Mormon Culture

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 | 36 Comments »

LDS Church politics in Utah

March 23, 2015
LDS Church politics in Utah

There are some people who think that the LDS Church should not be allowed to lobby with regards to political issues.  I am not one of those people.  However, I think there are tactics the church should avoid, or they cross over boundaries with regards to the separation of church and state. Carl Wimmer served […]

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Posted in Church Policy, LDS, leadership, LGBT, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Politics | 43 Comments »

When the Priesthood is Everything, It Becomes Nothing

March 20, 2015
Priesthood Blessing

The latest viral-nova mormon essay to hit the internets is about how a woman taught primary children how priesthood blesses our lives. I believe it is a valiant attempt to wrestle with the complicated and contradictory messages that we have always been given about women and the priesthood. It is a worthwhile endeavor, and I […]

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Posted in Doctrine, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Sunday School, Women | 35 Comments »

The Myth of Traditional Marriage

March 17, 2015
The Myth of Traditional Marriage

According to the song, love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage.  But when it comes to the history of marriage, pairing marriage with love is putting the cart before the horse.  If we look at why people used to get married, traditionally, we’ll quickly see why marriages today are less stable.  And why […]

Posted in Agency, America, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, economics, Education, emotions, Europe, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, money, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Culture, understanding, Violence, Women | 72 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 »

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 »

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 »

What is Real?

March 4, 2015
What is Real?

For those who were around in the 80’s, you might remember a church video called “What is Real”. Serving my mission in the early 1990’s, I showed it to nearly anyone who we met more than once. It is actually not a bad story, for a church video, if you can get away from the […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Culture, Feminism, gender equity, Modesty, Mormon Culture, Truth. Lying, Women | 27 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 »

Weekend Poll: Home/Visiting Teaching

February 28, 2015
Weekend Poll: Home/Visiting Teaching

I heard a story of a woman who’s visiting teachers were supposed to come on the last day of the month.  Unfortunately, she developed a migraine that day, and texted them not to come because she was not feeling well.  One responded “We’re bringing you lunch!”  She told her that wouldn’t be necessary.  “We’re bringing […]

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Posted in Culture, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 22 Comments »

You be You

February 27, 2015
You be You

Nate’s post this week refers to balancing masculine/feminine dualities, and it got me thinking about a book my sister-in-law had me read last year. I don’t know if you’ve heard about “energy profiling,” apparently it’s a thing in Utah because Carol Tuttle, a Mormon woman, has developed her own business with an online class that […]

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Posted in Culture, Feminism, LDS, Mental Health, Mormon Culture, Women | 9 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 »

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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Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Apostasy, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, emotions, Excommunication, Faith, faith crisis, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, leadership, LGBT, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Pride, Technology | 25 Comments »

Heart of Africa Q&A

February 9, 2015
Heart of Africa Q&A

February is Black History Month.  Margaret Young, who teaches writing at BYU, has been heavily involved in writing LDS black history.  She has helped write the play, I Am Jane, a story about early black Mormon Jane Manning James, and has produced 2 films about black Mormons.  Her first film came out in 2008 and […]

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Posted in LDS, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Race Relations, Reviews, Women | 10 Comments »

Taking My Baal and Going Home

February 5, 2015
Taking My Baal and Going Home

I recently checked the 2013 edition of the scriptures for an entry in the Bible Dictionary that should have been corrected. This is what I gave them as feedback on the site form that asks for it: “Baal.  Possessor, lord. The Sun-god and the male or generative principle in nature. He was worshipped with different […]

Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Church Policy, Criticism, Doctrine, Faith, History, Jewish Studies, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, scriptures, seminary | 10 Comments »

Tarefic/Wheaties Winners! (or Whiners?)

February 4, 2015
Tarefic/Wheaties Winners! (or Whiners?)

We’re here to announce the official winners of our annual Wheaties and Tarefic Awards.  Some of you may remember the controversy we had a few years ago when we mixed up the winner of the Best Blog Category.  Well, apparently we like controversy, (or maybe we’re just not that technically savvy.)  We had some minor […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Feminism, gender equity, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Reviews, Wheaties | 12 Comments »

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