Church Policy

Another Way Of Looking At Temples

February 11, 2016
Another Way Of Looking At Temples

When it comes to reading the Old Testament, I have for the last few years liked to consider the Jewish perspective. It is, afterall, first and foremost, Jewish scripture. From time to time I will dip into the archives of the Jewish Bible Quarterly looking for perspectives. I also like the website of Rabbi Lord […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Doctrine, Jewish Studies, Mormon Belief, Temple | 11 Comments »

Families vs. Dynasties

February 9, 2016
Families vs. Dynasties

A recent disturbing trend surfaced in Mormon internet groups in which parents wrote letters to their young adult children explaining that if they did not stay active in the church, they would be cut from the inheritance.  At roughly the same time, LDS Philanthropies published a video featuring a father who said that if his […]

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The Mormon Church and Blacks

February 8, 2016
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February is Black History Month.  I recently finished Matthew Harris & Newel Bringhurst’s most recent book, The Mormon Church & Blacks:  A Documentary History.  The black priesthood ban has been a pet topic of mine; I have written nearly 60 posts on the topic over the past 8 years. For me, this has been one of […]

Posted in Church Policy, History, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Prophet, Race Relations, Reviews | 14 Comments »

Bending over Backwards for Baptism

February 7, 2016
Looks like this guy is getting snuffed out

I recently witnessed baptisms (on behalf of the dead) at the temple.  Mormons, as well as many other Protestants, typically lean the person backwards.  Mormons make a big deal that the entire body must be immersed, or the ritual needs to be repeated.  In this Catholic baptism, an adult woman was baptized by immersion as […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Culture, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture, theology | 15 Comments »

Disenchanted, but not Disillusioned

February 3, 2016
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The last few weeks I’ve been in kind of a funk since Elder Nelson’s comments at CES devotional. I thought I’d made peace with the policy existing and found a path to move forward, but his comments really tripped me up and I found myself trying to avoid energy-draining conflict. At church I’ve wandered into […]

Posted in Blind Obedience, Church Policy, Criticism, faith crisis, leadership, Prophet | 19 Comments »

If You Let a Woman Hold Her Baby . . .

February 2, 2016
If You Let a Woman Hold Her Baby . . .

I only recently (in the last few years) became aware that the church handbook prohibits women from holding their babies while babies are being blessed unless the bishop wants to make a case-by-case exception.  In our Singapore ward, all women held their babies while the babies were blessed.  That’s the last time I was in […]

Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Empathy, faith crisis, Feminism, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Patriarchy, Women | 41 Comments »

This Week In Britain: SSM and the Anglican Communion

January 14, 2016
This Week In Britain: SSM and the Anglican Communion

At the same time the LDS church seems to be doubling down on it’s position vis a vis gay marriage and the new policy, brandishing the big stick by belatedly describing it as revelation, whilst failing to go through the expected channels to present it as such, the Archbishop of Canterbury this week oversees a […]

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Posted in Apostasy, Blind Obedience, Church Policy, Culture, Doctrine, Faith, Religion | 17 Comments »

Gender an Eternal Characteristic?

January 13, 2016
Gender an Eternal Characteristic?

What an exciting weekend we’ve had; it seems like we’re bound to be kept on our toes by the unexpected in 2016. Although many would argue that nothing the Nelsons shared are unexpected. I’ve just been thinking and pondering about our obsession with LGBTQ+ issues lately. I was reminded of Patrick Mason’s comments on the variety […]

Posted in Church Policy, LGBT, Premortality, theology | 26 Comments »

The Policy & The Commodification of Marriage

January 12, 2016
The Policy & The Commodification of Marriage

When I was a YW, I had a nightmare about my imaginary future marriage.  I dreamed that my parents had arranged a marriage for me with a “worthy” young man.  He came to my parents’ house to live, and when it was time to go to bed, he came out of the bathroom wearing 1950s […]

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Print your own Cards!

January 10, 2016
Print your own Cards!

This week I went to a family history center and learned that you can print your own cards for the temple now!  It used to be that you printed a list of individuals needing temple work to the temple, and then the temple printed cards (blue for men, pink for women, off-white for sealings.)  However, […]

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Why “Planted”?

January 6, 2016
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“We live in an age of doubt, but we need not be overcome. When we are planted in the Savior we can be nourished as much by our questions as by the answers.”  “Planted: Belief and Belonging in an Age of Doubt” is written by Patrick Mason and is a joint venture between the Maxwell […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Criticism, doubt, Faith, faith crisis, gender equity, Grace, Mormon Culture, Reviews, understanding | 22 Comments »

God Is Love

January 5, 2016
God Is Love

The last time I substitute taught Gospel Doctrine, I got to teach John’s epistles that he wrote to the believers in his soon-to-disband Johannine community while he was living in Ephesus.  His community was divided, something we are also experiencing within our Mormon congregations in the wake of the policy change toward homosexuals and their […]

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Change in Temple Baptisms

January 3, 2016
Change in Temple Baptisms

I took my son to do baptisms for the dead this past week and learned of a new change.  In the past, everyone had to wear white to perform baptisms and confirmations.  Young men and women still wear white for the baptisms, but now wear their Sunday clothes for confirmations.  The person who confirms must […]

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A New Year, A New Start

December 31, 2015
A New Year, A New Start

The fun musical pieces I enjoyed listening to with my children growing up include John Rutter’s musical fables, particularly “The Reluctant Dragon”, and “The Wind in the Willows”, sung by the renowned King’s Singers, and based on children’s stories written by Kenneth Grahame. The closing songs of each are particularly poignant, and the closing song […]

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Posted in Church Policy, emotions, Empathy, Freedom, Grace, LDS, Mormon Culture, Music, Uncategorized, understanding | 4 Comments »

Prophets < Apostles?

December 29, 2015
Prophets < Apostles?

Which is a bigger deal?  Being a prophet or being an apostle?  If you’re like me, you would probably assume that the title “prophet” is higher than “apostle,” but I recently read some interesting information on the history. I was curious to know when we started to call the quorum of the twelve “prophets, seers, […]

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Reviewing Religion of a Different Color

December 28, 2015
Reviewing Religion of a Different Color

I finally finished Paul Reeve’s book Religion of a Different Color.  Paul highlights the strange evolution of Mormons, once seen as not white enough, now seen as too white. From page 270, …as late as 2012 the perception persisted in some corners that Mormons were racist and that there were few or no black Mormons.  […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Culture, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Race Relations, Reviews | 12 Comments »

What Isn’t Church Abuse?

December 15, 2015
What Isn’t Church Abuse?

A recent study was circulated that shows the psychological markers of “church abuse,” or an environment in a religious atmosphere that can lead to exploitation or abuse of individuals who join.  In the study, participants rated their religion in light of the following 28 organizational behaviors, as either exerting a lot of pressure and control or […]

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Defending the Family vs. No Paid Leave

December 8, 2015
Defending the Family vs. No Paid Leave

A recent article in the Washington Post highlighted that despite pro-family rhetoric, many religions do not offer paid family leave to employees.  Mormonism was highlighted as providing no paid family leave to either men or women [1], although they were consistent with a few other conservative religious groups.  Given our focus on families, why doesn’t the […]

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The Idolatry of Following the Brethren

December 7, 2015
The Idolatry of Following the Brethren

I sometimes feel LDS church members are guilty of idolatry. Perhaps it is not completely the members fault; We have been told so much to “follow the brethren” that we have built them up as idols, and fail to “study it out in our minds, and ask God if it be right.” Early church leaders […]

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Two Hour Block? Hallelujah! Oh Wait, Nevermind.

December 1, 2015
Two Hour Block?  Hallelujah!  Oh Wait, Nevermind.

Rumor was that a stake in Boston announced they would begin piloting a new two-hour block schedule in the coming year.  Throw in coffee & donuts, and allow for shorts, and we might be able to compete with all the surrounding megachurches in my community! There will be an “elimination of all but essential Sunday meetings, i.e. […]

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