Polygamy

Pondering on Polygamy

November 20, 2014
Pondering on Polygamy

When did you first hear about polygamy*, and what has your experience been with this topic? What attitudes have you observed? Growing up in the church in here in Britain, non-members would raise the issue of polygamy, as in “Mormon, that’s the religion where the men can have lots of wives”. And we’d then have […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Culture, Doctrine, gender equity, LDS, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Polygamy, Women | 43 Comments »

Modal, Model Mormonism

November 13, 2014
modalmormonism

Can we ever generalize a typical Mormon experience?

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Posted in LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Polygamy | 19 Comments »

The New Polygamy Essays: A Woman’s Perspective

October 27, 2014
The New Polygamy Essays:  A Woman’s Perspective

The church’s new polygamy essays are progressive and more transparent than prior statements on this topic.  For example, a few short years ago when I was teaching Relief Society, the manual regarding the teachings of Joseph Smith specifically forbade teachers from discussing polygamy.  There was also an entire lesson devoted to the “love letters” of […]

Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, America, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Excommunication, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, Joseph Smith, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Polygamy, Prophet, Sunday School, Women | 138 Comments »

Big Week on LDS Websites

October 27, 2014
Big Week on LDS Websites

This was an amazing week on the LDS websites. The LDS Newsroom published a video in which they showed both temple garments, as well as the temple robes that are worn. The Church emphasized that many religions have religious clothing, and said that it is derogatory to refer to LDS garments as “magic underwear.” Some […]

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Posted in History, Joseph Smith, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Polygamy, Temple, theology | 4 Comments »

MD Podcast – Mark Staker and Kirtland’s History

July 27, 2014
HearkenO-Ye-People

Mormon Discussion Podcast sits down with LDS author Mark Staker and discusses the Church’s rich history in Kirtland.  Elsie Johnson’s healing, Kirtland Safety Society Bank, Apostasy, and much much more. Was Joseph Smith the impetus behind the Kirtland bank failure or can others really bare the blunt of blame? Did he really heal Elsie Johnson by […]

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Posted in Criticism, debt, Doctrine, History, Joseph Smith, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Polygamy, Prophet | 1 Comment »

Introducing restorepolygamy.com

June 20, 2014
Introducing restorepolygamy.com

In light of two key events happening in the US and within the Church, we are excited to announce the latest in member-driven agitation. As you know, the US is rapidly moving toward legalizing and recognizing same sex marriage (SSM). The US Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and many individual states […]

Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Doctrine, Faith, Joseph Smith, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Polygamy, Prophet, Uncategorized | 28 Comments »

MHA 2014 in San Antonio

June 9, 2014
MHA 2014 in San Antonio

I thoroughly enjoyed MHA 2014 here in San Antonio, and getting to meet some other bloggers like Clean Cut and Matt W from New Cool Thang.  I didn’t live blog MHA like Kevin Barney did at By Common Consent, but thought I’d give a “quick” recap of the happenings there.  (Kevin and I obviously overlapped […]

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Posted in Book of Mormon, Christian, Church Policy, History, Joseph Smith, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Polygamy, Priesthood, Prophet, Reviews, Women | 7 Comments »

How Would You React if one of you Children Came out to You?

March 10, 2014
How Would You React if one of you Children Came out to You?

Now that Seasons 3 and 4 are on Netflix, I’m catching up on Sister Wives again.  Season 4 Episode 4 was a Q&A titled You Asked, They Answered, in which viewers ask all sorts of questions of the Browns.  One question in particular gave me much pause, and I thought it might be a nice […]

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Posted in Christian, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Polygamy | 15 Comments »

Musings on Milk and Meat

February 13, 2014
Musings on Milk and Meat

What comes to mind when you think about the milk and meat of the gospel? In writing my last post I stumbled across the following in Isaiah: “Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.” (Isaiah 28:9) which […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Church Policy, Europe, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Polygamy, Priesthood, Prophet, Truth. Lying, Uncategorized, understanding | 26 Comments »

The Diaries of Anthony Ivins

February 10, 2014
The Diaries of Anthony Ivins

Anthony Ivins was an LDS apostle from 1907-1934.  He was the cousin of Heber J. Grant, and served in the First Presidency with Grant from 1921-1934.  Signature Books has recently come out with Cowboy Apostle:  The Diaries of Anthony Ivins 1875-1932 (the Kindle version is only $20.)  Ivins is notable for a few reasons:  (1) […]

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Posted in Mission, Mormon, Polygamy | 15 Comments »

Polygamy Poll: What are your thoughts?

February 3, 2014
Polygamy Poll:  What are your thoughts?

The Edmunds-Tucker Act of 1887 disenfranchised the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The law was enacted by Congress to punish the church for practicing polygamy. The church challenged the law, but following an 1890 ruling in which the law was declared constitutional, Wilford Woodruff issued Official Declaration 1 (also known as “The Manifesto”) […]

Posted in Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Polygamy | 34 Comments »

Will Kody Brown help rescind the Manifesto

December 26, 2013
Will Kody Brown help rescind the Manifesto

While it was ground-breaking, the Kody Brown polygamy lawsuit seems to have been pushed on to the back burner because Utah’s same-sex marriage ban was overturned. However, what does Kody Brown mean for the church? The wording of OD1 states Inasmuch as laws have been enacted by Congress forbidding plural marriages, which laws have been […]

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Posted in Mormon, Polygamy, Prophet | 19 Comments »

Tarefic-Wheaties Nominations 2

December 23, 2013
Tarefic-Wheaties Nominations 2

Last year we introduced two new Bloggernacle awards:  (1) The Wheaties, and (2) the Tarefic Awards!  As we approach the end of the year, it is time to look back on the best and worst of 2013.  Start your nominations!  We want to highlight YOU and your favorite 2013 Mormon blogs, and we are pleased to […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, BYU, Church Policy, Doctrine, Education, Faith, Freedom, General Conference, History, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Polygamy, Priesthood, Reviews, Science and Religion, Sunday School | 90 Comments »

Plain and Precious Things

December 6, 2013
Plain and Precious Things

“Wherefore, thou seest that after the book hath gone forth through the hands of the great and abominable church, that there are many plain and precious things taken away from the book, which is the book of the Lamb of God.” (2Nephi 13:28) One of the common prevailing ideas taught in the LDS Church is […]

Posted in Church Policy, Community of Christ, Doctrine, Faith, Holy Land, Joseph Smith, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Polygamy, Priesthood | 16 Comments »

Are you an Eliza or an Emmeline?

November 21, 2013
Are you an Eliza or an Emmeline?

Eliza R Snow and Emmeline B Wells both served as General President of Relief Society: Eliza (born 1804) from 1866 to 1887 as the second General President, and Emmeline (born 1828) from 1910 to 1921 as the fifth General President. Both women were prolific poets. However, what intrigued me were the different attitudes they would […]

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Posted in Agency, History, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Polygamy, Priesthood, Uncategorized, understanding | 38 Comments »

Mormons Being Proselyted

November 4, 2013
Mormons Being Proselyted

Mormons are known for proselytizing other faiths, rather than being the subject of being proselyted. I hadn’t considered why Protestants get upset at Mormon missionaries, or even why Mormons get so upset when evangelicals try to proselyte during General Conference weekend. I also hadn’t considered Mormons proselyting or getting upset as being a double standard. […]

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Posted in Mission, Mormon, Polygamy, Reviews, Roman Catholic Church | 12 Comments »

Snuffer’s Take on Polygamy

October 7, 2013
Snuffer’s Take on Polygamy

Denver Snuffer has generated a bit of controversy on the bloggernacle lately, though I suspect your average member has never heard of him.  My post Is Excommunication Useful? got over 300 comments, and Tim Malone’s Q&A about Snuffer also got over 300 comments.  One Who is Watching noted “an obscene amount of traffic to my site” […]

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Posted in Doctrine, History, Joseph Smith, Mormon Belief, Polygamy, Prophet | 53 Comments »

Will Polygamy follow Same Sex Marriage?

July 3, 2013
Will Polygamy follow Same Sex Marriage?

This is the second guest post from Justin.  He also blogs at LDS Anarchy. I have always known that polygamy would naturally follow on the heels of legalized same-gender marriage, and I’ve predicted in the past [though not as a prophecy] that, when both are legalized by the government, the LDS church would begin sanctioning same-gender […]

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Belief, Polygamy | 33 Comments »

Would you let your kids watch “The Bible”?

June 10, 2013
Would you let your kids watch “The Bible”?

The History Channel just produced one of the most successful series dealing with the Bible in a few decades.  I heard so much good about it that I decided to purchase the entire series on iTunes, having never seen the series at all.  I’ve had occasion to watch the first 2 episodes and wanted to […]

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Posted in History, Holy Land, Israel, Mormon, Polygamy, Reviews, Violence | 1 Comment »

What does Restoration mean?

May 28, 2013
What does Restoration mean?

What does it mean that the church is a restoration?  As I grew up in the church, I always thought of restoration as implying stuff fell out that had to be put back in.  Things that fit into this category included: the role of prophets and apostles, translation capabilities (including that pesky Urim & Thummim that someone mislaid a […]

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Posted in America, Church Policy, History, Israel, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Polygamy | 10 Comments »

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