Mormon Culture

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 | 6 Comments »

Ankles, Earrings, & Hedges

July 24, 2015
Ankles, Earrings, & Hedges

Recently I got into a discussion about Elder Bednar’s “second earring story” in which an RM at Ricks College broke up with a young woman who didn’t remove her second pair after hearing Pres. Hinckley recommend it during a CES devotional. Someone commented, “Boy, she really dodged a bullet, eh?” I laughed and one of […]

Posted in Blind Obedience, BYU-Idaho, Honor Code, Mormon Culture, Prophet, Uncategorized, understanding | 17 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 | 80 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 | 12 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 »

A Response to the Letter Read in Wards Last Sunday

July 8, 2015
A Response to the Letter Read in Wards Last Sunday

We’d like to welcome guest author Christian Harrison who shared the following exchange with the Daily Universe (BYU’s campus paper).  Christian Harrison is an out gay man and Elders Quorum teacher in Salt Lake City, where he’s a communications professional. He has fond memories of his years at BYU, where he studied International Relations, French, […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Education, emotions, Empathy, Excommunication, Faith, faith crisis, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, leadership, LGBT, Mental Health, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Patriarchy, Politics, Prophet, scriptures, theology | 121 Comments »

The Unwritten Order of Funerals

July 7, 2015
The Unwritten Order of Funerals

I wrote the following post in June of 2009, and given Pres. Packer’s passing, it seems newly timely. Will anyone dare to speak about Pres. Packer at his funeral? [1] *** What do you want your funeral to be like?  Do you care or do you figure you’ll be dead anyway?  How do you feel about […]

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Posted in Agency, Culture, emotions, Empathy, Freedom, LDS, leadership, Mental Health, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 46 Comments »

Memento Mori, Carpe Diem, and Other Life Lessons

June 30, 2015
Memento Mori, Carpe Diem, and Other Life Lessons

Respecting one’s elders is a long-standing human tradition for good reason.  The elders of the tribe have often been seen as the wise ones, the ones who carry the experience and knowledge the younger ones need to survive and thrive.  And the elders of the tribe have lived long enough to have avoided some of […]

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Posted in Agency, Charity, Culture, emotions, Empathy, Gratitude, Mental Health, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 5 Comments »

Big Week for SCOTUS (Weekend Poll)

June 27, 2015
Big Week for SCOTUS (Weekend Poll)

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) made two major rulings this week:  (1) re-affirmed the Affordable Care Act, and (2) made gay marriage legal nationwide.  What are your thoughts?

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Posted in Christian, Church Policy, LGBT, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics | 69 Comments »

Mean Girls Jesus

June 23, 2015
Mean Girls Jesus

Psychological projection is a theory in psychology in which humans defend themselves against unpleasant impulses by denying their existence in themselves, while attributing them to others. For example, a person who is rude may constantly accuse other people of being rude.  A person who is judgmental will accuse others of being judgmental.  For this reason, […]

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Posted in Agency, BYU, Culture, emotions, Empathy, Faith, faith crisis, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, Morality, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Politics, Pride, Women | 24 Comments »

Authenticity: Will the Real Me Please Stand Up?

June 16, 2015
Authenticity:  Will the Real Me Please Stand Up?

It’s a common claim among participants of Mormon internet groups that people feel they cannot be themselves at church or can’t say what they think for fear of being ostracized.  They feel they are discouraged from being honest or authentic, that they would be rejected if they disagreed with the party line or articulated a non-conforming […]

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Posted in Agency, Charity, Christian, Culture, emotions, Freedom, Jesus, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Uncategorized, understanding | 16 Comments »

Standing for Women

June 14, 2015
Standing for Women

A temple worker told me an interesting story.  Apparently there is a veil waiting room where workers wait for the endowment to conclude.  Male and female temple workers are segregated, with an attached doorway.  As the endowment session concludes, female temple workers enter the men’s veil waiting room in order to enter the endowment room for the […]

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Posted in gender equity, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Temple, Women | 15 Comments »

Duty, Conformity, Authority, Obedience

June 9, 2015
Duty, Conformity, Authority, Obedience

These four virtues have held prime real estate in recent generations, and are still considered top virtues by many:  duty, conformity, authority, and obedience.  But within the 1900s and into our century, these virtues have also come under fire, their downside exposed.  These four virtues didn’t originate in scripture but are popular cultural values.  For example, […]

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Posted in Agency, Criticism, Culture, Empathy, Faith, Freedom, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics | 33 Comments »

MHA 2015 Recap

June 8, 2015
MHA 2015 Recap

The Annual Mormon History Association meetings came to Provo this past weekend.  Last year it was in San Antonio, and next year it will be at Snowbird Resort in Utah.  Sometimes I like it better when it’s out of town, because I can attend all the sessions.  When I’m home, there’s just too much going […]

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Posted in Anti-Mormon, Christian, Church Policy, Culture, Excommunication, faith crisis, History, Joseph Smith, LDS, leadership, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Polygamy, Priesthood, Prophet, Race Relations, Reviews, Roman Catholic Church, Temple, theology, Violence | 8 Comments »

RMs: Insular or Open Minded?

June 5, 2015
RMs: Insular or Open Minded?

I had a friend recently claim that due to the high rate of returned missionaries in Mormon Valley, it is actually a much more open minded place than people think. As a region it does have a higher rate of people who have traveled to foreign countries and who speak a second language. She claims […]

Posted in America, Culture, Mission, Mormon Culture | 22 Comments »

Interview with John Hamer

June 3, 2015
Interview with John Hamer

I understand you have been involved in collecting manuscripts and original documents that touch upon or concern the “Mormon” Church. What has that meant in your life? What perspectives has that given you? I’ve done work in the Community of Christ Archives, which are located in the Temple in Independence, Missouri. The archives contain a […]

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Posted in Christian, Community of Christ, Culture, Faith, History, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 17 Comments »

Honest in All Our Dealings

June 2, 2015
Honest in All Our Dealings

According to one study [1], 10% of communication in marriage is dishonest.  Another study showed that 38% of interactions between college students were deceptive [2].  And as we all know, 83% of statistics are made up [3].  Why do people lie?  Does everyone do it?  How can we be more honest? “It’s not a lie […]

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Posted in Agency, Criticism, Culture, doubt, emotions, Faith, Honor Code, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Truth. Lying | 25 Comments »

10 Things That Will Kill You Faster than Diet Coke

May 26, 2015
10 Things That Will Kill You Faster than Diet Coke

Noticing how tired I was one morning for my workout, my personal trainer asked if I drink coffee or tea which he was recommending so I wouldn’t be so tired in the morning [1].  I said no, but I drink Diet Coke.  He looked at me like I had just admitted to smoking heroin.  I […]

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Posted in Agency, Culture, Mental Health, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 31 Comments »

Stuck in a Calling

May 24, 2015
Stuck in a Calling

Our ward recently split.  One of my neighbors was called into the Bishop’s Office where they said, “We feel inspired to call you as Primary Pianist.”  She responded, “You don’t feel inspired.  You know that I play the piano and you need a pianist.  I’ve been primary pianist for the last 10 years.  I’ll do […]

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Posted in Culture, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 43 Comments »

O Say, What is Doubt?

May 19, 2015
O Say, What is Doubt?

E. Bednar’s recent comments disparaging doubt (in an innovative youth meeting with a Q&A) seem to imply a different definition of the word than most who experience doubt would use, as evidenced by some of the chatter about it.  Why is that?  Let’s explore what he and other church leaders might mean when they talk […]

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Posted in Agency, Charity, Criticism, Culture, debt, Faith, faith crisis, Freedom, General Conference, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 67 Comments »

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