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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 | 14 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 | 13 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 »

Dan Vogel takes on Mormonism Unvailed

April 17, 2015
Dan Vogel takes on Mormonism Unvailed

Mormon scholar Dan Vogel and Signature Books have teamed up to produce a scholarly update to the first anti-Mormon book ever written, Mormonism Unvailed.  The book is due to be released on April 20, and Tom Kimball was nice enough to send me a pre-release version to review. The book was first published in 1834 […]

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Posted in Anti-Mormon, Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith, LDS, Mormon, Reviews | 15 Comments »

Sarcasm

April 14, 2015
Sarcasm

I’m addicted to exercise.  And by exercise, I mean sarcasm. An article about sarcasm recently explained why sarcastic people are smarter on average:  because sarcasm requires more mental effort than just plain speech.  Which is probably why when someone fails to grasp it, my first instinct is to think they are too stupid to follow. […]

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Posted in Agency, Criticism, Culture, emotions, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, General Conference, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Resting bitch face | 36 Comments »

How often do you attend the temple?

April 12, 2015
How often do you attend the temple?

In some areas of Utah, such as where I live, a person can drive to 5 temples within 30 minutes.  In other Places, a temple journey can take days.  When I was younger, our stake chartered 12 hour bus trips to go to the Washington, DC Temple.  What are your memories of temple trips?  

Posted in LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Temple | 18 Comments »

Defending the Family by Preaching Homonormative, Gay Marriage

April 7, 2015
Defending the Family by Preaching Homonormative, Gay Marriage

As defenders of the family, why aren’t more Mormons in favor of committed, same-sex relationships?

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Posted in LGBT, Mormon | 69 Comments »

April 2015 Gen Conf in GIFs

April 7, 2015
April 2015 Gen Conf in GIFs

For those who watched at home, this General Conference was one for the ages with many excellent talks and a few exciting moments.  Read on. What were your favorite parts? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, emotions, Faith, faith crisis, Feminism, Freedom, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 20 Comments »

Utah’s Solution for Discrimination and Religious Liberty

April 6, 2015
Utah’s Solution for Discrimination and Religious Liberty

A recent law passed in Indiana has put the state in an unusual spotlight.  Proponents claim that their law uses essentially the same language as the 1993 federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) that passed with near unanimous support.  However, one thing Indiana has done that the federal statute did not is expand the reach of the religious […]

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Posted in Christian, Church Policy, Freedom, LDS, LGBT, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 35 Comments »

Children and General Conference

April 5, 2015
Children and General Conference

If you attend all of the sessions, General Conference can be a really long weekend.  It’s certainly nice to hear from out leaders, but on the other hand, if you stay for all 10 hours of church in a weekend, by the end it can be a bit hard to stay focused, especially for young […]

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Posted in Church Policy, General Conference, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Prophet | 7 Comments »

General Conference (Weekend Poll)

April 4, 2015
General Conference (Weekend Poll)

It’s that time of year again!  

Posted in General Conference, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Prophet | 52 Comments »

Missionary work in Mongolia

March 30, 2015
Missionary work in Mongolia

I had an interesting conversation this weekend.  A met a man who had served as mission president in Mongolia.  I didn’t know much about Mongolia, and thought it was part of China.  At one time it was, I guess, but the Soviets took over after World War 2, and forced the country to use the […]

Posted in Church Policy, gender equity, LDS, Mission, Mormon, Patriarchy, Priesthood, theology, Women | 65 Comments »

Do you wear the holey garment?

March 29, 2015
Do you wear the holey garment?

A while back, there was a discussion about defiling garments.  One commenter said that defiling your garments includes Treating them in a casual manner such as: – Throwing them on the floor – Not retiring them when they are full of holes, tears or discolored – Wearing them contrary to instructions – Trying to adjust […]

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Posted in LDS, Modesty, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Temple | 24 Comments »

Are You Over-Worked or Under-Appreciated? (weekend poll)

March 28, 2015
Are You Over-Worked or Under-Appreciated? (weekend poll)

Let’s face it.  Not everyone experiences the same things at church.  Some wards and branches are so small that people have 2-3 major callings.  Burnout can be a major problem. In some Utah County wards, people can get lost and forgotten because the wards are so large.  One stake president remarked that he wanted large […]

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Posted in Church Policy, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 8 Comments »

Marriage For Now

March 23, 2015
Marriage For Now

Is it looking past the mark to think of our marriages as eternal rather than thinking of what we need in the here and now and in the near future?  Do we focus so much on eternity that we are just barely enduring to the end in the day-to-day marriage? Last week I re-posted a review […]

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Posted in Agency, BYU, Culture, economics, Education, emotions, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 37 Comments »

LDS Church politics in Utah

March 23, 2015
LDS Church politics in Utah

There are some people who think that the LDS Church should not be allowed to lobby with regards to political issues.  I am not one of those people.  However, I think there are tactics the church should avoid, or they cross over boundaries with regards to the separation of church and state. Carl Wimmer served […]

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Posted in Church Policy, LDS, leadership, LGBT, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Politics | 43 Comments »

Are you consistent with Abortion and Death Penalty? (Weekend Poll)

March 21, 2015
Are you consistent with Abortion and Death Penalty?  (Weekend Poll)

Many people aren’t consistent with their logic concerning abortion and the death penalty, and the inconsistency is noted on both sides of the issues.  Many Pro-life supporters are Pro-death penalty–a seemingly inconsistent position.  Conversely, many people against the death penalty are pro-abortion.  Are you consistent?

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Posted in Christian, Culture, emotions, LDS, Mormon, Politics, Violence | 28 Comments »

The Myth of Traditional Marriage

March 17, 2015
The Myth of Traditional Marriage

According to the song, love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage.  But when it comes to the history of marriage, pairing marriage with love is putting the cart before the horse.  If we look at why people used to get married, traditionally, we’ll quickly see why marriages today are less stable.  And why […]

Posted in Agency, America, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, economics, Education, emotions, Europe, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, money, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Culture, understanding, Violence, Women | 73 Comments »

Council of 50 – Q&A with Jedidiah Rogers

March 16, 2015
Council of 50 – Q&A with Jedidiah Rogers

Jedidiah Rogers has recently published a book on the Council of Fifty.  For those of you who have never heard of the Council of Fifty, it was a “quorum” set up by Joseph Smith in preparation for his U.S. Presidential campaign in 1844.  One of the most unusual aspect of this council was the fact […]

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Posted in Joseph Smith, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Politics, theology | 9 Comments »

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