Doctrine

Leaders with X-Ray Vision

April 15, 2014
Leaders with X-Ray Vision

Who determines worthiness in the temple recommend interview? The bishop? The individual? The questions? Other methods of discernment? Can the bishop rightly withhold a temple recommend based on nothing more than a hunch or the Spirit even if probing reveals no wrong answers? I recently read a blog post written by a group of ex-Mormon […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, BYU, Church Policy, Doctrine, Faith, Freedom, History, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 26 Comments »

Elder Oaks Lights up the Bloggernacle

April 7, 2014
Elder Oaks Lights up the Bloggernacle

Facebook was ablaze with comments about Elder Oaks General Conference talk on Saturday night.  Disappointed that the church website didn’t have a transcript, I created one so that we could better discuss what he actually said.  I decided to let that post stand on its own without any commentary.  But in this post, I will […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Doctrine, General Conference, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Priesthood, Prophet, Women | 96 Comments »

Oh, and General Conference is Being Held Too

April 4, 2014
Oh, and General Conference is Being Held Too

Most members of the LDS Church look forward to the first weekend in April and October to hear from the Prophets, Apostles and other General Leaders of the Church. It also affords them a weekend off of normal Church activities.  But this time around, the main attraction may not actually be in the Conference Center, […]

Posted in Anti-Mormon, Church Policy, Doctrine, Freedom, General Conference, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Women | 24 Comments »

The Girls’ Meeting

March 25, 2014
The Girls’ Meeting

Q.  What do an 8 year old girl and an 88 year old woman have in common?  A.  Both are the apparent target audience of the upcoming Women’s Meeting. For the first time ever, the General Women’s Meeting that precedes General Conference once per year has been expanded to include not only the Young Women, […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Doctrine, Faith, General Conference, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Women | 61 Comments »

Getting a Grip on History

March 18, 2014
Getting a Grip on History

There has been a lot of discussion in the b’nacle about what the church can do from a practical standpoint to address the thorny issues in church history.  The traditional approach has been to: 1) keep the curriculum uplifting and free from controversy, 2) to never speak ill or contradict leaders of the past or […]

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Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Book of Mormon, Church Policy, Doctrine, Education, Faith, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, New Testament Sunday School Lessons, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, Uncategorized | 28 Comments »

The Gauntlet has been thrown down, What’s Next for Ordain Women?

March 17, 2014
The Gauntlet has been thrown down, What’s Next for Ordain Women?

As reported by the Deseret News, the Ordain Women’s movement received a letter from the Public Affairs Department of the LDS Church, signed by Jessica Moody, whose name I did not recognize as a spokesperson for the Church. The crux of the letter, when it is peeled back is three-fold: No, you cannot have tickets […]

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Church Policy, Doctrine, Faith, General Conference, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Women | 150 Comments »

Bible Dictionary: War in Heaven

February 20, 2014
Bible Dictionary:  War in Heaven

According to the LDS Bible Dictionary “The term arises out of Rev. 12:7 and refers to the conflict that took place in the premortal existence among the spirit children of God….Although one-third of the spirits became devils, the remaining two-thirds were not all equally valiant, there being every degree of devotion to Christ and the […]

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Posted in Agency, Doctrine, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Priesthood, War in Heaven | 24 Comments »

Fraud, Doubt and Miracles

February 12, 2014
Fraud, Doubt and Miracles

Today’s guest post is by Jared. When I started blogging in 2007 my objective was to write about the doctrine of Christ as it is taught in the Book of Mormon and by church leaders. As time as gone on, I realize that there are not many LDS who search the internet with the intent […]

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Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Church Policy, Doctrine, Faith, Freedom, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Pride, Prophet | 21 Comments »

Mormonism on Trial in the UK (plus early Weekend Poll)

February 6, 2014
Mormonism on Trial in the UK (plus early Weekend Poll)

The church is in the international headlines once again, this time because of the much anticipated “October Surprise” promised (threatened?) by Tom Phillips, current head of MormonThink and previous Stake President, now disaffected former Mormon, who detailed his experience with the Second Anointing ordinance when he was a church leader in the UK.  While it’s […]

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Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Book of Mormon, Church Policy, Doctrine, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Prophet | 49 Comments »

The Problematic Legitimation of Ideas in the Church

January 30, 2014
The Problematic Legitimation of Ideas in the Church

Several recent experiences have caused me to ponder this topic. It’s not new of course. The most obvious example would be the temple/priesthood ban for people of black African descent, which arose early in the life of the church, was perpetuated until 1978, and which was not properly disavowed until last year. And even then, […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Doctrine, Freedom, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Sunday School, Uncategorized, understanding | 16 Comments »

Tarefic-Wheaties Nominations 2

December 23, 2013
Tarefic-Wheaties Nominations 2

Last year we introduced two new Bloggernacle awards:  (1) The Wheaties, and (2) the Tarefic Awards!  As we approach the end of the year, it is time to look back on the best and worst of 2013.  Start your nominations!  We want to highlight YOU and your favorite 2013 Mormon blogs, and we are pleased to […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, BYU, Church Policy, Doctrine, Education, Faith, Freedom, General Conference, History, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Polygamy, Priesthood, Reviews, Science and Religion, Sunday School | 90 Comments »

Shut Your Mouth (Weekend Poll)

December 21, 2013
Shut Your Mouth (Weekend Poll)

Is censorship ever justified?  What about showing journalistic restraint when there will be disastrous consequences for the truth coming out?  Is there some truth that is not useful?  Is it appropriate for conservative communities to suppress news that they don’t want published?  Should private institutions be allowed to suppress opinions they don’t like?  Where is […]

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Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Church Policy, Doctrine, Education, Faith, Freedom, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 5 Comments »

What is a Prophet?

December 12, 2013
What is a Prophet?

Many people on the bloggernacle think that LDS prophets don’t act like biblical prophets. LDS prophets rarely give new scripture or perform dramatic miracles.  But is that a correct definition?  The LDS Bible Dictionary gives many roles for a prophet.  Here are some definitions (formatting changed) The work of a Hebrew prophet was to act […]

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Posted in Doctrine, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Prophet | 20 Comments »

Three Universal Laws

December 10, 2013
Three Universal Laws

On a recent international flight, I found myself engaged in a gospel conversation with my seat mate, attempting to describe the Plan of Salvation: pre-existence, mortal life, spirit prison, and the three degrees of glory.  My seat mate gave me an indulgent smile and said he thought my beliefs resembled a Parker Brothers board game, with […]

Posted in Agency, Doctrine, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 26 Comments »

Plain and Precious Things

December 6, 2013
Plain and Precious Things

“Wherefore, thou seest that after the book hath gone forth through the hands of the great and abominable church, that there are many plain and precious things taken away from the book, which is the book of the Lamb of God.” (2Nephi 13:28) One of the common prevailing ideas taught in the LDS Church is […]

Posted in Church Policy, Community of Christ, Doctrine, Faith, Holy Land, Joseph Smith, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Polygamy, Priesthood | 15 Comments »

Bible Dictionary: Prayer

December 5, 2013
Bible Dictionary:  Prayer

There are some interesting differences between ancient prayer and modern prayer according to the LDS Bible Dictionary. The attitude of prayer ordinarily was standing.  (1 Sam. 1:26; Neh. 9:2, 4; Matt. 6:5; Luke 18:11, 13); also kneeling (1 Kgs. 8:54; Ezra 9:5; Dan 6:10); or prostrate (josh. 7:6; Neh. 8:6).  The hands were spread forth […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Doctrine | 4 Comments »

Why Snuffer Got Exe’d

December 2, 2013
Why Snuffer Got Exe’d

I finished Denver Snuffer’s book a few weeks ago, and I really enjoyed the book.  Snuffer gives some original readings of both LDS Church history and scripture.  I did a partial review of his book a few weeks ago when I talked about Snuffer’s position on polygamy (Snuffer believes that God permitted, rather than commanded […]

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Posted in Apostasy, Doctrine, History, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Prophet, Reviews | 91 Comments »

The Body as a Temple

November 19, 2013
The Body as a Temple

In 1 Corinthians 6:19, it says:  ”What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?”  As some Mormon youth teachers used to like to say to encourage chastity:  ”Your body is a temple, and he doesn’t have a recommend!” […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Doctrine, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics | 16 Comments »

Why do we have certain Scriptures?

November 14, 2013
Why do we have certain Scriptures?

How many of you have ever studied the Book of Philemon in the New Testament?  According to the LDS Bible Dictionary, This epistle is a private letter about Onesimus, a slave who had robbed his master, Philemon, and run away to Rome.  Paul sent him back to his master at Colosse in company with Tychicus […]

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Posted in Doctrine, Mormon, Mormon Belief | 22 Comments »

Evangelical Wants to Keep Mormon Moment Alive

November 11, 2013
Evangelical Wants to Keep Mormon Moment Alive

2012 brought a lot of interest in the LDS Church due to Mitt Romney’s campaign for President of the United States.  Now that the election is over, many feel the Mormon Moment is over.  Christianity Today’s Ed Stetzer put out an article this week advocating that evangelicals “not let the Mormon moment pass completely.”  I have […]

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Posted in Doctrine, Mormon, Mormon Belief | 24 Comments »

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