Mormon Belief

Sarcasm

April 14, 2015
Sarcasm

I’m addicted to exercise.  And by exercise, I mean sarcasm. An article about sarcasm recently explained why sarcastic people are smarter on average:  because sarcasm requires more mental effort than just plain speech.  Which is probably why when someone fails to grasp it, my first instinct is to think they are too stupid to follow. […]

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Posted in Agency, Criticism, Culture, emotions, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, General Conference, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Resting bitch face | 35 Comments »

Amazing Grace

April 10, 2015
Amazing Grace

  I’m not a doctrinal or theological expert. I’m just a normal, average, faith-transitioned member trying to work her way in the world. As a result of the faith transition, I feel . . . less worthy and certain. Before I was filled with certainty; how I saw the world, the eternities, and my place […]

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Posted in Doctrine, Faith, Grace, Jesus, Mormon Belief, theology | 41 Comments »

What is it about Vocal Prayer?

April 9, 2015
What is it about Vocal Prayer?

Do you pray out loud in private? And why? That’s one of the things I was left pondering at the end of the Priesthood session. Vocal prayer was something mentioned in two of the talks given: “Let’s examine your Aaronic Priesthood duties as described in section 20 of the Doctrine and Covenants. Be sensitive to […]

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Posted in Christian, LDS, Mormon Belief | 28 Comments »

April 2015 Gen Conf in GIFs

April 7, 2015
April 2015 Gen Conf in GIFs

For those who watched at home, this General Conference was one for the ages with many excellent talks and a few exciting moments.  Read on. What were your favorite parts? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, emotions, Faith, faith crisis, Feminism, Freedom, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 20 Comments »

Utah’s Solution for Discrimination and Religious Liberty

April 6, 2015
Utah’s Solution for Discrimination and Religious Liberty

A recent law passed in Indiana has put the state in an unusual spotlight.  Proponents claim that their law uses essentially the same language as the 1993 federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) that passed with near unanimous support.  However, one thing Indiana has done that the federal statute did not is expand the reach of the religious […]

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Posted in Christian, Church Policy, Freedom, LDS, LGBT, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 35 Comments »

Children and General Conference

April 5, 2015
Children and General Conference

If you attend all of the sessions, General Conference can be a really long weekend.  It’s certainly nice to hear from out leaders, but on the other hand, if you stay for all 10 hours of church in a weekend, by the end it can be a bit hard to stay focused, especially for young […]

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Posted in Church Policy, General Conference, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Prophet | 7 Comments »

General Conference (Weekend Poll)

April 4, 2015
General Conference (Weekend Poll)

It’s that time of year again!  

Posted in General Conference, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Prophet | 52 Comments »

My So-Called Post

March 31, 2015
My So-Called Post

I’m a word nerd, so I always find it interesting when a simple change to grammar alters the meaning of a word or sentence.  Time magazine recently pointed out one grammatical faux pas:  using “actually” can be a red flag. From this article (reprinted from Inc.): Extra words used in a sales presentation or investor pitch are […]

Posted in Agency, Criticism, Culture, Feminism, gender equity, General Conference, leadership, LGBT, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 25 Comments »

Do you wear the holey garment?

March 29, 2015
Do you wear the holey garment?

A while back, there was a discussion about defiling garments.  One commenter said that defiling your garments includes Treating them in a casual manner such as: – Throwing them on the floor – Not retiring them when they are full of holes, tears or discolored – Wearing them contrary to instructions – Trying to adjust […]

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Posted in LDS, Modesty, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Temple | 24 Comments »

Marriage For Now

March 23, 2015
Marriage For Now

Is it looking past the mark to think of our marriages as eternal rather than thinking of what we need in the here and now and in the near future?  Do we focus so much on eternity that we are just barely enduring to the end in the day-to-day marriage? Last week I re-posted a review […]

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Posted in Agency, BYU, Culture, economics, Education, emotions, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 37 Comments »

Topical Guide: Abominable

March 15, 2015
Topical Guide: Abominable

As I mentioned in a previous post, I thought it would be interesting to go through the Topical Guide and look for unusual meanings.  I came across an interesting scripture concerning the word abomination. Genesis 46: 34 …for every shepherd is an abomination unto the Egyptians. Egyptians consider the occupation of shepherds to be an […]

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Posted in Culture, History, Holy Land, Israel, Mormon, Mormon Belief, scriptures, Truth. Lying | 14 Comments »

Polygamy Then and Now (weekend poll)

March 14, 2015
Polygamy Then and Now (weekend poll)

Weekend Poll is here by request! Polgamy has been a hot topic lately, most notably with Kirk Van Allen’s potential disciplinary hearing coming up. Kristine A, Mormon Heretic, and Hawkgrrrl have all weighed in on the topic in the last few weeks. What are your your thoughts regarding polygamy past and present? We are hopeful that […]

Posted in Joseph Smith, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Polygamy, Prophet, scriptures | 47 Comments »

Who Are The New Anti-Mormons?

March 13, 2015
Who Are The New Anti-Mormons?

Who Are The New Anti-Mormons Since the organization of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and even before, there have been those opposed to the Church. More aptly named “Critics of the Church” or “Enemies of the Church,” they have traditionally been known inside the Church as “Anti-Mormons.” Which, of course is short-hand […]

Posted in Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Christian, Criticism, Doctrine, Joseph Smith, LDS, Mormon Belief, Polygamy, Prophet | 47 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 »

Is Belief in Polygamy Required for Church Membership?

March 10, 2015
Is Belief in Polygamy Required for Church Membership?

A blogger faces excommunication for his OP stating that he does not believe D&C 132 and the early church practice of polygamy to have been inspired.  In his blog post, he affirms that marriage is between one man and one woman, the church’s current teaching.  If I were tasked with defending this individual, here’s what […]

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Blind Obedience, Book of Mormon, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, doubt, Faith, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, leadership, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Patriarchy, Polygamy, Prophet, scriptures, Temple, theology, Women | 111 Comments »

Unhealthy Baby Abortion

March 9, 2015
Unhealthy Baby Abortion

A few years ago, I home taught an older gentleman.  His daughter was recently married, and discovered that the baby she was carrying had serious medical issues.  The baby was missing the right side of her body, and the doctor told the couple that the baby would be born alive, but live just hours due to […]

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Posted in Christian, Church Policy, Mental Health, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Women | 21 Comments »

Religion as Software for the Brain

March 9, 2015
Brain as computer

In the theory of non-overlapping magisteria, people argue that religion and science both have value because the two cover different domains. The argument is that while science is good for explaining hows and whats, it does not — cannot — explain why. And there’s the value of religion. To me, this dichotomy fails because the two […]

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Belief, Science and Religion | 13 Comments »

Sprinkling

March 8, 2015
Sprinkling

Mormons believe baptism must be done by immersion, and view sprinkling for baptism as a sign of apostasy.  It got me thinking about a recent change in the LDS temple ceremony called Washing and Anointing. When the endowment was first administered in the Kirtland Temple, as part of the Washing and Anointing ordinance, initiates had […]

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Posted in Apostasy, Church Policy, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Temple, theology | 13 Comments »

Even when I’m wrong, I’m right (weekend poll)

March 7, 2015
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Please watch this 30 second video, and let us know your comments. Do you think Elder Oaks regrets saying this on the PBS documentary, The Mormons?  Do you support Elder Oaks comments? What are your thoughts about Al Pacino’s character saying essentially the same thing?

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Posted in Blind Obedience, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Pride, Priesthood, Prophet, Truth. Lying | 20 Comments »

That Moment When You Realize You Are Talking to Crazy People

March 2, 2015
That Moment When You Realize You Are Talking to Crazy People

Have you ever been in a discussion at church in which the discussion was so far afield that you found yourself thinking “We have completely lost it.  We are talking total nonsense”? Recently I was called to be the ward trek coordinator. [1]  Our stake has never done a pioneer trek before, so I’m not […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, emotions, Freedom, LDS, leadership, Mental Health, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 65 Comments »

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