Church Policy

9 ProTips from Richard Bushman

July 21, 2015
9 ProTips from Richard Bushman

From a recent reddit forum with Mormon historian Richard Bushman, I extracted 9 tips for those who are concerned about church history and how to deal with sticky issues. On what to do when confronted with history that doesn’t match the church’s story. Question:  There are many people with a fraction of your knowledge of church […]

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Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Education, emotions, Empathy, Faith, faith crisis, Joseph Smith, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 81 Comments »

Greg Prince on Polarizing Packer

July 20, 2015
Greg Prince on Polarizing Packer

Doug Fabrizio interviewed Greg Prince on KUER this past week on the passing of Boyd K. Packer.  (You can listen to it here.)  Prince is a businessman, a historian of LDS church history, and a board member of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought and The Journal of Mormon History. He’s author of the books […]

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Posted in Church Policy, LDS, LGBT, Mormon, Patriarchy, theology | 19 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 »

A Response to the Letter Read in Wards Last Sunday

July 8, 2015
A Response to the Letter Read in Wards Last Sunday

We’d like to welcome guest author Christian Harrison who shared the following exchange with the Daily Universe (BYU’s campus paper).  Christian Harrison is an out gay man and Elders Quorum teacher in Salt Lake City, where he’s a communications professional. He has fond memories of his years at BYU, where he studied International Relations, French, […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Education, emotions, Empathy, Excommunication, Faith, faith crisis, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, leadership, LGBT, Mental Health, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Patriarchy, Politics, Prophet, scriptures, theology | 121 Comments »

Big Week for SCOTUS (Weekend Poll)

June 27, 2015
Big Week for SCOTUS (Weekend Poll)

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) made two major rulings this week:  (1) re-affirmed the Affordable Care Act, and (2) made gay marriage legal nationwide.  What are your thoughts?

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Posted in Christian, Church Policy, LGBT, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics | 69 Comments »

Teaching YW about the Priesthood

June 12, 2015
Teaching YW about the Priesthood

When my faith transition came out at a family reunion a few years ago, I had some family members comment that I was the last person they would ever want to teach their YW about the priesthood. I have to admit I feel a little vindicated by the abrupt change of course brought about by […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mission, Priesthood, Temple, Women | 17 Comments »

MHA 2015 Recap

June 8, 2015
MHA 2015 Recap

The Annual Mormon History Association meetings came to Provo this past weekend.  Last year it was in San Antonio, and next year it will be at Snowbird Resort in Utah.  Sometimes I like it better when it’s out of town, because I can attend all the sessions.  When I’m home, there’s just too much going […]

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Posted in Anti-Mormon, Christian, Church Policy, Culture, Excommunication, faith crisis, History, Joseph Smith, LDS, leadership, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Polygamy, Priesthood, Prophet, Race Relations, Reviews, Roman Catholic Church, Temple, theology, Violence | 8 Comments »

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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Posted in Church Policy, LDS, Mormon, Temple, theology | 28 Comments »

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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Posted in Church Policy, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Priesthood | 40 Comments »

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 | 36 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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Posted in Church Policy, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 8 Comments »

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 »

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