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Coats of Skins: You’re Soaking In It

June 27, 2016
Coats of Skins:  You’re Soaking In It

I was listening to a great Maxwell Institute podcast in which Blair Hodges interviews Peter Martens. Among other topics, Martens briefly discussed early church father Origen who was denounced postumously for his heretical views, some of which, although they may have been anathema to Catholics, are particularly of interest to Mormons. Origen was an early Christian scholar […]

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What’s the Cost of a Mission?

June 21, 2016
What’s the Cost of a Mission?

Today’s guest post is by Megan. What’s the cost of a mission? There’s a monetary cost, of course, money spent in preparation and then more money paid every month in support. My father took a second job to help pay for the cost of sending my brother and me into the mission field, while he was […]

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Becoming “Nones”: 3 Exit Ramps

June 21, 2016
Becoming “Nones”: 3 Exit Ramps

I recently listened to one of Blair Hodges’ Maxwell Institute Podcasts. He was speaking with Elizabeth Drescher, discussing “The Spiritual Lives of America’s Nones.” She studied the behaviors and beliefs of the increasing number of people who are leaving religion behind and claiming no affiliation. Personally, I hate podcasts, but this one was well worth a listen, […]

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Amnesia, Arguments, and Alliances

June 14, 2016
Amnesia, Arguments, and Alliances

I’ve gotten immersed in the Outlander books by Diana Gabaldon.  It’s the story of a combat nurse from World War II transported back in time 200 years while visiting the Scottish highlands.  Although she’s English, and therefore an enemy in the conflicts underway in Scotland in the mid-1700s, these are not her personal conflicts.  Her own […]

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Review: Adam Miller’s Nothing New Under the Sun

June 7, 2016
Review: Adam Miller’s Nothing New Under the Sun

I just finished reading Adam Miller’s latest modernization of ancient scripture: Nothing New Under the Sun.  This is a very quick read, a modern version of Ecclesiastes: Because the modern language made the parallels to modern wisdom literature so clear, I was curious about the links to Buddhism. According to Wikipedia, Ecclesiastes was written between […]

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Posted in Agency, Buddhism, Christian, Culture, Grace, Jewish Studies, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Discussion, Pride, scriptures | 13 Comments »

As a Little Child

June 5, 2016
As a Little Child

Today’s guest post is from Megan. Ever since Holy Week, my dad and I have been trying to read the scriptures together whenever we get a chance.  Our first goal was to read 3 Nephi.  We started in April and it’s now June, so, like I said, trying. But our slow progress isn’t the point.  […]

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Why didn’t someone tell me — Just what “eternity” means

June 2, 2016
Why didn’t someone tell me — Just what “eternity” means

A dear friend of mine died last year.  As she aged she reflected that while it used to be that waiting for Christmas seemed like years — and the wait was 25% of her life, it now seemed like it came once a week (or about 1.25% of her life).  The conversation was interesting because […]

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Tattle Tale Culture

May 31, 2016
Tattle Tale Culture

In the wake of the Title IX scandal at BYU, it came to light that not only was BYU opening an honor code investigation on all who reported that they were raped (regardless of whether any honor code violation was involved in their assault), but also that students may have an honor code investigation file […]

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The So-Called Mission Field

May 31, 2016
The So-Called Mission Field

Today’s guest post is from commenter Megan. So, let me break it down for everyone—some of us living outside of the Mormon Belt don’t really like the Mormon Belt. It’s nothing personal, it’s just, well, let me explain. I live in Michigan. I was born and raised in Michigan. I became a Mormon in Michigan […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Criticism, Culture, emotions, Empathy, Freedom, Holy Land, LDS, leadership, Mental Health, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Politics, Pride, Tradition | 45 Comments »

Rainbow Mormons: June 5th Event

May 30, 2016
Rainbow Mormons:  June 5th Event

June 5 will mark seven months since the exclusion policy barring the children of same sex couples from being baptized until age 18 at which point they must also disavow their parents’ relationship.  Allies of LGBT people are asked to join in wearing a rainbow ribbon this day to demonstrate support for inclusion and to […]

Posted in Agency, Charity, Christian, Church Policy, Culture, emotions, Empathy, LDS, LGBT, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 44 Comments »

Tragedy and the Book of Mormon

May 29, 2016
Tragedy and the Book of Mormon

Today’s guest post is from commenter Brother Sky. Lately, there have been a few posts on W & T and elsewhere concerning Mormons and happiness.  The W & T one can be found here.   This post and others I’ve read have me wondering about the relationship between happiness and the scriptures, specifically the Book of […]

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BYU Rape Myths

May 24, 2016
BYU Rape Myths

There has been push back among conservatives within the church (most notably the church’s PR team in their defensive reply to Salt Lake Tribune coverage of the Title IX violations at BYU) about the term rape culture as applied to the issues at BYU.  These concerns stem from a misunderstanding of the term rape culture as […]

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Are Addictions and Free agency compatible?

May 23, 2016
Are Addictions and Free agency compatible?

A few weeks ago, I discussed Utah’s attempts to call porn a public health crisis. I don’t think such a designation is useful for a few reasons: (1) the Utah Legislature allocated no funds to combat the problem, (2) there is considerable debate about whether porn or sex addiction is a legitimate scientific condition, and […]

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Posted in Agency, Christian, Culture, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Science and Religion | 27 Comments »

Likes, Dislikes, and Ironic Liking

May 17, 2016
Likes, Dislikes, and Ironic Liking

Why do we like the things we like?  Why do we prefer certain things? I was reading in Adam Miller’s book Rube Goldberg Machines:  Essays in Mormon Theology.  In the second essay, Notes on Life, Grace, and Atonement, he talks about how we allow distractions like preferences, hopes and fears remove us from the present, and […]

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Belief vs. Faith

May 10, 2016
Belief vs. Faith

A recent Relief Society lesson was using the terms belief and faith interchangeably, which reminded me of a post I did a long time ago that I thought I would revisit. Belief vs. Faith Belief is defined as “an acceptance that a statement is true or that something exists” and also “trust, faith, or confidence […]

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Posted in Agency, Blind Obedience, Culture, doubt, emotions, Empathy, Faith, faith crisis, Freedom, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Religion | 12 Comments »

Is Utah’s Porn Problem Really a Public Health Crisis?

May 9, 2016
Is Utah’s Porn Problem Really a Public Health Crisis?

Hey Bloggernacle. All those snarky comments complaining about Utah’s porn use have been heard.  The problem is, I don’t think you’re going to like Utah’s solution.  Several media outlets, such as the Deseret News, and the Washington Post, are reporting that Utah is the first in the nation to declare that porn is a public health […]

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Listen

May 4, 2016

Listen.  I mean really listen. Turn off the music.  Just sit and listen for a few moments.  What do you hear?  Water dripping.  Children playing?  The whisper of an overhead fan?  Distant traffic?  The wind in the trees?  A weed trimmer next door?  What were you thinking just now?  When you focused on the silence, […]

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The Mirror & The Window

May 3, 2016
The Mirror & The Window

At the April Women’s Conference, Cheryl Esplin used the imagery of a mirror and a window to talk about reaching out to others. ‘Be someone who reaches out to know and serve others—throw away the mirrors and look through the window.’. Business people will know very well the imagery of the mirror and the window, […]

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To Be Honest

May 2, 2016
To Be Honest

Mormons consider honesty to be an important virtue, and who doesn’t?  I learned pretty quick that my mom would punish me for lying → could read my mind → so I might as well tell the truth When I told a whopper, my mom made me suck on a bar of Ivory™, perhaps in the […]

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The Prodigal Daughter

May 2, 2016
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My daughter is going to girls camp soon, and the stake recently invited Al Fox Carraway to speak.  I have seen people post info about her on Facebook, but wasn’t really familiar with her.  It was interesting to hear her speak.  She is not your prototypical soft-spoken Mormon woman who speaks with a primary voice.  She […]

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