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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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(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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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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If You Stand for Nothing….

May 25, 2016
Saturday Morrning Conference 10

Recently on BYU-Idaho campus we’ve had a few General Authorities come for devotional. In the BYU-Idaho Center, which is literally a mini-conference center that seats 15,000 people, lately people have been standing out of respect not only for members of the Q12, but apparently  they stood for Bishop Caussé and even, last week, Sheri Dew. It […]

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April 2016 #LDSconf Tweetables

April 6, 2016

There were quite a few notable things that happened this weekend either by what was said or not said. Here are a few things I found tweetable[1]: The Women’s Leaders opened #LDSconf by putting the Relief back in Relief Society, and Elder Kearon spread the message to the rest of the Chruch. Sure the need […]

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April 2016 Gen Conf in GIFs

April 5, 2016
April 2016 Gen Conf in GIFs

For those who need a quick recap of general conference weekend, here’s the GIF version.                            

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Finding Wisdom in Weakness

April 4, 2016
Finding Wisdom in Weakness

Over a decade ago I sat in a Sunday School class discussing 2 Nephi 3. The chapter is Lehi’s farewell instruction and blessing to his youngest son, Joseph. Verses 22-24 of that chapter are problematic to many people, and this occasion was no different[1]. One older classmember, pointing out verse 24, asked a common question, “Do […]

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Instruments in the Orchestra – How Inclusive is the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

March 7, 2016
Instruments in the Orchestra – How Inclusive is the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

Near the end of last year, I wrote a post asking whether inclusiveness was a meaningless virtue. This post was written in response to several comments and posts that I’ve seen expressing related thoughts: 1) boundaries are essential for an identity to have meaning, 2) those who argue for inclusion without limits either implicitly place […]

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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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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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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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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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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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