Mormon Culture

When Good Analogies Turn Bad…

September 2, 2015
When Good Analogies Turn Bad…

I love a good analogy. Here are some crackers: “I like to imagine that the world is one big machine. You know, machines never have any extra parts. They have the exact number and type of parts they need. So I figure if the entire world is a big machine, I have to be here […]

Posted in Modesty, Mormon Culture, Women | 16 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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Hated Hymns

September 1, 2015
Hated Hymns

 A congregation in another faith used a creative fundraising idea.  Parishioners could bid to block their least favorite hymn from being sung during the coming year.  This is an idea whose time has come.  Here are my top 10 picks for hymns I would block: I Believe in Christ.  This is 8 verses masquerading as […]

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Posted in Agency, Criticism, Culture, emotions, Empathy, Freedom, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Prophet, Uncategorized | 56 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 | 91 Comments »

Jack Mormon (weekend poll)

August 29, 2015
Jack Mormon (weekend poll)

A few week ago, we asked what type of Mormon you are.  Some of our readers think this is an outdated question, and think the term “Jack Mormon” isn’t really used anymore.  Well, there is a real person named Jack Morman (notice the “a” instead of an “o” at the end of his name.  He’s […]

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Culture | 14 Comments »

“Wholesome” Recreational Activities

August 25, 2015
“Wholesome” Recreational Activities

Nearly from its inception, the Proclamation to the World has been a controversial document as people have different ideas about how to have a successful marriage and family when God only approves of one way [1].  At the heart of this controversy:  so-called wholesome recreational activities. Consider this advice from BYU’s Marriage & Families website: There […]

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Posted in Agency, Culture, Education, emotions, Freedom, Modesty, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Truth. Lying, Violence | 19 Comments »

Sunstone Testimonies 2015

August 24, 2015
Sunstone Testimonies 2015

I’m a few weeks late with my recap of Sunstone.  The one thing about Sunstone is that you can find all kinds of different sessions, both pro and anti church.  People seem to concentrate on the anti-church presentations, but there are some others I would like to talk about.  The people I have highlighted below […]

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Posted in Christian, LDS, LGBT, Mitch Mayne, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Religion, theology, Women | 5 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 […]

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The Martin Harris Pageant

August 17, 2015
The Martin Harris Pageant

This year my family has tried to attend several pageants (Manti Pageant, Hill Cumorah Pageant) but schedules haven’t worked out.  Last night, we attended the Clarkston Pageant.  Never heard of it?  Neither had my wife. Clarkston is definitely off the beaten path.  It is about 30 minutes northwest of Logan, Utah, just 10 miles or so […]

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Posted in Apostasy, Book of Mormon, Excommunication, faith crisis, History, Joseph Smith, LDS, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Culture, scriptures | 6 Comments »

What kind of Mormon are you? (weekend poll)

August 15, 2015
What kind of Mormon are you?  (weekend poll)

A few weeks ago, we asked our readers for some poll question ideas.  This is the first of several. Robert Kirby once wrote a humorous article on the 5 types of Mormons. How would you best describe yourself?

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Posted in Culture, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 8 Comments »

The Mormon Spectrum

August 12, 2015
mormon spectrum

What is Mormon Spectrum? Where will yet another aggregator fit in?

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Posted in Culture, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 37 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 »

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 »

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 | 91 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 »

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