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Malcolm Jeppsen’s Role in the September Six

October 20, 2014
Malcolm Jeppsen’s Role in the September Six

Malcolm Jeppsen served as a Seventy from 1989-94, passing away in 2012.  His daughter, Christine Jeppsen Clark talked to John Dehlin concerning her father’s role in the September Six excommunications in 1993.  The Church has long maintained that excommunications are local decisions, but Church leaders at headquarters have been known to release stake presidents who […]

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Posted in Apostasy, Church Policy, Excommunication, History, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Truth. Lying | 42 Comments »

The LDS Drug Problem

October 13, 2014
The LDS Drug Problem

I watched Lisa Ling’s program on CNN Saturday night dealing with the LDS Drug problem.  (A short preview is available here.)  On the one hand, it was unremarkable.  Drug users (in any community) say that they want to stop doing drugs, but are very flaky and keep doing them. LDS users are no different.  On […]

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Posted in Agency, Culture, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 14 Comments »

Ordain Women Round 3: Success or Setback?

October 6, 2014
Ordain Women Round 3: Success or Setback?

Last October, Ordain Women announced its intention to attend the males-only General Priesthood session, and repeated the intention this past April.  In response, Church leaders excommunicated Kate Kelly in June of this year, announcing that Temple Square was off limits for this “protest.”  Furthermore, the Church decided to ban media from both the Women’s meeting […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Culture, Excommunication, Feminism, gender equity, General Conference, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Women | 36 Comments »

Will Mitt Run in 2016?

September 29, 2014
Will Mitt Run in 2016?

Never mind that midterm elections are just over a month away, let’s start speculating about 2016!  There is increasing speculation that Mitt will run for president in 2016.  Does this mean the Mormon Moment will be revived? The Washington Post gives a timeline that Mitt is backing down from his denials.  After the Mitt Documentary […]

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Posted in LDS, Mormon, Politics | 24 Comments »

Fed Up with Conspiring Men?

September 15, 2014
Fed Up with Conspiring Men?

D&C 89:4  “Behold, verily, thus saith the Lord unto you: In consequence of evils and designs which do and will exist in the hearts of conspiring men in the last days, I have warned you, and forewarn you, by giving unto you this word of wisdom by revelation—” Last year, I asked “Are conspiring men […]

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Posted in Agency, Culture, LDS, Mormon, Politics | 45 Comments »

Tools to get rid of Genealogy Guilt

September 8, 2014
Tools to get rid of Genealogy Guilt

I’m sure that lots of you have had a guilt-inducing lesson about doing you genealogy.  (We had one today.)  The thing that I hate about these lessons is that while they provide “inspiring” (more like “guilt inspiring”) quotes from prophets and apostles, they offer no tools on how to help people actually DO genealogy.  At […]

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Belief | 18 Comments »

Thank God for Foster Parents

September 1, 2014
Thank God for Foster Parents

I went to a missionary farewell at my old ward today.  It was fun to see old friends and catch up on their lives.  One family sticks out in my mind.  The father was just released as a singles’ ward bishop.  He and his wife have raised several children of multi-races and ethnic backgrounds.  While […]

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Posted in Christian, Culture, Mormon | 6 Comments »

Is John Going Down?

August 25, 2014
Is John Going Down?

John Dehlin has posted an update to his discussions with his Stake President.  The stake president has asked John several things in regards to his Mormon Stories and Facebook groups.  There is one item that John has agreed to do.  He was asked to “Resign my status as an ordained minister in another faith” (I signed up […]

Posted in Uncategorized | 174 Comments »

Brain Injuries and Free Agency

August 18, 2014
Brain Injuries and Free Agency

Nearly everyone has been heart-broken over the news of Robin Williams. In recent days, we have discovered that Williams not only had been suffering with depression for years, but also was recently diagnosed with Parkinsons Disease. Because of Williams death, physicians are being advised to more aggressively treat patients for depression that have been diagnosed […]

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Posted in Agency, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Prophet, Science and Religion | 7 Comments »

Does Pres Monson Have Dementia?

August 4, 2014
Does Pres Monson Have Dementia?

I was listening to John Dehlin’s interview of Kate Kelly this past week, and they brought up an interesting point that I wanted to discuss more openly.  In the last 5 minutes of part 2, John, “Some people are speculating that there’s a power vacuum in the Church right now, that….” Kate Kelly interrupts, “Some people […]

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Belief, Prophet, Roman Catholic Church | 87 Comments »

Thoughts on Sunstone, FAIR, and MHA

July 28, 2014
Thoughts on Sunstone, FAIR, and MHA

From Thursday to Saturday is the Sunstone Conference in Salt Lake City at the University of Utah, and here is the conference program. Sunstone, Mormon History Association, and the FAIR Conference have always been very interesting to me because it is a time to get more serious discussions that you get in Sunday School. As […]

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Posted in LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Reviews, theology | 7 Comments »

The Frustration of Symbolic Temple Language

July 21, 2014
The Frustration of Symbolic Temple Language

I’ve really enjoyed the past few posts by Guy Templeton over at Wheat and Tares regarding some topics of the temple.  I’ve also enjoyed the interactions with Jettboy and Forgetting here at by blog.  Guy has discussed temple symbolism.  I have expressed frustration at this symbolism, because to me it seems just like a puzzle […]

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Posted in Doctrine, Mormon, Mormon Belief, theology | 73 Comments »

Changing the Temple Ceremony for Female Priesthood?

July 14, 2014
Changing the Temple Ceremony for Female Priesthood?

In the previous post from Guy Templeton, Jettboy explained that priesthood in the next life will be different from priesthood in this life, but noted the inherent sexism (though I’m sure he wouldn’t have couched it in those terms.)  He said, Ah, but Sarah, there is even with those “conferrals” a God, then man, and […]

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Posted in LDS, Mormon, Priesthood, theology, Women | 48 Comments »

Strangite/LDS Theological Differences

July 7, 2014
Strangite/LDS Theological Differences

Back in May, I had the pleasure of getting acquainted with William Shepard at the Kirtland Sunstone Conference.  Shepard is both an impressive historian in his own right, but also a member of the Strangite Church, also known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  (Yes the name of his church is […]

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Posted in History, Mormon, Priesthood, theology, Women | 14 Comments »

Parker on Excommunication

June 30, 2014
Parker on Excommunication

News has it that John Dehlin met with his Stake President, and no future meetings are currently scheduled.  On another note, Natasha Parker, who blogs at the Mormon Therapist has written several Facebook posts that I think are spot on.         In regards to the recent Mormon excommunication: the main pushback I’m getting from LDS […]

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Posted in Apostasy, Excommunication, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Women | 31 Comments »

Kirby on Kate

June 23, 2014
Kirby on Kate

I stayed up really late trying to find out what would happen to Kate Kelly, and now we’re told that a decision will come Monday or Tuesday.  Hmmm, I need a humor break.  So here are some of Robert Kirby’s words from the Salt Lake Tribune. The outcome of Sunday’s “court o’ love” is a […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Women | 54 Comments »

Excommunication is Counter-Productive

June 16, 2014
Excommunication is Counter-Productive

Does excommunication do more harm than good?  I think the answer is unmistakably yes. It is just simply a bad idea to turn loyal members into enemies.  There is the old adage that “they can leave the church, but they can’t leave it alone.”  I think when the church excommunicates someone, the church create their […]

Posted in Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Excommunication, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 45 Comments »

MHA 2014 in San Antonio

June 9, 2014
MHA 2014 in San Antonio

I thoroughly enjoyed MHA 2014 here in San Antonio, and getting to meet some other bloggers like Clean Cut and Matt W from New Cool Thang.  I didn’t live blog MHA like Kevin Barney did at By Common Consent, but thought I’d give a “quick” recap of the happenings there.  (Kevin and I obviously overlapped […]

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Posted in Book of Mormon, Christian, Church Policy, History, Joseph Smith, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Polygamy, Priesthood, Prophet, Reviews, Women | 7 Comments »

Thoughts about OW Alternatives

June 2, 2014
Thoughts about OW Alternatives

Now that I’ve finished my transcript of Part 1 and Part 2 of Alternative Approaches to Ordain Women on Mormon Stories, I thought I’d give a recap of my reactions to them. Thanks OW! I was struck that all 4 panelists (Fiona, Margaret, Neylan, Maxine) all appreciated Ordain Women for raising consciousness of the issue.  Maxine […]

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Women | 66 Comments »

Alternative Feminist Approaches to Ordain Women—Part 2

May 26, 2014
Alternative Feminist Approaches to Ordain Women—Part 2

Here is Part 2 of the Mormon Stories podcast from John Dehlin, Margaret Young, Fiona Givens, Maxine Hanks, and Neylan McBaine. This comes from episode 444 posted on 10/16/2013. The transcript to Part 1 is found here. Maxine, “It really is. Fiona and I are on the same wavelength in many ways. We both have […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Women | 20 Comments »

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