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10 Things That Will Kill You Faster than Diet Coke

May 26, 2015
10 Things That Will Kill You Faster than Diet Coke

Noticing how tired I was one morning for my workout, my personal trainer asked if I drink coffee or tea which he was recommending so I wouldn’t be so tired in the morning [1].  I said no, but I drink Diet Coke.  He looked at me like I had just admitted to smoking heroin.  I […]

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Memorial Day Traditions

May 25, 2015
Memorial Day Traditions

The last Monday in May is known as Memorial Day in the United States. Originally called Decoration Day, it was started in 1868 as a way to remember the Civil War dead among Union soldiers. (The Confederates had their own day as well.) By the 20th century, Union and Confederate holidays were merged into Memorial […]

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Posted in Christian, History, LDS, Mormon, Violence | 8 Comments »

Stuck in a Calling

May 24, 2015
Stuck in a Calling

Our ward recently split.  One of my neighbors was called into the Bishop’s Office where they said, “We feel inspired to call you as Primary Pianist.”  She responded, “You don’t feel inspired.  You know that I play the piano and you need a pianist.  I’ve been primary pianist for the last 10 years.  I’ll do […]

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O Say, What is Doubt?

May 19, 2015
O Say, What is Doubt?

E. Bednar’s recent comments disparaging doubt (in an innovative youth meeting with a Q&A) seem to imply a different definition of the word than most who experience doubt would use, as evidenced by some of the chatter about it.  Why is that?  Let’s explore what he and other church leaders might mean when they talk […]

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Posted in Agency, Charity, Criticism, Culture, debt, Faith, faith crisis, Freedom, General Conference, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 67 Comments »

Football, CTE, and Agency

May 18, 2015
Football, CTE, and Agency

Athletes, especially football players, have been involved in some high-profile violent incidents. Dec 16, 2009.  Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry had a domestic dispute with his fiance Loleini Tonga.  She tried to get away by getting into a pickup truck.  He climbed in the back, and while she was driving, either fell or jumped out […]

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Posted in Agency, LDS, Mental Health, Mormon, Science and Religion, Violence | 35 Comments »

Come Out of Font

May 17, 2015
Come Out of Font

I was at the temple, and noticed in interesting ritual during baptisms for the dead.  A man baptized several people, and apparently wanted to be baptized as well.  Even though he had been in the font, he was asked to get out of the font, let the baptizer enter the font “first”, and then follow […]

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Belief, Temple | 7 Comments »

Romney-Holyfield

May 16, 2015
Romney-Holyfield

In case you missed it, Mitt Romney fought former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield in Salt Lake City last night.  The “fight” was to raise money for a vision charity.  Huffington Post has a few highlights, and shows Ann Romney dressed in gangsta apparel, with gold chains.  Romney knocked down Holyfield, then ran away and threw […]

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“I Can’t. I’m Mormon.”

May 12, 2015
“I Can’t.  I’m Mormon.”

A few years ago, my boss excitedly said she had a real treat for the two of us to share.  It was a special tea from London that someone had bought her on a business trip.  I explained that I didn’t drink tea (although I do drink herbal tea).  She asked why I didn’t drink […]

Posted in Agency, Criticism, Culture, Feminism, Freedom, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Uncategorized, War in Heaven | 46 Comments »

Masonic Ceremony

May 11, 2015
Masonic Ceremony

I recently watched an interesting documentary, Secrets of the Freemasons.  Many of the early U.S. revolutionaries were freemasons; many masons helped plan the Boston Tea Party, although the Tea Party had non-masonic members as well.  (Paul Revere, Ben Franklin, John Hancock, in addition to George Washington were masons.)  Masons were influential in the founding of […]

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Posted in Church Policy, LDS, Mormon, Temple, theology | 27 Comments »

Mother’s Day

May 10, 2015
Mother’s Day

What thoughts would you like to say about your Mother on this day?  (Pretend this is a virtual Sacrament meeting.)

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Posted in Christian, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Women | 3 Comments »

Are you a Better Parent?

May 9, 2015
Are you a Better Parent?

This weekend poll comes from one of our readers. My wife and I had a conversation about parenting.  She was complaining that she was a worse parent than her parents were.  Her parents were patient, and always knew how to handle the kids. I, on the other hand, feel that I am a much better […]

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Proudly Stupid

May 5, 2015
Proudly Stupid

See, this is why our theological amateurism is so lamentable. It’s pure zeal without knowledge, to borrow from Nibley’s brilliant observation. I know we take pride in being stupid, but it’s pride all the same. – RJH When I read this comment by RJH last week on BCC, it immediately resonated.  The Spirit testified of […]

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Posted in Apostasy, Blind Obedience, BYU, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, Education, emotions, Faith, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Politics, Uncategorized | 30 Comments »

Can BYU afford to avoid Sunday play?

May 4, 2015
Can BYU afford to avoid Sunday play?

It has been more than 30 years since BYU won a National Championship in football.  Things have changed quite a bit since 1984.  Many of the larger schools were upset that the undefeated BYU team (who played in the Western Athletic Conference-WAC) played a 6-6 Michigan team in its final game, and changes soon followed. […]

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Posted in BYU, Christian, Church Policy, LDS, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 18 Comments »

Stake Priesthood Meeting

May 3, 2015
Stake Priesthood Meeting

It seems like once or twice a year, each stake will hold a General Priesthood Meeting.  It is usually on a Sunday, very early in the morning.  Ours is a 6:30 AM.  Why the ridiculously early hour?  It seems like the leaders pick this time because who needs sleep?  The rationale is that nobody has […]

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Posted in Church Policy, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Priesthood | 40 Comments »

Gaslighting and You

April 27, 2015
Gaslighting and You

Preface. I’ve written about communicating with general authorities and others in a hierarchy, and about understanding people who have spent most of their lives spending most of their time deferring gratification and caring for others. The last significant post in that series was “On Being Heard.” This post takes up where that left off, years […]

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Criticism, Culture, emotions, Empathy, Faith, Freedom, LDS, Mental Health, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Uncategorized | 16 Comments »

Socks in font?

April 26, 2015
Socks in font?

My son and I decided to do a temple trip.  Rather than visit Mt. Timpanogos Temple, we went to the Oquirrh Mountain Temple to do baptisms for the dead.  At Timp, most patrons are barefoot to enter the water.  At Oquirrh, they asked everyone to put on socks.  It seems to me that socks make […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Modesty, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Temple | 13 Comments »

Looking at Iraq via the Book of Mormon

April 22, 2015
Looking at Iraq via the Book of Mormon

Here is another guest post from Morgan Deane. He is a military historian and history professor at BYU-I.  His first book, Bleached Bones and Wicked Serpents: Ancient Warfare in the Book of Mormon is available in book stores, and he blogs at http://mormonwar.blogspot and www.arsenalofvenice.com How do you solve a problem like Iraq? Insights from the fall […]

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Posted in Book of Mormon, BYU-Idaho, History, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Politics, Violence | 15 Comments »

Top 10 Rejected Ideas for Keeping Millenials in the Church

April 21, 2015
Top 10 Rejected Ideas for Keeping Millenials in the Church

It’s no secret that church leaders are concerned about those who leave, particularly those of the rising generation.  What is less well known is the strategy to help them stay active in the church and into their adult lives. Less well known until now that is.  The following list was found in a secret trash […]

Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Faith, gender equity, General Conference, LDS, leadership, LGBT, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 15 Comments »

Nazi Mormons

April 20, 2015
Nazi Mormons

“We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law”, states the 12th Article of Faith. So how does the LDS Church respond when missionaries are in a country where Nazis take over the government? David Conley Nelson gives a fascinating history of Mormons in Nazi Germany […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Culture, Freedom, Jewish Studies, LDS, leadership, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 20 Comments »

Temple Workers Needed

April 19, 2015
Temple Workers Needed

For those interested in seeing the new Payson Utah Temple, the open house will open to the public this Friday, April 24, and run through Saturday, May 23, 2015. It will be available every day except Sundays, April 26 and May 3, 10, and 17. The temple will be dedicated in three sessions on Sunday, June 7. […]

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Posted in LDS, Mormon, Temple, theology | 6 Comments »

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