Mormon Culture

From Pillar to Post

August 23, 2016
From Pillar to Post

Sometimes when I hear other people talk about what they get from their church experience, I wonder if we attend the same church. I’m sure they feel likewise. The things that matter to some people aren’t important to me, and the things I care about aren’t important to them. Some people complain about things that […]

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Dunn and other Bad Business Deals (part 2)

August 22, 2016
Dunn and other Bad Business Deals (part 2)

I finished the book, Lying for the Lord by Lynn Packer.  (Click here for part 1.) It seems to me that most Mormons are upset by his telling stories that weren’t true.  To be honest, I ‘m not all that fond of piling on Dunn for that, though after reading the book, it wasn’t so much him […]

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The False Enemies We Worship

August 19, 2016
walsh jennings

For the last few weeks we’ve been enjoying the performances of some of the best athletes in the world at the Olympics. We have the push for gender equality to thank for a lot of women performing and doing well at the Olympics. Since Title IX was passed in 1972, the number of women participating […]

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Posted in America, Feminism, gender equity, LDS, Modesty, Mormon Culture, social media, Women, workplace | 20 Comments »

Uprooted

August 16, 2016
Uprooted

Our stake just underwent a huge boundary change. Did I mention it was huge? To quote Donald Trump, it was YUGE! We’ve been through many boundary changes in my lifetime of church attendance, and they are never very easy, hardest of all on the teens it seems, and yet, all my teens have been in […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Culture, emotions, Empathy, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Religion, understanding | 17 Comments »

Lying for the Lord (Paul Dunn)

August 15, 2016
Lying for the Lord (Paul Dunn)

I’m about halfway through Lynn Packer’s book, Lying for the Lord.  Packer is nephewfor former apostle Boyd K. Packer.  I didn’t know that Paul Dunn and Boyd Packer had a little bit of a CES rivalry going on.  Both came up at the same time in the LDS Seminary program.  Paul got a theology degree […]

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Posted in LDS, leadership, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Reviews | 35 Comments »

Temple Tourism

August 14, 2016
Utah Temple Passport

I know a few people who have served temple missions to the Nauvoo Temple.  They indicated that while there are lots of LDS tourists who visit Nauvoo, very few of them actually attend the temple there, and it is often not very busy. My sister and her husband travel quite a bit (her husband frequently […]

Posted in LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Temple | 17 Comments »

A Candidate Mormons Can vote For?

August 10, 2016
A Candidate Mormons Can vote For?

One of the interesting side notes in this bizarre election cycle has been the widely reported fact that Utah Mormon voters, including stanch Republicans (which is practically the same thing) are not supporting the Republican Nominee, Donald Trump. In fact, by and large that can’t stand him.  Trump came in third in the Utah Primary, […]

Posted in Agency, America, BYU, Freedom, LDS, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Politics, Religion | 15 Comments »

What Got Left Out? Sharon Eubank’s 2014 FairMormon Address in the August Ensign

August 9, 2016
Ensign cover

A few days ago I saw a familiar phrase on LDS.org, “Is this a woman’s church?” I recognized it as the title of a past FairMormon Conference address by Sharon Eubank, Director of LDS Charities. Clicking the link brought me to the cover article in this month’s Ensign, “Being a Woman: An Eternal Perspective,” and sure enough it was based on […]

Posted in Faith, gender equity, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Women | 37 Comments »

Waiting for the Brethren to….

August 8, 2016
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In the Book of Numbers, we are told that the reason the children of Israel had to wander in the Wilderness was because of a lack of faith in God.  While Moses had led them out of Egypt, many wanted to return to Egypt instead of conquer the promised land of Canaan, the land God […]

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Posted in Apostasy, Church Policy, LDS, Mormon Culture, theology | 58 Comments »

(Mis)Reading Scriptures So We Can Liken Them to Ourselves

August 2, 2016
(Mis)Reading Scriptures So We Can Liken Them to Ourselves

We are often told we should read our scriptures, but we aren’t told how to read them. Since most people are literate, but have never been taught how to read, it’s a crapshoot how effective their study is. We learn about reading scriptures as Primary children, but our methods often fail to transcend that approach. […]

Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, emotions, Empathy, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, General Conference, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Religion, scriptures, seminary, Violence | 39 Comments »

What happens without a loyal opposition?

July 28, 2016
What happens without a loyal opposition?

Most organizations face a dilemma. On the one hand, too much factionalism and resistance and they break down into feuding, balkanized  fragments. On the other hand, without any pushback, they turn into an echo chamber of yes men. The trick to success is to harness the power of loyal opposition. Thus the Chinese wisdom saying:  “A […]

Posted in LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 74 Comments »

Abandoned

July 25, 2016
Abandoned

I grew up in rural Pennsylvania, outside the small village of Bainbridge on a country lane called Locust Grove. We lived atop a hill surrounded by corn fields. The Conoy Indians used to live there [1] nestled between the banks of the Susquehanna and the Conoy Creek. We sometimes found arrow heads in the corn […]

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Christian, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, doubt, emotions, Empathy, Faith, faith crisis, Feminism, Freedom, LDS, LGBT, Mental Health, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 16 Comments »

Prophet Among Us (part 2)?

July 24, 2016
Prophet Among Us (part 2)?

Several of you didn’t like the choices last week when I asked who was the most likely apostle (among the top 6 in seniority) to give us a new revelation.  So, let’s ask the question again, amongst the bottom half of the apostles!  (Note this is listed by seniority.)

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Bad Memes

July 18, 2016
US President Eisenhower with Secretary of Agriculture Ezra Taft Benson.  He later called Eisenhower "a tool of the communists."

If you’re on Facebook, you’ve probably seen many of these memes.  I’d like to point out some of the ones that I’m not much of a fan of.  Take this one from Elder Ezra Taft Benson. On the one hand, it seems to be intended for conservative leaning folks, those who can’t seem to stomach […]

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Posted in History, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Politics | 16 Comments »

The Limits of Empathy

July 12, 2016
The Limits of Empathy

Today’s guest post is from Brother Sky. There have been some significant events over the past eight months involving the church and how it treats people (the November policy change, sexual assault at BYU, ongoing women and the priesthood discussions, etc.) Kristine A wrote a post about a year ago about how Mormons aren’t terribly good at empathy. […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Criticism, Culture, emotions, Empathy, Faith, LDS, LGBT, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Politics, Pride, Race Relations, Spirituality | 21 Comments »

Hillary vs. Howard: Are Successful Women Less Likeable?

July 12, 2016
Hillary vs. Howard: Are Successful Women Less Likeable?

Heidi Rozen was a successful venture capitalist. Frank Flynn, a professor at Columbia Business School, used her resume in a now-famous experimental study to see what types of bias evaluators would exhibit based solely on the sex of the applicant being reviewed. Half of his students were given Heidi’s resume with her real name. The other […]

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Posted in Agency, Criticism, Culture, Education, Empathy, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Patriarchy, Politics, Tradition, Uncategorized, Women, workplace | 8 Comments »

Happiness vs. Marriage

July 5, 2016
Happiness vs. Marriage

A recent New York Times article talked about the psychological reasons we choose our marital partners, and those reasons were far less designed to result in our happiness than we might expect. Because we lack self-awareness about our wishes and rationales, we are unaware of both what we need and what we seek in marriage. But though […]

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Posted in Agency, emotions, Empathy, faith crisis, LDS, Mental Health, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Religion, Women | 19 Comments »

Temples Struck by Lightning

July 3, 2016
Utah Temple Passport

My daughter recently turned 12, and wanted to participate in baptisms for the dead.  She also wanted a temple recommend holder.  I stopped by Seagull Book and discovered these temple recommend holders cost between $3-4, which seems ridiculously expensive for a simple piece of plastic.  While there, I discovered a Utah Temple Passport for around $6. […]

Posted in LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Temple | 21 Comments »

When Are Women Men and Men Women?

June 28, 2016
When Are Women Men and Men Women?

As a woman, it can sometimes be difficult to determine what in the scriptures applies to me and what doesn’t. Sometimes when I mention this to people, they think I am being purposefully obtuse. Today’s guest post is from EBK. To illustrate the issue, I have made a list of scriptures below that can present […]

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Origen & the Pre-Existence, Coats of Skins

June 27, 2016
Origen & the Pre-Existence, Coats of Skins

I was listening to a great Maxwell Institute podcast in which Blair Hodges interviews Peter Martens. Among other topics, Martens briefly discussed early church father Origen who was denounced postumously for his heretical views, some of which, although they may have been anathema to Catholics, are particularly of interest to Mormons. Origen was an early Christian scholar […]

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