Morality

What is Dating?

August 30, 2014
What is Dating?

The church’s definition of dating seems straight out of an episode of Leave It To Beaver.  Many yearn for the simpler days when dating was straightforward, men did the asking and paying, and women had the right of refusal.  But we live in a changing world, in which it’s more common to “hang out” and […]

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Posted in Agency, BYU, Culture, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Women | 10 Comments »

What Would Dolores Umbridge Do?

August 26, 2014
What Would Dolores Umbridge Do?

All churches are struggling to retain Millenials.  Although it’s true that every generation has a higher rate of religious attrition than preceding generations, there is far less stigma to being unreligious now than ever before.  If churches want to retain Millenials, more effort needs to go into understanding them, finding common ground, and presenting the […]

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Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Blind Obedience, BYU, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 37 Comments »

The Face of Mormonism

August 19, 2014
The Face of Mormonism

What do our faces say about us?  Lauren Bacall said “I think your whole life shows in your face, and you should be proud of that.”  Whether you are proud or not, there it is for everyone to see.  If we wish we had more laugh lines, we should laugh more. Face reading is the […]

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Posted in Agency, Blind Obedience, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, emotions, Faith, Freedom, General Conference, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Prophet, Uncategorized | 10 Comments »

Liberals don’t have testimonies?

August 17, 2014
Liberals don’t have testimonies?

Might there be some truth to the idea that liberals don’t have testimonies?

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Posted in Culture, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 30 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 »

Brother Jake and Church Discipline

July 18, 2014
Brother Jake and Church Discipline

In light of all the confusion about church discipline lately, I made a little video to explain the issue. I hope you enjoy it!

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Faith, Morality, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 7 Comments »

Religious Parenting vs. Secular Parenting

July 15, 2014
Religious Parenting vs. Secular Parenting

Are you a religious-minded parent or are you secular-minded?  How do you know? I just finished reading American Grace:  How Religion Divides and Unites Us by Robert Putnam and David Campbell.  The book compares religious and secular trends in American society by looking at results of a series of surveys done over the last few decades. […]

Posted in Agency, America, Anti-Mormon, Church Policy, Culture, Faith, Freedom, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Pride | 25 Comments »

Denied! Temple Recommends and “Apostate” Relatives

July 8, 2014
Denied!  Temple Recommends and “Apostate” Relatives

A specific section of the Church Handbook of Instruction is being cited as the rationale for denying family members Temple Recommends due to the views of their family members.  The section in question is this: Section 3.3.4  Members Whose Close Relatives Belong to Apostate Groups Bishops and their counselors must take exceptional care when issuing […]

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Church Policy, Criticism, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Women | 103 Comments »

Sex Ed (Weekend Poll)

July 5, 2014
Sex Ed (Weekend Poll)

Which is worse?  Hearing about sex from your church, your parents, or your gym teacher? Discuss.

Posted in Agency, Education, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 15 Comments »

5 Strawman Reasons Some Matt Walsh Wannabe Thinks People Leave the Church

July 1, 2014
5 Strawman Reasons Some Matt Walsh Wannabe Thinks People Leave the Church

A recent post has gone viral, and while I don’t think the author reveals a very deep or nuanced understanding of why people actually leave the church, I will give him absolute props for letting everyone tell him that in the comments.  Here’s a quick summary of his 5 reasons (but hey, feel free to […]

Posted in Agency, America, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, theology, understanding, Women | 39 Comments »

Saved or Not Saved? (Weekend Poll)

June 28, 2014
Saved or Not Saved?  (Weekend Poll)

“Who then can be saved?”  Wouldn’t you like to know? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Christian, Doctrine, Faith, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 15 Comments »

Approved Post Topics: An LDS Blogger’s Guide

June 24, 2014
Approved Post Topics:  An LDS Blogger’s Guide

In the wake of Kate’s excommunication, and in light of the Newsroom’s recent statement [1], I thought I’d help out my fellow bloggers with some suggestions of approved topics for future posts: What is your favorite color? How glad are you when Daddy comes home? Which of the twelve apostles is tallest? Will our pets […]

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Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Christian, Church Policy, Education, Excommunication, Faith, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Women | 111 Comments »

Sis. Oscarson Advocates Respect and Kindness

June 23, 2014
Sis. Oscarson Advocates Respect and Kindness

From Sister Oscarson, General President of the Young Women’s Organization:  “All of us as sisters in the gospel have the responsibility and privilege to support and nourish one another. We have all committed to be disciples of Jesus Christ and this discipleship should be at the heart of all that we do. Each of us […]

Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Christian, Excommunication, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Pride, Priesthood, Prophet, Women | 22 Comments »

Kate & John: Liberal Tactics and Conservative Bias

June 17, 2014
Kate & John:  Liberal Tactics and Conservative Bias

The recent actions against John Dehlin and Kate Kelly have been unsettling for many of us who are familiar with them and their work.  Others feel that the church’s action against them is long overdue, and that they are undermining (or attempting to) the very foundations of our doctrines.  There are people like me who […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Excommunication, Faith, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Women | 59 Comments »

In Kate’s Defense: Her Mother Speaks

June 12, 2014
In Kate’s Defense:  Her Mother Speaks

An Open letter for all who have ears to hear: My Amazing Daughter Kate Kelly Jesus said “ASK and ye shall receive. Significantly, he did not say “ASK and ye shall be punished.” #STANDWITHKATE *** An open letter to all who have ears to hear: From a very young age, Kate has been a bright […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Christian, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Women | 13 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 »

Manufactured Prejudice

June 3, 2014
Manufactured Prejudice

On a recent post at BCC, a commenter stated that in his stake at a recent meeting with a Q&A session with a general authority, two of the seven questions asked were how to get youth to accept the church’s stance on homosexuality. [1]  This is a question that I have wondered about myself as […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Doctrine, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 43 Comments »

Best Frenemies

June 2, 2014
Best Frenemies

Dear Brother Otterson, I so appreciate the step you took with your latest letter.  I find a lot of hope there.  I feel so grateful that you referred to some mormon feminists in a positive light.  As a cultural group the church members try to silence and ostracize many of us.  The letter seems to […]

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Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Church Policy, Faith, Freedom, General Conference, Modesty, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Women | 16 Comments »

Living Our Principles (Weekend Poll)

May 31, 2014
Living Our Principles (Weekend Poll)

Do as I say, not as I do.  Is the church doing a good job of living the gospel?  Do we fall short?  Are we a good example? How about our leaders?  What qualities do they exemplify? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Doctrine, Freedom, General Conference, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 12 Comments »

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