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Missionary work in Mongolia

March 30, 2015
Missionary work in Mongolia

I had an interesting conversation this weekend.  A met a man who had served as mission president in Mongolia.  I didn’t know much about Mongolia, and thought it was part of China.  At one time it was, I guess, but the Soviets took over after World War 2, and forced the country to use the […]

Posted in Church Policy, gender equity, LDS, Mission, Mormon, Patriarchy, Priesthood, theology, Women | 19 Comments »

Do you wear the holey garment?

March 29, 2015
Do you wear the holey garment?

A while back, there was a discussion about defiling garments.  One commenter said that defiling your garments includes Treating them in a casual manner such as: – Throwing them on the floor – Not retiring them when they are full of holes, tears or discolored – Wearing them contrary to instructions – Trying to adjust […]

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Posted in LDS, Modesty, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Temple | 18 Comments »

Are You Over-Worked or Under-Appreciated? (weekend poll)

March 28, 2015
Are You Over-Worked or Under-Appreciated? (weekend poll)

Let’s face it.  Not everyone experiences the same things at church.  Some wards and branches are so small that people have 2-3 major callings.  Burnout can be a major problem. In some Utah County wards, people can get lost and forgotten because the wards are so large.  One stake president remarked that he wanted large […]

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Posted in Church Policy, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 6 Comments »

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 | 37 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 »

Are you consistent with Abortion and Death Penalty? (Weekend Poll)

March 21, 2015
Are you consistent with Abortion and Death Penalty?  (Weekend Poll)

Many people aren’t consistent with their logic concerning abortion and the death penalty, and the inconsistency is noted on both sides of the issues.  Many Pro-life supporters are Pro-death penalty–a seemingly inconsistent position.  Conversely, many people against the death penalty are pro-abortion.  Are you consistent?

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Posted in Christian, Culture, emotions, LDS, Mormon, Politics, Violence | 28 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 »

Council of 50 – Q&A with Jedidiah Rogers

March 16, 2015
Council of 50 – Q&A with Jedidiah Rogers

Jedidiah Rogers has recently published a book on the Council of Fifty.  For those of you who have never heard of the Council of Fifty, it was a “quorum” set up by Joseph Smith in preparation for his U.S. Presidential campaign in 1844.  One of the most unusual aspect of this council was the fact […]

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Posted in Joseph Smith, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Politics, theology | 9 Comments »

Topical Guide: Abominable

March 15, 2015
Topical Guide: Abominable

As I mentioned in a previous post, I thought it would be interesting to go through the Topical Guide and look for unusual meanings.  I came across an interesting scripture concerning the word abomination. Genesis 46: 34 …for every shepherd is an abomination unto the Egyptians. Egyptians consider the occupation of shepherds to be an […]

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Posted in Culture, History, Holy Land, Israel, Mormon, Mormon Belief, scriptures, Truth. Lying | 14 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 »

Misplaced sadness for Exmormons

March 11, 2015
Misplaced sadness for Exmormons

At By Common Consent, bhodges wrote confessions to people who’ve left the church. But do exmormons really need Mormon sorrow?

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Posted in LDS, Mormon | 15 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 »

Unhealthy Baby Abortion

March 9, 2015
Unhealthy Baby Abortion

A few years ago, I home taught an older gentleman.  His daughter was recently married, and discovered that the baby she was carrying had serious medical issues.  The baby was missing the right side of her body, and the doctor told the couple that the baby would be born alive, but live just hours due to […]

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Posted in Christian, Church Policy, Mental Health, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Women | 21 Comments »

Religion as Software for the Brain

March 9, 2015
Brain as computer

In the theory of non-overlapping magisteria, people argue that religion and science both have value because the two cover different domains. The argument is that while science is good for explaining hows and whats, it does not — cannot — explain why. And there’s the value of religion. To me, this dichotomy fails because the two […]

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Belief, Science and Religion | 13 Comments »

Sprinkling

March 8, 2015
Sprinkling

Mormons believe baptism must be done by immersion, and view sprinkling for baptism as a sign of apostasy.  It got me thinking about a recent change in the LDS temple ceremony called Washing and Anointing. When the endowment was first administered in the Kirtland Temple, as part of the Washing and Anointing ordinance, initiates had […]

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Posted in Apostasy, Church Policy, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Temple, theology | 13 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 »

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 »

D&C 132 and Other Men’s Wives

March 2, 2015
D&C 132 and Other Men’s Wives

One of the things I love about blogging is that it helps me learn, and better articulate my positions.  I’m not sure why polygamy is such a hot topic lately, but it is.  I enjoyed Kristine A’s post at Wheat and Tares this week:  Joseph Smith’s Multiple Wives and Why I Care A Lot.  It […]

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Posted in History, Joseph Smith, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Polygamy, scriptures, theology, Women | 154 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 »

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 »

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