Mormon Belief

Weak Gospel Teaching

September 4, 2015
Weak Gospel Teaching

In light of the blog posts of this week discussing Elder Bednar’s statement that the rupture in the cycle between baptism and endowment is “first, foremost and most powerful is, weak Gospel teaching and modeling in the home.” This upset a lot of people. But, it got me wondering, just what is weak Gospel teaching […]

Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Apostasy, Blind Obedience, Charity, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, Education, Faith, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Sunday School, Uncategorized | 12 Comments »

Untwisting Our Twisted Thinking

September 2, 2015
Untwisting Our Twisted Thinking

In follow up to Jon G’s post, we have another guest post, today from long-time commenter Heber13. As I’ve thought about the Jon G post on Blaming Parents vs. Mourning with Those Who Mourn and the many responses that include inducing guilt or looking back at how parents “should” or “could” avoid losing children by […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Blind Obedience, Charity, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, doubt, emotions, Empathy, Faith, faith crisis, Freedom, General Conference, LDS, leadership, Mental Health, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Patriarchy, Politics, Polygamy, Pride, Prophet, Religion, theology, understanding | 16 Comments »

Blaming Parents vs. Mourning with Those Who Mourn

August 31, 2015
Blaming Parents vs. Mourning with Those Who Mourn

Today’s guest post is from Jon G. Like many of you, the fifth Sunday lesson in my ward was on Sabbath day stuff. That’s fine, and it troubles me not at all. In fact, I think that it would be of great benefit to make our Sabbath worship more meaningful. However, we watched a clip […]

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Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Charity, Christian, Criticism, Culture, doubt, emotions, Empathy, Faith, faith crisis, Freedom, LDS, Mental Health, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Politics, Religion, understanding | 97 Comments »

Long Life

August 30, 2015
Long Life

People in the Bible lived a really long time.  Check out this table for the ages of Patriarchs from Adam to Noah. Table 1. Ages of the Patriarchs from Adam to Noah   Patriarch Age Bible Reference 1 Adam 930 Genesis 5:4 2 Seth 912 Genesis 5:8 3 Enosh 905 Genesis 5:11 4 Cainan 910 Genesis […]

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Posted in LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, Science and Religion, scriptures | 14 Comments »

Define “Faith Transition”

August 26, 2015
Define “Faith Transition”

Four years ago I started to question things I’d been taught in the Church because I received an answer to prayer that I believe conflicted with church teachings. I started questioning almost everything, but never the core foundation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ or the basics of the Restoration. I thought it was more […]

Posted in Apostasy, Blind Obedience, Criticism, doubt, faith crisis, Mormon Belief | 44 Comments »

Topical Guide: Angels Unaware

August 23, 2015
Topical Guide:  Angels Unaware

Here’s a continuation of my series on the Topical Guide in which I try to find scriptures with unusual meanings. I came across an interesting verse in Hebrews 13:2. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Usually when we think of angels, we think of spectacular visitations (Angel Moroni, […]

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Posted in Agency, Mormon, Mormon Belief, scriptures, theology, Topical Guide | 3 Comments »

Unclean & Common

August 18, 2015
Unclean & Common

Would you eat a cherry that was in a bowl of cockroaches?  Would you eat a cherry if there was one cockroach in the bowl?  How much impurity is too much?  I had a boss years ago who would never eat anything at a potluck dinner because of her fear of food contamination. When we […]

Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, America, Charity, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, doubt, emotions, Empathy, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, leadership, LGBT, Mission, Modesty, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, New Testament Sunday School Lessons, Politics, Pride, scriptures, theology | 22 Comments »

Habits of Affection & Loyalty

August 11, 2015
Habits of Affection & Loyalty

A recent discussion at By Common Consent about the role of public affairs, and whether church members are permitted to disagree with the Newsroom [1] led to the following comment by Nate Oman: I do, however, think that the Bloggernacle at times mistakes arrogance, cynicism, and posturing for intellectual insight, moral nuance, and righteous indignation. […]

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Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Criticism, Culture, Empathy, LDS, leadership, LGBT, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Politics | 24 Comments »

An Interview with Mitch Mayne

August 10, 2015
An Interview with Mitch Mayne

Mitch, you’ve become well known because of how you’ve interacted with the Church, but can you tell us how you found the Church (or how it found you)? My parents converted to Mormonism when I was really young. I grew up in Idaho, so the culture was already heavily influenced by the Mormon faith.  My […]

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Posted in Agency, Christian, Culture, Empathy, Faith, faith crisis, Freedom, LDS, leadership, LGBT, Mental Health, Mitch Mayne, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Politics | 22 Comments »

Knowledge and Intelligence

August 9, 2015
Knowledge and Intelligence

If “the glory of God is Intelligence”, why did God forbid Adam and Eve to partake of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil?  Is it because they were children, and didn’t understand how to use knowledge properly?  Why shouldn’t they know about good and evil?

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Belief, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, scriptures | 13 Comments »

Joseph’s Seer Stone (weekend poll)

August 8, 2015
Joseph’s Seer Stone (weekend poll)

The LDS Church made a big splash this week when they released several documents associated with the Joseph Smith Papers Project.  But what REALLY made news was the photo of the seer stone.  It’s been out a few days now.  Here are some questions:

Posted in Anti-Mormon, Book of Mormon, Faith, faith crisis, Joseph Smith, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Prophet | 76 Comments »

The Fox and the Hedgehog

August 4, 2015
The Fox and the Hedgehog

I was reading Neil Simon’s The Star Spangled Girl last week on vacation.  It was one of his lesser plays, and although it was made into a movie, it was not that well received.  In the play, Andy and Norman are radicals who barely make a living working on their magazine, Fallout, which is dedicated to […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Apostasy, Church Policy, Criticism, Doctrine, Education, Empathy, Faith, faith crisis, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, scriptures | 15 Comments »

Lightmindedness & Loud Laughter

August 2, 2015
Lightmindedness & Loud Laughter

In one of our temple covenants, we are told to avoid “all lightmindedness” and “loud laughter.”  Why?  What is the harm in either?  “All lightmindness” is an odd prohibition.  Why not “Some lightmindness”? Pres. Hinckley was known for his humor, often causing loud laughter in the Tabernacle.  Was this wrong?  Why or why not? The […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Temple, theology | 18 Comments »

A Sunstone Newbie

July 31, 2015
A Sunstone Newbie

Imagine if someone were to create a community where all interested or connected to Mormon thought in any way, shape, or form were welcomed and accepted? It exists, and it’s meeting in SLC this weekend. I just returned from my first day of Sunstone (ever), and I have to sit and process what I just […]

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Posted in faith crisis, History, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Polygamy, Reviews, Uncategorized | 13 Comments »

Ask Not For Whom the Bugle Blows

July 28, 2015
Ask Not For Whom the Bugle Blows

The Boy Scouts of America recently announced that it will no longer bar homosexuals from leadership roles in scouting, although it will also allow local troops to select leaders on their own criteria, effectively allowing religious troops to ban homosexuals as they choose. In response, the church announced yesterday: “The Church of Jesus Christ of […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, Education, emotions, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics | 54 Comments »

Masonic Influence on LDS Endowment

July 27, 2015
Masonic Influence on LDS Endowment

In one of John Dehlin’s first podcasts (September 14, 2005), he interviewed Greg Kearney, a member of FAIR (Foundation of Apologetic Information and Research, a pro-Mormon think tank), and a several generation Mormon  and master mason.  Greg attended BYU, and is the member of a Farmington, Maine ward that has been around longer than any […]

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Posted in Doctrine, Joseph Smith, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Temple | 25 Comments »

9 ProTips from Richard Bushman

July 21, 2015
9 ProTips from Richard Bushman

From a recent reddit forum with Mormon historian Richard Bushman, I extracted 9 tips for those who are concerned about church history and how to deal with sticky issues. On what to do when confronted with history that doesn’t match the church’s story. Question:  There are many people with a fraction of your knowledge of church […]

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Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Education, emotions, Empathy, Faith, faith crisis, Joseph Smith, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 91 Comments »

Sexism in the Garden

July 19, 2015
Sexism in the Garden

When telling the garden story, one person is always dumb.  In the historical Christian telling, Eve was dumb because she was deceived by Satan.  God punishes Eve by causing painful childbirth, and tells her she needs to submit to smart Adam who listened the first time. A more modern telling of the story has Eve being much […]

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Posted in Agency, Blind Obedience, Christian, gender equity, Mormon, Mormon Belief | 15 Comments »

Survey Invitation: Marital Quality & Changes in Belief

July 17, 2015
Survey Invitation:  Marital Quality & Changes in Belief

A topic often under discussion in the bloggernacle is how to navigate marriages when one spouse has a change in belief.  If this describes your marriage, please follow the link to participate.  Eligibility requirements are below. https://iu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6tYdXEwogQ9PKK1

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Posted in Agency, Culture, Education, emotions, Empathy, Faith, faith crisis, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 13 Comments »

Sleeping through the Atonement

July 14, 2015
Sleeping through the Atonement

Sunday’s Gospel Doctrine lesson was about the twelve falling asleep during the atonement. Our teacher asked why they couldn’t do something as simple as stay awake, especially since they were supposed to be the cream of the crop, Jesus’ chosen. Matthew 26: 40:  “And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto […]

Posted in Agency, America, Apostasy, Blind Obedience, Charity, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Faith, faith crisis, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, New Testament Sunday School Lessons, Politics, scriptures | 12 Comments »

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