Mormon Belief

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 | 21 Comments »

Tweets and Conference: Real-time Reactions to the Priesthood Session

April 13, 2014
Tweets and Conference: Real-time Reactions to the Priesthood Session

For those unfamiliar, Twitter is a social media platform that allows users to post statements consisting of 140 characters or less. Because of its immediacy and length constraint, it has become increasingly popular platform for sharing real-time reactions to things, giving rise to the phenomenon of “live-tweeting” events. General Conference is no exception, and I […]

Posted in Church Policy, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 5 Comments »

Shame on You! (Weekend Poll)

April 12, 2014
Shame on You!  (Weekend Poll)

In a chastity-focused church, there’s plenty of sexual shame to go around.  Where does most of it fall? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Education, Faith, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 14 Comments »

Hands Are Tied

April 10, 2014
Hands Are Tied

It’s been a year of study and contemplation. A year in which the priesthood has been more at the forefront of my mind, whereas it had previously been something I just didn’t bring myself to think about, ignored on the proverbial shelf, as something too difficult. A year when a discussion in Relief Society about […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Faith, Freedom, Mormon Belief, Priesthood, Women | 38 Comments »

Elder Oaks Lights up the Bloggernacle

April 7, 2014
Elder Oaks Lights up the Bloggernacle

Facebook was ablaze with comments about Elder Oaks General Conference talk on Saturday night.  Disappointed that the church website didn’t have a transcript, I created one so that we could better discuss what he actually said.  I decided to let that post stand on its own without any commentary.  But in this post, I will […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Doctrine, General Conference, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Priesthood, Prophet, Women | 96 Comments »

Elder Dallin H. Oaks: ‘Keys and authority of the priesthood’

April 6, 2014
Elder Dallin H. Oaks: ‘Keys and authority of the priesthood’

Elder Oaks’ talk has seen the most reaction from the bloggernacle. Since the church takes a while to transcribe these, I have decided to transcribe his talk from yesterday. You can also see it on the official church website by clicking below. What are your thoughts? https://www.lds.org/general-conference/watch/2014/04?lang=eng&vid=3436246697001&cid=3 At this conference, we’ve seen the release of […]

Posted in Church Policy, General Conference, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Women | 35 Comments »

Are We Properly Prepared to Enter the Temple?

April 3, 2014
Are We Properly Prepared to Enter the Temple?

I’ve been reading a book, Your Endowment by Mark A. Shields.  The book claims to be from “an experienced gospel teacher, casts new light on the symbolism inherent in the temple ordinances and provides a wealth of insights that well change the way your worship.”  I was intrigued by a story early in the book. […]

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Belief | 27 Comments »

5 April Fool’s Day Pranks

April 1, 2014
5 April Fool’s Day Pranks

The internet is rife with great pranks for this most inauspicious of holidays.  Here are a handful that are uniquely Mormon-themed, just for our Bloggernacle readers. Find some of your Kindergarten clay projects.  Sell them on ebay as “Authentic Mayan Artifacts.” Using the ward list, call everyone on it about an “exciting scented candle opportunity” […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Apostasy, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 4 Comments »

Defending Male Hegemony

March 31, 2014
Defending Male Hegemony

Fiona Givens was part of an interesting interview on Mormon Matters with John Dehlin.  She spoke about a conference talk on priesthood power vs priesthood authority, and said that women already have priesthood power. (These comments appear in the interview about 8:15 in.) Fiona, “Elder Packer gave an intriguing talk in about 2011, I think it was […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon, Mormon Belief | 37 Comments »

Mormons & MLMs (Weekend Poll)

March 29, 2014
Mormons & MLMs (Weekend Poll)

Why do multi-level marketing schemes prevail in Mormon culture? Discuss.

Posted in Agency, debt, economics, Education, Faith, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 17 Comments »

FSY* – The New EFY

March 27, 2014
FSY* – The New EFY

Just recently I was forwarded an email, originating with the Stake youth leaders encouraging leaders, in enthusiastic, even hyperbolic terms, to get all the youth signed up to attend FSY (For the Strength of Youth) this summer. The information provided in the email covered dates, costs, and the inevitable dress standards. Also included was a […]

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Posted in Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 17 Comments »

The Girls’ Meeting

March 25, 2014
The Girls’ Meeting

Q.  What do an 8 year old girl and an 88 year old woman have in common?  A.  Both are the apparent target audience of the upcoming Women’s Meeting. For the first time ever, the General Women’s Meeting that precedes General Conference once per year has been expanded to include not only the Young Women, […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Doctrine, Faith, General Conference, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Women | 61 Comments »

Agitating for Change

March 24, 2014
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There has been a lot of chatter on the Bloggernacle this week about whether it is appropriate for Kate Kelly and proponents of female priesthood are employing proper methods in seeking to bring attention to female ordination. Kate has organized the group Ordain Women. According to their website, “Ordain Women aspires to create a space […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Prophet, theology, Women | 28 Comments »

Science vs. Religion (Weekend Poll + Jokes)

March 22, 2014
Science vs. Religion (Weekend Poll + Jokes)

Science and religion walked into a bar . . . Joke 1:  How many atheists does it take to change a light bulb? Two. One to actually change the bulb, and the other to videotape the job so fundamentalists won’t claim that god did it. Joke 2:  During the Reign of Terror of the French Revolution, […]

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Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 7 Comments »

Isn’t War in Heaven an Oxymoron?

March 20, 2014
Isn’t War in Heaven an Oxymoron?

We often think of heaven as a place of perpetual peace.  If so, why was there a war in heaven?  Are our conceptions of heaven wrong?

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Posted in Christian, Mormon, Mormon Belief | 17 Comments »

Getting a Grip on History

March 18, 2014
Getting a Grip on History

There has been a lot of discussion in the b’nacle about what the church can do from a practical standpoint to address the thorny issues in church history.  The traditional approach has been to: 1) keep the curriculum uplifting and free from controversy, 2) to never speak ill or contradict leaders of the past or […]

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Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Book of Mormon, Church Policy, Doctrine, Education, Faith, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, New Testament Sunday School Lessons, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, Uncategorized | 28 Comments »

The Gauntlet has been thrown down, What’s Next for Ordain Women?

March 17, 2014
The Gauntlet has been thrown down, What’s Next for Ordain Women?

As reported by the Deseret News, the Ordain Women’s movement received a letter from the Public Affairs Department of the LDS Church, signed by Jessica Moody, whose name I did not recognize as a spokesperson for the Church. The crux of the letter, when it is peeled back is three-fold: No, you cannot have tickets […]

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Church Policy, Doctrine, Faith, General Conference, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Women | 150 Comments »

How Feminist Friendly Is Your Ward? (Poll)

March 11, 2014
How Feminist Friendly Is Your Ward?  (Poll)

We frequently talk about how different our local ward experiences are from place to place, and even over time.  I put together a quick and totally subjective rating system to determine how “feminist-friendly” our wards are on the whole.  This is using a 1-5 scale with 1 being hostile to feminists and 5 being welcoming […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 31 Comments »

How Would You React if one of you Children Came out to You?

March 10, 2014
How Would You React if one of you Children Came out to You?

Now that Seasons 3 and 4 are on Netflix, I’m catching up on Sister Wives again.  Season 4 Episode 4 was a Q&A titled You Asked, They Answered, in which viewers ask all sorts of questions of the Browns.  One question in particular gave me much pause, and I thought it might be a nice […]

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Posted in Christian, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Polygamy | 15 Comments »

Bible Dictionary: Urim & Thummim

March 6, 2014
Bible Dictionary:  Urim & Thummim

The LDS Bible Dictionary says for Urim & Thummim “Hebrew term that means ‘Lights and Perfections.’….Using a Urim and Thummim is the special prerogative of a seer, and it would seem reasonable that such instruments were used from the time of Adam.  However, the earliest mention is in connection with the brother of Jared (Ether […]

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Posted in Joseph Smith, Mormon, Mormon Belief | 9 Comments »

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