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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 | 59 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 | 120 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 | 19 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 | 25 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 »

Topical Guide: Abhor

February 22, 2015
Topical Guide:  Abhor

I finished the reading the Bible Dictionary, (see some of my old posts on that topic) and wanted to do something different for scripture study.  I decided to go through the Topical Guide, looking for scriptures that had unusual meanings.  For my first entry, I thought I would discuss the word Abhor, which says immediately […]

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Posted in LDS, Mormon, scriptures, theology | 4 Comments »

Finding Meaning

February 19, 2015
Finding Meaning

I like how Andrew S and Brigham Young actually reach a parallelism on deconstruction (so that they do not reach the same place but they both realize that the current paradigms in the Church are social constructs). Without taking too much time on deconstruction as it is in philosophy, the essence of deconstruction is that intrinsic […]

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Posted in Joseph Smith, LDS, Mormon | 27 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 »

Punished for Eve, and not Adam’s Transgression

February 16, 2015
Punished for Eve, and not Adam’s Transgression

I saw this post on Facebook, and wondered what people here thought, especially in regards to female equality. Article of Faith #2 says: “We believe that man will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression.” But, as we know from the temple and scripture, women ARE punished for Eve’s transgression. Genesis […]

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Posted in Feminism, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, theology, Women | 41 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 »

Merging Wards: A Change in Strategy?

February 12, 2015
Merging Wards: A Change in Strategy?

I’ve become aware that it is now seems to be more common for wards to be combined to form a single unit. This is something that has happened to my own ward recently. I am so happy. And apparently we’re not the only stake where this is happening. It was only last year that I […]

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Posted in Church Policy, LDS, Mormon, Uncategorized | 32 Comments »

Transparency & Due Diligence: Open Stories Foundation Finances

February 11, 2015
Transparency & Due Diligence: Open Stories Foundation Finances

In the forums I visit online, Peggy Fletcher Stack’s recent article on the finances of Open Stories Foundation has launched several discussions about donor’s understandings (and sometimes misunderstandings) of what their donations were being used for. But first, a side note: I am tied between wanting to say “Damn you, Sam Brunson” and “Bless you, Sam […]

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Posted in LDS, Mormon | 25 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 »

Live Session in Salt Lake Temple

February 8, 2015
Live Session in Salt Lake Temple

My sister came to town recently with her adult children.  She invited me to come to the Salt Lake Temple for a live session.  I hadn’t done that in a long time, and noted a few of the unusual differences of a live session versus the typical filmed version.  Here are a few things I […]

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Posted in LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Temple, theology | 12 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 »

Explaining Belief & Disbelief

February 3, 2015
Explaining Belief & Disbelief

A discussion in an online forum asked participants the question:  “How do you explain that you no longer believe without offending people who do believe?”  It’s an important question, and one that many people really struggle with.  As church members, we aren’t just believers or non-believers, but members of a community that socializes together, whose kids […]

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Posted in Agency, Criticism, Culture, doubt, emotions, Faith, faith crisis, Freedom, LDS, LGBT, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Pride | 35 Comments »

A Bishop’s Interview: Getting It Right

February 2, 2015
A Bishop’s Interview:  Getting It Right

Today’s post is a guest post by Hawkgrrrl’s friend, Katpur, a woman living in Salt Lake City.  A friend shared this recalled transcript of her recent temple recommend interview with her bishop. Bishop: Do you support, affiliate with, or agree with any group or individual whose teachings or practices are contrary to or oppose those accepted […]

Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, doubt, Faith, faith crisis, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, leadership, LGBT, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Women | 23 Comments »

How do we Agitate Faithfully?

February 2, 2015
How do we Agitate Faithfully?

In the previous post on my blog Dehlin and Bennett Put on Notice, I was surprised that the discussion of April Young Bennett’s resignation of the board of Ordain Women, instead of John Dehlin’s pending excommunication.  (Incidentally, Dr. Nancy Ross of Dixie State University in St. George, Utah and Jessica Finnigan at King’s College London […]

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Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Culture, Feminism, gender equity, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Women | 51 Comments »