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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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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 | 43 Comments »

Speak, Girl! Speak! Female Input in Councils (Weekend Poll)

September 13, 2014
Speak, Girl!  Speak!  Female Input in Councils (Weekend Poll)

The recent European Women’s conference has got people talking about E. Ballard’s admonishment (or joke) that women should not speak too much in councils but should defer to male authorities.  If you haven’t read it, Cynthia L.’s excellent post on BCC bears a quick reading.  Women can now try to walk that razor’s edge to […]

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Europe, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, General Conference, LDS, Modesty, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Women | 19 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 »

Back to School: Dress Codes (Weekend Poll)

September 6, 2014
Back to School: Dress Codes (Weekend Poll)

If your school district is like ours, it’s that time of year again when parents are warned what their kids can’t wear to school, and kids buy back to school clothes, many of which are designed to contradict dress codes.  Let’s talk about school dress codes. Discuss.

Posted in Agency, America, Christian, Church Policy, Culture, Freedom, gender equity, Modesty, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 22 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 is Dating?

August 30, 2014
What is Dating?

The church’s definition of dating seems straight out of an episode of Leave It To Beaver.  Many yearn for the simpler days when dating was straightforward, men did the asking and paying, and women had the right of refusal.  But we live in a changing world, in which it’s more common to “hang out” and […]

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Posted in Agency, BYU, Culture, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Women | 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 »

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 »

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 »

MD Podcast – Blind Obedience

August 2, 2014
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Mormon Discussion Podcast Takes a look at the subject of Blind obedience and how the culture and Doctrine can at times be conflicting. Some leaders have tried to explain that unquestioning obedience is not “blind” obedience but rather “faith” Obedience.  We are a faith of mixed messages on this topic.  We want people to follow the […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Blind Obedience, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 25 Comments »

Sex & the Single Mormon (Weekend Poll)

August 2, 2014
Sex & the Single Mormon (Weekend Poll)

Being single and celibate is no picnic.  What if that single status stretches on for much longer than hoped? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Church Policy, Doctrine, Faith, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 31 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 »

Brother Jake and Church Discipline

July 18, 2014
Brother Jake and Church Discipline

In light of all the confusion about church discipline lately, I made a little video to explain the issue. I hope you enjoy it!

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Faith, Morality, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 7 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 »

Sex Ed (Weekend Poll)

July 5, 2014
Sex Ed (Weekend Poll)

Which is worse?  Hearing about sex from your church, your parents, or your gym teacher? Discuss.

Posted in Agency, Education, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 15 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 »

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