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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 | 18 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 | 22 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 »

D&C 132 and Other Men’s Wives

March 2, 2015
D&C 132 and Other Men’s Wives

One of the things I love about blogging is that it helps me learn, and better articulate my positions.  I’m not sure why polygamy is such a hot topic lately, but it is.  I enjoyed Kristine A’s post at Wheat and Tares this week:  Joseph Smith’s Multiple Wives and Why I Care A Lot.  It […]

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Posted in History, Joseph Smith, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Polygamy, scriptures, theology, Women | 154 Comments »

Dating is Dead

February 24, 2015
Dating is Dead

Last year, when my son was attending the Y, I was alerted to the existence of a Facebook group at BYU for kids to anonymously post notes about their crushes.  The student submits a comment about their crush to the FB group admins who then re-post it anonymously from the site.  Site admins try to identify crushes […]

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Posted in Agency, BYU, Education, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 26 Comments »

Remembering the Black Protests of the 1960s-70s

February 23, 2015
Remembering the Black Protests of the 1960s-70s

In my previous post on how to agitate faithfully, I noted that the only revelations we have received in the past 125 years came about as a result of agitation.  With regards to polygamy, the US government agitated in such a coercive manner that we got the Manifesto in Official Declaration 1 in which Wilford […]

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Posted in LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Priesthood, Race Relations | 32 Comments »

Talks About Talks

February 17, 2015
Talks About Talks

Who came up with the idea of doing lessons and talks about talks, including very recent talks?  Is this an activity that removes us from our own serious personal study of the gospel or does it elevate current teachings with scripture and bolster current leaders’ authority by studying their words?  Is it a worthwhile practice? […]

Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, America, Book of Mormon, Christian, Church Policy, Culture, Faith, General Conference, Jewish Studies, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, New Testament Sunday School Lessons, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, Prophet | 31 Comments »

Punished for Eve, and not Adam’s Transgression

February 16, 2015
Punished for Eve, and not Adam’s Transgression

I saw this post on Facebook, and wondered what people here thought, especially in regards to female equality. Article of Faith #2 says: “We believe that man will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression.” But, as we know from the temple and scripture, women ARE punished for Eve’s transgression. Genesis […]

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Posted in Feminism, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, theology, Women | 41 Comments »

The Reform LDS Church? I Doubt It

February 15, 2015
The Reform LDS Church? I Doubt It

One of the more peculiar comments I’ve seen made by those who claim to be “non-orthodox” Mormons is that the Church has no alternate, more flexible option that accommodates those who hold, what they might describe as, more liberal views regarding key Church doctrines and practices while retaining their cultural identities as Mormons. The example […]

Posted in Agency, Community of Christ, Culture, Jewish Studies, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Roman Catholic Church | 77 Comments »

The Faith Crisis Biz

February 10, 2015
The Faith Crisis Biz

A recent Trib article explains that Mormon Stories and other monetized podcasts have been a sole source of income for some of the individuals that conduct the interviews.  This isn’t a surprise to many people, although it’s impressive that there’s been enough donated to support salaries for individuals’ families. At some point, all Mormon blogs […]

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