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Jabari Parker Announces his Decision

April 18, 2014
Jabari Parker Announces his Decision

I wanted to post this excerpt from the most recent Sports Illustrated article. Today I sent my letter of intent to the NBA. That makes it official — my days as a Duke basketball player are over. But my days as a Duke student are not. I intend to graduate from Duke while I’m in […]

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Posted in Mission, Mormon | 3 Comments »

The Gospel of Conformity

April 17, 2014
The Gospel of Conformity

Today’s guest post is by Benjamin.  Imagine that you are asked to participate in a study. The researcher tells you that she is studying people’s ability to interpret visual information. You are placed at the end of a row of four chairs with three other participants. On the projector screen in front of you appears […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 16 Comments »

Was Jesus a Socialist?

April 17, 2014
Was Jesus a Socialist?

The parable of the lord of the vineyard hires workers to do specific work in his fields in the morning, at noon, in the afternoon and at the end of the day. At the end of the day, he pays every single one of them a full day’s wage (to the great dismay of the […]

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Posted in Christian, economics, Jesus, Mormon | 21 Comments »

Leaders with X-Ray Vision

April 15, 2014
Leaders with X-Ray Vision

Who determines worthiness in the temple recommend interview? The bishop? The individual? The questions? Other methods of discernment? Can the bishop rightly withhold a temple recommend based on nothing more than a hunch or the Spirit even if probing reveals no wrong answers? I recently read a blog post written by a group of ex-Mormon […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, BYU, Church Policy, Doctrine, Faith, Freedom, History, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 30 Comments »

Outsourcing Morality to the MPAA

April 14, 2014
Outsourcing Morality to the MPAA

The LDS Church has asked church members to avoid R rated movies for quite some time. (For a little more background, here is my post that discussed the documentary Cleanflix.) As I reviewed that post recently, some ironic things struck me. Hollywood often gets cited as having questionable morals, producing filth, and contributing to the […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 16 Comments »

Comparing Music/Singing in the LDS & RLDS: Part 1

April 13, 2014
Comparing Music/Singing in the LDS & RLDS: Part 1

This is our second guest post from Markag.  He shares his experiences as a convert from the RLDS to the LDS Church. I have been a singer/player of music, both sacred and secular, all my life; eventually getting a degree in music. I was elected Music Director on a branch/district level in the RLDS Church.  […]

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Posted in Community of Christ, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Prophet | 25 Comments »

Shame on You! (Weekend Poll)

April 12, 2014
Shame on You!  (Weekend Poll)

In a chastity-focused church, there’s plenty of sexual shame to go around.  Where does most of it fall? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Education, Faith, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 14 Comments »

Women of the Bible: Dorcas

April 11, 2014
Women of the Bible:  Dorcas

Since there has been much talk about Ordain Women, I thought it would be interesting to share some stories about Women of the Bible.  How did I get this idea?  Well, a few years ago, I mentioned a Book of Mormon story to my young children, and was surprised to learn that they had never heard it. […]

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Culture, New Testament Sunday School Lessons, Women | 4 Comments »

Elder Oaks Lights up the Bloggernacle

April 7, 2014
Elder Oaks Lights up the Bloggernacle

Facebook was ablaze with comments about Elder Oaks General Conference talk on Saturday night.  Disappointed that the church website didn’t have a transcript, I created one so that we could better discuss what he actually said.  I decided to let that post stand on its own without any commentary.  But in this post, I will […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Doctrine, General Conference, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Priesthood, Prophet, Women | 96 Comments »

Elder Dallin H. Oaks: ‘Keys and authority of the priesthood’

April 6, 2014
Elder Dallin H. Oaks: ‘Keys and authority of the priesthood’

Elder Oaks’ talk has seen the most reaction from the bloggernacle. Since the church takes a while to transcribe these, I have decided to transcribe his talk from yesterday. You can also see it on the official church website by clicking below. What are your thoughts? https://www.lds.org/general-conference/watch/2014/04?lang=eng&vid=3436246697001&cid=3 At this conference, we’ve seen the release of […]

Posted in Church Policy, General Conference, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Women | 35 Comments »

Banning the Media During General Conference (Weekend Poll)

April 5, 2014
Banning the Media During General Conference (Weekend Poll)

Hoping to avoid a repeat of last October’s General Conference, the LDS Church has reversed policy and banned not only media cameras, but reporters as well. Comments?

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Posted in Church Policy, General Conference, Mormon, Priesthood | 9 Comments »

Oh, and General Conference is Being Held Too

April 4, 2014
Oh, and General Conference is Being Held Too

Most members of the LDS Church look forward to the first weekend in April and October to hear from the Prophets, Apostles and other General Leaders of the Church. It also affords them a weekend off of normal Church activities.  But this time around, the main attraction may not actually be in the Conference Center, […]

Posted in Anti-Mormon, Church Policy, Doctrine, Freedom, General Conference, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Women | 24 Comments »

Are We Properly Prepared to Enter the Temple?

April 3, 2014
Are We Properly Prepared to Enter the Temple?

I’ve been reading a book, Your Endowment by Mark A. Shields.  The book claims to be from “an experienced gospel teacher, casts new light on the symbolism inherent in the temple ordinances and provides a wealth of insights that well change the way your worship.”  I was intrigued by a story early in the book. […]

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Belief | 27 Comments »

3 Changes That Mormons Against Women’s Ordination Ought to Support

April 2, 2014
Mormon Women Leaders

Not in favor of women’s ordination? What about these changes that do not require priesthood at all?

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Posted in Mormon, Priesthood, Women | 44 Comments »

5 April Fool’s Day Pranks

April 1, 2014
5 April Fool’s Day Pranks

The internet is rife with great pranks for this most inauspicious of holidays.  Here are a handful that are uniquely Mormon-themed, just for our Bloggernacle readers. Find some of your Kindergarten clay projects.  Sell them on ebay as “Authentic Mayan Artifacts.” Using the ward list, call everyone on it about an “exciting scented candle opportunity” […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Apostasy, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 4 Comments »

Defending Male Hegemony

March 31, 2014
Defending Male Hegemony

Fiona Givens was part of an interesting interview on Mormon Matters with John Dehlin.  She spoke about a conference talk on priesthood power vs priesthood authority, and said that women already have priesthood power. (These comments appear in the interview about 8:15 in.) Fiona, “Elder Packer gave an intriguing talk in about 2011, I think it was […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon, Mormon Belief | 37 Comments »

Should a Latter Day Saint See Noah?

March 30, 2014
Should a Latter Day Saint See Noah?

This guest post comes from Morgan Deane.  He blogs at Warfare and the Book of Mormon as well as The Arsenal of Venice. I just got out of the movie Noah, and it certainly left a great deal on my mind. With some Christians having issues with the movie I thought it would be wise […]

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Posted in Mormon, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, Reviews | 5 Comments »

30 Years of Lessons: Women and Gays in the CoC

March 30, 2014
30 Years of Lessons:  Women and Gays in the CoC

We are very pleased to have our first guest post from Rich Brown.  Rich was an editor at the then-RLDS Church’s publishing division (Herald Publishing House) for 14 years before the operation was merged into International Headquarters across town in Independence, Missouri. He has also served a book and magazine editor there for nine years, the […]

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Posted in Community of Christ, Mormon, Priesthood | 17 Comments »

Mormons & MLMs (Weekend Poll)

March 29, 2014
Mormons & MLMs (Weekend Poll)

Why do multi-level marketing schemes prevail in Mormon culture? Discuss.

Posted in Agency, debt, economics, Education, Faith, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 17 Comments »

Comparing the Sacrament/Communion between the LDS & RLDS

March 28, 2014
Comparing the Sacrament/Communion between the LDS & RLDS

This the first post from commenter Mark Gibson.  Growing up RLDS, he converted to the LDS Church in 1999, a few years prior to the RLDS name change to the Community of Christ.  He gives some insights into differences between LDS and RLDS/CoC worship practices. There are a few similarities and differences of the service […]

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Posted in Community of Christ, Mormon | 22 Comments »

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