exception.  Not only does it have distinctive Mormon overtones, but it is happening right in the heart of Mormondom, Provo, Utah. This trial has been a long time coming, wrapped in intrigue and […]

Posted in BYU, Morality, Mormon, Uncategorized | 37 Comments »

Recent Mormon News Headlines

September 27, 2013
Recent Mormon News Headlines

1. First time Ever Broadcast of Priesthood Session – Not so fast on the popcorn Church Leaders announced that for the first time, the Priesthood session of General Conference will be broadcast over BYU-TV, the Internet and even on public TV in some areas (this means you, Utah!). For many, this came as a complete […]

Posted in Agency, BYU, Church Policy, General Conference, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Priesthood | 10 Comments »

Use Your Judgement

September 13, 2013
Use Your Judgement

Lately, on the Mormon-oriented blogs and even here on W&T, there has been much discussion on the chronicles of Denver Snuffer (I still can’t get over that name). I’ll let you find that here along with the almost 300 comments that go along with it. Word came down the other day that he was excommunicated […]

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Church Policy, Doctrine, Faith, Holy Spirit, Joseph Smith, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Pride, Prophet | 12 Comments »

Friday’s Dilemma: “Oh Yes, Mormonism is a Cult”

August 30, 2013
Friday’s Dilemma: “Oh Yes, Mormonism is a Cult”

So you happen to meet someone who is related to a family member. They happen to be a “Born Again Christian.” They know you and your family are Mormon. You share two meals together. You pray together. Nothing is really said on the topic of religion.  The following day, outside of your presence, they start […]

Posted in Anti-Mormon, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Uncategorized | 25 Comments »

OK, Then, Let’s Hear What’s Good About the Church

August 16, 2013
OK, Then, Let’s Hear What’s Good About the Church

As kind of follow up on Hawkgrrrl’s post earlier this week, I’d like to start a discussion on what you think is good about the LDS Church. On the Internet and the Bloggernacle in particular, many can give you multiple recitations on what they think is wrong with the Church, including the way it spends […]

Posted in Church Policy, Doctrine, Faith, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 30 Comments »

Do You Feel the Spirit?

July 26, 2013
Do You Feel the Spirit?

How many times have you heard that phrase, “Do you or did you feel the Spirit that was present here?” or “the Spirit was very strong here” or words to that effect declaring that we should all be feeling the spirit.  And maybe you did, or maybe you didn’t.  Or what they felt wasn’t exactly […]

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Posted in Agency, Doctrine, Faith, Holy Spirit, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 26 Comments »

The Race is On

July 19, 2013
The Race is On

Firstly, let me give you my take on the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case. An unfortunate tragedy that should have been avoided. It’s a woulda, shoulda, coulda situation that ultimately cost a young man his life.  However, based on the case presented, a not guilty verdict was inevitable.  The prosecution had nothing to present that showed […]

Posted in America, Morality, Race Relations | 23 Comments »

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