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Loyalty Is a Tricky Virtue

November 10, 2015
Loyalty Is a Tricky Virtue

All is not well in Zion, folks.  Relax, I’m not going to attack anything more than what deserves to be called out.  I’m certainly not going to talk about church leaders either–they can speak for themselves on this as on all matters. Rather, let’s talk about ourselves, fellow Saints.  Let’s take a good look in the […]

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Tom Christofferson Interview from Rational Faiths

November 7, 2015
Tom Christofferson Interview from Rational Faiths

Many have been wondering, after watching Elder D. Todd Christofferson’s video statement explaining the handbook policy change, how his brother Tom (who is gay) feels about this.  Brian Dillman and Jerilyn Pool posted a podcast today at Rational Faiths that included an interview with Tom.  The whole podcast is great, please click over to hear the words […]

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When in Romans . . .

September 29, 2015
When in Romans . . .

Last Sunday I substitute taught the Gospel Doctrine lesson on Romans, which is one of the most pivotal books in Christian scripture, inspiring Luther’s 95 Theses, and thereby sparking the Protestant Reformation.  A single lesson was not sufficient to do it justice, obviously, but there were a lot of interesting facts. [1]  For those who haven’t […]

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Untwisting Our Twisted Thinking

September 2, 2015
Untwisting Our Twisted Thinking

In follow up to Jon G’s post, we have another guest post, today from long-time commenter Heber13. As I’ve thought about the Jon G post on Blaming Parents vs. Mourning with Those Who Mourn and the many responses that include inducing guilt or looking back at how parents “should” or “could” avoid losing children by […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Blind Obedience, Charity, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, doubt, emotions, Empathy, Faith, faith crisis, Freedom, General Conference, LDS, leadership, Mental Health, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Patriarchy, Politics, Polygamy, Pride, Prophet, Religion, theology, understanding | 25 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 »

Because of my Valiance?

July 3, 2015
Because of my Valiance?

A few months ago I posted a rant on facebook (usually a cause for regret) that actually turned into an interesting, respectful discussion (until my cousin showed up near the end) about how much God micromanages our lives. I had expressed my thought that I felt it was God’s will for me to not have […]

Posted in Agency, Mormon Belief, Premortality, Pride, War in Heaven | 24 Comments »

Mean Girls Jesus

June 23, 2015
Mean Girls Jesus

Psychological projection is a theory in psychology in which humans defend themselves against unpleasant impulses by denying their existence in themselves, while attributing them to others. For example, a person who is rude may constantly accuse other people of being rude.  A person who is judgmental will accuse others of being judgmental.  For this reason, […]

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Posted in Agency, BYU, Culture, emotions, Empathy, Faith, faith crisis, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, Morality, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Politics, Pride, Women | 24 Comments »

Criticism

April 28, 2015
Criticism

I was thinking about E. Oaks’ comments in General Conference about criticism.  Talking about things that prevent us from benefiting from the gospel, he said: Another potential destroyer of spiritual roots—accelerated by current technology but not unique to it—is the keyhole view of the gospel or the Church. This limited view focuses on a particular doctrine or […]

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Blind Obedience, Criticism, Culture, emotions, Faith, faith crisis, Freedom, General Conference, LDS, leadership, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Pride, Priesthood | 44 Comments »

Even when I’m wrong, I’m right (weekend poll)

March 7, 2015
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Please watch this 30 second video, and let us know your comments. Do you think Elder Oaks regrets saying this on the PBS documentary, The Mormons?  Do you support Elder Oaks comments? What are your thoughts about Al Pacino’s character saying essentially the same thing?

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The Faith Crisis Biz

February 10, 2015
The Faith Crisis Biz

A recent Trib article explains that Mormon Stories and other monetized podcasts have been a sole source of income for some of the individuals that conduct the interviews.  This isn’t a surprise to many people, although it’s impressive that there’s been enough donated to support salaries for individuals’ families. At some point, all Mormon blogs […]

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Explaining Belief & Disbelief

February 3, 2015
Explaining Belief & Disbelief

A discussion in an online forum asked participants the question:  “How do you explain that you no longer believe without offending people who do believe?”  It’s an important question, and one that many people really struggle with.  As church members, we aren’t just believers or non-believers, but members of a community that socializes together, whose kids […]

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Posted in Agency, Criticism, Culture, doubt, emotions, Faith, faith crisis, Freedom, LDS, LGBT, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Pride | 35 Comments »

Today’s Press Conference: Double-Edged Discrimination

January 27, 2015
Today’s Press Conference:  Double-Edged Discrimination

In today’s press conference, LDS leaders encouraged church members to support anti-discrimination legislation while continuing to oppose marriage equality.  You can find a very local perspective here, slightly less local here or downright global perspective here.  A few quick highlights: LGBT people deserve the same basic rights as all individuals:  equal access to housing, legal protections, […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, doubt, economics, Education, Freedom, LDS, leadership, LGBT, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Politics, Pride, understanding, workplace | 34 Comments »

“Mormon Women Stand” Board Member Forced to Resign or Lose Temple Recommend

January 20, 2015
“Mormon Women Stand” Board Member Forced to Resign or Lose Temple Recommend

Sources confirm that June Olds Bennett was forced by her local Stake President to resign her position as a board member for Mormon Women Stand, a social media driven LDS women’s organization that actively opposes inclusion of feminists and other progressives in Mormon congregations. June Olds Bennett of South Jordan, Utah, says her stake president told […]

Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Blind Obedience, Criticism, Culture, emotions, Excommunication, Faith, faith crisis, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Politics, Pride, Women | 65 Comments »

10 People Who Were More Valiant in the Pre-Existence Than You

September 30, 2014
10 People Who Were More Valiant in the Pre-Existence Than You

From the tongue-in-cheek folkloric depths of Mormondom, we have a treasured gem of Gospel Doctrine classes of yesteryear: trying to ascertain (based on current life circumstances) who was more valiant in the pre-existence.  This is the kind of speculation born of the race ban, but it certainly wasn’t limited by that ban.  It’s the Mormon […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Culture, Doctrine, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Pride, Priesthood, Race Relations, Women | 9 Comments »

Consumer Church

September 9, 2014
Consumer Church

“Ask not what your church can do, but what you can do for your church” is what JFK might have said if he had been a General Authority. Not attending church used to carry a very high penalty:  fines, ostracism, and even death.  In Shakespeare’s day, it was illegal not to attend church.  Nowadays, there really […]

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Church Policy, Culture, emotions, Faith, Freedom, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Pride | 45 Comments »

Is Mormonism Making You a Better Person?

September 2, 2014
Is Mormonism Making You a Better Person?

Sometimes as active members, we are caught up in being the best Mormon we can be, the most observant, ticking all the boxes, perceived well by other ward members.  We can forget that the point is to become a better person by following Christ’s teachings, not just to become a better adherent to a set […]

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The Upside to Gerontocracy

August 5, 2014
The Upside to Gerontocracy

My immediate family spans three generations.  My parents are from the Silent Generation (both born in the 1920s), and my oldest sisters are Baby Boomers, teens in the 1960s.  One of my sisters sang with Steve Miller.  I was an accident, born in the late 1960s (a Gen-Xer) when my older sisters were already getting […]

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Criticism, Culture, Faith, LDS, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Pride, Uncategorized, Women | 23 Comments »

Religious Parenting vs. Secular Parenting

July 15, 2014
Religious Parenting vs. Secular Parenting

Are you a religious-minded parent or are you secular-minded?  How do you know? I just finished reading American Grace:  How Religion Divides and Unites Us by Robert Putnam and David Campbell.  The book compares religious and secular trends in American society by looking at results of a series of surveys done over the last few decades. […]

Posted in Agency, America, Anti-Mormon, Church Policy, Culture, Faith, Freedom, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Pride | 25 Comments »

Sis. Oscarson Advocates Respect and Kindness

June 23, 2014
Sis. Oscarson Advocates Respect and Kindness

From Sister Oscarson, General President of the Young Women’s Organization:  “All of us as sisters in the gospel have the responsibility and privilege to support and nourish one another. We have all committed to be disciples of Jesus Christ and this discipleship should be at the heart of all that we do. Each of us […]

Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Christian, Excommunication, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Pride, Priesthood, Prophet, Women | 22 Comments »

General Conference Buffet

April 23, 2014
General Conference Buffet

This is our first guest post from Kristine A. I think that General Conference could be called Mormonism’s Golden Corral. Twice a year, every year, we are invited to a feast of words of counsel and guidance from our leaders. The past two years since my faith transition I’ve been more acutely aware of a […]

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