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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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Texts Before Sects

November 24, 2015
Texts Before Sects

As I’ve taught various classes at church, I’ve been struck by the similarities between frustrations expressed by teachers in using the church-approved materials with the frustrations of the Protestant reformers 500 years ago. One of the fundamental questions of the Protestant reformation was who should be reading and interpreting scripture:  the clergy or the congregation.  In Catholicism, the mass […]

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October 2015 #ldsconf Emojis

October 21, 2015
October 2015 #ldsconf Emojis

I used to hate emojis; I thought they were immature and childish. But the past year of using them I’ve had a lot of fun and I have to admit my emoji game is on point. Last week on twitter I ran into “Mormojis” that an internet genius made (who I later found out was […]

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Choices, Choices

October 20, 2015
Choices, Choices

I’ve been reflecting a lot on E. Quentin Cook’s talk called “Choose Wisely.”  This was the opening talk of the Priesthood session in April 2015, so I suppose that makes me not the target audience, and yet it’s clearly a talk with universal application. [1]  I won’t let that stop me. E. Cook begins by […]

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Posted in Agency, Christian, Culture, Doctrine, Education, emotions, Empathy, General Conference, LDS, leadership, LGBT, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Politics | 18 Comments »

What Happy Ways?

October 15, 2015
What Happy Ways?

In his address during the Sunday Morning Session of the recent General Conference President Nelson said: “Thirty-six years ago, in 1979, President Spencer W. Kimball made a profound prophecy about the impact that covenant-keeping women would have on the future of the Lord’s Church. He prophesied: “Much of the major growth that is coming to […]

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Posted in Culture, Feminism, gender equity, General Conference, LDS, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Patriarchy, Priesthood, Uncategorized | 44 Comments »

Sisters: You are Valued; Just Not as Needed

October 7, 2015
Sisters: You are Valued; Just Not as Needed

Last week I attended the Rexburg temple with my husband. The Idaho Falls temple is closed for a year and half for renovations so all temple traffic comes north this way. Knowing that we need to show up 45+ minutes before a session just to have a prayer of making it in, we went to […]

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Posted in Church Policy, gender equity, General Conference, Patriarchy, Women | 41 Comments »

Harmonizing & Ponderizing

October 6, 2015
Harmonizing & Ponderizing

Recently, when I was teaching Gospel Doctrine, class members pointed out something said in James to “clarify” something said by Paul.  I noted that these are two different speakers, not one, with two different viewpoints.  They were writing to different audiences at different times and for different purposes, and further, I’m not entirely convinced they […]

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King Benjamin’s tents #ldsconf

October 4, 2015
King Benjamin’s tents #ldsconf

Many people like to refer to Mosiah 2:5 as an example of families getting together for General Conference. 5 And it came to pass that when they came up to the temple, they pitched their tents round about, every man according to his family, consisting of his wife, and his sons, and his daughters, and their sons, […]

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General Conference: A British Perspective #ldsconf

October 1, 2015
General Conference: A British Perspective #ldsconf

On this side of the Atlantic General Conference weekend doesn’t have quite the same party atmosphere that seems to exist in some quarters over in Utah, and especially Salt Lake. As a child growing up, I was aware that every now and then church would be very peculiar indeed, with normal meetings suspended. Instead the […]

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Predicting the Next Apostles: Carter Hall’s 2015 Picks

September 27, 2015
Predicting the Next Apostles:  Carter Hall’s 2015 Picks

Clear President Monson’s calendar. The recent passing of three apostles means the Church President will likely call three replacements this week, and depending on where they come from, he might just need to call replacements for the replacements as well. Who will they be? I’m glad you asked. Today’s guest post is from the handsome Carter […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Culture, Doctrine, Education, Europe, General Conference, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Patriarchy, Politics, Priesthood, Prophet, Religion, theology | 54 Comments »

Prophetic Succession (weekend poll)

September 19, 2015
Prophetic Succession (weekend poll)

Following Joseph Smith’s death, several men vied for control over the church. James Strang claimed an angel visited him and ordained him prophet.  He also claimed Joseph wrote him a letter authorizing him as the new leader. Sidney Rigdon, the lone surviving member of the First Presidency felt he should be the next prophet.  His […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Community of Christ, General Conference, Joseph Smith, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Patriarchy, Prophet | 14 Comments »

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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Posted in Agency, Charity, Christian, Culture, Doctrine, emotions, Empathy, Faith, Freedom, General Conference, Grace, Gratitude, Holy Spirit, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Uncategorized | 26 Comments »

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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O Say, What is Doubt?

May 19, 2015
O Say, What is Doubt?

E. Bednar’s recent comments disparaging doubt (in an innovative youth meeting with a Q&A) seem to imply a different definition of the word than most who experience doubt would use, as evidenced by some of the chatter about it.  Why is that?  Let’s explore what he and other church leaders might mean when they talk […]

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Posted in Agency, Charity, Criticism, Culture, debt, Faith, faith crisis, Freedom, General Conference, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 68 Comments »

Criticism

April 28, 2015
Criticism

I was thinking about E. Oaks’ comments in General Conference about criticism.  Talking about things that prevent us from benefiting from the gospel, he said: Another potential destroyer of spiritual roots—accelerated by current technology but not unique to it—is the keyhole view of the gospel or the Church. This limited view focuses on a particular doctrine or […]

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Blind Obedience, Criticism, Culture, emotions, Faith, faith crisis, Freedom, General Conference, LDS, leadership, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Pride, Priesthood | 44 Comments »

Mormons Suck at Empathy

April 24, 2015
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Let me clarify: it’s human nature to suck at empathy, but I think that Mormons are under obligation to be better at empathy because of the covenants we have made. I believe the heart of Christlike discipleship requires empathy. I believe ministering to each other is impossible with out it. If we want to be […]

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Posted in Charity, Christian, emotions, Empathy, General Conference, Gratitude, Infertility, Mormon Culture | 39 Comments »

Top 10 Rejected Ideas for Keeping Millenials in the Church

April 21, 2015
Top 10 Rejected Ideas for Keeping Millenials in the Church

It’s no secret that church leaders are concerned about those who leave, particularly those of the rising generation.  What is less well known is the strategy to help them stay active in the church and into their adult lives. Less well known until now that is.  The following list was found in a secret trash […]

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Sarcasm

April 14, 2015
Sarcasm

I’m addicted to exercise.  And by exercise, I mean sarcasm. An article about sarcasm recently explained why sarcastic people are smarter on average:  because sarcasm requires more mental effort than just plain speech.  Which is probably why when someone fails to grasp it, my first instinct is to think they are too stupid to follow. […]

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Posted in Agency, Criticism, Culture, emotions, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, General Conference, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Resting bitch face | 36 Comments »

The Givens Test

April 13, 2015
The Givens Test

I’ve listened to a few podcasts with Terryl and Fiona Givens and right now I’m reading Crucible of Doubt. Several times they have talked about unorthodox members of the church speaking up in their home wards and being more honest and authentic about their testimonies: “The pressure to conform to what we see as a dominant cultural orthodoxy […]

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Posted in Criticism, Doctrine, doubt, faith crisis, General Conference, Mormon Culture | 59 Comments »

Children and General Conference

April 5, 2015
Children and General Conference

If you attend all of the sessions, General Conference can be a really long weekend.  It’s certainly nice to hear from out leaders, but on the other hand, if you stay for all 10 hours of church in a weekend, by the end it can be a bit hard to stay focused, especially for young […]

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