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Down at the [Y]MIA — alternatives to the Boy Scouts

August 3, 2015
Down at the [Y]MIA — alternatives to the Boy Scouts

For the last twenty-thirty or so years the Church has explored alternatives to scouting. One of the problems is that those who have been tasked with approaching the concept end up just creating boy scout clones, with the bottom line that they give up and suggest just sticking with the boy scouts.  They have a […]

Posted in Church Policy, economics, gender equity, leadership, Uncategorized | 25 Comments »

Marriage For Now

March 23, 2015
Marriage For Now

Is it looking past the mark to think of our marriages as eternal rather than thinking of what we need in the here and now and in the near future?  Do we focus so much on eternity that we are just barely enduring to the end in the day-to-day marriage? Last week I re-posted a review […]

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Posted in Agency, BYU, Culture, economics, Education, emotions, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 37 Comments »

The Myth of Traditional Marriage

March 17, 2015
The Myth of Traditional Marriage

According to the song, love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage.  But when it comes to the history of marriage, pairing marriage with love is putting the cart before the horse.  If we look at why people used to get married, traditionally, we’ll quickly see why marriages today are less stable.  And why […]

Posted in Agency, America, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, economics, Education, emotions, Europe, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, money, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Culture, understanding, Violence, Women | 73 Comments »

Today’s Press Conference: Double-Edged Discrimination

January 27, 2015
Today’s Press Conference:  Double-Edged Discrimination

In today’s press conference, LDS leaders encouraged church members to support anti-discrimination legislation while continuing to oppose marriage equality.  You can find a very local perspective here, slightly less local here or downright global perspective here.  A few quick highlights: LGBT people deserve the same basic rights as all individuals:  equal access to housing, legal protections, […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, doubt, economics, Education, Freedom, LDS, leadership, LGBT, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Politics, Pride, understanding, workplace | 34 Comments »

Weekend Poll: Tipping

January 3, 2015
Weekend Poll:  Tipping

Tipping is commonplace in the United States, but not so much in Europe.  A recent Freakonomics episode found that service improved when tipping was abolished.  A 2012 study found that countries that tipped the most have a perception of increased corruption.  I’ve always found certain practices strange. Is tipping even fair?  Slender women earn more […]

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Posted in Culture, economics, Morality | 18 Comments »

The Gay Cake Debate

December 30, 2014
The Gay Cake Debate

About two years ago, the baker who refused to sell a wedding cake to a gay couple for their wedding was in the news.  He’s baaack!  Are individual proprietors free to refuse their services to others on any basis they choose, even if it’s discriminatory?  Is it OK to refuse to serve Jews? Or Mormons? […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Apostasy, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, economics, Education, emotions, Freedom, LGBT, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Politics, Uncategorized | 61 Comments »

I Resolve: Weekend Poll

December 27, 2014
I Resolve:  Weekend Poll

Do you set New Year’s Resolutions?  Have you successfully completed them in the past?  What do you hope to do in 2015? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Culture, economics, Education, emotions, Faith, LDS, money, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 6 Comments »

It’s beginning to look a lot like . . . a Weekend Poll!

December 20, 2014
It’s beginning to look a lot like . . . a Weekend Poll!

Ready or not, the holidays are upon us. Discuss.

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Posted in Culture, economics, emotions, Jesus, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 4 Comments »

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 »

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