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The Mormon Church and Blacks

February 8, 2016
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February is Black History Month.  I recently finished Matthew Harris & Newel Bringhurst’s most recent book, The Mormon Church & Blacks:  A Documentary History.  The black priesthood ban has been a pet topic of mine; I have written nearly 60 posts on the topic over the past 8 years. For me, this has been one of […]

Posted in Church Policy, History, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Prophet, Race Relations, Reviews | 5 Comments »

Bending over Backwards for Baptism

February 7, 2016
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I recently witnessed baptisms (on behalf of the dead) at the temple.  Mormons, as well as many other Protestants, typically lean the person backwards.  Mormons make a big deal that the entire body must be immersed, or the ritual needs to be repeated.  In this Catholic baptism, an adult woman was baptized by immersion as […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Culture, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture, theology | 7 Comments »

If You Let a Woman Hold Her Baby . . .

February 2, 2016
If You Let a Woman Hold Her Baby . . .

I only recently (in the last few years) became aware that the church handbook prohibits women from holding their babies while babies are being blessed unless the bishop wants to make a case-by-case exception.  In our Singapore ward, all women held their babies while the babies were blessed.  That’s the last time I was in […]

Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Empathy, faith crisis, Feminism, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Patriarchy, Women | 40 Comments »

Political Affiliation (weekend poll)

January 30, 2016
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If you haven’t voted for who you THINK will win, and who you WANT to win in Monday’s Iowa Caucus, don’t forget to vote in our previous poll.  This week, we thought it might be interesting to see the general political affiliation.  If you live in the United States, If you are an international reader,

Posted in Culture, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Politics | 3 Comments »

Seeing Mormon Faith Transitions as Social Class Movements

January 28, 2016
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In America, we rarely talk about social class. But what if social class can help us understand different expressions of faith?

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Posted in economics, Education, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Religion | 29 Comments »

If Jane Austen Wrote the Book of Mormon

January 26, 2016
If Jane Austen Wrote the Book of Mormon

I was considering a post on the Book of Mormon & the Bechdel test when it occurred to me that Gospel Doctrine class is kind of like a book club.[1]  Which got me thinking how much better, and perhaps with more vocal women in it (as well as a few more humorously identified human foibles), […]

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Posted in Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Book of Mormon, Christian, Culture, Education, emotions, Empathy, Feminism, gender equity, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Patriarchy, Religion, Sunday School, Women | 6 Comments »

#Tarefic #Wheaties Winners!

January 25, 2016
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It’s time to announce the awards!  For our list, we decided to order things from most popular category, down to least popular (in terms of total votes.) Of note, Where is the Outrage? won in 2 categories: best personal post, as well as Best post on Church policy.  The New Church Policy on Gays was the most lopsided vote, […]

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Posted in LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Wheaties | 14 Comments »

Provo Temple Open House

January 24, 2016
Provo Temple Open House

Last night, our family attended the new Provo City Center Temple open house.  I had never been to the Provo Tabernacle before it burned everything except for the outer facade.  Following the fire which gutted the building, the President Monson announced that the building would become a new temple.  It was beautiful inside. The building […]

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Posted in Culture, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Temple | 12 Comments »

Voting for the 2015 #Tarefic #Wheaties Awards has begun!

January 18, 2016
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It’s time to vote in the 4th Annual Tarefic and Wheaties Awards!  (We should acknowledge the evolution of the awards from Niblets hosted at various other blogs, going clear back to at least 2008!) This is the time to vote for the Best and Worst of the Mormon Bloggernacle!  Voting will continue until Midnight (US […]

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Posted in Culture, faith crisis, Feminism, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Wheaties | 14 Comments »

Who’s your favorite? (Weekend poll)

January 16, 2016
Who’s your favorite?  (Weekend poll)

The Iowa caucuses are coming up in about two weeks.  Here’s a poll to see how good of a predictor you are, as well as who your favorite candidate is on the Republican and Democrat sides. Now, let’s talk about the Democrats.

Posted in Mormon, Politics | 8 Comments »

A Short History of Robbers and Insults

January 15, 2016
A Short History of Robbers and Insults

The Oregon standoff has included the frequent use of the word “terrorism” to describe the Bundys and their associates. Because of my research into revolutionary warfare, I’m not surprised that words like “terrorists” are used as tools to delegitimize political actors.[1]  My research projects have included insurgencies into the Late Roman Empire, samurai warfare in […]

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Posted in History, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Violence | 12 Comments »

The Policy & The Commodification of Marriage

January 12, 2016
The Policy & The Commodification of Marriage

When I was a YW, I had a nightmare about my imaginary future marriage.  I dreamed that my parents had arranged a marriage for me with a “worthy” young man.  He came to my parents’ house to live, and when it was time to go to bed, he came out of the bathroom wearing 1950s […]

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Posted in Agency, BYU, Charity, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, doubt, emotions, Empathy, Faith, faith crisis, LDS, leadership, LGBT, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Patriarchy, Women | 37 Comments »

Last Week of Nominations! Tell your Friends! #Wheaties #TareficAwards

January 11, 2016
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Nominations ramped up this week, but we still need you to tell your friends!  Every year someone doesn’t hear about nominations until it’s too late!  This is your chance to nominate, or be nominated!  This is our final week of nominations.  (Leave comments on other blogs to tell them to nominate!) Voting will begin next Monday […]

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Posted in Feminism, LDS, LGBT, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, social media, Temple, Wheaties, Women | 30 Comments »

Print your own Cards!

January 10, 2016
Print your own Cards!

This week I went to a family history center and learned that you can print your own cards for the temple now!  It used to be that you printed a list of individuals needing temple work to the temple, and then the temple printed cards (blue for men, pink for women, off-white for sealings.)  However, […]

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Posted in Church Policy, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Temple | 7 Comments »

God Is Love

January 5, 2016
God Is Love

The last time I substitute taught Gospel Doctrine, I got to teach John’s epistles that he wrote to the believers in his soon-to-disband Johannine community while he was living in Ephesus.  His community was divided, something we are also experiencing within our Mormon congregations in the wake of the policy change toward homosexuals and their […]

Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Buddhism, Charity, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, doubt, emotions, Faith, Freedom, Jesus, LDS, leadership, LGBT, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, New Testament Sunday School Lessons, Religion | 9 Comments »

Tarefic/Wheaties Nominations continue!

January 4, 2016
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We had a little bit of a slow week of nominations.  Tell your friends!  This is your chance to nominate, or be nominated!  This is week 2 of our usual 3 week nomination period.  (Leave comments on other blogs to tell them to nominate!) Let’s start with the Tarefic Awards! Worst Mormon Internet Drama: Kate Kelly Sunstone […]

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Posted in Culture, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Wheaties | 54 Comments »

Change in Temple Baptisms

January 3, 2016
Change in Temple Baptisms

I took my son to do baptisms for the dead this past week and learned of a new change.  In the past, everyone had to wear white to perform baptisms and confirmations.  Young men and women still wear white for the baptisms, but now wear their Sunday clothes for confirmations.  The person who confirms must […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Temple | 10 Comments »

Prophets < Apostles?

December 29, 2015
Prophets < Apostles?

Which is a bigger deal?  Being a prophet or being an apostle?  If you’re like me, you would probably assume that the title “prophet” is higher than “apostle,” but I recently read some interesting information on the history. I was curious to know when we started to call the quorum of the twelve “prophets, seers, […]

Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Blind Obedience, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, doubt, Excommunication, Faith, faith crisis, Freedom, History, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Prophet, theology | 67 Comments »

Reviewing Religion of a Different Color

December 28, 2015
Reviewing Religion of a Different Color

I finally finished Paul Reeve’s book Religion of a Different Color.  Paul highlights the strange evolution of Mormons, once seen as not white enough, now seen as too white. From page 270, …as late as 2012 the perception persisted in some corners that Mormons were racist and that there were few or no black Mormons.  […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Culture, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Race Relations, Reviews | 12 Comments »

Nominate the Best/Worst of 2015!

December 28, 2015
Nominate the Best/Worst of 2015!

As 2015 winds down, it’s time to review the best and worst of 2015 on Mormon blogs. As usual, we’ll have a 3 week nomination period.  We’ve taken the liberty of starting with a few of our consistent nominations. Here are our 2015 Wheaties categories: Best big blog: By Common Consent Rational Faiths Feminist Mormon […]

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Posted in Culture, Feminism, gender equity, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Wheaties | 33 Comments »

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