Faith

From Pillar to Post

August 23, 2016
From Pillar to Post

Sometimes when I hear other people talk about what they get from their church experience, I wonder if we attend the same church. I’m sure they feel likewise. The things that matter to some people aren’t important to me, and the things I care about aren’t important to them. Some people complain about things that […]

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What Got Left Out? Sharon Eubank’s 2014 FairMormon Address in the August Ensign

August 9, 2016
Ensign cover

A few days ago I saw a familiar phrase on LDS.org, “Is this a woman’s church?” I recognized it as the title of a past FairMormon Conference address by Sharon Eubank, Director of LDS Charities. Clicking the link brought me to the cover article in this month’s Ensign, “Being a Woman: An Eternal Perspective,” and sure enough it was based on […]

Posted in Faith, gender equity, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Women | 37 Comments »

Being Burned Over

August 8, 2016
Being Burned Over

Joseph Smith was born in 1805 in Sharon, Vermont. By 1820 he and his family were living in Manchester, New York, a frontier area with a rapidly growing population. This was an auspicious time to be living in Western New York State because it coincided with a period that historians would later dub the Second […]

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(Mis)Reading Scriptures So We Can Liken Them to Ourselves

August 2, 2016
(Mis)Reading Scriptures So We Can Liken Them to Ourselves

We are often told we should read our scriptures, but we aren’t told how to read them. Since most people are literate, but have never been taught how to read, it’s a crapshoot how effective their study is. We learn about reading scriptures as Primary children, but our methods often fail to transcend that approach. […]

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Abandoned

July 25, 2016
Abandoned

I grew up in rural Pennsylvania, outside the small village of Bainbridge on a country lane called Locust Grove. We lived atop a hill surrounded by corn fields. The Conoy Indians used to live there [1] nestled between the banks of the Susquehanna and the Conoy Creek. We sometimes found arrow heads in the corn […]

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The Limits of Empathy

July 12, 2016
The Limits of Empathy

Today’s guest post is from Brother Sky. There have been some significant events over the past eight months involving the church and how it treats people (the November policy change, sexual assault at BYU, ongoing women and the priesthood discussions, etc.) Kristine A wrote a post about a year ago about how Mormons aren’t terribly good at empathy. […]

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When Are Women Men and Men Women?

June 28, 2016
When Are Women Men and Men Women?

As a woman, it can sometimes be difficult to determine what in the scriptures applies to me and what doesn’t. Sometimes when I mention this to people, they think I am being purposefully obtuse. Today’s guest post is from EBK. To illustrate the issue, I have made a list of scriptures below that can present […]

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Origen & the Pre-Existence, Coats of Skins

June 27, 2016
Origen & the Pre-Existence, Coats of Skins

I was listening to a great Maxwell Institute podcast in which Blair Hodges interviews Peter Martens. Among other topics, Martens briefly discussed early church father Origen who was denounced postumously for his heretical views, some of which, although they may have been anathema to Catholics, are particularly of interest to Mormons. Origen was an early Christian scholar […]

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What’s the Cost of a Mission?

June 21, 2016
What’s the Cost of a Mission?

Today’s guest post is by Megan. What’s the cost of a mission? There’s a monetary cost, of course, money spent in preparation and then more money paid every month in support. My father took a second job to help pay for the cost of sending my brother and me into the mission field, while he was […]

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Becoming “Nones”: 3 Exit Ramps

June 21, 2016
Becoming “Nones”: 3 Exit Ramps

I recently listened to one of Blair Hodges’ Maxwell Institute Podcasts. He was speaking with Elizabeth Drescher, discussing “The Spiritual Lives of America’s Nones.” She studied the behaviors and beliefs of the increasing number of people who are leaving religion behind and claiming no affiliation. Personally, I hate podcasts, but this one was well worth a listen, […]

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Amnesia, Arguments, and Alliances

June 14, 2016
Amnesia, Arguments, and Alliances

I’ve gotten immersed in the Outlander books by Diana Gabaldon.  It’s the story of a combat nurse from World War II transported back in time 200 years while visiting the Scottish highlands.  Although she’s English, and therefore an enemy in the conflicts underway in Scotland in the mid-1700s, these are not her personal conflicts.  Her own […]

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As a Little Child

June 5, 2016
As a Little Child

Today’s guest post is from Megan. Ever since Holy Week, my dad and I have been trying to read the scriptures together whenever we get a chance.  Our first goal was to read 3 Nephi.  We started in April and it’s now June, so, like I said, trying. But our slow progress isn’t the point.  […]

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Faith Transition vs Something Else

June 1, 2016
Faith Transition vs Something Else

Last August, Kristine wrote about labeling her personal experience a “faith transition”: Four years ago I started to question things I’d been taught in the Church because I received an answer to prayer that I believe conflicted with church teachings. I started questioning almost everything, but never the core foundation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ or […]

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Tattle Tale Culture

May 31, 2016
Tattle Tale Culture

In the wake of the Title IX scandal at BYU, it came to light that not only was BYU opening an honor code investigation on all who reported that they were raped (regardless of whether any honor code violation was involved in their assault), but also that students may have an honor code investigation file […]

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Tragedy and the Book of Mormon

May 29, 2016
Tragedy and the Book of Mormon

Today’s guest post is from commenter Brother Sky. Lately, there have been a few posts on W & T and elsewhere concerning Mormons and happiness.  The W & T one can be found here.   This post and others I’ve read have me wondering about the relationship between happiness and the scriptures, specifically the Book of […]

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Oh Say, What Is Truth? — and what is a lie?

May 27, 2016
Oh Say, What Is Truth? — and what is a lie?

Is the LDS church based on lies? What does it mean to lie?

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Truth or Fiction? Mary and Joseph Taught Jesus

May 22, 2016
Truth or Fiction?  Mary and Joseph Taught Jesus

It was high council Sunday today in our ward.  One of the high councilors, a former bishop, stated that Joseph and Mary taught Jesus of his divinity while he was growing up.  Other than the story of Jesus in the temple at age 12, and the stories of his birth, there is nothing told in […]

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Likes, Dislikes, and Ironic Liking

May 17, 2016
Likes, Dislikes, and Ironic Liking

Why do we like the things we like?  Why do we prefer certain things? I was reading in Adam Miller’s book Rube Goldberg Machines:  Essays in Mormon Theology.  In the second essay, Notes on Life, Grace, and Atonement, he talks about how we allow distractions like preferences, hopes and fears remove us from the present, and […]

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Belief vs. Faith

May 10, 2016
Belief vs. Faith

A recent Relief Society lesson was using the terms belief and faith interchangeably, which reminded me of a post I did a long time ago that I thought I would revisit. Belief vs. Faith Belief is defined as “an acceptance that a statement is true or that something exists” and also “trust, faith, or confidence […]

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The Mirror & The Window

May 3, 2016
The Mirror & The Window

At the April Women’s Conference, Cheryl Esplin used the imagery of a mirror and a window to talk about reaching out to others. ‘Be someone who reaches out to know and serve others—throw away the mirrors and look through the window.’. Business people will know very well the imagery of the mirror and the window, […]

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