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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 »

Refugees of Our Own Making

April 12, 2016
Refugees of Our Own Making

Today we are honored to hear from guest blogger, Bryce Cook. Two of the most moving talks at this month’s General Conference were Sister Linda Burton’s “I Was a Stranger” and Elder Patrick Kearon’s “Refuge from the Storm,” which were about administering relief to the world’s refugees. The Church has even set up a special website to educate people […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Charity, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, Empathy, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, LGBT, Mental Health, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 33 Comments »

Church as a Gated Community

March 28, 2016
Church as a Gated Community

At the end of the book Planted, Patrick Mason makes the analogy of church being like living in a gated community, but one with open gates that welcomes others to come in. In the meantime, we live in houses in a gated community that paradoxically swings open its gate for all to enter.  Yet like […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Criticism, Culture, Faith, faith crisis, Freedom, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Religion | 40 Comments »

Does God Agree With Your Politics?

March 16, 2016
Does God Agree With Your Politics?

My opinion is not a popular one, especially among Mormons. It’s based on one of my foundational beliefs that I still maintain from my days as a centrist: both sides of our political divide are founded on sound principles that are imperfectly applied – because we’re humans. (Just like I believe our Church organization is […]

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Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, America, economics, Freedom, History, money, Mormon Discussion, Politics | 20 Comments »

The Government vs. The West

January 7, 2016
The Government vs. The West

Today’s guest post is from long-time blog favorite Mary Ann. You can read other posts from Mary Ann here and here. Mormon anti-government sentiment is typically chalked up to a psychological complex from government-sanctioned persecution in the 19th century, but it doesn’t adequately explain the anger against the federal government currently festering in the American […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Criticism, Culture, economics, Education, emotions, Empathy, Freedom, Mormon Culture, Politics, Technology | 26 Comments »

Happy Festivus!

December 22, 2015
Happy Festivus!

Tomorrow marks that most mundane of holidays.  No, I’m not talking about Joseph Smith’s birthday.  I’m talking about Festivus. Most people are aware of Festivus [1], the December 23rd holiday invented and celebrated by Frank Costanza on Seinfeld.  But did you know that this tradition has much deeper roots and is a longer-standing tradition, harking […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Culture, emotions, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 10 Comments »

Does Separation Mean Absence?

August 28, 2015
Does Separation Mean Absence?

As a continuation of my last post about atheists, I thought I’d explore the concept of the separation of Church and State. I mainly do this because part of the mission of some atheists is the complete absence of religion from the public square. In particular, the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) is particularly interested […]

Posted in Agency, America, Christian, Culture, Politics, Religion | 14 Comments »

BoM Geography (weekend poll)

August 22, 2015
BoM Geography (weekend poll)

Here is another reader-generated poll.  Where do you think the Book of Mormon take place?  If you’d like to learn more before you vote, Mormon Heretic has reviewed several theories (yes these are serious), including: New York Baja California Malay Peninsula Peru South America What do you think?

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Has Atheism become a Religion?

August 21, 2015
Has Atheism become a Religion?

I recently watched a CNN documentary entitled, “Atheists: Inside the World of Non-Believers” and it was fascinating to me. Mostly because it went far deeper than just the absence of a belief in God or a higher power, which seems to be the basic definition of atheism. There are passive atheists and what I would […]

Posted in America, Atheism, Culture, Faith, Morality, Religion, Uncategorized | 86 Comments »

Unclean & Common

August 18, 2015
Unclean & Common

Would you eat a cherry that was in a bowl of cockroaches?  Would you eat a cherry if there was one cockroach in the bowl?  How much impurity is too much?  I had a boss years ago who would never eat anything at a potluck dinner because of her fear of food contamination. When we […]

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And So It Begins

August 7, 2015
And So It Begins

As a political junkie, I was eager to watch the Republicans debates on Thursday to see how things would turn out. With Donald Trump in the mix, it was a mystery about how he would perform, what he might say and how the others would react to him. I was not disappointed. Let me say […]

Posted in Agency, America, Politics | 30 Comments »

The Fox and the Hedgehog

August 4, 2015
The Fox and the Hedgehog

I was reading Neil Simon’s The Star Spangled Girl last week on vacation.  It was one of his lesser plays, and although it was made into a movie, it was not that well received.  In the play, Andy and Norman are radicals who barely make a living working on their magazine, Fallout, which is dedicated to […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Apostasy, Church Policy, Criticism, Doctrine, Education, Empathy, Faith, faith crisis, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, scriptures | 15 Comments »

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 […]

Posted in Agency, America, Apostasy, Blind Obedience, Charity, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Faith, faith crisis, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, New Testament Sunday School Lessons, Politics, scriptures | 12 Comments »

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 […]

Posted in America, Culture, Mission, Mormon Culture | 22 Comments »

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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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 […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Criticism, Culture, Education, emotions, Faith, Freedom, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 26 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? […]

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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 »

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