Doctrine

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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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 »

Ask Not For Whom the Bugle Blows

July 28, 2015
Ask Not For Whom the Bugle Blows

The Boy Scouts of America recently announced that it will no longer bar homosexuals from leadership roles in scouting, although it will also allow local troops to select leaders on their own criteria, effectively allowing religious troops to ban homosexuals as they choose. In response, the church announced yesterday: “The Church of Jesus Christ of […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, Education, emotions, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics | 54 Comments »

Masonic Influence on LDS Endowment

July 27, 2015
Masonic Influence on LDS Endowment

In one of John Dehlin’s first podcasts (September 14, 2005), he interviewed Greg Kearney, a member of FAIR (Foundation of Apologetic Information and Research, a pro-Mormon think tank), and a several generation Mormon  and master mason.  Greg attended BYU, and is the member of a Farmington, Maine ward that has been around longer than any […]

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Posted in Doctrine, Joseph Smith, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Temple | 25 Comments »

The Prophetic Voice and Personal Revelation

June 25, 2015
The Prophetic Voice and Personal Revelation

Following the completion of this year’s programme, the seminary students in our ward were asked to speak in sacrament meeting. My daughter just turned 15, and this was her first year of seminary. I was so impressed by her talk that I asked her permission to post it here. I have been asked to give […]

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Posted in Doctrine, Education, LDS, Prophet, scriptures, seminary, Uncategorized | 13 Comments »

Family Law & Religious Conflict

June 4, 2015
Family Law & Religious Conflict

Raising children in a mixed faith environment, or where one parent practices a religion and the other does not, can be a challenge at the best of times. It’s something that requires mutual respect, and a willingness to both communicate and compromise. It’s to be hoped that it is something that would be discussed prior […]

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Posted in Doctrine, Faith, Uncategorized | 10 Comments »

Emphasising Sabbath Observance

May 21, 2015
Emphasising Sabbath Observance

How important is the Sabbath to you? At our recent stake conference the visiting area authority 70, Elder Charles, spoke about the Sabbath*. He told us that in a change to previous practise, those assigned to attend stake conferences had been assigned the topic by the Brethren, and that in an increasingly secular world, our […]

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Posted in Culture, Doctrine, LDS, leadership, theology, Uncategorized | 38 Comments »

My Wrongs Are Washed Away

May 14, 2015
My Wrongs Are Washed Away

  I’ve been in primary for about the past ten years in every capacity. There’s a song we often sing for Baptisms: “When I am Baptized” I like to look for rainbows, whenever there is rain And ponder on the beauty of an earth made clean again. I want my life to be as clean […]

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Posted in Doctrine, Mormon Belief, Mormon Discussion, theology, understanding | 17 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 »

Bearing Testimony to Richard Dawkins

April 23, 2015
Bearing Testimony to Richard Dawkins

In a recent priesthood lesson our teacher played an excerpt from the Brandon Flowers/Richard Dawkins interview on Swedish television. Then he asked us if we were in Brandon Flowers place, how would we have responded to Richard Dawkin’s smug assertion that “the Book of Mormon is an obvious fake, a 19th century book written in 16th century […]

Posted in Anti-Mormon, Doctrine, doubt, Faith, Uncategorized | 20 Comments »

The Givens Test

April 13, 2015
The Givens Test

I’ve listened to a few podcasts with Terryl and Fiona Givens and right now I’m reading Crucible of Doubt. Several times they have talked about unorthodox members of the church speaking up in their home wards and being more honest and authentic about their testimonies: “The pressure to conform to what we see as a dominant cultural orthodoxy […]

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Posted in Criticism, Doctrine, doubt, faith crisis, General Conference, Mormon Culture | 57 Comments »

Amazing Grace

April 10, 2015
Amazing Grace

  I’m not a doctrinal or theological expert. I’m just a normal, average, faith-transitioned member trying to work her way in the world. As a result of the faith transition, I feel . . . less worthy and certain. Before I was filled with certainty; how I saw the world, the eternities, and my place […]

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Posted in Doctrine, Faith, Grace, Jesus, Mormon Belief, theology | 41 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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When the Priesthood is Everything, It Becomes Nothing

March 20, 2015
Priesthood Blessing

The latest viral-nova mormon essay to hit the internets is about how a woman taught primary children how priesthood blesses our lives. I believe it is a valiant attempt to wrestle with the complicated and contradictory messages that we have always been given about women and the priesthood. It is a worthwhile endeavor, and I […]

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Posted in Doctrine, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Sunday School, Women | 35 Comments »

Who Are The New Anti-Mormons?

March 13, 2015
Who Are The New Anti-Mormons?

Who Are The New Anti-Mormons Since the organization of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and even before, there have been those opposed to the Church. More aptly named “Critics of the Church” or “Enemies of the Church,” they have traditionally been known inside the Church as “Anti-Mormons.” Which, of course is short-hand […]

Posted in Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Christian, Criticism, Doctrine, Joseph Smith, LDS, Mormon Belief, Polygamy, Prophet | 49 Comments »

Is Belief in Polygamy Required for Church Membership?

March 10, 2015
Is Belief in Polygamy Required for Church Membership?

A blogger faces excommunication for his OP stating that he does not believe D&C 132 and the early church practice of polygamy to have been inspired.  In his blog post, he affirms that marriage is between one man and one woman, the church’s current teaching.  If I were tasked with defending this individual, here’s what […]

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The Faith Crisis Biz

February 10, 2015
The Faith Crisis Biz

A recent Trib article explains that Mormon Stories and other monetized podcasts have been a sole source of income for some of the individuals that conduct the interviews.  This isn’t a surprise to many people, although it’s impressive that there’s been enough donated to support salaries for individuals’ families. At some point, all Mormon blogs […]

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Taking My Baal and Going Home

February 5, 2015
Taking My Baal and Going Home

I recently checked the 2013 edition of the scriptures for an entry in the Bible Dictionary that should have been corrected. This is what I gave them as feedback on the site form that asks for it: “Baal.  Possessor, lord. The Sun-god and the male or generative principle in nature. He was worshipped with different […]

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A Bishop’s Interview: Getting It Right

February 2, 2015
A Bishop’s Interview:  Getting It Right

Today’s post is a guest post by Hawkgrrrl’s friend, Katpur, a woman living in Salt Lake City.  A friend shared this recalled transcript of her recent temple recommend interview with her bishop. Bishop: Do you support, affiliate with, or agree with any group or individual whose teachings or practices are contrary to or oppose those accepted […]

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Why am I obedient to (insert commandment here) ???

January 21, 2015
Why am I obedient to (insert commandment here) ???

I have often heard at Church people quote the following scripture: 20 There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated— 21 And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated (D&C 130). The subsequent discussion often takes on the following logic: There […]

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