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Fraud, Doubt and Miracles

February 12, 2014
Fraud, Doubt and Miracles

Today’s guest post is by Jared. When I started blogging in 2007 my objective was to write about the doctrine of Christ as it is taught in the Book of Mormon and by church leaders. As time as gone on, I realize that there are not many LDS who search the internet with the intent […]

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Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Church Policy, Doctrine, Faith, Freedom, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Pride, Prophet | 21 Comments »

Desperate Mormon Housewives

February 12, 2014
Desperate Mormon Housewives

Evolving Stereotypes of Stay at Home Moms (updated with new poll below!) Claudia Bushman observed: “In the 1950s, the (LDS Stay at Home Mom) exemplified the ideal American Woman.”   This changed in the 60s through the 80s, when the ideal woman became the career woman.  In this period SAHMs were often demeaned for failing […]

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Culture, Pride, Uncategorized | 45 Comments »

“Am I My Brother’s Keeper?”

February 4, 2014
“Am I My Brother’s Keeper?”

BYU-Idaho released a video last week on YouTube encouraging students to monitor their roommates’ behavior to determine if a roommate has a porn addiction (or implied masturbation issue).  Then, in my ward, we had a lengthy discussion in Sunday School about God’s expectation that we should be our brother’s keeper, leaning heavily on a 1986 […]

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Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Apostasy, BYU, Education, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, Pride, Sunday School, War in Heaven | 47 Comments »

Belief, Morale, and Near Misses: Round Three on Atheism, Disaffection & Mormonism

January 28, 2014
Belief, Morale, and Near Misses:  Round Three on Atheism, Disaffection & Mormonism

When I read Jeff’s post Friday (“Maybe Everything Is a Lie?”) that was in response to Andrew’s post Wednesday (“4 Reasons Why Disaffected Mormons Become Atheists“), I knew I had to get my own response in.  It’s an important discussion and probably the real reason the bloggernacle exists.  Why does new information create deeper conviction […]

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Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Faith, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Pride, Uncategorized | 25 Comments »

My Brief Foray into Mormon Passive Aggression

January 7, 2014
My Brief Foray into Mormon Passive Aggression

My sophomore year at BYU, I lived in a house south of campus with four other girls.  One roommate was engaged, another was a grad student film major we didn’t see  much, and the remaining two were former mission companions who both had jobs in addition to going to school.  I didn’t see much of […]

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Posted in Agency, America, BYU, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Pride, Uncategorized | 27 Comments »

Bar the Exits! (Weekend Poll)

November 23, 2013
Bar the Exits!  (Weekend Poll)

Church attrition is a big problem across all denominations, one that is discussed often in the bloggernacle.  What should the church do to retain those who wish to resign? What efforts have you seen that have been effective at helping people stay or come back?  What efforts have you seen that have been ill-advised?  Why? […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Faith, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Politics, Pride | 23 Comments »

Confidentially Speaking (Weekend Poll)

November 9, 2013
Confidentially Speaking (Weekend Poll)

Confidentiality is all about trust.  In the Catholic church, if priests reveal information others won’t trust that their confessions will be confidential and may choose not to confess (leaving them in a state of sin).  Likewise, Mormons expect confidentiality when they speak to a church leader.  Do all parties in bishop’s interviews deserve full confidentiality […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Pride, Priesthood | 14 Comments »

Dallin H. Oaks for Liberals

November 6, 2013
Dallin H. Oaks for Liberals

Elder Oaks has a reputation for being one of the most conservative members of the Quorum of the Twelve. I believe this reputation comes largely from his impersonal, “laying down the law” style rhetoric. Over the years however, I have found a number of liberal ideas in his sermons. I’ve compiled a few of them […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Pride, Prophet | 33 Comments »

The Priesthood Broadcast & Unintended Consequences

October 2, 2013
The Priesthood Broadcast & Unintended Consequences

When my Mormon feminist sisters decided to make their point by wearing pants to church, I was curious.  The method seemed amusing even, although I really didn’t understand what the expected outcome was.  If they felt comfortable worshiping in pants,  it seemed fine to me.  I couldn’t see how it would be a strike for […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Church Policy, Faith, Freedom, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Pride, Priesthood, understanding | 38 Comments »

Are Mormons Anti-Modernists?

October 1, 2013
Are Mormons Anti-Modernists?

There are many stories that could easily vie for the title of Scariest Story in the Bible, but I’d like to make a case for the story of the Tower of Babel.  In this story, the people on earth desire to build a tower tall enough to go straight into heaven.  They band together in […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, economics, Faith, Freedom, History, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, Pride, Technology, understanding | 23 Comments »

Use Your Judgement

September 13, 2013
Use Your Judgement

Lately, on the Mormon-oriented blogs and even here on W&T, there has been much discussion on the chronicles of Denver Snuffer (I still can’t get over that name). I’ll let you find that here along with the almost 300 comments that go along with it. Word came down the other day that he was excommunicated […]

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Church Policy, Doctrine, Faith, Holy Spirit, Joseph Smith, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Pride, Prophet | 12 Comments »

The Challenge of Honesty

August 19, 2013
The Challenge of Honesty

This will be the first of a series of posts on The Challenge of Honesty due to be released Sept 1.  Signature Books and Frances Lee Menlove (edited by Dan Wotherspoon) have put out this wonderful book, I really enjoyed reading it.  The book is a series of essays given by Frances over the past (almost) […]

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Pride, Reviews, Truth. Lying | 24 Comments »

Leadership Roulette

July 9, 2013
Leadership Roulette

As I’ve said previously, in a church with 32,000 bishops, they can’t all be winners.  The term leadership roulette refers to when you encounter a bad leader, someone who does what folks on the internet call “ecclesiastical abuse” like manipulating you with threats or taking unwarranted actions against you.  Especially for those who feel insecure […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Pride, Priesthood, Uncategorized | 89 Comments »

DOMA Arigato, But No Thanks!

June 26, 2013
DOMA Arigato, But No Thanks!

“DOMA undermines both the public and private significance of state-sanctioned same-sex marriages; for it tells those couples, and all the world, that their otherwise valid marriages are unworthy of federal recognition. This places same-sex couples in an unstable position of being in a second-tier marriage. The differentiation demeans the couple, whose moral and sexual choices […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Pride, Science and Religion | 140 Comments »

If the Saviour Stood Beside Me

June 18, 2013
If the Saviour Stood Beside Me

In other Christian sects people like to ask “What Would Jesus Do?” as a caution to try to be perfectly Christlike in our behavior.  In Primary we have a song “If the Savior Stood Beside Me” that has the same intention: If the Savior stood beside me, would I do the things I do? Would I […]

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Posted in Agency, Faith, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Pride | 15 Comments »

Te’o, Teaaa-O – Daylight Come and Me Want To Go Home

January 25, 2013
Te’o, Teaaa-O – Daylight Come and Me Want To Go Home

So like millions of others, I watched Manti Te’o on the Katie Couric Show yesterday. And, I suppose, like millions of others, I came away with mixed feelings. I thought he came across as a very nice, polite, soft-spoken guy. He seemed quite sincere. I can’t quite assess truthfulness because it is clear he did […]

Posted in Agency, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Pride, Truth. Lying, Uncategorized | 13 Comments »

Let Them Eat Platinum

January 19, 2013
Let Them Eat Platinum

Marie Antoinette couldn’t get her head around the concept that peasants might resent a lack of bread. I mean, look at her bedroom! So, eventually, her head was forced to observe the resentment in a more detached manner. The Versailles life-style was unsustainable, even if the people living in Versailles thought they could stall the […]

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Posted in America, debt, economics, money, Politics, Pride | 6 Comments »

Pantsformation

December 18, 2012
Pantsformation

“I stood amazed at the furor I had unwittingly caused.”  Amelia Bloomer When I first heard about the group All Enlisted organizing women to wear pants to church on Sunday, December 16, I was of two minds.  On the one hand, who cares?  Pants aren’t against the rules anyway, and I see lots of women wearing […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Freedom, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Pride | 47 Comments »

Why Mormons Will Inherit America

December 8, 2012
Why Mormons Will Inherit America

Well, not really. However, with recent reports that the US birthrate has fallen to a level not seen since 1920, one starts to speculate. As Pew’s research organization reports: “The U.S. birth rate dipped in 2011 to the lowest ever recorded, led by a plunge in births to immigrant women since the onset of the […]

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Posted in America, Church Policy, economics, Politics, Pride, Race Relations | 7 Comments »

Did Mormon Fasting Create a Romney Debate Victory?

October 9, 2012
Did Mormon Fasting Create a Romney Debate Victory?

Rumors of a widescale Mormon fast prior to the presidential debate were rampant on Facebook and even in some news articles.  I particularly enjoyed Pat Bagley’s cartoon on the topic.  In light of the much touted debate bounce that has resulted in a game-changer according to recent polling, I wonder if some of those faithful […]

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Posted in Agency, America, economics, Faith, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Pride | 23 Comments »

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