Church Policy

From Pillar to Post

August 23, 2016
From Pillar to Post

Sometimes when I hear other people talk about what they get from their church experience, I wonder if we attend the same church. I’m sure they feel likewise. The things that matter to some people aren’t important to me, and the things I care about aren’t important to them. Some people complain about things that […]

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Uprooted

August 16, 2016
Uprooted

Our stake just underwent a huge boundary change. Did I mention it was huge? To quote Donald Trump, it was YUGE! We’ve been through many boundary changes in my lifetime of church attendance, and they are never very easy, hardest of all on the teens it seems, and yet, all my teens have been in […]

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Your opinion on POX?

August 13, 2016
Your opinion on POX?

Last November’s policy change in which gay church members are now considered apostates and their children cannot be blessed, baptized, or advance in the priesthood, has been dubbed POX (Policy Of eXclusion).  One of our readers wondered why the POX was allowed to move forward, and gave some options.  What to you think?

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Posted in Apostasy, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Excommunication, LDS, leadership, Mormon Belief | 35 Comments »

Clinging to God & Guns

August 9, 2016
Clinging to God & Guns

  In 2008, Pres. Obama remarked: “You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that […]

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Waiting for the Brethren to….

August 8, 2016
Wander40yrs

In the Book of Numbers, we are told that the reason the children of Israel had to wander in the Wilderness was because of a lack of faith in God.  While Moses had led them out of Egypt, many wanted to return to Egypt instead of conquer the promised land of Canaan, the land God […]

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In or Out? (weekend poll)

August 6, 2016
In or Out?  (weekend poll)

There were a few comments earlier this week about revelations that should be/shouldn’t be canonized.  It made me wonder what you all thought.  Are there some sections you’d like added or removed from the D&C?  Let’s see if you agree with some of these suggestions, and then see if you’d like some sections removed.  Is […]

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The Article on Marriage: What Is (Was) It?

August 4, 2016
The Article on Marriage:  What Is (Was) It?

Many LDS Church members don’t know about its first official statement on the subject of marriage. With all of the current brouhaha over what constitutes a marriage, I thought it would be fun to acquaint you with this piece of history. On August 17, 1835, Priesthood and members assembled in Kirtland, Ohio to vote on […]

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(Mis)Reading Scriptures So We Can Liken Them to Ourselves

August 2, 2016
(Mis)Reading Scriptures So We Can Liken Them to Ourselves

We are often told we should read our scriptures, but we aren’t told how to read them. Since most people are literate, but have never been taught how to read, it’s a crapshoot how effective their study is. We learn about reading scriptures as Primary children, but our methods often fail to transcend that approach. […]

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Doctrinal History of Vicarious Ordinances

July 11, 2016
Doctrinal History of Vicarious Ordinances

A friend asked me about the doctrinal history of why Mormons, and specifically Joseph Smith, came up with the doctrine of baptism of the dead, and vicarious ordinances.  He noted that in Elder Bednar’s 2011 General Conference talk, Bednar tied vicarious work not only with the visit of Elijah to Joseph Smith in the Kirtland […]

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Posted in Church Policy, History, Joseph Smith, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Temple, theology | 35 Comments »

Running Out of Temple Names?

July 10, 2016
Now you can print your own cards at home and take them to the temple!

On a visit this week to the temple with my daughter, I learned a few interesting things. I noticed that during confirmations, the temple has only printed sheets with three names. The temple worker said the temple is running out of names, so if you don’t bring your own names, they will let you only […]

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When Are Women Men and Men Women?

June 28, 2016
When Are Women Men and Men Women?

As a woman, it can sometimes be difficult to determine what in the scriptures applies to me and what doesn’t. Sometimes when I mention this to people, they think I am being purposefully obtuse. Today’s guest post is from EBK. To illustrate the issue, I have made a list of scriptures below that can present […]

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Origen & the Pre-Existence, Coats of Skins

June 27, 2016
Origen & the Pre-Existence, Coats of Skins

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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Does D&C 132 support Polyandry?

June 26, 2016
Does D&C 132 support Polyandry?

This past week, we’ve discussed polyandry–the idea that a woman can have multiple husbands.  (Polygyny is the concept where a husband can have multiple wives.  Polygamy encompasses both polygyny and polyandry.)  The reason this came up was due to a presentation I attended at the Mormon History Association meetings.  Many people have charged that Josephine’s mother […]

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Posted in Church Policy, History, Joseph Smith, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Patriarchy, Polygamy, Prophet, theology, Women | 6 Comments »

Less Temple Laundry?

June 25, 2016
Less Temple Laundry?

The LDS Church has recently changed clothing requirements for both baptisms and initiatory rites at temples.  With regards to baptisms for the dead, patrons used to be issued 2 white jumpsuits:  (1) that got really wet for the baptisms, and (2) to be worn during the confirmation process.  Due to recent administrative changes, patrons may […]

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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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#MHA2016 – Race Discussions

June 13, 2016
#MHA2016 – Race Discussions

I really enjoyed the Mormon History Association meetings at Snowbird, Utah this weekend.  I can’t tell you how much fun these meetings are for me.  The thing I hate most is when there are 2 sessions at the same time that I want to attend.  It can be difficult to choose at times, but I […]

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Baptism for the Dead at 9?

June 12, 2016
Baptism for the Dead at 9?

I had an interesting conversation with my mom a while back.  She told me that she participated in baptisms for the dead when she was nine years old!  Currently, children need to wait until they are 12 years old.  My mom said that a child simply needed to be baptized back in the day.  Why […]

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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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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 […]

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