General Conference

General Conference Buffet

April 23, 2014
General Conference Buffet

This is our first guest post from Kristine T. I think that General Conference could be called Mormonism’s Golden Corral. Twice a year, every year, we are invited to a feast of words of counsel and guidance from our leaders. The past two years since my faith transition I’ve been more acutely aware of a […]

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Church by Men for Men

April 22, 2014
Church by Men for Men

This is a post I actually wrote over two years ago, long before Ordain Women was founded, before a woman prayed in General Conference.  I was surprised to find it in draft, fully written, and yet still mostly timely.  I’ve done a little updating to include some current references and five suggestions for next steps […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Apostasy, Church Policy, Faith, Freedom, General Conference, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Uncategorized, Women | 39 Comments »

April 2014 Conference Report in GIFs

April 8, 2014
April 2014 Conference Report in GIFs

Here are a few highlights from this weekend’s General Conference as told in GIFs.  

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Elder Oaks Lights up the Bloggernacle

April 7, 2014
Elder Oaks Lights up the Bloggernacle

Facebook was ablaze with comments about Elder Oaks General Conference talk on Saturday night.  Disappointed that the church website didn’t have a transcript, I created one so that we could better discuss what he actually said.  I decided to let that post stand on its own without any commentary.  But in this post, I will […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Doctrine, General Conference, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Priesthood, Prophet, Women | 96 Comments »

Elder Dallin H. Oaks: ‘Keys and authority of the priesthood’

April 6, 2014
Elder Dallin H. Oaks: ‘Keys and authority of the priesthood’

Elder Oaks’ talk has seen the most reaction from the bloggernacle. Since the church takes a while to transcribe these, I have decided to transcribe his talk from yesterday. You can also see it on the official church website by clicking below. What are your thoughts? https://www.lds.org/general-conference/watch/2014/04?lang=eng&vid=3436246697001&cid=3 At this conference, we’ve seen the release of […]

Posted in Church Policy, General Conference, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Women | 35 Comments »

Banning the Media During General Conference (Weekend Poll)

April 5, 2014
Banning the Media During General Conference (Weekend Poll)

Hoping to avoid a repeat of last October’s General Conference, the LDS Church has reversed policy and banned not only media cameras, but reporters as well. Comments?

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Oh, and General Conference is Being Held Too

April 4, 2014
Oh, and General Conference is Being Held Too

Most members of the LDS Church look forward to the first weekend in April and October to hear from the Prophets, Apostles and other General Leaders of the Church. It also affords them a weekend off of normal Church activities.  But this time around, the main attraction may not actually be in the Conference Center, […]

Posted in Anti-Mormon, Church Policy, Doctrine, Freedom, General Conference, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Women | 24 Comments »

The Girls’ Meeting

March 25, 2014
The Girls’ Meeting

Q.  What do an 8 year old girl and an 88 year old woman have in common?  A.  Both are the apparent target audience of the upcoming Women’s Meeting. For the first time ever, the General Women’s Meeting that precedes General Conference once per year has been expanded to include not only the Young Women, […]

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The Gauntlet has been thrown down, What’s Next for Ordain Women?

March 17, 2014
The Gauntlet has been thrown down, What’s Next for Ordain Women?

As reported by the Deseret News, the Ordain Women’s movement received a letter from the Public Affairs Department of the LDS Church, signed by Jessica Moody, whose name I did not recognize as a spokesperson for the Church. The crux of the letter, when it is peeled back is three-fold: No, you cannot have tickets […]

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Church Policy, Doctrine, Faith, General Conference, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Women | 150 Comments »

Tarefic-Wheaties Nominations 2

December 23, 2013
Tarefic-Wheaties Nominations 2

Last year we introduced two new Bloggernacle awards:  (1) The Wheaties, and (2) the Tarefic Awards!  As we approach the end of the year, it is time to look back on the best and worst of 2013.  Start your nominations!  We want to highlight YOU and your favorite 2013 Mormon blogs, and we are pleased to […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, BYU, Church Policy, Doctrine, Education, Faith, Freedom, General Conference, History, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Polygamy, Priesthood, Reviews, Science and Religion, Sunday School | 90 Comments »

Gay Parents

November 15, 2013
Gay Parents

Elder Oaks  has given two talks (Protect the Children and No Other Gods) that have caused me to rethink some of my positions. We know gay parents will have children. We know children are better off with their parents. We know it is better for children to have married parents.  The end of that logic […]

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What Don’t Women Get

October 11, 2013
What Don’t Women Get

In response to the Ordain Women movement, many women in the church have been circulating a video by Sheri Dew called “What Women Get.”  Today’s guest post is a response to the points Sis. Dew raises in this video, and why this isn’t enough.  Welcome to guest poster Madison P.! Here’s a run down of […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Church Policy, Faith, Freedom, General Conference, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Uncategorized, understanding | 27 Comments »

Good Cop-Bad Cop on Women’s Ordination

September 30, 2013
Good Cop-Bad Cop on Women’s Ordination

General Conference is just around the corner.  Kate Kelly, founder of the Ordain Women website is promoting the idea that women should be ordained to the priesthood, and has organized a campaign to try to get admitted to the males-only General Priesthood Session this coming Saturday night in Salt Lake City.  While some women wouldn’t […]

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Posted in Church Policy, General Conference, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Prophet | 55 Comments »

Recent Mormon News Headlines

September 27, 2013
Recent Mormon News Headlines

1. First time Ever Broadcast of Priesthood Session – Not so fast on the popcorn Church Leaders announced that for the first time, the Priesthood session of General Conference will be broadcast over BYU-TV, the Internet and even on public TV in some areas (this means you, Utah!). For many, this came as a complete […]

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Come Follow Me: Why are Covenants Important in My Life?

July 5, 2013
Come Follow Me: Why are Covenants Important in My Life?

Hello all!  My name is Bri.  I am a teacher of the 14 to 18 year old age group using the new Come Follow Me youth curriculum.  Most Sundays we have the 14 and 15 year old group show up.  For the next two weeks I get a break on teaching due to a fifth Sunday and […]

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Our Different Journeys

May 23, 2013
Our Different Journeys

This is a condensed version of  a sacrament meeting talk given few weeks ago. I was asked to use President Uchtdorf’s address at the the recent General YW Meeting. Back when I was a youth in the church, I often felt frustrated by the prescribed roles we seemed to be taught in YW, and in […]

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Brother Jake: Mormons are Not Sexist

April 18, 2013
Brother Jake: Mormons are Not Sexist

I decided to do an experiment: if you ran through all the explanations for why the structure of Mormonism isn’t sexist back to back, how long would it take before you completely contradicted yourself? Turns out about 30 seconds. For all we try and magnify the positive and downplay the negative, the fact of the […]

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Classy Marriages

April 13, 2013
Classy Marriages

Pending the birth of Princess Kate’s baby, Lady Cosima Rose Alexandra Windsor is currently 24th in line for the British throne. Lady Cosima is the nearly three-year-old great granddaughter of a grandfather of the current queen. I didn’t know that, and I really wouldn’t care, but I did easily look it up, and I could do […]

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Posted in Church Policy, economics, General Conference, Mission, Morality, Mormon Belief, Politics, Singles | 39 Comments »

Will Women Pray in Conference?!

April 6, 2013
Will Women Pray in Conference?!

Peggy Fletcher Stack of the Salt Lake Tribune said “that LDS women are scheduled, as of now [Mar 18, 2013], to offer invocations or benedictions at next month’s General Conference”.  Which session will it be?  Will it be an invocation, or benediction.  My bet is a benediction for the last session, so there won’t be […]

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CofChrist News Beat: World Conference Legislation

February 23, 2013
CofChrist News Beat: World Conference Legislation

Salt Lake City sees General Conference every six months. In the CofChrist, “World” Conference occurs every three years, and 2013 is the lucky year. A Community of Christ World Conference is far more of a legislative exercise than its Utah LDS analogue. It features worship, of course, and normally will have approval to changes and […]

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