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Where Are All the Men? You’ll Never Know.

September 22, 2014
Where Are All the Men?  You’ll Never Know.

The church has recently released a 9 minute video called “You Never Know.” It features what must be assumed to be a single mom who is trying very hard to get her to do list done so she can meet her cousin at the airport to spend the evening with her.  But her to do […]

Posted in Agency, America, Christian, Church Policy, Culture, economics, emotions, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, money, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Women | 54 Comments »

Was Jesus a Socialist?

April 17, 2014
Was Jesus a Socialist?

The parable of the lord of the vineyard hires workers to do specific work in his fields in the morning, at noon, in the afternoon and at the end of the day. At the end of the day, he pays every single one of them a full day’s wage (to the great dismay of the […]

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Posted in Christian, economics, Jesus, Mormon | 21 Comments »

Mormons & MLMs (Weekend Poll)

March 29, 2014
Mormons & MLMs (Weekend Poll)

Why do multi-level marketing schemes prevail in Mormon culture? Discuss.

Posted in Agency, debt, economics, Education, Faith, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 17 Comments »

The Paperless Stake

March 13, 2014
The Paperless Stake

“Unfortunately, many of the benefits of living in a technology-rich age accrue primarily to those who can afford to learn about and gain access to new technology. Those who cannot are left further behind.” (taken from Chapter 1 of  “Creating an Information Democracy” Centre for Urban Policy Research, Rutgers University) In our embrace of modern […]

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Posted in Church Policy, economics, Education, Freedom, Mormon Culture, Technology | 27 Comments »

Mormon Feminism (in GIFs)

February 11, 2014
Mormon Feminism (in GIFs)

Being a woman in a patriarchal church is bound to have some ups and downs. In summary . . .

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Posted in Agency, economics, Education, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Uncategorized | 56 Comments »

Mormonism & Capitalism

December 4, 2013
Mormonism & Capitalism

Last week I submitted a post comparing and contrasting Communism with Mormonism. Today I’d like to do the same with Capitalism.  In doing so, I attempt to explore where it is Mormons might stand between these two opposite poles of the political and economic landscape.  Capitalism is easier for most Mormons to sympathize with, because it happens […]

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Posted in Agency, America, debt, economics, money, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics | 44 Comments »

Why Buy the Cow? (Weekend Poll)

November 30, 2013
Why Buy the Cow?  (Weekend Poll)

Have you ever been given a calling that capitalized on your professional skills?  What about one that required you to do for free what you normally charge for?  Some professions are more easily exploited than others:  CPAs, lawyers, day care providers, photographers, piano teachers, web designers, film makers and contractors.  Is it taking advantage to […]

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Posted in Church Policy, economics, Faith, Freedom, money, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 14 Comments »

Mormonism & Communism

November 27, 2013
Mormonism & Communism

Like many of Satan’s glass imitations, Communism has some remarkable truths mixed with its errors, and Mormons share many of these same truths.  The similarities might make us uncomfortable, given Communism’s terrible reputation.   It’s tempting to casually dismiss Communism as “Satan’s plan” while ignoring the many similarities between it and the Law of Consecration.  We […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Church Policy, debt, economics, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics | 34 Comments »

Mormon Marriage Equality

November 26, 2013
Mormon Marriage Equality

I recently finished reading Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In.  In the book, she talks about several things we can do to help women truly achieve their potential and to help men and women within their personal lives and in the workplace be more equal and personally satisfied.  This list includes things like: As women “lean […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, BYU, Church Policy, economics, Faith, Freedom, money, Morality, Mormon, Uncategorized | 42 Comments »

Why Do Boys Suck at School?

November 12, 2013
Why Do Boys Suck at School?

For the last ten years, studies have consistently shown that boys are lagging behind girls in school.  This trend is not only an issue in the US, but also in the UK.  Boys are expelled – from preschool – at 5x the rate of girls!  Boys are more likely to have to repeat a grade, […]

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Posted in BYU, economics, Education, money, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Politics | 18 Comments »

Socialism and Church Welfare

October 30, 2013
Socialism and Church Welfare

Today’s guest post is from Nate. Mormon Heretic’s recent post on Senator Mike Lee and the government shutdown prompted many comments discussing the advantages and disadvantages of the welfare state.   Members who disparage the government often point out the superiority of the Church’s welfare program, which is “teaching people to fish” rather than giving them […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, debt, Doctrine, economics, money, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 54 Comments »

Obamacare and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Web Site

October 22, 2013
Obamacare and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Web Site

The key driver for the Affordable Care Act was a statistic that showed that 47 million in the US (of a population of 300 million) were uninsured, many of these children.  In order for the Affordable Care Act to be financially sustainable, 30 million will need to sign up.  The goal is to have 7 […]

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Posted in Agency, America, economics, money, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 18 Comments »

Are Mormons Anti-Modernists?

October 1, 2013
Are Mormons Anti-Modernists?

There are many stories that could easily vie for the title of Scariest Story in the Bible, but I’d like to make a case for the story of the Tower of Babel.  In this story, the people on earth desire to build a tower tall enough to go straight into heaven.  They band together in […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, economics, Faith, Freedom, History, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, Pride, Technology, understanding | 23 Comments »

Should Mormon Women Go to College?

September 24, 2013
Should Mormon Women Go to College?

On September 8, a blog called “Fix the Family” posted a horrific OP about why sending girls to college is a bad idea. When I first read this OP that was circulating among outraged normal people, I thought about writing a post about it, but then I decided “Nah, this is just one crazy non-LDS […]

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Posted in Agency, economics, Education, Freedom, Mission, money, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Singles, Uncategorized | 18 Comments »

Is This Racist?

September 10, 2013
Is This Racist?

Are we becoming hypersensitive to racism in the US?  Will our perspectives be viewed as racist by future generations the older we get as those views of prior generations appear to us? Singapore practices what I would call “institutionalized racism.”  There is a hierarchy within the races in the country, and some races are given […]

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Posted in Agency, America, economics, Education, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized, understanding | 9 Comments »

My Selfish Altruism (Tales from Cambodia & Nepal)

August 20, 2013
My Selfish Altruism (Tales from Cambodia & Nepal)

Why do we give?  Is our altruism ever purely unselfish or do we give in part because we hope to gain something?  What do we want to gain? In March, we had an opportunity to join a house building in a small village outside of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  My husband was working as treasurer for […]

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Posted in Agency, Doctrine, economics, Education, Faith, Mormon | 12 Comments »

Blessed Are the Poor?: Weekend Poll

July 27, 2013
Blessed Are the Poor?:  Weekend Poll

Blessed are the poor, but the rich have to sell all their possessions?  Is it really humility if you are compelled to be humble?  Rich people can’t get a break!  Is spending money really going out of style? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, debt, economics, Faith, Freedom, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 19 Comments »

Mormons, Alimony and SAHMs

June 25, 2013
Mormons, Alimony and SAHMs

“Do you have financial or other obligations to a former spouse or children? If yes, are you current in meeting those obligations?”  This question is asked in the temple recommend interview.  While child support seems fairly legitimate, and setting that aside for the purpose of this post, I question the validity of awarding long-term alimony […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Church Policy, debt, economics, Education, Freedom, money, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 23 Comments »

Does the Church Over-Subsidize BYU?

June 4, 2013
Does the Church Over-Subsidize BYU?

My son was recently admitted to BYU for the upcoming fall semester.  Here are some things about BYU we discovered in the application process: BYU is incredibly cheap.  It is about a tenth the cost of other universities he applied for and twice what we would have to pay for an in-state tuition assuming we […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Church Policy, debt, economics, Education, Mission, money, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 45 Comments »

From Natural Man to Walking in the Spirit

May 29, 2013
From Natural Man to Walking in the Spirit

This is the first post from our frequent commenter Howard. Joseph declared, “Mankind [is] naturally selfish, ambitious, and striving to excel one above another.”  We need look no further than the best economic system in the world to see that this is true.  Without question Capitalism is King, socialism is dead!  But why?  Because Capitalism […]

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Posted in economics, Joseph Smith, Mormon | 39 Comments »

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