Agency

That Moment When You Realize You Are Talking to Crazy People

March 2, 2015
That Moment When You Realize You Are Talking to Crazy People

Have you ever been in a discussion at church in which the discussion was so far afield that you found yourself thinking “We have completely lost it.  We are talking total nonsense”? Recently I was called to be the ward trek coordinator. [1]  Our stake has never done a pioneer trek before, so I’m not […]

Tags: , ,
Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, emotions, Freedom, LDS, leadership, Mental Health, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 58 Comments »

Dating is Dead

February 24, 2015
Dating is Dead

Last year, when my son was attending the Y, I was alerted to the existence of a Facebook group at BYU for kids to anonymously post notes about their crushes.  The student submits a comment about their crush to the FB group admins who then re-post it anonymously from the site.  Site admins try to identify crushes […]

Tags: , ,
Posted in Agency, BYU, Education, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 25 Comments »

Talks About Talks

February 17, 2015
Talks About Talks

Who came up with the idea of doing lessons and talks about talks, including very recent talks?  Is this an activity that removes us from our own serious personal study of the gospel or does it elevate current teachings with scripture and bolster current leaders’ authority by studying their words?  Is it a worthwhile practice? […]

Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, America, Book of Mormon, Christian, Church Policy, Culture, Faith, General Conference, Jewish Studies, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, New Testament Sunday School Lessons, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, Prophet | 31 Comments »

The Reform LDS Church? I Doubt It

February 15, 2015
The Reform LDS Church? I Doubt It

One of the more peculiar comments I’ve seen made by those who claim to be “non-orthodox” Mormons is that the Church has no alternate, more flexible option that accommodates those who hold, what they might describe as, more liberal views regarding key Church doctrines and practices while retaining their cultural identities as Mormons. The example […]

Posted in Agency, Community of Christ, Culture, Jewish Studies, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Roman Catholic Church | 77 Comments »

The Faith Crisis Biz

February 10, 2015
The Faith Crisis Biz

A recent Trib article explains that Mormon Stories and other monetized podcasts have been a sole source of income for some of the individuals that conduct the interviews.  This isn’t a surprise to many people, although it’s impressive that there’s been enough donated to support salaries for individuals’ families. At some point, all Mormon blogs […]

Tags: , ,
Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Apostasy, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, emotions, Excommunication, Faith, faith crisis, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, leadership, LGBT, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Pride, Technology | 25 Comments »

Taking My Baal and Going Home

February 5, 2015
Taking My Baal and Going Home

I recently checked the 2013 edition of the scriptures for an entry in the Bible Dictionary that should have been corrected. This is what I gave them as feedback on the site form that asks for it: “Baal.  Possessor, lord. The Sun-god and the male or generative principle in nature. He was worshipped with different […]

Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Church Policy, Criticism, Doctrine, Faith, History, Jewish Studies, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, scriptures, seminary | 10 Comments »

Explaining Belief & Disbelief

February 3, 2015
Explaining Belief & Disbelief

A discussion in an online forum asked participants the question:  “How do you explain that you no longer believe without offending people who do believe?”  It’s an important question, and one that many people really struggle with.  As church members, we aren’t just believers or non-believers, but members of a community that socializes together, whose kids […]

Tags: ,
Posted in Agency, Criticism, Culture, doubt, emotions, Faith, faith crisis, Freedom, LDS, LGBT, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Pride | 35 Comments »

A Bishop’s Interview: Getting It Right

February 2, 2015
A Bishop’s Interview:  Getting It Right

Today’s post is a guest post by Hawkgrrrl’s friend, Katpur, a woman living in Salt Lake City.  A friend shared this recalled transcript of her recent temple recommend interview with her bishop. Bishop: Do you support, affiliate with, or agree with any group or individual whose teachings or practices are contrary to or oppose those accepted […]

Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, doubt, Faith, faith crisis, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, leadership, LGBT, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Women | 23 Comments »

How do we Agitate Faithfully?

February 2, 2015
How do we Agitate Faithfully?

In the previous post on my blog Dehlin and Bennett Put on Notice, I was surprised that the discussion of April Young Bennett’s resignation of the board of Ordain Women, instead of John Dehlin’s pending excommunication.  (Incidentally, Dr. Nancy Ross of Dixie State University in St. George, Utah and Jessica Finnigan at King’s College London […]

Tags: , , ,
Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Culture, Feminism, gender equity, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Women | 51 Comments »

Before Eve? Lilith?

February 1, 2015
Before Eve?  Lilith?

According to Wikipedia,  In Jewish folklore, Lilith was Adam‘s first wife, who was created at the same time (Rosh Hashanah) and from the same earth as Adam. This contrasts with Eve, who was created from one of Adam’s ribs. The legend was greatly developed during the Middle Ages.  According to the 13th century writings of Rabbi Isaac […]

Tags:
Posted in Agency, Feminism, gender equity, Mormon, Polygamy, Women | 14 Comments »

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 […]

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 20 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, […]

Tags: ,
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 | 34 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 […]

Tags: , , ,
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 […]

Tags: , ,
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 […]

Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Blind Obedience, Criticism, Culture, emotions, Excommunication, Faith, faith crisis, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Politics, Pride, Women | 65 Comments »

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 […]

Tags:
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 […]

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Book of Mormon, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Faith, faith crisis, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, General Conference, Joseph Smith, LDS, leadership, Modesty, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Politics, Polygamy, Priesthood, Science and Religion, scriptures, theology, Uncategorized, Women, workplace | 20 Comments »

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? […]

Tags: , , , , ,
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 »