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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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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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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 »

Missionary Killed in Sweden

March 2, 2014
Missionary Killed in Sweden

LDS Church Spokesman Cody Craynor released the following statement: “Elder Mason Lewis Bailey, age 19, from Richfield, Utah, serving in the Sweden Stockholm Mission since July 2013, died after being struck by a vehicle while he and his companion were walking along a road on their way to an appointment. Elder Bailey’s companion was not […]

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Patriarchal Blessings (Weekend Poll)

March 1, 2014
Patriarchal Blessings (Weekend Poll)

It’s common for teens and new members to receive a patriarchal blessing, directed to them as an individual.  Looking back, how do you feel about your patriarchal blessing? Discuss.

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Posted in Faith, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 27 Comments »

I Hope They Call Her on a Mission (Weekend Poll)

February 15, 2014
I Hope They Call Her on a Mission (Weekend Poll)

Should women be under the same obligation as men to serve missions?  What should that obligation be exactly? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Faith, Freedom, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Priesthood | 8 Comments »

Fraud, Doubt and Miracles

February 12, 2014
Fraud, Doubt and Miracles

Today’s guest post is by Jared. When I started blogging in 2007 my objective was to write about the doctrine of Christ as it is taught in the Book of Mormon and by church leaders. As time as gone on, I realize that there are not many LDS who search the internet with the intent […]

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Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Church Policy, Doctrine, Faith, Freedom, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Pride, Prophet | 21 Comments »

The Diaries of Anthony Ivins

February 10, 2014
The Diaries of Anthony Ivins

Anthony Ivins was an LDS apostle from 1907-1934.  He was the cousin of Heber J. Grant, and served in the First Presidency with Grant from 1921-1934.  Signature Books has recently come out with Cowboy Apostle:  The Diaries of Anthony Ivins 1875-1932 (the Kindle version is only $20.)  Ivins is notable for a few reasons:  (1) […]

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Posted in Mission, Mormon, Polygamy | 15 Comments »

Missionaries on Facebook (Weekend Poll)

January 18, 2014
Missionaries on Facebook (Weekend Poll)

Have you seen the missionaries on Facebook?  What do you think?  Genius idea, moronic, or somewhere in between? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Church Policy, Faith, Freedom, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 19 Comments »

God Wasn’t in Your Story

January 6, 2014
God Wasn’t in Your Story

We had a missionary homecoming last week.  I usually bring a book to sacrament meeting, because I often find the talks dreadful, but this particular missionary gave a rather entertaining talk.  He told two experiences in which he bore testimony that God had helped him, but I greatly question whether God had anything to do […]

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Posted in Agency, Faith, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 20 Comments »

Missionary BMI Restrictions (Plus Poll)

December 31, 2013
Missionary BMI Restrictions (Plus Poll)

There are two interesting trends in missionary work right now:  1) more missionaries of both sexes are putting in their papers to serve now that the lower age requirement enables some to go who might otherwise not go, and 2) many western countries are in the grip of an obesity epidemic, with a rising average […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Church Policy, Freedom, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 30 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 »

Shut Your Mouth (Weekend Poll)

December 21, 2013
Shut Your Mouth (Weekend Poll)

Is censorship ever justified?  What about showing journalistic restraint when there will be disastrous consequences for the truth coming out?  Is there some truth that is not useful?  Is it appropriate for conservative communities to suppress news that they don’t want published?  Should private institutions be allowed to suppress opinions they don’t like?  Where is […]

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Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Church Policy, Doctrine, Education, Faith, Freedom, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 5 Comments »

Lost in Translation: Mission Stories

December 3, 2013
Lost in Translation:  Mission Stories

We recently had the missionaries over for dinner, one of whom is a convert from Brazil.  He shared a funny language mix-up he had.  In Portuguese as many other languages, nouns have a gender assignation, which is why Italians say things like:  “The boat, she is sinking!” before they grab a taxi and flee the […]

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Posted in Faith, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 16 Comments »

Bar the Exits! (Weekend Poll)

November 23, 2013
Bar the Exits!  (Weekend Poll)

Church attrition is a big problem across all denominations, one that is discussed often in the bloggernacle.  What should the church do to retain those who wish to resign? What efforts have you seen that have been effective at helping people stay or come back?  What efforts have you seen that have been ill-advised?  Why? […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Faith, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Politics, Pride | 23 Comments »

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