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Sleeping through the Atonement

July 14, 2015
Sleeping through the Atonement

Sunday’s Gospel Doctrine lesson was about the twelve falling asleep during the atonement. Our teacher asked why they couldn’t do something as simple as stay awake, especially since they were supposed to be the cream of the crop, Jesus’ chosen. Matthew 26: 40:  “And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto […]

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RMs: Insular or Open Minded?

June 5, 2015
RMs: Insular or Open Minded?

I had a friend recently claim that due to the high rate of returned missionaries in Mormon Valley, it is actually a much more open minded place than people think. As a region it does have a higher rate of people who have traveled to foreign countries and who speak a second language. She claims […]

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The Myth of Traditional Marriage

March 17, 2015
The Myth of Traditional Marriage

According to the song, love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage.  But when it comes to the history of marriage, pairing marriage with love is putting the cart before the horse.  If we look at why people used to get married, traditionally, we’ll quickly see why marriages today are less stable.  And why […]

Posted in Agency, America, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, economics, Education, emotions, Europe, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, money, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Culture, understanding, Violence, Women | 73 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? […]

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So You Want to be a Foster Parent

February 13, 2015

Recently a couple in my ward accepted a foster placement of three young brothers. This week the state took the boys back and placed them with their biological mother. My friend was upset because she knew she was a better mother than bio mom, and it seems like it had been her understanding that she […]

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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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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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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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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 »

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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The Early Morning Seminary Conundrum

November 18, 2014
The Early Morning Seminary Conundrum

I wrote the first half of this a year ago. In breaking news, teens are either not getting enough sleep or don’t need as much sleep as we used to think.  Either way, I can state with certainty that parents of teens who attend early morning seminary aren’t getting enough (consecutive) sleep. This is a huge […]

Posted in Agency, America, Anti-Mormon, BYU, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Education, Freedom, LDS, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, scriptures, seminary | 39 Comments »

The New Polygamy Essays: A Woman’s Perspective

October 27, 2014
The New Polygamy Essays:  A Woman’s Perspective

The church’s new polygamy essays are progressive and more transparent than prior statements on this topic.  For example, a few short years ago when I was teaching Relief Society, the manual regarding the teachings of Joseph Smith specifically forbade teachers from discussing polygamy.  There was also an entire lesson devoted to the “love letters” of […]

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Now You See It . . . Now You Don’t

October 21, 2014
Now You See It . . . Now You Don’t

The Mormon news arm, like Singapore’s government, loves to control the message. Sometimes this is done incredibly well. [1]  The “I’m a Mormon” campaign, the Book of Mormon advertising that accompanied the musical, and this week, a piece on garments so frank and direct that it made the Well-Behaved Mormon Woman uncomfortable, even more than […]

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10 Best Mitt Romney Halloween Costumes

October 14, 2014
10 Best Mitt Romney Halloween Costumes

Here are my top 10 suggestions for Mitt to wear to the ward Trunk or Treat: Harry Reid & Hillary Clinton (with Ann) Cubmaster Walmart greeter A binder full of women The Fonz Himself and Ann in their underwear (I’m sure I’ve seen this image somewhere) Ken and Barbie (with Ann) Angela Merkel Robot, using […]

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Where Are All the Men? You’ll Never Know.

September 22, 2014
Where Are All the Men?  You’ll Never Know.

The church has recently released a 9 minute video called “You Never Know.” It features what must be assumed to be a single mom who is trying very hard to get her to do list done so she can meet her cousin at the airport to spend the evening with her.  But her to do […]

Posted in Agency, America, Christian, Church Policy, Culture, economics, emotions, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, money, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Women | 54 Comments »

The Duck Dynasty Strategy from the Book of Mormon

September 21, 2014
The Duck Dynasty Strategy from the Book of Mormon

[Morgan Deane is a military historian and history professor at BYU-I.  His first book, Bleached Bones and Wicked Serpents: Ancient Warfare in the Book of Mormon is available in book stores, and he blogs at http://mormonwar.blogspot and www.arsenalofvenice.com ] The Duck Dynasty patriarch made news recently for advocating a controversial policy in response to the […]

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Posted in America, Freedom, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Politics, theology, Violence | 31 Comments »

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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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.

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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. […]

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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 […]

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