Priesthood

When Are Women Men and Men Women?

June 28, 2016
When Are Women Men and Men Women?

As a woman, it can sometimes be difficult to determine what in the scriptures applies to me and what doesn’t. Sometimes when I mention this to people, they think I am being purposefully obtuse. Today’s guest post is from EBK. To illustrate the issue, I have made a list of scriptures below that can present […]

Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, doubt, Education, emotions, Empathy, Faith, faith crisis, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, General Conference, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Polygamy, Priesthood, Religion, scriptures, Spirituality, Sunday School, Tradition, Women | 19 Comments »

If You Stand for Nothing….

May 25, 2016
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Recently on BYU-Idaho campus we’ve had a few General Authorities come for devotional. In the BYU-Idaho Center, which is literally a mini-conference center that seats 15,000 people, lately people have been standing out of respect not only for members of the Q12, but apparently  they stood for Bishop Caussé and even, last week, Sheri Dew. It […]

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Posted in BYU-Idaho, General Conference, leadership, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Prophet, Tradition | 52 Comments »

BYU Rape Myths

May 24, 2016
BYU Rape Myths

There has been push back among conservatives within the church (most notably the church’s PR team in their defensive reply to Salt Lake Tribune coverage of the Title IX violations at BYU) about the term rape culture as applied to the issues at BYU.  These concerns stem from a misunderstanding of the term rape culture as […]

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Posted in Agency, BYU, Christian, Church Policy, Culture, Education, emotions, Empathy, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, Mental Health, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Patriarchy, Priesthood, Religion, scriptures, Truth. Lying, Women | 144 Comments »

Emotional Labor

April 26, 2016
Emotional Labor

“Women are just better at that stuff.”  This is a phrase often used to wash one’s hands of an unpleasant task.  It reminds me of something I hear sometimes from customers:  “Hispanics just clean houses better than other people.”  If so, why is that?  Not because there’s a house cleaning gene that they are passing […]

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Posted in Agency, Criticism, Culture, emotions, Empathy, Faith, faith crisis, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, Gratitude, LDS, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Patriarchy, Priesthood, Temple, theology, Women, workplace | 29 Comments »

Teachers who don’t Teach

April 17, 2016
Teachers who don’t Teach

D&C 20:53-59 says, 53 The teacher’s duty is to watch over the church always, and be with and strengthen them; 54 And see that there is no iniquity in the church, neither hardness with each other, neither lying, backbiting, nor evil speaking; 55 And see that the church meet together often, and also see that all the members […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Community of Christ, Mormon, Priesthood | 16 Comments »

The Mormon Church and Blacks

February 8, 2016
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February is Black History Month.  I recently finished Matthew Harris & Newel Bringhurst’s most recent book, The Mormon Church & Blacks:  A Documentary History.  The black priesthood ban has been a pet topic of mine; I have written nearly 60 posts on the topic over the past 8 years. For me, this has been one of […]

Posted in Church Policy, History, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Prophet, Race Relations, Reviews | 14 Comments »

Reviewing Religion of a Different Color

December 28, 2015
Reviewing Religion of a Different Color

I finally finished Paul Reeve’s book Religion of a Different Color.  Paul highlights the strange evolution of Mormons, once seen as not white enough, now seen as too white. From page 270, …as late as 2012 the perception persisted in some corners that Mormons were racist and that there were few or no black Mormons.  […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Culture, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Race Relations, Reviews | 12 Comments »

The RLDS Women’s Ordination: An Insider’s Outside View

November 20, 2015
The RLDS Women’s Ordination: An Insider’s Outside View

30 years ago this week, the RLDS Church canonized D&C section 156, allowing for the ordination of women.  Mormon Heretic asked Rich Brown and Markag to offer their perspectives on the 30th anniversary of this occasion.  Rich offered his insights in our previous post, and Markag, who was formerly RLDS and is now LDS shares […]

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Posted in Christian, Church Policy, Community of Christ, gender equity, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Priesthood, Women | 12 Comments »

Women Exist

October 27, 2015
Women Exist

It’s been an interesting week for women.  Suddenly we’ve become visible again, with mixed results.  Let’s recap. Reddit began buzzing with a leaked copy of a new church essay on Heavenly Mother. The church responded to the leak by immediately releasing two essays:  “Joseph Smith’s Teachings about Priesthood, Temple and Women,” and a shorter, simpler […]

Posted in Agency, BYU, Criticism, Culture, doubt, Education, emotions, Empathy, Feminism, LDS, leadership, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Prophet, Singles, Women | 22 Comments »

Bednar: “Priesthood is not Male”

October 26, 2015
Bednar:  “Priesthood is not Male”

Elder and Sister Bednar recently addressed temple workers in Utah County.  I received some notes from the address in which Elder Bednar talked about keys of the priesthood.  I was told he spoke quickly, and often said “put your seatbelts on.”  These notes are from someone trying to write as fast as possible, and some […]

Posted in Doctrine, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Patriarchy, Priesthood, scriptures, theology, Women | 77 Comments »

Highlights of Lester Bush’s Address

October 19, 2015
Highlights of Lester Bush’s Address

Last week, Lester Bush spoke at the Black, White, and Mormon Conference at the University of Utah.  I posted a longer version at my blog, but wanted to highlight some of the cool notes from his address. (I typed as fast as I could–some of my notes are a little cryptic.)  Paul Reeve introduced him. Reeve […]

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Posted in Church Policy, History, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Premortality, Priesthood, Race Relations, Reviews, theology | 17 Comments »

A Dream–or Vision–of Equality

October 18, 2015
A Dream–or Vision–of Equality

Today’s guest post is by Richard Redick. Sunday, October 18, 2015 – I had a dream early this morning.   This was not one of those nonsensical dreams one gets because one’s G.I. tract is working overtime while she or he slumbers.   Oh, I get those, too – don’t get me wrong.   I, also, occasionally get […]

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Posted in Agency, Charity, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, Faith, Feminism, gender equity, Grace, Gratitude, Holy Spirit, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Priesthood, Spirituality, Women | 31 Comments »

What Happy Ways?

October 15, 2015
What Happy Ways?

In his address during the Sunday Morning Session of the recent General Conference President Nelson said: “Thirty-six years ago, in 1979, President Spencer W. Kimball made a profound prophecy about the impact that covenant-keeping women would have on the future of the Lord’s Church. He prophesied: “Much of the major growth that is coming to […]

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Posted in Culture, Feminism, gender equity, General Conference, LDS, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Patriarchy, Priesthood, Uncategorized | 44 Comments »

Race & Mormon Women

October 14, 2015
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I attended the same conference Mormon Heretic did last week, Black, White & Mormon, held at the University of Utah. His earlier post highlighted the remarks from the first panel, Race and the Inner City. The other panels held that day were: Race & Mormon Women, Race at BYU, Elder Sitati speaking about Race and the […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Doctrine, Priesthood, Race Relations, Sunday School, Temple, theology, Women | 24 Comments »

Predicting the Next Apostles: Carter Hall’s 2015 Picks

September 27, 2015
Predicting the Next Apostles:  Carter Hall’s 2015 Picks

Clear President Monson’s calendar. The recent passing of three apostles means the Church President will likely call three replacements this week, and depending on where they come from, he might just need to call replacements for the replacements as well. Who will they be? I’m glad you asked. Today’s guest post is from the handsome Carter […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Culture, Doctrine, Education, Europe, General Conference, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Patriarchy, Politics, Priesthood, Prophet, Religion, theology | 54 Comments »

A Small Step Forwards…

August 19, 2015
A Small Step Forwards…

Last year I wrote a post covering the European Women’s Meeting headed “Show Me Don’t Tell Me”. The title was a part inspired by my dislike of the pedestalisation of women within the church, and the lack of actual authority. I commented then “I find it hard to fathom how having GA wives, nice as […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Feminism, gender equity, Patriarchy, Priesthood, Uncategorized | 55 Comments »

I’m racist

June 19, 2015
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I can pinpoint the exact moment that I realized I was racist. It was last year and I was reading Jana Riess’ Flunking Sainthood blog right after the General Women’s Meeting where she shared some highlights including: I remember being present at the April 2013 session of conference when Sis. Stephens was allowed to pray […]

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Posted in Empathy, Priesthood, Race Relations, Women | 34 Comments »

Teaching YW about the Priesthood

June 12, 2015
Teaching YW about the Priesthood

When my faith transition came out at a family reunion a few years ago, I had some family members comment that I was the last person they would ever want to teach their YW about the priesthood. I have to admit I feel a little vindicated by the abrupt change of course brought about by […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mission, Priesthood, Temple, Women | 17 Comments »

MHA 2015 Recap

June 8, 2015
MHA 2015 Recap

The Annual Mormon History Association meetings came to Provo this past weekend.  Last year it was in San Antonio, and next year it will be at Snowbird Resort in Utah.  Sometimes I like it better when it’s out of town, because I can attend all the sessions.  When I’m home, there’s just too much going […]

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Posted in Anti-Mormon, Christian, Church Policy, Culture, Excommunication, faith crisis, History, Joseph Smith, LDS, leadership, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Polygamy, Priesthood, Prophet, Race Relations, Reviews, Roman Catholic Church, Temple, theology, Violence | 8 Comments »

Stake Priesthood Meeting

May 3, 2015
Stake Priesthood Meeting

It seems like once or twice a year, each stake will hold a General Priesthood Meeting.  It is usually on a Sunday, very early in the morning.  Ours is a 6:30 AM.  Why the ridiculously early hour?  It seems like the leaders pick this time because who needs sleep?  The rationale is that nobody has […]

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Posted in Church Policy, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Priesthood | 40 Comments »

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