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FSY Report: Let’s Pretend it’s Sunday!

September 25, 2014
FSY Report: Let’s Pretend it’s Sunday!

I’d love to be able to write that it was an amazing 6 days, and my daughter loved every minute. I’m sure it was a lot of work for those involved running it. My daughter, along with the other YW attending, including investigators and less-active girls, enjoyed meeting other youth from elsewhere. They have some […]

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Posted in Criticism, emotions, Europe, gender equity, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 26 Comments »

Speak, Girl! Speak! Female Input in Councils (Weekend Poll)

September 13, 2014
Speak, Girl!  Speak!  Female Input in Councils (Weekend Poll)

The recent European Women’s conference has got people talking about E. Ballard’s admonishment (or joke) that women should not speak too much in councils but should defer to male authorities.  If you haven’t read it, Cynthia L.’s excellent post on BCC bears a quick reading.  Women can now try to walk that razor’s edge to […]

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Europe, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, General Conference, LDS, Modesty, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Women | 22 Comments »

Are Moderate Religious Institutions in Decline?

February 27, 2014
Are Moderate Religious Institutions in Decline?

“Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.” (Philippians 4:4-5). Are we losing moderate religion in our societies? Does it matter? This week the BBC R4 programme Beyond Belief discussed religious decline. Presenter Ernie Rae was joined by the Revd […]

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Posted in Christian, Europe, Morality, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, understanding | 21 Comments »

Musings on Milk and Meat

February 13, 2014
Musings on Milk and Meat

What comes to mind when you think about the milk and meat of the gospel? In writing my last post I stumbled across the following in Isaiah: “Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.” (Isaiah 28:9) which […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Church Policy, Europe, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Polygamy, Priesthood, Prophet, Truth. Lying, Uncategorized, understanding | 26 Comments »

A Survey, Antagonism, and No Cookies!

August 29, 2013
A Survey, Antagonism, and No Cookies!

There has been an abundance of surveys on the blogs recently; possibly it seems more because the same surveys have been linked on several different blogs. Ready access to an audience is one of the benefits of the internet. This story dates back to the early 1990s. I was a doctoral student, and had just […]

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Posted in Europe, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized, understanding | 23 Comments »

Growing up Mormon in Britain

August 1, 2013
Growing up Mormon in Britain

Since Hans Mattson interview in the NYT was published there have been numerous discussions taking place. Many commenters lay the blame with Bro. Mattson himself for his predicament, yet have little or no knowledge of his environment. In Bro Mattson I see mirrored every humble, hard-working, diligent, dedicated, obedient and faithful church leader I have […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Europe, Faith, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 20 Comments »

Lust or Gluttony — The Persistence of Puritans

June 8, 2013
Lust or Gluttony — The Persistence of Puritans

“Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.” — H. L. Mencken, from A Book of Burlesques (1916). Historians, unlike satirists, say Puritans may have gotten a bum rap. Most “puritanical” in their New England incarnation, they might simply be said to be people who didn’t think the Reformation of the Church of England had […]

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Posted in America, Europe, Morality, Politics | 10 Comments »

DOMA and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

April 4, 2013
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Several years ago, before the movies and the hype, I somehow stumbled into The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.  After finishing it, I immediately read the second book in the trilogy, which had just been translated into English, but it ended in a cliff-hanger and wouldn’t be available in English for another 6 months or […]

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Posted in America, Church Policy, Doctrine, Europe, Mormon Belief | 8 Comments »

Society, The World, and Being Not of It

February 5, 2013
Society, The World, and Being Not of It

Daniel faced a serious problem.  Darius the king had been tricked by his princes into outlawing prayer.  But Daniel felt beholden to pray to his God.  The society in which he lived restricted his personal freedoms more than his religious society did.  In fact, his religious community went underground due to the persecutions and restrictions of the […]

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Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, America, Church Policy, Doctrine, Education, Europe, Faith, Freedom, General Conference, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, Politics, Polygamy, Uncategorized | 11 Comments »

Government vs. Business: Weekend Poll

November 10, 2012
Government vs. Business: Weekend Poll

How Americans voted in this election can be directly correlated to whom they trust more (or whom they distrust more):  business or government.  How did your trust and distrust impact the way you voted? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, America, economics, Europe, Politics, Uncategorized | 22 Comments »

There are Wars and There are WARS

September 16, 2012
There are Wars and There are WARS

Unable to sleep a few nights ago, I sought mind-deadening through cable TV. I chanced upon a movie I thought would do the job — a murder mystery set in a mountain abbey in 14th Century Italy. I didn’t get what I expected. Instead, the movie, The Name of the Rose, starring Sean Connery and […]

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Posted in America, Europe, Faith, Freedom, History, Israel, Morality, Politics, understanding, Violence | 18 Comments »

Did Romney “Bain” the UK?

July 31, 2012
Did Romney “Bain” the UK?

Last night I had a dream about my wallet.  The external coin purse on my wallet has a zip closure, and in the dream, the zipper was broken in both directions, and I had no way to keep the coins inside.  And there were so many coins.  They were spilling everywhere, and I realized I […]

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Posted in Agency, America, economics, Europe, Politics, Uncategorized | 52 Comments »

The One Percent that Ought to Concern Us

July 7, 2012
The One Percent that Ought to Concern Us

“There is but one Lord of the Ring, and he does not share power!” — Gandalf to Saruman. Hawkgrrrl recently summarized Jonathan Haidt’s thesis, expressed in The Righteous Mind, of how people develop pronounced liberal or conservative tendencies as a combination of both genetics and experience (see here). I also wrote about Haidt’s ideas about how […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Europe, Freedom, Morality, Politics, understanding | 62 Comments »

Killing Tinker Bell

June 23, 2012
Killing Tinker Bell

Peter Pan was a wonderful story for me as a six-year old when the Broadway show was first televised by NBC to help market the new-fangled color TVs. Even though we didn’t have the money for color TV, seeing pirates and flying children cavort above the stage even in black-and-white made the program then the […]

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Posted in America, economics, Europe, Faith, Mission, Morality, Politics | 33 Comments »

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