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Families vs. Dynasties

February 9, 2016
Families vs. Dynasties

A recent disturbing trend surfaced in Mormon internet groups in which parents wrote letters to their young adult children explaining that if they did not stay active in the church, they would be cut from the inheritance.  At roughly the same time, LDS Philanthropies published a video featuring a father who said that if his […]

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The Government vs. The West

January 7, 2016
The Government vs. The West

Today’s guest post is from long-time blog favorite Mary Ann. You can read other posts from Mary Ann here and here. Mormon anti-government sentiment is typically chalked up to a psychological complex from government-sanctioned persecution in the 19th century, but it doesn’t adequately explain the anger against the federal government currently festering in the American […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Criticism, Culture, economics, Education, emotions, Empathy, Freedom, Mormon Culture, Politics, Technology | 26 Comments »

God Is Love

January 5, 2016
God Is Love

The last time I substitute taught Gospel Doctrine, I got to teach John’s epistles that he wrote to the believers in his soon-to-disband Johannine community while he was living in Ephesus.  His community was divided, something we are also experiencing within our Mormon congregations in the wake of the policy change toward homosexuals and their […]

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A New Year, A New Start

December 31, 2015
A New Year, A New Start

The fun musical pieces I enjoyed listening to with my children growing up include John Rutter’s musical fables, particularly “The Reluctant Dragon”, and “The Wind in the Willows”, sung by the renowned King’s Singers, and based on children’s stories written by Kenneth Grahame. The closing songs of each are particularly poignant, and the closing song […]

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Posted in Church Policy, emotions, Empathy, Freedom, Grace, LDS, Mormon Culture, Music, Uncategorized, understanding | 4 Comments »

Prophets < Apostles?

December 29, 2015
Prophets < Apostles?

Which is a bigger deal?  Being a prophet or being an apostle?  If you’re like me, you would probably assume that the title “prophet” is higher than “apostle,” but I recently read some interesting information on the history. I was curious to know when we started to call the quorum of the twelve “prophets, seers, […]

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What Isn’t Church Abuse?

December 15, 2015
What Isn’t Church Abuse?

A recent study was circulated that shows the psychological markers of “church abuse,” or an environment in a religious atmosphere that can lead to exploitation or abuse of individuals who join.  In the study, participants rated their religion in light of the following 28 organizational behaviors, as either exerting a lot of pressure and control or […]

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Defending the Family vs. No Paid Leave

December 8, 2015
Defending the Family vs. No Paid Leave

A recent article in the Washington Post highlighted that despite pro-family rhetoric, many religions do not offer paid family leave to employees.  Mormonism was highlighted as providing no paid family leave to either men or women [1], although they were consistent with a few other conservative religious groups.  Given our focus on families, why doesn’t the […]

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Two Hour Block? Hallelujah! Oh Wait, Nevermind.

December 1, 2015
Two Hour Block?  Hallelujah!  Oh Wait, Nevermind.

Rumor was that a stake in Boston announced they would begin piloting a new two-hour block schedule in the coming year.  Throw in coffee & donuts, and allow for shorts, and we might be able to compete with all the surrounding megachurches in my community! There will be an “elimination of all but essential Sunday meetings, i.e. […]

Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Church Policy, Culture, Doctrine, Freedom, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, New Testament Sunday School Lessons | 47 Comments »

One Step Forward

November 14, 2015
One Step Forward

Today’s guest post is by friend of the blog, mom3. The events of the past week have rattled me like the unexpected death of a loved one. At times I barely breathe. Even when I try to go about life, it is sitting there on my chest like the proverbial elephant, only I am the […]

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Tom Christofferson Interview from Rational Faiths

November 7, 2015
Tom Christofferson Interview from Rational Faiths

Many have been wondering, after watching Elder D. Todd Christofferson’s video statement explaining the handbook policy change, how his brother Tom (who is gay) feels about this.  Brian Dillman and Jerilyn Pool posted a podcast today at Rational Faiths that included an interview with Tom.  The whole podcast is great, please click over to hear the words […]

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Untouchable

November 5, 2015
Untouchable

From the newly changed Church Handbook, posted without comment. Children of a Parent Living in a Same-Gender Relationship A natural or adopted child of a parent living in a same-gender relationship, whether the couple is married or cohabiting, may not receive a name and a blessing. A natural or adopted child of a parent living […]

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None of Your Business

November 3, 2015
None of Your Business

There are many stories shared online about busybody ward members who pry into people’s private lives, either with good intentions or not.  Sometimes these are simply tactless questions about personal matters like the state of one’s marriage or lack thereof, one’s children or lack thereof, or one’s church attendance or lack thereof.  In a church […]

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Posted in Agency, Charity, Christian, Criticism, Culture, emotions, Empathy, Faith, faith crisis, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture, understanding, Women | 29 Comments »

The Plan of Happiness vs. Being Happy

October 13, 2015
The Plan of Happiness vs. Being Happy

It seems that every time our ward talks about the Plan of Happiness, someone brings up the fact that the happiness in the plan is not necessarily today, but it’s a future state of happiness that arrives by obedience, or some other theoretical mumbo jumbo.  Sometimes I like to refer to this as our eventual […]

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Posted in Agency, Blind Obedience, Book of Mormon, Christian, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, doubt, emotions, Empathy, Faith, faith crisis, Freedom, LDS, Mental Health, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 20 Comments »

Religious Freedom: Are The Religious The Biggest Threat?

September 17, 2015
Religious Freedom: Are The Religious The Biggest Threat?

In light of speeches on religious freedom coming from top church leaders, and concerns expressed by family and other church members locally here in Britain recently, I wanted to take a brief look at this topic. Here, at least, I don’t think the rhetoric from the top is helpful. In Britain we have the Equality […]

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Posted in Agency, Europe, Freedom, Religion, Uncategorized, understanding, workplace | 39 Comments »

Public Service: Bloggernacle Survey

September 10, 2015
Public Service:  Bloggernacle Survey

Rational Faiths is conducting a survey of Mormon blog readers and podcast listeners to determine how various blogs are perceived. What are your favorite blogs and why?  Do you like podcasts? What traits do you consider “faithful” or “antagonistic”? How does a blog’s perceived faithfulness impact your preferences? Does your interaction with the bloggernacle increase […]

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Best Quotes from April’s General Conference

September 8, 2015
Best Quotes from April’s General Conference

One of my do-nothing callings (as I call it) is ward communications specialist which includes managing the ward’s unofficial Facebook group.  Last General Conference I posted a single quote from each speaker at General Conference as a sort of Cliffs Notes version for ward members who may not have been able to listen to the […]

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Untwisting Our Twisted Thinking

September 2, 2015
Untwisting Our Twisted Thinking

In follow up to Jon G’s post, we have another guest post, today from long-time commenter Heber13. As I’ve thought about the Jon G post on Blaming Parents vs. Mourning with Those Who Mourn and the many responses that include inducing guilt or looking back at how parents “should” or “could” avoid losing children by […]

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Hated Hymns

September 1, 2015
Hated Hymns

 A congregation in another faith used a creative fundraising idea.  Parishioners could bid to block their least favorite hymn from being sung during the coming year.  This is an idea whose time has come.  Here are my top 10 picks for hymns I would block: I Believe in Christ.  This is 8 verses masquerading as […]

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Posted in Agency, Criticism, Culture, emotions, Empathy, Freedom, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Prophet, Uncategorized | 76 Comments »

Blaming Parents vs. Mourning with Those Who Mourn

August 31, 2015
Blaming Parents vs. Mourning with Those Who Mourn

Today’s guest post is from Jon G. Like many of you, the fifth Sunday lesson in my ward was on Sabbath day stuff. That’s fine, and it troubles me not at all. In fact, I think that it would be of great benefit to make our Sabbath worship more meaningful. However, we watched a clip […]

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Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Charity, Christian, Criticism, Culture, doubt, emotions, Empathy, Faith, faith crisis, Freedom, LDS, Mental Health, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Politics, Religion, understanding | 106 Comments »

“Wholesome” Recreational Activities

August 25, 2015
“Wholesome” Recreational Activities

Nearly from its inception, the Proclamation to the World has been a controversial document as people have different ideas about how to have a successful marriage and family when God only approves of one way [1].  At the heart of this controversy:  so-called wholesome recreational activities. Consider this advice from BYU’s Marriage & Families website: There […]

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Posted in Agency, Culture, Education, emotions, Freedom, Modesty, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Truth. Lying, Violence | 19 Comments »

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