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Can BYU afford to avoid Sunday play?

May 4, 2015
Can BYU afford to avoid Sunday play?

It has been more than 30 years since BYU won a National Championship in football.  Things have changed quite a bit since 1984.  Many of the larger schools were upset that the undefeated BYU team (who played in the Western Athletic Conference-WAC) played a 6-6 Michigan team in its final game, and changes soon followed. […]

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Posted in BYU, Christian, Church Policy, LDS, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 18 Comments »

Nazi Mormons

April 20, 2015
Nazi Mormons

“We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law”, states the 12th Article of Faith. So how does the LDS Church respond when missionaries are in a country where Nazis take over the government? David Conley Nelson gives a fascinating history of Mormons in Nazi Germany […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Culture, Freedom, Jewish Studies, LDS, leadership, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 20 Comments »

Missionary work in Mongolia

March 30, 2015
Missionary work in Mongolia

I had an interesting conversation this weekend.  A met a man who had served as mission president in Mongolia.  I didn’t know much about Mongolia, and thought it was part of China.  At one time it was, I guess, but the Soviets took over after World War 2, and forced the country to use the […]

Posted in Church Policy, gender equity, LDS, Mission, Mormon, Patriarchy, Priesthood, theology, Women | 65 Comments »

The Stories We Choose to Tell

March 12, 2015
The Stories We Choose to Tell

The stories we hear and are surrounded by frame our world, influence our outlook and understanding. They affect our sense of who we are, and our place in the world. They can broaden our horizons, or keep us to a narrow focus. What do the stories we find in our lesson manuals and church magazines […]

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Posted in Culture, Education, Freedom, History, LDS, Mission, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Polygamy, Priesthood, seminary, Sunday School, Uncategorized | 14 Comments »

Heart of Africa Q&A

February 9, 2015
Heart of Africa Q&A

February is Black History Month.  Margaret Young, who teaches writing at BYU, has been heavily involved in writing LDS black history.  She has helped write the play, I Am Jane, a story about early black Mormon Jane Manning James, and has produced 2 films about black Mormons.  Her first film came out in 2008 and […]

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Posted in LDS, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Race Relations, Reviews, Women | 10 Comments »

Did you Meet the Mormons?

December 29, 2014
Did you Meet the Mormons?

This past weekend, we noticed that Meet the Mormons was at the Dollar Theater (actually it is $1.50), so we went to see it.  (I admit it–we don’t like to pay the higher prices.)  I walked into the theater, and it was nearly sold out.  A recent article said that Utah County is 84% Mormon […]

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Posted in Culture, LDS, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 15 Comments »

Get Your Piping Hot Feminist Cookies!

December 23, 2014
Get Your Piping Hot Feminist Cookies!

  Just a quick reminder to those writing mormon.org. A feminist cookie is the term for the reward some men seem to be seeking for saying or doing something feminist.  A man congratulating himself on very elementary good treatment of women (for example “I saw a pretty woman, and I didn’t yell at her or […]

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Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Apostasy, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Polygamy, Priesthood, Prophet, scriptures, social media, Women, workplace | 11 Comments »

Feeding Time: Weekend Poll

December 13, 2014
Feeding Time:  Weekend Poll

A few years ago, to defray costs, feeding the missionaries became the responsibility of the ward members.  Good change?  Bad change?  Both?  You decide. Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, America, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, LDS, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 21 Comments »

Uninspirational Missionary Farewells

December 2, 2014
Uninspirational Missionary Farewells

I attended my nephew’s missionary farewell this weekend, and it got me thinking about missionary farewells in general. It used to be that a missionary family would invite his family to speak, there would be special musical numbers, often advice from an older brother, and bishop’s remarks about the missionary. While some meetings went long […]

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Posted in Culture, Mission, Mormon Culture | 35 Comments »

The Early Morning Seminary Conundrum

November 18, 2014
The Early Morning Seminary Conundrum

I wrote the first half of this a year ago. In breaking news, teens are either not getting enough sleep or don’t need as much sleep as we used to think.  Either way, I can state with certainty that parents of teens who attend early morning seminary aren’t getting enough (consecutive) sleep. This is a huge […]

Posted in Agency, America, Anti-Mormon, BYU, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Education, Freedom, LDS, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, scriptures, seminary | 38 Comments »

10 Reasons to Go To Your Mission Reunion

October 7, 2014
10 Reasons to Go To Your Mission Reunion

General Conference is always the time to either heed or ignore invitations to go to your mission reunion. Did you go this year? Here are the top 10 reasons to go to your mission reunion: To show off your hot wife (or husband). To show off your gastric bypass results. (For men) if you still […]

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Posted in Agency, Culture, Freedom, General Conference, LDS, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 13 Comments »

We’ll Spam the World His Truth (Weekend Poll)

September 27, 2014
We’ll Spam the World His Truth (Weekend Poll)

Elder Bednar recently encouraged members to use social media to flood the earth with the gospel message.  Are you doing as he suggests?  Time for a poll. Discuss.

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Blind Obedience, Criticism, Culture, Faith, LDS, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 4 Comments »

Strange Bedfellows

September 16, 2014
Strange Bedfellows

About a week ago I had a dream that I was in the Creationism museum.  I’m sure this was inspired in part by the Buzzfeed articles about that dubious family-friendly recreational activity.  In the dream, I got separated from my family, and I was struggling to find my kids.  I kept passing anti-scientific exhibits and […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, Education, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, Mission, Modesty, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, theology, Women | 34 Comments »

3 Missionaries dead in past 24 hours

August 23, 2014
3 Missionaries dead in past 24 hours

KSL is reporting the death of 3 missionaries in the past 24 hours. Two LDS missionaries serving in the Taiwan Taipei Mission were found dead in their apartment Saturday. Elder Connor Benjamin Thredgold, of the church’s Springville Utah West Stake, was found dead in his apartment, along with Elder Yu Peng Xiong, of the Kaohsiung Taiwan […]

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Posted in LDS, Mission, Mormon | 3 Comments »

Garments a Protection?

August 7, 2014
Garments a Protection?

During the initiatory rite, patrons are clothed in the garment of the holy priesthood.  During the ceremony, Mormons are promised that the garment will serve as a protection to us until we have “finished our work on earth”, so long as we do not defile them through sin.  Mormons love to promote stories in which […]

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Posted in LDS, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Violence | 46 Comments »

Sex & the Single Mormon (Weekend Poll)

August 2, 2014
Sex & the Single Mormon (Weekend Poll)

Being single and celibate is no picnic.  What if that single status stretches on for much longer than hoped? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Church Policy, Doctrine, Faith, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 31 Comments »

Causes of Disaffection (Weekend Poll)

June 7, 2014
Causes of Disaffection (Weekend Poll)

What hurts testimonies and results in people leaving the church? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Church Policy, Doctrine, Education, Faith, Freedom, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 49 Comments »

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 | 74 Comments »

Jabari Parker Announces his Decision

April 18, 2014
Jabari Parker Announces his Decision

I wanted to post this excerpt from the most recent Sports Illustrated article. Today I sent my letter of intent to the NBA. That makes it official — my days as a Duke basketball player are over. But my days as a Duke student are not. I intend to graduate from Duke while I’m in […]

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Posted in Mission, Mormon | 9 Comments »

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 | 30 Comments »

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