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Church by Men for Men

April 22, 2014
Church by Men for Men

This is a post I actually wrote over two years ago, long before Ordain Women was founded, before a woman prayed in General Conference.  I was surprised to find it in draft, fully written, and yet still mostly timely.  I’ve done a little updating to include some current references and five suggestions for next steps […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Apostasy, Church Policy, Faith, Freedom, General Conference, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Uncategorized, Women | 37 Comments »

Orthodox and Liberal Interpretations of Abraham

April 21, 2014
Orthodox and Liberal Interpretations of Abraham

The story of Abraham’s attempted sacrifice of Isaac is one of the most perplexing moral dilemmas in all of scripture.  It has long been held up as an example of Abraham’s faithfulness.  Orthodox members do not question the traditional interpretation of the story.  They seem to reason that if God wants you to do something, you […]

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Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Christian, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, Prophet | 42 Comments »

Unpardonable (Weekend Poll)

April 19, 2014
Unpardonable (Weekend Poll)

Is there any sin that is truly unforgivable?  If so, what is it? Discuss.

Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Christian, Doctrine, Faith, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 16 Comments »

The Gospel of Conformity

April 17, 2014
The Gospel of Conformity

Today’s guest post is by Benjamin.  Imagine that you are asked to participate in a study. The researcher tells you that she is studying people’s ability to interpret visual information. You are placed at the end of a row of four chairs with three other participants. On the projector screen in front of you appears […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 17 Comments »

Leaders with X-Ray Vision

April 15, 2014
Leaders with X-Ray Vision

Who determines worthiness in the temple recommend interview? The bishop? The individual? The questions? Other methods of discernment? Can the bishop rightly withhold a temple recommend based on nothing more than a hunch or the Spirit even if probing reveals no wrong answers? I recently read a blog post written by a group of ex-Mormon […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, BYU, Church Policy, Doctrine, Faith, Freedom, History, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 30 Comments »

Outsourcing Morality to the MPAA

April 14, 2014
Outsourcing Morality to the MPAA

The LDS Church has asked church members to avoid R rated movies for quite some time. (For a little more background, here is my post that discussed the documentary Cleanflix.) As I reviewed that post recently, some ironic things struck me. Hollywood often gets cited as having questionable morals, producing filth, and contributing to the […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 17 Comments »

Shame on You! (Weekend Poll)

April 12, 2014
Shame on You!  (Weekend Poll)

In a chastity-focused church, there’s plenty of sexual shame to go around.  Where does most of it fall? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Education, Faith, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 14 Comments »

April 2014 Conference Report in GIFs

April 8, 2014
April 2014 Conference Report in GIFs

Here are a few highlights from this weekend’s General Conference as told in GIFs.  

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Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Faith, General Conference, Mormon Culture, Women | 18 Comments »

5 April Fool’s Day Pranks

April 1, 2014
5 April Fool’s Day Pranks

The internet is rife with great pranks for this most inauspicious of holidays.  Here are a handful that are uniquely Mormon-themed, just for our Bloggernacle readers. Find some of your Kindergarten clay projects.  Sell them on ebay as “Authentic Mayan Artifacts.” Using the ward list, call everyone on it about an “exciting scented candle opportunity” […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Apostasy, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 4 Comments »

Mormons & MLMs (Weekend Poll)

March 29, 2014
Mormons & MLMs (Weekend Poll)

Why do multi-level marketing schemes prevail in Mormon culture? Discuss.

Posted in Agency, debt, economics, Education, Faith, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 17 Comments »

The Girls’ Meeting

March 25, 2014
The Girls’ Meeting

Q.  What do an 8 year old girl and an 88 year old woman have in common?  A.  Both are the apparent target audience of the upcoming Women’s Meeting. For the first time ever, the General Women’s Meeting that precedes General Conference once per year has been expanded to include not only the Young Women, […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Doctrine, Faith, General Conference, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Women | 61 Comments »

Science vs. Religion (Weekend Poll + Jokes)

March 22, 2014
Science vs. Religion (Weekend Poll + Jokes)

Science and religion walked into a bar . . . Joke 1:  How many atheists does it take to change a light bulb? Two. One to actually change the bulb, and the other to videotape the job so fundamentalists won’t claim that god did it. Joke 2:  During the Reign of Terror of the French Revolution, […]

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Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 7 Comments »

Getting a Grip on History

March 18, 2014
Getting a Grip on History

There has been a lot of discussion in the b’nacle about what the church can do from a practical standpoint to address the thorny issues in church history.  The traditional approach has been to: 1) keep the curriculum uplifting and free from controversy, 2) to never speak ill or contradict leaders of the past or […]

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Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Book of Mormon, Church Policy, Doctrine, Education, Faith, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, New Testament Sunday School Lessons, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, Uncategorized | 28 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 »

How Feminist Friendly Is Your Ward? (Poll)

March 11, 2014
How Feminist Friendly Is Your Ward?  (Poll)

We frequently talk about how different our local ward experiences are from place to place, and even over time.  I put together a quick and totally subjective rating system to determine how “feminist-friendly” our wards are on the whole.  This is using a 1-5 scale with 1 being hostile to feminists and 5 being welcoming […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 31 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 »

The Testimony Puzzle

March 4, 2014
The Testimony Puzzle

I have never been a big fan of testimony meetings for a variety of reasons, but maybe my opinion is starting to shift. Last year I taught the May Sunday School youth lesson from Come Follow Me “What does it mean to bear testimony?” Since I was teaching 12-13 year olds, including my own son, […]

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Posted in Agency, Faith, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

The Circumstance of Evil

March 3, 2014
The Circumstance of Evil

We would like to think that we would always choose good over evil, but is that always the case? This is part 3 of my series on a documentary, The Science of Evil.  In Part 1, I discussed Jeffrey’s Dahmer and his baptism.  In Part 2, we discussed whether there is a soul, or whether […]

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Posted in Agency, Book of Mormon, Christian, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Reviews, Science and Religion, Violence | 6 Comments »

What It’s Like Being a Single Adult in the Church (as told in GIFs)

February 25, 2014
What It’s Like Being a Single Adult in the Church (as told in GIFs)

YSAs or “Young Single Adults” often feel they are in a difficult situation in the church.  Why is that?  Let’s see. But on the upside . . .

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, BYU, Church Policy, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Singles, Uncategorized | 11 Comments »

How do we Define the Science of Evil?

February 24, 2014
How do we Define the Science of Evil?

I wanted to continue my series on a National Geographic documentary, The Science of Evil.  (A few days ago, I discussed serial killer Jeffrey’s Dahmer, and his baptism in jail following his horrific murders.)  In this post, researchers at Harvard and Princeton try to see how the brain processes moral judgment.  But how do we […]

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Posted in Agency, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Science and Religion | 16 Comments »

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