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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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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Pride, theology | 13 Comments »

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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Posted in General Conference, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Pride | 11 Comments »

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 »

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