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“Wholesome” Recreational Activities

August 25, 2015
“Wholesome” Recreational Activities

Nearly from its inception, the Proclamation to the World has been a controversial document as people have different ideas about how to have a successful marriage and family when God only approves of one way [1].  At the heart of this controversy:  so-called wholesome recreational activities. Consider this advice from BYU’s Marriage & Families website: There […]

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Posted in Agency, Culture, Education, emotions, Freedom, Modesty, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Truth. Lying, Violence | 16 Comments »

Sunstone Testimonies 2015

August 24, 2015
Sunstone Testimonies 2015

I’m a few weeks late with my recap of Sunstone.  The one thing about Sunstone is that you can find all kinds of different sessions, both pro and anti church.  People seem to concentrate on the anti-church presentations, but there are some others I would like to talk about.  The people I have highlighted below […]

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Posted in Christian, LDS, LGBT, Mitch Mayne, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Religion, theology, Women | 4 Comments »

Topical Guide: Angels Unaware

August 23, 2015
Topical Guide:  Angels Unaware

Here’s a continuation of my series on the Topical Guide in which I try to find scriptures with unusual meanings. I came across an interesting verse in Hebrews 13:2. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Usually when we think of angels, we think of spectacular visitations (Angel Moroni, […]

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Posted in Agency, Mormon, Mormon Belief, scriptures, theology, Topical Guide | 3 Comments »

BoM Geography (weekend poll)

August 22, 2015
BoM Geography (weekend poll)

Here is another reader-generated poll.  Where do you think the Book of Mormon take place?  If you’d like to learn more before you vote, Mormon Heretic has reviewed several theories (yes these are serious), including: New York Baja California Malay Peninsula Peru South America What do you think?

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Posted in America, Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith, LDS, Mormon | 44 Comments »

Unclean & Common

August 18, 2015
Unclean & Common

Would you eat a cherry that was in a bowl of cockroaches?  Would you eat a cherry if there was one cockroach in the bowl?  How much impurity is too much?  I had a boss years ago who would never eat anything at a potluck dinner because of her fear of food contamination. When we […]

Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, America, Charity, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, doubt, emotions, Empathy, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, leadership, LGBT, Mission, Modesty, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, New Testament Sunday School Lessons, Politics, Pride, scriptures, theology | 22 Comments »

The Martin Harris Pageant

August 17, 2015
The Martin Harris Pageant

This year my family has tried to attend several pageants (Manti Pageant, Hill Cumorah Pageant) but schedules haven’t worked out.  Last night, we attended the Clarkston Pageant.  Never heard of it?  Neither had my wife. Clarkston is definitely off the beaten path.  It is about 30 minutes northwest of Logan, Utah, just 10 miles or so […]

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Posted in Apostasy, Book of Mormon, Excommunication, faith crisis, History, Joseph Smith, LDS, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Culture, scriptures | 6 Comments »

Cockatrice’s Den

August 16, 2015
Cockatrice’s Den

I was reading 2 Nephi 21:8 with my daughter, and she struggled with a few words.  She read, 8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, She said, “It says, A-S-P” I said, “Asp.  Do you know what an ASP is?” “No.” I said, “It is a venomous snake.” “Oh”.  She […]

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Posted in Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith, Mormon | 14 Comments »

On being a disciple and defending marriage

August 15, 2015
On being a disciple and defending marriage

In an article of the August 2015 Ensign, President Russell M. Nelson declares, “Disciples of the Lord are defenders of traditional marriage.  We cannot yield.  History is not our judge.  A secular society is not our judge.  God is our judge!” “Traditional marriage”.  Interesting term. This week, the term “traditional marriage” had an interesting wrinkle in the […]

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Posted in gender equity, LDS, LGBT, Mormon, Polygamy | 133 Comments »

What kind of Mormon are you? (weekend poll)

August 15, 2015
What kind of Mormon are you?  (weekend poll)

A few weeks ago, we asked our readers for some poll question ideas.  This is the first of several. Robert Kirby once wrote a humorous article on the 5 types of Mormons. How would you best describe yourself?

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Posted in Culture, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 7 Comments »

The Mormon Spectrum

August 12, 2015
mormon spectrum

What is Mormon Spectrum? Where will yet another aggregator fit in?

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Posted in Culture, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 37 Comments »

Habits of Affection & Loyalty

August 11, 2015
Habits of Affection & Loyalty

A recent discussion at By Common Consent about the role of public affairs, and whether church members are permitted to disagree with the Newsroom [1] led to the following comment by Nate Oman: I do, however, think that the Bloggernacle at times mistakes arrogance, cynicism, and posturing for intellectual insight, moral nuance, and righteous indignation. […]

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Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Criticism, Culture, Empathy, LDS, leadership, LGBT, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Politics | 24 Comments »

An Interview with Mitch Mayne

August 10, 2015
An Interview with Mitch Mayne

Mitch, you’ve become well known because of how you’ve interacted with the Church, but can you tell us how you found the Church (or how it found you)? My parents converted to Mormonism when I was really young. I grew up in Idaho, so the culture was already heavily influenced by the Mormon faith.  My […]

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Posted in Agency, Christian, Culture, Empathy, Faith, faith crisis, Freedom, LDS, leadership, LGBT, Mental Health, Mitch Mayne, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Politics | 22 Comments »

Knowledge and Intelligence

August 9, 2015
Knowledge and Intelligence

If “the glory of God is Intelligence”, why did God forbid Adam and Eve to partake of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil?  Is it because they were children, and didn’t understand how to use knowledge properly?  Why shouldn’t they know about good and evil?

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Belief, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, scriptures | 13 Comments »

Joseph’s Seer Stone (weekend poll)

August 8, 2015
Joseph’s Seer Stone (weekend poll)

The LDS Church made a big splash this week when they released several documents associated with the Joseph Smith Papers Project.  But what REALLY made news was the photo of the seer stone.  It’s been out a few days now.  Here are some questions:

Posted in Anti-Mormon, Book of Mormon, Faith, faith crisis, Joseph Smith, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Prophet | 76 Comments »

The Fox and the Hedgehog

August 4, 2015
The Fox and the Hedgehog

I was reading Neil Simon’s The Star Spangled Girl last week on vacation.  It was one of his lesser plays, and although it was made into a movie, it was not that well received.  In the play, Andy and Norman are radicals who barely make a living working on their magazine, Fallout, which is dedicated to […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Apostasy, Church Policy, Criticism, Doctrine, Education, Empathy, Faith, faith crisis, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, scriptures | 15 Comments »

Lightmindedness & Loud Laughter

August 2, 2015
Lightmindedness & Loud Laughter

In one of our temple covenants, we are told to avoid “all lightmindedness” and “loud laughter.”  Why?  What is the harm in either?  “All lightmindness” is an odd prohibition.  Why not “Some lightmindness”? Pres. Hinckley was known for his humor, often causing loud laughter in the Tabernacle.  Was this wrong?  Why or why not? The […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Temple, theology | 18 Comments »

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 | 54 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 | 91 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 | 20 Comments »

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