Mormon Belief

BYU’s Beard Ban: Weekend Poll

November 23, 2014
BYU’s Beard Ban:  Weekend Poll

There has been a lot of discussion about BYU’s no-facial hair policy, including my personal favorite, and the policy that male leaders also must be clean-shaven in some wards and in the highest offices in the church.  What’s your opinion? Discuss.

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, BYU, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Faith, Freedom, gender equity, Honor Code, LDS, Modesty, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 5 Comments »

Pondering on Polygamy

November 20, 2014
Pondering on Polygamy

When did you first hear about polygamy*, and what has your experience been with this topic? What attitudes have you observed? Growing up in the church in here in Britain, non-members would raise the issue of polygamy, as in “Mormon, that’s the religion where the men can have lots of wives”. And we’d then have […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Culture, Doctrine, gender equity, LDS, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Polygamy, Women | 43 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 | 36 Comments »

Sexting & the Law of Chastity

November 11, 2014
Sexting & the Law of Chastity

For starters, sexting is pretty much a no-no in terms of the law of chastity, and yet, it is common among teens.  As a “no contact” sexual experience [1] it may seem like an easy way to avoid the nasty side-effects of breaking the law of chastity.  Will anyone get pregnant?  No.  Do you have […]

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Posted in Agency, Christian, Church Policy, Culture, emotions, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, Modesty, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 23 Comments »

The Crucible of Doubt

November 10, 2014
The Crucible of Doubt

Many religions are losing adherents to atheism, or people a simply choosing to abandon organized religion.  Mormonism is no different.  Deseret Book has recently published The Crucible of Doubt by Terryl and Fiona Givens in order to address those Mormons who doubt truth claims made by the church.  I liked some of the points that […]

Posted in Christian, Mormon, Mormon Belief, theology | 14 Comments »

President Eyring off to the Vatican

November 6, 2014
President Eyring off to the Vatican

It was announced Monday that President Henry B. Eyring would be attending “The Complementarity of Man and Woman: An International Colloquium” to be held in the Vatican 17-19 November. From the colloquium website, this is “a gathering of leaders and scholars from many religions across the globe, to examine and propose anew the beauty of […]

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Posted in Christian, Culture, gender equity, LDS, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Politics, Roman Catholic Church, theology, Uncategorized, understanding, Women | 28 Comments »

Faith vs. Appeal to Authority

November 3, 2014
Faith vs. Appeal to Authority

The definition of faith is “1. complete trust or confidence in someone or something. 2. strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.” Appeal to authority is a form of unreliable argument used to dismiss contrary evidence by overlooking errors in judgment, bias, dishonestly or groupthink […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Blind Obedience, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Faith, Freedom, General Conference, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Prophet, theology | 35 Comments »

The New Polygamy Essays: A Woman’s Perspective

October 27, 2014
The New Polygamy Essays:  A Woman’s Perspective

The church’s new polygamy essays are progressive and more transparent than prior statements on this topic.  For example, a few short years ago when I was teaching Relief Society, the manual regarding the teachings of Joseph Smith specifically forbade teachers from discussing polygamy.  There was also an entire lesson devoted to the “love letters” of […]

Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, America, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Excommunication, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, Joseph Smith, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Polygamy, Prophet, Sunday School, Women | 138 Comments »

Big Week on LDS Websites

October 27, 2014
Big Week on LDS Websites

This was an amazing week on the LDS websites. The LDS Newsroom published a video in which they showed both temple garments, as well as the temple robes that are worn. The Church emphasized that many religions have religious clothing, and said that it is derogatory to refer to LDS garments as “magic underwear.” Some […]

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Posted in History, Joseph Smith, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Polygamy, Temple, theology | 4 Comments »

What is the Proclamation on the Family? (Weekend Poll)

October 25, 2014
What is the Proclamation on the Family?  (Weekend Poll)

There are many opinions about the Proclamation, even among the top leaders of the church. What do you think? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Blind Obedience, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Uncategorized | 18 Comments »

PR and Religion: Can We Cooperate?

October 23, 2014
PR and Religion: Can We Cooperate?

Sometimes it seems like it’s one PR problem after another, and plenty have fuelled bloggernacle discussions over the last year or so. In this post I’ll be looking at PR as discussed in this BBC R4 Beyond Belief programme, and a recent podcast in which Gina Colvin interviews members Roy and Emma Hann about their […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Culture, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Uncategorized, understanding | 7 Comments »

Marriage Covenants

October 22, 2014
Marriage Covenants

MB comes for a first guest post in response to a question from Mormon Heretic on Guy Templeton’s post about Excommunication after Sealings. I was married in the temple to my excellent spouse in the new and everlasting covenant of marriage.  But we were not sealed to each other. But before I go into details, […]

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Posted in LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Temple, theology | 33 Comments »

Now You See It . . . Now You Don’t

October 21, 2014
Now You See It . . . Now You Don’t

The Mormon news arm, like Singapore’s government, loves to control the message. Sometimes this is done incredibly well. [1]  The “I’m a Mormon” campaign, the Book of Mormon advertising that accompanied the musical, and this week, a piece on garments so frank and direct that it made the Well-Behaved Mormon Woman uncomfortable, even more than […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, social media | 25 Comments »

Malcolm Jeppsen’s Role in the September Six

October 20, 2014
Malcolm Jeppsen’s Role in the September Six

Malcolm Jeppsen served as a Seventy from 1989-94, passing away in 2012.  His daughter, Christine Jeppsen Clark talked to John Dehlin concerning her father’s role in the September Six excommunications in 1993.  The Church has long maintained that excommunications are local decisions, but Church leaders at headquarters have been known to release stake presidents who […]

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Posted in Apostasy, Church Policy, Excommunication, History, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Truth. Lying | 42 Comments »

Patriarchal Tribes (Weekend Poll)

October 18, 2014
Patriarchal Tribes (Weekend Poll)

What’s your tribe?  Will we be called to a rumble at some point, tribe against tribe?  If so, knives or zip guns?  Sharks or Jets? Do you feel a personal affiliation with your assigned tribe (if you have one)? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Culture, Doctrine, Jewish Studies, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 14 Comments »

Does Excommunication Cancel a Sealing?

October 16, 2014
Does Excommunication Cancel a Sealing?

I heard a third-hand report that a divorced man wanted to cancel the sealing to the first wife.  As time moved on, the man was excommunicated.  After a while, the bishop where he lived came to him and asked him to reconsider his sealing cancellation, counseling him not to do it.  Doesn’t an excommunication cancel […]

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Posted in Apostasy, Church Policy, Doctrine, Excommunication, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Temple, theology | 31 Comments »

All Rise! Standing for Apostles (Weekend Poll)

October 11, 2014
All Rise!  Standing for Apostles (Weekend Poll)

Where does respect end and worship begin?  Where do we go from looking unified to looking like a cult?  You decide! Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Blind Obedience, Church Policy, Culture, Faith, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Priesthood, Prophet | 25 Comments »

General Conference in GIFs: Oct 2014

October 7, 2014
General Conference in GIFs:  Oct 2014

It’s time to recap the latest General Conference through the medium of GIFs.  First, a few quick observations about General Conference and social media: I swear that the Pinterest memes with scrolly fonts and pictures of nature are up before the speaker even finishes the talk.  What is up with that?  Also, does it remind anyone […]

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Posted in Agency, Criticism, Culture, Faith, General Conference, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 5 Comments »

Ordain Women Round 3: Success or Setback?

October 6, 2014
Ordain Women Round 3: Success or Setback?

Last October, Ordain Women announced its intention to attend the males-only General Priesthood session, and repeated the intention this past April.  In response, Church leaders excommunicated Kate Kelly in June of this year, announcing that Temple Square was off limits for this “protest.”  Furthermore, the Church decided to ban media from both the Women’s meeting […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Culture, Excommunication, Feminism, gender equity, General Conference, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Women | 36 Comments »

Was the Fall a Sin? (Weekend Poll)

October 4, 2014
Was the Fall a Sin?  (Weekend Poll)

Whether you view Adam & Eve as actual people or a story designed to illustrate the nature of man’s separation from God, you can opine on the motives of the act.  What’s your view? Discuss.  

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Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Doctrine, Faith, Freedom, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons | 11 Comments »

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