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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 | 53 Comments »

Masonic Influence on LDS Endowment

July 27, 2015
Masonic Influence on LDS Endowment

In one of John Dehlin’s first podcasts (September 14, 2005), he interviewed Greg Kearney, a member of FAIR (Foundation of Apologetic Information and Research, a pro-Mormon think tank), and a several generation Mormon  and master mason.  Greg attended BYU, and is the member of a Farmington, Maine ward that has been around longer than any […]

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Posted in Doctrine, Joseph Smith, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Temple | 25 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 | 88 Comments »

Greg Prince on Polarizing Packer

July 20, 2015
Greg Prince on Polarizing Packer

Doug Fabrizio interviewed Greg Prince on KUER this past week on the passing of Boyd K. Packer.  (You can listen to it here.)  Prince is a businessman, a historian of LDS church history, and a board member of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought and The Journal of Mormon History. He’s author of the books […]

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Posted in Church Policy, LDS, LGBT, Mormon, Patriarchy, theology | 19 Comments »

Sexism in the Garden

July 19, 2015
Sexism in the Garden

When telling the garden story, one person is always dumb.  In the historical Christian telling, Eve was dumb because she was deceived by Satan.  God punishes Eve by causing painful childbirth, and tells her she needs to submit to smart Adam who listened the first time. A more modern telling of the story has Eve being much […]

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Posted in Agency, Blind Obedience, Christian, gender equity, Mormon, Mormon Belief | 15 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 »

Atheist Finds Garden of Eden

July 13, 2015
Atheist Finds Garden of Eden

Where is the Garden of Eden?  I watched a really interesting documentary, part of the Myth Hunters series found on Netflix, Youtube, and CafeMom.  They noted that the garden story is so vague that it could be anywhere.  The film notes that a Boston University president felt is was in North Pole, Mormons felt it […]

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Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Christian, Faith, History, Holy Land, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Reviews, Science and Religion, theology | 16 Comments »

Combining Evolution and Creationism

July 12, 2015
Combining Evolution and Creationism

There are some people who try to reconcile the Bible’s account of creation with science.  In this interpretation, God uses evolution in the creation process.  Science seems to confirm that man was the last creation of all animals, as Genesis attests.  In this interpretation, Adam wasn’t so much the first man on the earth, but […]

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Posted in Christian, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Science and Religion | 18 Comments »

What would you like?

July 11, 2015
What would you like?

Normally, this is where we do our weekend poll, but we’re running out of ideas. What poll question would you like to know about how our readers feel? While we’re at it, what do you like about our blog? What don’t you like? What would you like to see more or less of? Let’s hear […]

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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 »

Building on the Right Foundation

July 8, 2015
Building on the Right Foundation

I learned by praying for our enemies, we do something they can not do: we stand beside them in unity.

Posted in Christian, Faith, faith crisis, Mormon | 10 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 »

Atheist in a Foxhole; The Tillman Story

July 6, 2015
Atheist in a Foxhole; The Tillman Story

I watched an interesting documentary last week, The Tillman Story.  Pat Tillman played NFL football for the Arizona Cardinals, and unexpectedly quit the NFL and enlisted in the army rangers following the September 11 attacks.  I knew he had been killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan in 2004, and there was a coverup, but didn’t really […]

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Posted in Book of Mormon, Morality, Mormon, Reviews, Violence | 8 Comments »

Long sleeves or short sleeves?

July 5, 2015
Long sleeves or short sleeves?

It was a hot summer day.  A coworker told me that I shouldn’t wear short sleeve dress shirts any more because that wasn’t a mature thing to wear.  I noted that I wore short sleeves on my mission.  When you go to the temple, you must wear long sleeve shirts or are asked to change. […]

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Posted in Agency, Culture, Mormon, Temple | 32 Comments »

Breaking News! Boyd K Packer Has Passed Away

July 3, 2015
Breaking News!  Boyd K Packer Has Passed Away

KSL is reporting that Elder Packer passed away at 2 pm today due to age.  He was 90.  With Elder Packer and Elder Perry both dying within the last month, it is likely that Elder Nelson will move up to be President of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles, and next in line to become prophet. […]

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Posted in Mormon, Prophet | 28 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 »

Parenting Taboos – Part 2

June 29, 2015
Parenting Taboos – Part 2

I wrote a TED Talk transcript of Parenting Taboos previously.  Parents Rufus Griscom and Alisa Volkman (I guess she didn’t take his last name–maybe that’s another taboo) gave an interesting TED Talk (episode 3 available on Netflix.) In part 1, they gave 2 parenting taboos. Taboo #1:  You can’t say you didn’t fall in love […]

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Posted in Christian, Culture, LDS, Mormon | 5 Comments »

Topical Guide: Accursed

June 28, 2015
Topical Guide:  Accursed

I’ve been going through the Topical Guide looking for unusual meanings.  (See my posts on Abominable and Abhor.)  I came across an interesting verse, Romans 9:3 For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh: Paul wishes he were accursed from Christ?  What does that […]

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Posted in Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Mormon, New Testament Sunday School Lessons, scriptures, theology | 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 »

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