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Mormon Sacred Cows

December 16, 2014
Mormon Sacred Cows

“There is no virtue like necessity.”  William Shakespeare (Richard II) In many Indian states, cows are literally sacred.  They are not to be slaughtered, and Hindus do not eat beef.  Cows support human life.  People drink their milk and eat curds and butter.  Cow manure is dried into patties that are used as fuel and […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, emotions, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, General Conference, LDS, leadership, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Politics, Women | 29 Comments »

Did the goalposts just shift…again?

December 15, 2014
Did the goalposts just shift…again?

This is a guest post from LDS_Aussie.  He is a PhD student in psychology and has served in many church positions including Branch president, EQ, HPGL and High Council in church land. This is his first guest post. Just imagine you are lined up to take a penalty shot at the goals depicted to the left. […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Culture, LDS, Modesty, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Women | 49 Comments »

Feeding Time: Weekend Poll

December 13, 2014
Feeding Time:  Weekend Poll

A few years ago, to defray costs, feeding the missionaries became the responsibility of the ward members.  Good change?  Bad change?  Both?  You decide. Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, America, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, LDS, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 18 Comments »

Changing Men, Changing Women

December 9, 2014
Changing Men, Changing Women

I recently read an interesting article in the Atlantic. It noted a few key points about how men are impacted by the women in their lives: Male CEOs with sons (not daughters) pay employees less. Those with firstborn daughters pay all employees including women more. Men with daughters are less enamored of gender stereotypes and […]

Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, Education, emotions, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Women, workplace | 65 Comments »

Impromptu Sacrament Meeting

December 8, 2014
Impromptu Sacrament Meeting

When I was a kid (approximately 8-10 years old), I used to get up every Fast & Testimony meeting and bear my testimony.  I was so obnoxious, my family told me I didn’t need to get up every month.  So, I took a few months off.  One day we had Ward Conference (and I still […]

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Posted in Community of Christ, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 21 Comments »

Polygamy & Me: Weekend Poll

November 29, 2014
Polygamy & Me:  Weekend Poll

A lot has been said about the church’s polygamy essays recently.  Now that the dust has settled, let’s see what you think. Discuss.

Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, Joseph Smith, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Polygamy, Prophet, Women | 23 Comments »

Thanksgiving Visitors

November 27, 2014
Thanksgiving Visitors

Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate our abundance, but not everyone has an abundant life.  Many sports teams spend some time at Thanksgiving at homeless shelters, feeding those in need.  Do you invite non-family or needy families at Thanksgiving?

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Posted in Christian, LDS, Mormon | 4 Comments »

Authority vs. Authenticity

November 25, 2014
Authority vs. Authenticity

Do Mormons have an authenticity problem? If so, is it related to our views of authority?

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, emotions, Faith, Feminism, gender equity, LDS, leadership, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Priesthood, Uncategorized, workplace | 29 Comments »

BYU’s Beard Ban: Weekend Poll

November 23, 2014
BYU’s Beard Ban:  Weekend Poll

There has been a lot of discussion about BYU’s no-facial hair policy, including my personal favorite, and the policy that male leaders also must be clean-shaven in some wards and in the highest offices in the church.  What’s your opinion? Discuss.

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, BYU, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Faith, Freedom, gender equity, Honor Code, LDS, Modesty, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 23 Comments »

President Henry B. Eyring at the Vatican Summit on Marriage

November 19, 2014
Henry B. Eyring

Do only “a man and a woman, united in marriage, have a transcendent power to create happiness”?

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Posted in gender equity, LGBT, Mormon | 11 Comments »

The Early Morning Seminary Conundrum

November 18, 2014
The Early Morning Seminary Conundrum

I wrote the first half of this a year ago. In breaking news, teens are either not getting enough sleep or don’t need as much sleep as we used to think.  Either way, I can state with certainty that parents of teens who attend early morning seminary aren’t getting enough (consecutive) sleep. This is a huge […]

Posted in Agency, America, Anti-Mormon, BYU, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Education, Freedom, LDS, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, scriptures, seminary | 37 Comments »

Are We Letting Evil Triumph with ISIS?

November 17, 2014
Are We Letting Evil Triumph with ISIS?

Edmund Burke was an Irish political philosopher, Whig politician and statesman who is often regarded as the father of modern conservatism. His most famous quote: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” How involved should the U.S. be? Hitler invaded Poland, Austria, and Czechoslovakia in 1939, and […]

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Posted in Christian, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Politics, Violence | 18 Comments »

Modal, Model Mormonism

November 13, 2014
modalmormonism

Can we ever generalize a typical Mormon experience?

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Posted in LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Polygamy | 19 Comments »

Sexting & the Law of Chastity

November 11, 2014
Sexting & the Law of Chastity

For starters, sexting is pretty much a no-no in terms of the law of chastity, and yet, it is common among teens.  As a “no contact” sexual experience [1] it may seem like an easy way to avoid the nasty side-effects of breaking the law of chastity.  Will anyone get pregnant?  No.  Do you have […]

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Posted in Agency, Christian, Church Policy, Culture, emotions, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, Modesty, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 23 Comments »

The Crucible of Doubt

November 10, 2014
The Crucible of Doubt

Many religions are losing adherents to atheism, or people a simply choosing to abandon organized religion.  Mormonism is no different.  Deseret Book has recently published The Crucible of Doubt by Terryl and Fiona Givens in order to address those Mormons who doubt truth claims made by the church.  I liked some of the points that […]

Posted in Christian, Mormon, Mormon Belief, theology | 14 Comments »

Faith vs. Appeal to Authority

November 3, 2014
Faith vs. Appeal to Authority

The definition of faith is “1. complete trust or confidence in someone or something. 2. strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.” Appeal to authority is a form of unreliable argument used to dismiss contrary evidence by overlooking errors in judgment, bias, dishonestly or groupthink […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Blind Obedience, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Faith, Freedom, General Conference, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Prophet, theology | 35 Comments »

Utah’s Ferguson Problem

November 3, 2014
Utah’s Ferguson Problem

While most of the country is focusing on the shooting of a black man in Ferguson, Missouri by a white police officer, the small town of Saratoga Springs, Utah has a similar controversy brewing.  Several people called the police about a 22 year old black man, Darrien Hunt, who was walking around a shopping center with […]

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Posted in LDS, Mormon, Race Relations | 39 Comments »

Proclamation Written by Lawyers?

October 30, 2014
Proclamation Written by Lawyers?

I saw a Facebook post that went something like this.  The person stated that the Proclamation on the Family was specifically created as part of an amicus brief that Kirton McConkie (Church’s law firm) drafted in the Church’s fight against marriage equality in Hawaii in the mid-1990s.  The Church decided to release it to the […]

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Posted in Christian, Church Policy, Culture, LDS, Mormon, Women | 46 Comments »

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 | 138 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 »

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