Mormon Belief

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 | 119 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 | 32 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 | 7 Comments »

Updated: Who’s Privileged?

October 3, 2014
Updated: Who’s Privileged?

Recent blog posts by Kate Kelly and Joanna Brooks on FMHseem to embrace some of what I was trying to convey with this post.  There seems to me, the way that I read those two articles, a recognition that things are not just about white, privileged, Mormon feminists but the net of equality is cast […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, gender equity, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Race Relations, Uncategorized, Women | 78 Comments »

Temple Ordination?

October 2, 2014
Temple Ordination?

Jeff Spector recently asked what would happen if women received the priesthood.  I have a question about what would happen at the temple.  Currently men are ordained to the Melchizedek Priesthood immediately prior to the initiatory rite, but women do not need to be ordained at all.  If the prophet received a revelation extending priesthood […]

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Posted in Feminism, gender equity, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Priesthood, Temple, theology, Wheaties | 25 Comments »

10 People Who Were More Valiant in the Pre-Existence Than You

September 30, 2014
10 People Who Were More Valiant in the Pre-Existence Than You

From the tongue-in-cheek folkloric depths of Mormondom, we have a treasured gem of Gospel Doctrine classes of yesteryear: trying to ascertain (based on current life circumstances) who was more valiant in the pre-existence.  This is the kind of speculation born of the race ban, but it certainly wasn’t limited by that ban.  It’s the Mormon […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Culture, Doctrine, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Pride, Priesthood, Race Relations, Women | 9 Comments »

We’ll Spam the World His Truth (Weekend Poll)

September 27, 2014
We’ll Spam the World His Truth (Weekend Poll)

Elder Bednar recently encouraged members to use social media to flood the earth with the gospel message.  Are you doing as he suggests?  Time for a poll. Discuss.

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Blind Obedience, Criticism, Culture, Faith, LDS, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 4 Comments »

FSY Report: Let’s Pretend it’s Sunday!

September 25, 2014
FSY Report: Let’s Pretend it’s Sunday!

I’d love to be able to write that it was an amazing 6 days, and my daughter loved every minute. I’m sure it was a lot of work for those involved running it. My daughter, along with the other YW attending, including investigators and less-active girls, enjoyed meeting other youth from elsewhere. They have some […]

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Posted in Criticism, emotions, Europe, gender equity, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 26 Comments »

Where Are All the Men? You’ll Never Know.

September 22, 2014
Where Are All the Men?  You’ll Never Know.

The church has recently released a 9 minute video called “You Never Know.” It features what must be assumed to be a single mom who is trying very hard to get her to do list done so she can meet her cousin at the airport to spend the evening with her.  But her to do […]

Posted in Agency, America, Christian, Church Policy, Culture, economics, emotions, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, money, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Women | 54 Comments »

Moderation in Teaching Modesty

September 21, 2014
Moderation in Teaching Modesty

I received the following message privately from a friend who read my last post entitled “Men, Sex & Modesty” and have permission to share it under my name so the writer remains anonymous. It is long, but it is incredibly important and ought to be read by EVERY person on this earth, and especially by […]

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Posted in Agency, Criticism, Culture, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, Modesty, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Women | 16 Comments »

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