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The So-Called Mission Field

May 31, 2016
The So-Called Mission Field

Today’s guest post is from commenter Megan. So, let me break it down for everyone—some of us living outside of the Mormon Belt don’t really like the Mormon Belt. It’s nothing personal, it’s just, well, let me explain. I live in Michigan. I was born and raised in Michigan. I became a Mormon in Michigan […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Criticism, Culture, emotions, Empathy, Freedom, Holy Land, LDS, leadership, Mental Health, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Politics, Pride, Tradition | 45 Comments »

Why the “No Proselyting” Rule Exists

April 13, 2016
Why the “No Proselyting” Rule Exists

By Common Consent recently published a guest post by Maryan Shumway[1] describing her missionary service among Southeast Asian refugees in the 1980s. She noted a particular rule: “[We] were absolutely not allowed to proselyte or even mention the church in any way. I was a missionary, but was strictly forbidden to talk about the church.” It […]

Posted in Charity, Christian, Empathy, Holy Land, Humanitarian Aid, Morality, Religion, understanding | 17 Comments »

Why didn’t anyone tell me – about Aaron and Abraham?

December 5, 2015
Why didn’t anyone tell me – about Aaron and Abraham?

Too often we think of Aaron and Abraham and others through a modern lens. I still remember someone asking what it must have been like to be Abraham’s home teaching companion.   I thought about this when someone asked me about this ditty that has been going around: Aaron was a prophet, built a golden […]

Posted in Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Doctrine, Holy Land, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, Patriarchy, Polygamy, Prophet, theology, Topical Guide, Uncategorized | 10 Comments »

No Riot for the Bishop

October 25, 2015
No Riot for the Bishop

As part of my series of finding unusual scriptures in the Topical Guide, I came across another interesting one.  Titus 1:6 6 If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly. 7 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, […]

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Posted in Holy Land, Jesus, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, scriptures, Topical Guide | 10 Comments »

Atheist Finds Garden of Eden

July 13, 2015
Atheist Finds Garden of Eden

Where is the Garden of Eden?  I watched a really interesting documentary, part of the Myth Hunters series found on Netflix, Youtube, and CafeMom.  They noted that the garden story is so vague that it could be anywhere.  The film notes that a Boston University president felt is was in North Pole, Mormons felt it […]

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Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Christian, Faith, History, Holy Land, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Reviews, Science and Religion, theology | 16 Comments »

Topical Guide: Abominable

March 15, 2015
Topical Guide: Abominable

As I mentioned in a previous post, I thought it would be interesting to go through the Topical Guide and look for unusual meanings.  I came across an interesting scripture concerning the word abomination. Genesis 46: 34 …for every shepherd is an abomination unto the Egyptians. Egyptians consider the occupation of shepherds to be an […]

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Posted in Culture, History, Holy Land, Israel, Mormon, Mormon Belief, scriptures, Topical Guide, Truth. Lying | 15 Comments »

The Christmas Star in BoM

December 24, 2014
The Christmas Star in BoM

When I was a child, I was always excited about putting the Star on top of our Christmas tree. The story of the Christmas star is found in the Book of Matthew: Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came […]

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Posted in Christian, Holy Land, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Science and Religion, scriptures | 11 Comments »

Plain and Precious Things

December 6, 2013
Plain and Precious Things

“Wherefore, thou seest that after the book hath gone forth through the hands of the great and abominable church, that there are many plain and precious things taken away from the book, which is the book of the Lamb of God.” (2Nephi 13:28) One of the common prevailing ideas taught in the LDS Church is […]

Posted in Church Policy, Community of Christ, Doctrine, Faith, Holy Land, Joseph Smith, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Polygamy, Priesthood | 16 Comments »

What Should Be the LDS position on Syria?

September 9, 2013
What Should Be the LDS position on Syria?

A somber-looking Pope Francis made an impassioned appeal before 100,000 people on Saturday to avert a widening of Syria’s conflict, urging world leaders to pull humanity out of a “spiral of sorrow and death.” Francis, who two days ago branded a military solution in Syria “a futile pursuit,” led the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Community of Christ, Freedom, Holy Land, Israel, Mormon, Politics, Roman Catholic Church, Violence | 14 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 »

Symbolism of the Passover Points to Jesus Christ

March 29, 2013
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The traditional Jewish celebration of the Passover, which started Monday night, can illustrate the rich symbolism found in the Old Testament and show how the symbolism of the Passover points directly to Jesus Christ.  Please note that the original Passover observance is described in Exodus, chapters twelve and thirteen.  The modern Seder evolved from this […]

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Posted in Doctrine, Holy Land, Israel, Jewish Studies, Mormon Belief | 3 Comments »

Are there modern Lamanites and Nephites?

August 12, 2012

Seth Adam Smith, a private videographer who creates LDS-themed material and makes it available on YouTube, has written about the political and social connotations of being Nephite or Lamanite in a recent blog post. He makes some compelling connections to modern day with Christians and Muslims using the words of modern prophets, as depicted in […]

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Posted in Agency, Faith, Holy Land, Mormon Culture, Politics, Race Relations | 10 Comments »

What is Obama’s Plan C?

December 24, 2011
What is Obama’s Plan C?

Plan A was to have the economy humming by now and see Obama cruise to re-election on the success of Keynesian counter-cyclical stimulus. Hope and change would have proven itself superior to the failed policies of the Republican past and the country would eagerly follow Obama into yet more “transformational” policies in his second term. […]

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Posted in economics, History, Holy Land, Israel, Politics, Violence | 42 Comments »

The Legend of the Lost Book of Gold (Part 4 of 4)

October 25, 2011
The Legend of the Lost Book of Gold (Part 4 of 4)

Foreword This is the final post of a 4 part series.  Context for this post is provided in part 1, part 2 and part 3. Concluding Observations The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has wisely taken no official position on Book of Mormon geography,89 despite the clear presence of americentric sentiment throughout the Church as […]

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Posted in America, Holy Land, Mormon Belief, Science and Religion | 33 Comments »

The Legend of the Lost Book of Gold (Part 3 of 4)

October 18, 2011
The Legend of the Lost Book of Gold (Part 3 of 4)

Foreword This is part 3 of a 4 part series.  Context for this post is provided in part 1 and part 2. Moroni and Cumorah Often the first protest directed at the Malay Hypothesis is the issue of Cumorah, New York, and the irreconcilable distances and settings it would require to get the plates from Asia […]

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Posted in America, Holy Land, Mormon Belief, Science and Religion | 26 Comments »

Did the Arab Spring Just Come to Washington?

October 15, 2011
Did the Arab Spring Just Come to Washington?

The United States has been preoccupied with economic issues and domestic politics. So it was shocking to have the Attorney General of the United States call a news conference to announce that Iran’s government was implicated in a plot to murder the Saudi Ambassador to Washington while in the city and (from other sources) conduct […]

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Posted in America, Holy Land, Politics, Violence | 6 Comments »

The Legend of the Lost Book of Gold (Part 2 of 4)

October 11, 2011
The Legend of the Lost Book of Gold (Part 2 of 4)

Foreword This is part 2 of a 4 part series.  Context for this post is provided in part 1. Geographic Correspondence At first glance the Malay Hypothesis’ most striking strong point is the peninsula’s correspondence to geographic features mentioned in the Book of Mormon text. The size and relative distances between various points are commensurable […]

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Posted in America, Holy Land, Mormon Belief, Science and Religion | 53 Comments »

The Legend of the Lost Book of Gold (Part 1 of 4)

October 4, 2011
The Legend of the Lost Book of Gold (Part 1 of 4)

Prologue In 1827, Christian missionaries travelled into the jungles of Burma to bring the gospel to an indigenous group known as the Karen people. As the missionaries began teaching the Karens from the Bible, they were astounded to discover that the Karens already worshipped a deity they called “Y’wa”, had a detailed creation story with […]

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Posted in America, Holy Land, Mormon Belief, Science and Religion | 37 Comments »

Who’s the Better Friend of Israel?

September 23, 2011
Who’s the Better Friend of Israel?

I was listening to the radio yesterday and the topic of Israel was being discussed.  President Obama made a speech the other day to the United Nations defending Israel and warning against the official recognition of a Palestinian State prior to the negotiation of a real peace between the two peoples. President Obama eloquently stated […]

Posted in America, Church Policy, Freedom, History, Holy Land, Israel, Jewish Studies, Mormon Belief, Politics | 60 Comments »

Gangs of New York Again?

June 25, 2011
Gangs of New York Again?

New York is a city composed of five Boroughs that include dozens of neighborhoods with histories often unrecognized by their modern residents. As the city grew from its origins on the southern tip of Manhattan Island over several centuries, it enveloped and altered what had been separate communities and erased the reasons for their original […]

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Posted in America, Freedom, Holy Land, Politics, Violence | 55 Comments »

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