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TribTalk Reactions

January 30, 2015

I have mixed feelings about the LDS church’s press conference earlier this week.  I’m especially disappointed my home state of Idaho immediately defeated adding LGBT protections to our nondiscrimination bill that was up for vote the next day. I was excited to hear Elders Christofferson and Oaks agreed to a TribTalk over Google Chat with […]

Posted in Agency, LGBT, Politics, social media | 11 Comments »

Before Sacrament Meeting Begins

January 29, 2015
Before Sacrament Meeting Begins

In some wards sacrament meeting is held first and in others it is the last meeting of the 3 hour block. There is always that time when everyone is coming in to be seated, greeting those they haven’t spoken to yet that day, chatting amongst themselves and the accompanist for the meeting, be they organist […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 19 Comments »

Today’s Press Conference: Double-Edged Discrimination

January 27, 2015
Today’s Press Conference:  Double-Edged Discrimination

In today’s press conference, LDS leaders encouraged church members to support anti-discrimination legislation while continuing to oppose marriage equality.  You can find a very local perspective here, slightly less local here or downright global perspective here.  A few quick highlights: LGBT people deserve the same basic rights as all individuals:  equal access to housing, legal protections, […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, doubt, economics, Education, Freedom, LDS, leadership, LGBT, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Politics, Pride, understanding, workplace | 33 Comments »

Mormon Colonialism Revisited

January 27, 2015
Mormon Colonialism Revisited

I did a post early in my blogging days (April 2008) about a phenomenon many of us in the church have seen:  the tendency for Utah culture to be exported to areas outside of Utah as if it is a requisite part of living the gospel.  In that post I cited two examples: The first […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Criticism, Culture, Education, emotions, Faith, Freedom, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 26 Comments »

Why am I obedient to (insert commandment here) ???

January 21, 2015
Why am I obedient to (insert commandment here) ???

I have often heard at Church people quote the following scripture: 20 There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated— 21 And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated (D&C 130). The subsequent discussion often takes on the following logic: There […]

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Posted in Agency, Doctrine | 12 Comments »

“Mormon Women Stand” Board Member Forced to Resign or Lose Temple Recommend

January 20, 2015
“Mormon Women Stand” Board Member Forced to Resign or Lose Temple Recommend

Sources confirm that June Olds Bennett was forced by her local Stake President to resign her position as a board member for Mormon Women Stand, a social media driven LDS women’s organization that actively opposes inclusion of feminists and other progressives in Mormon congregations. June Olds Bennett of South Jordan, Utah, says her stake president told […]

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Tolerance is a Two-way Street

January 17, 2015
Tolerance is a Two-way Street

The word tolerance is an oft thrown about word these days. It’s rather easy for us to be tolerant of like-minded people or ideas, but becomes increasing difficult when people differ. The dictionary definition (according to Merriam-Webster) is “willingness to accept feelings, habits, or beliefs that are different from your own.” The secondary definition is […]

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Posted in Agency, Uncategorized, understanding | 15 Comments »

Surprising Findings from 2014 Polls

January 13, 2015
Surprising Findings from 2014 Polls

Not So Fast The jury of parents is out when it comes to fasting.  People were equally split on whether fasting is good for kids age 8+, bad for everyone, or bad for kids but OK for adults.  If the church has a clear stance on kids’ fasting, it’s not well understood.  I tend to […]

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Faith Crisis Redux

January 6, 2015
Faith Crisis Redux

If there’s one topic that never gets old in the ‘nacle[1] it’s faith crisis.  A few months back, I started to follow a Vietnamese Buddhist group on Facebook because they post quotes I like.  Over the weekend, a group member posted the following, expressing his faith crisis. “I am really having a hard time with […]

Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Apostasy, Buddhism, Criticism, Culture, doubt, emotions, Faith, faith crisis, Freedom, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Prophet | 27 Comments »

The Gay Cake Debate

December 30, 2014
The Gay Cake Debate

About two years ago, the baker who refused to sell a wedding cake to a gay couple for their wedding was in the news.  He’s baaack!  Are individual proprietors free to refuse their services to others on any basis they choose, even if it’s discriminatory?  Is it OK to refuse to serve Jews? Or Mormons? […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Apostasy, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, economics, Education, emotions, Freedom, LGBT, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Politics, Uncategorized | 61 Comments »

I Resolve: Weekend Poll

December 27, 2014
I Resolve:  Weekend Poll

Do you set New Year’s Resolutions?  Have you successfully completed them in the past?  What do you hope to do in 2015? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Culture, economics, Education, emotions, Faith, LDS, money, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 6 Comments »

Get Your Piping Hot Feminist Cookies!

December 23, 2014
Get Your Piping Hot Feminist Cookies!

  Just a quick reminder to those writing mormon.org. A feminist cookie is the term for the reward some men seem to be seeking for saying or doing something feminist.  A man congratulating himself on very elementary good treatment of women (for example “I saw a pretty woman, and I didn’t yell at her or […]

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Mormon Sacred Cows

December 16, 2014
Mormon Sacred Cows

“There is no virtue like necessity.”  William Shakespeare (Richard II) In many Indian states, cows are literally sacred.  They are not to be slaughtered, and Hindus do not eat beef.  Cows support human life.  People drink their milk and eat curds and butter.  Cow manure is dried into patties that are used as fuel and […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, emotions, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, General Conference, LDS, leadership, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Politics, Women | 32 Comments »

Feeding Time: Weekend Poll

December 13, 2014
Feeding Time:  Weekend Poll

A few years ago, to defray costs, feeding the missionaries became the responsibility of the ward members.  Good change?  Bad change?  Both?  You decide. Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, America, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, LDS, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 21 Comments »

Changing Men, Changing Women

December 9, 2014
Changing Men, Changing Women

I recently read an interesting article in the Atlantic. It noted a few key points about how men are impacted by the women in their lives: Male CEOs with sons (not daughters) pay employees less. Those with firstborn daughters pay all employees including women more. Men with daughters are less enamored of gender stereotypes and […]

Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, Education, emotions, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Women, workplace | 65 Comments »

Agency, Schmagency! (Weekend Poll)

December 6, 2014
Agency, Schmagency!  (Weekend Poll)

If our agency is the gift we got for following Jesus’ plan rather than Satan’s salvation-for-all compulsion buffet, is obedience the gift we give back?  Isn’t that just giving up our agency?  Many of us remember that the term has traditionally been “free agency” [2].  Newcomers may be more familiar with the johnny-come-lately term “moral […]

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Posted in Agency, Blind Obedience, BYU, Criticism, Culture, Faith, Freedom, LDS, leadership, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 17 Comments »

Tales from a Toilet: Questioning Our Most Basic Assumptions

December 1, 2014
Tales from a Toilet:  Questioning Our Most Basic Assumptions

There are few things we take for granted more than personal waste elimination.  The assumptions many Americans share about bathroom habits may include things like: public toilets are a right, privacy (being in “the privy”) is an expectation, we flush pretty much all things – even when cautioned not to do so, we require at […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Culture, emotions, Europe, gender equity, LDS | 8 Comments »

Polygamy & Me: Weekend Poll

November 29, 2014
Polygamy & Me:  Weekend Poll

A lot has been said about the church’s polygamy essays recently.  Now that the dust has settled, let’s see what you think. Discuss.

Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, Joseph Smith, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Polygamy, Prophet, Women | 23 Comments »

Authority vs. Authenticity

November 25, 2014
Authority vs. Authenticity

Do Mormons have an authenticity problem? If so, is it related to our views of authority?

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, emotions, Faith, Feminism, gender equity, LDS, leadership, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Priesthood, Uncategorized, workplace | 29 Comments »

BYU’s Beard Ban: Weekend Poll

November 23, 2014
BYU’s Beard Ban:  Weekend Poll

There has been a lot of discussion about BYU’s no-facial hair policy, including my personal favorite, and the policy that male leaders also must be clean-shaven in some wards and in the highest offices in the church.  What’s your opinion? Discuss.

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, BYU, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Faith, Freedom, gender equity, Honor Code, LDS, Modesty, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 23 Comments »

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