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Mormon Sacred Cows

December 16, 2014
Mormon Sacred Cows

“There is no virtue like necessity.”  William Shakespeare (Richard II) In many Indian states, cows are literally sacred.  They are not to be slaughtered, and Hindus do not eat beef.  Cows support human life.  People drink their milk and eat curds and butter.  Cow manure is dried into patties that are used as fuel and […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, emotions, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, General Conference, LDS, leadership, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Politics, Women | 29 Comments »

Changing Men, Changing Women

December 9, 2014
Changing Men, Changing Women

I recently read an interesting article in the Atlantic. It noted a few key points about how men are impacted by the women in their lives: Male CEOs with sons (not daughters) pay employees less. Those with firstborn daughters pay all employees including women more. Men with daughters are less enamored of gender stereotypes and […]

Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, Education, emotions, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Women, workplace | 65 Comments »

Agency, Schmagency! (Weekend Poll)

December 6, 2014
Agency, Schmagency!  (Weekend Poll)

If our agency is the gift we got for following Jesus’ plan rather than Satan’s salvation-for-all compulsion buffet, is obedience the gift we give back?  Isn’t that just giving up our agency?  Many of us remember that the term has traditionally been “free agency” [2].  Newcomers may be more familiar with the johnny-come-lately term “moral […]

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Posted in Agency, Blind Obedience, BYU, Criticism, Culture, Faith, Freedom, LDS, leadership, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 17 Comments »

Polygamy & Me: Weekend Poll

November 29, 2014
Polygamy & Me:  Weekend Poll

A lot has been said about the church’s polygamy essays recently.  Now that the dust has settled, let’s see what you think. Discuss.

Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, Joseph Smith, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Polygamy, Prophet, Women | 23 Comments »

BYU’s Beard Ban: Weekend Poll

November 23, 2014
BYU’s Beard Ban:  Weekend Poll

There has been a lot of discussion about BYU’s no-facial hair policy, including my personal favorite, and the policy that male leaders also must be clean-shaven in some wards and in the highest offices in the church.  What’s your opinion? Discuss.

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, BYU, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Faith, Freedom, gender equity, Honor Code, LDS, Modesty, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 23 Comments »

The Early Morning Seminary Conundrum

November 18, 2014
The Early Morning Seminary Conundrum

I wrote the first half of this a year ago. In breaking news, teens are either not getting enough sleep or don’t need as much sleep as we used to think.  Either way, I can state with certainty that parents of teens who attend early morning seminary aren’t getting enough (consecutive) sleep. This is a huge […]

Posted in Agency, America, Anti-Mormon, BYU, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Education, Freedom, LDS, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, scriptures, seminary | 37 Comments »

Sexting & the Law of Chastity

November 11, 2014
Sexting & the Law of Chastity

For starters, sexting is pretty much a no-no in terms of the law of chastity, and yet, it is common among teens.  As a “no contact” sexual experience [1] it may seem like an easy way to avoid the nasty side-effects of breaking the law of chastity.  Will anyone get pregnant?  No.  Do you have […]

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Posted in Agency, Christian, Church Policy, Culture, emotions, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, Modesty, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 23 Comments »

Faith vs. Appeal to Authority

November 3, 2014
Faith vs. Appeal to Authority

The definition of faith is “1. complete trust or confidence in someone or something. 2. strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.” Appeal to authority is a form of unreliable argument used to dismiss contrary evidence by overlooking errors in judgment, bias, dishonestly or groupthink […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Blind Obedience, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Faith, Freedom, General Conference, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Prophet, theology | 35 Comments »

The New Polygamy Essays: A Woman’s Perspective

October 27, 2014
The New Polygamy Essays:  A Woman’s Perspective

The church’s new polygamy essays are progressive and more transparent than prior statements on this topic.  For example, a few short years ago when I was teaching Relief Society, the manual regarding the teachings of Joseph Smith specifically forbade teachers from discussing polygamy.  There was also an entire lesson devoted to the “love letters” of […]

Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, America, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Excommunication, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, Joseph Smith, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Polygamy, Prophet, Sunday School, Women | 138 Comments »

What is the Proclamation on the Family? (Weekend Poll)

October 25, 2014
What is the Proclamation on the Family?  (Weekend Poll)

There are many opinions about the Proclamation, even among the top leaders of the church. What do you think? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Blind Obedience, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Uncategorized | 18 Comments »

Now You See It . . . Now You Don’t

October 21, 2014
Now You See It . . . Now You Don’t

The Mormon news arm, like Singapore’s government, loves to control the message. Sometimes this is done incredibly well. [1]  The “I’m a Mormon” campaign, the Book of Mormon advertising that accompanied the musical, and this week, a piece on garments so frank and direct that it made the Well-Behaved Mormon Woman uncomfortable, even more than […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, social media | 25 Comments »

Books Reviewed: Anne Perry, James Dashner, Shannon Hale, Carys Bray

October 9, 2014
Books Reviewed: Anne Perry, James Dashner, Shannon Hale, Carys Bray

Just recently I’ve found myself reading books by LDS (or ex-LDS) authors consecutively, not that common an occurrence, so I thought I did give a quick review of my thoughts. The most recent was: “The Angel Court Affair” by Anne Perry I have long enjoyed Anne Perry’s Thomas Pitt, and Hester & William Monk series […]

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Posted in Culture, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Reviews, Uncategorized | 4 Comments »

10 Reasons to Go To Your Mission Reunion

October 7, 2014
10 Reasons to Go To Your Mission Reunion

General Conference is always the time to either heed or ignore invitations to go to your mission reunion. Did you go this year? Here are the top 10 reasons to go to your mission reunion: To show off your hot wife (or husband). To show off your gastric bypass results. (For men) if you still […]

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Posted in Agency, Culture, Freedom, General Conference, LDS, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 13 Comments »

Was the Fall a Sin? (Weekend Poll)

October 4, 2014
Was the Fall a Sin?  (Weekend Poll)

Whether you view Adam & Eve as actual people or a story designed to illustrate the nature of man’s separation from God, you can opine on the motives of the act.  What’s your view? Discuss.  

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Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Doctrine, Faith, Freedom, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons | 11 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 »

Moderation in Teaching Modesty

September 21, 2014
Moderation in Teaching Modesty

I received the following message privately from a friend who read my last post entitled “Men, Sex & Modesty” and have permission to share it under my name so the writer remains anonymous. It is long, but it is incredibly important and ought to be read by EVERY person on this earth, and especially by […]

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Posted in Agency, Criticism, Culture, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, Modesty, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Women | 16 Comments »

The Duck Dynasty Strategy from the Book of Mormon

September 21, 2014
The Duck Dynasty Strategy from the Book of Mormon

[Morgan Deane is a military historian and history professor at BYU-I.  His first book, Bleached Bones and Wicked Serpents: Ancient Warfare in the Book of Mormon is available in book stores, and he blogs at http://mormonwar.blogspot and www.arsenalofvenice.com ] The Duck Dynasty patriarch made news recently for advocating a controversial policy in response to the […]

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Posted in America, Freedom, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Politics, theology, Violence | 31 Comments »

Hang the Proc! (Weekend Poll

September 19, 2014
Hang the Proc!  (Weekend Poll

Some consider hanging the Family Proclamation evidence of one’s orthodoxy.   Others received it as a gift and hung it to be polite.  And many don’t hang it up for a variety of reasons.  What’s on your wall? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Blind Obedience, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, Education, emotions, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Women | 24 Comments »

Strange Bedfellows

September 16, 2014
Strange Bedfellows

About a week ago I had a dream that I was in the Creationism museum.  I’m sure this was inspired in part by the Buzzfeed articles about that dubious family-friendly recreational activity.  In the dream, I got separated from my family, and I was struggling to find my kids.  I kept passing anti-scientific exhibits and […]

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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 »

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