Church Policy

Masonic Ceremony

May 11, 2015
Masonic Ceremony

I recently watched an interesting documentary, Secrets of the Freemasons.  Many of the early U.S. revolutionaries were freemasons; many masons helped plan the Boston Tea Party, although the Tea Party had non-masonic members as well.  (Paul Revere, Ben Franklin, John Hancock, in addition to George Washington were masons.)  Masons were influential in the founding of […]

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Proudly Stupid

May 5, 2015
Proudly Stupid

See, this is why our theological amateurism is so lamentable. It’s pure zeal without knowledge, to borrow from Nibley’s brilliant observation. I know we take pride in being stupid, but it’s pride all the same. – RJH When I read this comment by RJH last week on BCC, it immediately resonated.  The Spirit testified of […]

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Posted in Apostasy, Blind Obedience, BYU, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, Education, emotions, Faith, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Politics, Uncategorized | 30 Comments »

Can BYU afford to avoid Sunday play?

May 4, 2015
Can BYU afford to avoid Sunday play?

It has been more than 30 years since BYU won a National Championship in football.  Things have changed quite a bit since 1984.  Many of the larger schools were upset that the undefeated BYU team (who played in the Western Athletic Conference-WAC) played a 6-6 Michigan team in its final game, and changes soon followed. […]

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Posted in BYU, Christian, Church Policy, LDS, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 18 Comments »

Stake Priesthood Meeting

May 3, 2015
Stake Priesthood Meeting

It seems like once or twice a year, each stake will hold a General Priesthood Meeting.  It is usually on a Sunday, very early in the morning.  Ours is a 6:30 AM.  Why the ridiculously early hour?  It seems like the leaders pick this time because who needs sleep?  The rationale is that nobody has […]

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Socks in font?

April 26, 2015
Socks in font?

My son and I decided to do a temple trip.  Rather than visit Mt. Timpanogos Temple, we went to the Oquirrh Mountain Temple to do baptisms for the dead.  At Timp, most patrons are barefoot to enter the water.  At Oquirrh, they asked everyone to put on socks.  It seems to me that socks make […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Modesty, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Temple | 13 Comments »

Top 10 Rejected Ideas for Keeping Millenials in the Church

April 21, 2015
Top 10 Rejected Ideas for Keeping Millenials in the Church

It’s no secret that church leaders are concerned about those who leave, particularly those of the rising generation.  What is less well known is the strategy to help them stay active in the church and into their adult lives. Less well known until now that is.  The following list was found in a secret trash […]

Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Faith, gender equity, General Conference, LDS, leadership, LGBT, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 15 Comments »

Nazi Mormons

April 20, 2015
Nazi Mormons

“We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law”, states the 12th Article of Faith. So how does the LDS Church respond when missionaries are in a country where Nazis take over the government? David Conley Nelson gives a fascinating history of Mormons in Nazi Germany […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Culture, Freedom, Jewish Studies, LDS, leadership, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 20 Comments »

April 2015 Gen Conf in GIFs

April 7, 2015
April 2015 Gen Conf in GIFs

For those who watched at home, this General Conference was one for the ages with many excellent talks and a few exciting moments.  Read on. What were your favorite parts? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, emotions, Faith, faith crisis, Feminism, Freedom, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 20 Comments »

Utah’s Solution for Discrimination and Religious Liberty

April 6, 2015
Utah’s Solution for Discrimination and Religious Liberty

A recent law passed in Indiana has put the state in an unusual spotlight.  Proponents claim that their law uses essentially the same language as the 1993 federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) that passed with near unanimous support.  However, one thing Indiana has done that the federal statute did not is expand the reach of the religious […]

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Posted in Christian, Church Policy, Freedom, LDS, LGBT, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 35 Comments »

Children and General Conference

April 5, 2015
Children and General Conference

If you attend all of the sessions, General Conference can be a really long weekend.  It’s certainly nice to hear from out leaders, but on the other hand, if you stay for all 10 hours of church in a weekend, by the end it can be a bit hard to stay focused, especially for young […]

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Posted in Church Policy, General Conference, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Prophet | 7 Comments »

Missionary work in Mongolia

March 30, 2015
Missionary work in Mongolia

I had an interesting conversation this weekend.  A met a man who had served as mission president in Mongolia.  I didn’t know much about Mongolia, and thought it was part of China.  At one time it was, I guess, but the Soviets took over after World War 2, and forced the country to use the […]

Posted in Church Policy, gender equity, LDS, Mission, Mormon, Patriarchy, Priesthood, theology, Women | 65 Comments »

Are You Over-Worked or Under-Appreciated? (weekend poll)

March 28, 2015
Are You Over-Worked or Under-Appreciated? (weekend poll)

Let’s face it.  Not everyone experiences the same things at church.  Some wards and branches are so small that people have 2-3 major callings.  Burnout can be a major problem. In some Utah County wards, people can get lost and forgotten because the wards are so large.  One stake president remarked that he wanted large […]

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LDS Church politics in Utah

March 23, 2015
LDS Church politics in Utah

There are some people who think that the LDS Church should not be allowed to lobby with regards to political issues.  I am not one of those people.  However, I think there are tactics the church should avoid, or they cross over boundaries with regards to the separation of church and state. Carl Wimmer served […]

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Posted in Church Policy, LDS, leadership, LGBT, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Politics | 43 Comments »

On Being Wrong

March 18, 2015
On Being Wrong

So let me ask you guys something. How does it feel — emotionally — how does it feel to be wrong? Dreadful. Thumbs down. Embarrassing. Okay, wonderful, great. Dreadful, thumbs down, embarrassing — thank you, these are great answers, but they’re answers to a different question. You guys are answering the question: How does it […]

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Posted in Agency, Blind Obedience, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, emotions, Morality | 10 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 »

Haters Gonna Hate

March 13, 2015
Haters Gonna Hate

In general I’m a fan of Neylan McBaine, I first ran across her a few years ago when I saw her presentation at FAIR making the rounds online and then when her “Moderate Mormon Manifesto” was published on FMH. I’ve tried to follow her work since then, and it wasn’t until listening to the Dialogue […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Culture, Feminism, gender equity, Reviews, Women | 19 Comments »

Unhealthy Baby Abortion

March 9, 2015
Unhealthy Baby Abortion

A few years ago, I home taught an older gentleman.  His daughter was recently married, and discovered that the baby she was carrying had serious medical issues.  The baby was missing the right side of her body, and the doctor told the couple that the baby would be born alive, but live just hours due to […]

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Posted in Christian, Church Policy, Mental Health, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Women | 21 Comments »

Sprinkling

March 8, 2015
Sprinkling

Mormons believe baptism must be done by immersion, and view sprinkling for baptism as a sign of apostasy.  It got me thinking about a recent change in the LDS temple ceremony called Washing and Anointing. When the endowment was first administered in the Kirtland Temple, as part of the Washing and Anointing ordinance, initiates had […]

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Posted in Apostasy, Church Policy, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Temple, theology | 13 Comments »

What is Real?

March 4, 2015
What is Real?

For those who were around in the 80’s, you might remember a church video called “What is Real”. Serving my mission in the early 1990’s, I showed it to nearly anyone who we met more than once. It is actually not a bad story, for a church video, if you can get away from the […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Culture, Feminism, gender equity, Modesty, Mormon Culture, Truth. Lying, Women | 27 Comments »

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 […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, emotions, Freedom, LDS, leadership, Mental Health, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 65 Comments »

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