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Leaders with X-Ray Vision

April 15, 2014
Leaders with X-Ray Vision

Who determines worthiness in the temple recommend interview? The bishop? The individual? The questions? Other methods of discernment? Can the bishop rightly withhold a temple recommend based on nothing more than a hunch or the Spirit even if probing reveals no wrong answers? I recently read a blog post written by a group of ex-Mormon […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, BYU, Church Policy, Doctrine, Faith, Freedom, History, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 26 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 »

The Nauvoo Temple 1840’s Dedication: Inimitable or Invalid?

December 16, 2013
The Nauvoo Temple 1840’s Dedication:  Inimitable or Invalid?

This is the first guest post from our frequent commenter Rigel Hawthorne. After reading the recent W&T post about regarding Denver Snuffer’s conclusions on the Nauvoo Temple dedication, I wanted to go back and examine the events.  The Nauvoo Temple dedication was certainly singular in the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day […]

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Posted in Apostasy, History, Mormon, Mormon Belief | 26 Comments »

Partisan Paranoia (Plus Polls)

December 10, 2013
Partisan Paranoia (Plus Polls)

A recent study shows the different conspiracy theories espoused by the two US political parties.  While belief in these conspiracies isn’t restricted to partisan lines, there is a marked tendency for each camp to go one way or the other.  First, there were some statistics on things voters believe in general: 51% believe that there […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Education, Faith, Freedom, History, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics | 22 Comments »

Mandela Praised; Brigham Thrown under the Bus

December 9, 2013
Mandela Praised; Brigham Thrown under the Bus

Racial issues were prominent this past weekend.  Nelson Mandela passed away at the age of 95.  He was universally praised by both republicans and democrats.    Harry Reid tweeted In a way, Mandela was both the “George Washington” and “Abraham Lincoln” of his country. We’re so fortunate to have lived in his time. John Boehner […]

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Posted in History, Joseph Smith, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Politics, Priesthood, Race Relations | 61 Comments »

Why Snuffer Got Exe’d

December 2, 2013
Why Snuffer Got Exe’d

I finished Denver Snuffer’s book a few weeks ago, and I really enjoyed the book.  Snuffer gives some original readings of both LDS Church history and scripture.  I did a partial review of his book a few weeks ago when I talked about Snuffer’s position on polygamy (Snuffer believes that God permitted, rather than commanded […]

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Posted in Apostasy, Doctrine, History, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Prophet, Reviews | 91 Comments »

Are you an Eliza or an Emmeline?

November 21, 2013
Are you an Eliza or an Emmeline?

Eliza R Snow and Emmeline B Wells both served as General President of Relief Society: Eliza (born 1804) from 1866 to 1887 as the second General President, and Emmeline (born 1828) from 1910 to 1921 as the fifth General President. Both women were prolific poets. However, what intrigued me were the different attitudes they would […]

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Posted in Agency, History, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Polygamy, Priesthood, Uncategorized, understanding | 38 Comments »

Snuffer’s Take on Polygamy

October 7, 2013
Snuffer’s Take on Polygamy

Denver Snuffer has generated a bit of controversy on the bloggernacle lately, though I suspect your average member has never heard of him.  My post Is Excommunication Useful? got over 300 comments, and Tim Malone’s Q&A about Snuffer also got over 300 comments.  One Who is Watching noted “an obscene amount of traffic to my site” […]

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Posted in Doctrine, History, Joseph Smith, Mormon Belief, Polygamy, Prophet | 53 Comments »

Are Mormons Anti-Modernists?

October 1, 2013
Are Mormons Anti-Modernists?

There are many stories that could easily vie for the title of Scariest Story in the Bible, but I’d like to make a case for the story of the Tower of Babel.  In this story, the people on earth desire to build a tower tall enough to go straight into heaven.  They band together in […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, economics, Faith, Freedom, History, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, Pride, Technology, understanding | 23 Comments »

Would you let your kids watch “The Bible”?

June 10, 2013
Would you let your kids watch “The Bible”?

The History Channel just produced one of the most successful series dealing with the Bible in a few decades.  I heard so much good about it that I decided to purchase the entire series on iTunes, having never seen the series at all.  I’ve had occasion to watch the first 2 episodes and wanted to […]

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Posted in History, Holy Land, Israel, Mormon, Polygamy, Reviews, Violence | 1 Comment »

Not Letting the Past Haunt Us

May 31, 2013
Not Letting the Past Haunt Us

After I joined the Church and adopted a new lifestyle more compatible with the Gospel, my Mom, who was not particularly happy that I joined the Church in the first place, used to love to remind me about my behaviors prior to joining. Not in an evil, spiteful way, but a gentle reminder. If the […]

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Posted in Agency, Doctrine, Faith, History, Mormon Belief, Uncategorized | 18 Comments »

What does Restoration mean?

May 28, 2013
What does Restoration mean?

What does it mean that the church is a restoration?  As I grew up in the church, I always thought of restoration as implying stuff fell out that had to be put back in.  Things that fit into this category included: the role of prophets and apostles, translation capabilities (including that pesky Urim & Thummim that someone mislaid a […]

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Posted in America, Church Policy, History, Israel, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Polygamy | 10 Comments »

Jefferson’s Paradoxical Views on Race

May 27, 2013
Jefferson’s Paradoxical Views on Race

I came across an interesting documentary called Thomas Jefferson: A View from the Mountain on Netflix.  I watched it because I could see it was no longer going to be streamed, and I’m glad I did.  (I hope it will be available again.)  While the LDS Church often gets a bad rap about the ban […]

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Posted in History, Joseph Smith, Mormon, Priesthood, Race Relations | 6 Comments »

Top 5 Mormon History Topics

May 20, 2013
Top 5 Mormon History Topics

If someone were to create a documentary on a Mormon History topic, what would you like to learn most about?  Here is a list of 20 topics, what would be your top 5?  (If you have something not listed, feel free to add to the list.)  Why is it your favorite topic?

Posted in History, Mormon, Mormon Belief | 5 Comments »

The Trials and Deaths of John D. Lee and Brigham Young

May 6, 2013
The Trials and Deaths of John D. Lee and Brigham Young

I wanted to continue Ken Burns’ discussion of the aftermath of the Mountain Meadows as part of his series, The West (available on Netflix.)  In Part 6, he discussed the trial of John D. Lee.  At the beginning of part 6, he begins with this introduction. By 1874, Washington had launched still another assault on […]

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Posted in History, Mormon, Prophet | 6 Comments »

Jeffersonian Religion

April 22, 2013
Jeffersonian Religion

I just watched a documentary called Jefferson’s Secret Bible.  (You can download it for free on iTunes or watch it at the Smithsonian website.)  The documentary discusses the restoration and some of the theology behind Thomas Jefferson’s rewriting on the Bible.  In his day, Jefferson was called an atheist by his detractors; he wasn’t really […]

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Posted in Freedom, History, Jesus, Politics, Reviews | 7 Comments »

Is It Time for AllowBeards.com?

April 5, 2013
Is It Time for AllowBeards.com?

This past week, Peggy Fletcher Stack wrote an excellent article entitled ”How Beards Became Barred Among Top Mormon Leaders.” I encourage you to read it. In the end, I have nothing more to add to it than the personal observations that sre very near and dear to my face. I grew my beard during a […]

Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Doctrine, History, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 25 Comments »

Inquisitions and Inquisitors: Then and Now

February 28, 2013
Inquisitions and Inquisitors: Then and Now

Last March, Jake wrote a post discussing the Strengthening Church Members Committee (SCMC), following the BBC documentary The Mormon Candidate.  The BBC programme was my first introduction to the existence of such a committee in the LDS church.  I don’t want to go over old ground with this post however, but rather widen the discussion. […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Freedom, History, Politics, Roman Catholic Church | 11 Comments »

Mormon Doctrine: Blacks

February 25, 2013
Mormon Doctrine: Blacks

I wanted to start a new series on the book Mormon Doctrine, by Bruce R. McConkie.  Some have referred to this book (no longer being published) as “Bruce’s Doctrine.”  In Greg Prince’s biography of David O. McKay,  Prince cited a study by some general authorities that the book had over 1000 errors.  The first edition of […]

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Posted in History, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Race Relations, Reviews | 43 Comments »

The Maori Mormon Prophecies & Apostasy

January 29, 2013
The Maori Mormon Prophecies & Apostasy

I must admit, before my trip to New Zealand over the holidays I had never heard of the Mormon Maori prophecies.  I knew that there are many Polynesian church members.  I was aware that the most popular religion in the island of Molokai (the spiritual center of Hawaii) is Mormonism, and that there are many […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, History, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 32 Comments »

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