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The Mormon Church and Blacks

February 8, 2016
BlackMormons

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 | 9 Comments »

Disenchanted, but not Disillusioned

February 3, 2016
disappointment

The last few weeks I’ve been in kind of a funk since Elder Nelson’s comments at CES devotional. I thought I’d made peace with the policy existing and found a path to move forward, but his comments really tripped me up and I found myself trying to avoid energy-draining conflict. At church I’ve wandered into […]

Posted in Blind Obedience, Church Policy, Criticism, faith crisis, leadership, Prophet | 19 Comments »

Prophets < Apostles?

December 29, 2015
Prophets < Apostles?

Which is a bigger deal?  Being a prophet or being an apostle?  If you’re like me, you would probably assume that the title “prophet” is higher than “apostle,” but I recently read some interesting information on the history. I was curious to know when we started to call the quorum of the twelve “prophets, seers, […]

Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Blind Obedience, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, doubt, Excommunication, Faith, faith crisis, Freedom, History, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Prophet, theology | 67 Comments »

What Isn’t Church Abuse?

December 15, 2015
What Isn’t Church Abuse?

A recent study was circulated that shows the psychological markers of “church abuse,” or an environment in a religious atmosphere that can lead to exploitation or abuse of individuals who join.  In the study, participants rated their religion in light of the following 28 organizational behaviors, as either exerting a lot of pressure and control or […]

Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Atheism, Blind Obedience, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Education, Freedom, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Patriarchy, Politics, Prophet, Religion, Roman Catholic Church, Truth. Lying, Women | 22 Comments »

Becoming Devout?

December 11, 2015
Becoming Devout?

One of the troubling aspects within certain parts of Islam seems to be the instances where some adults, previously casual in their religious observance, suddenly or over a short period of time, become devout. In the case of the shooters in San Bernardino, both the man and the woman were known to their family and […]

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Doctrine, Faith, Joseph Smith, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Polygamy, Prophet, Religion | 10 Comments »

The Idolatry of Following the Brethren

December 7, 2015
The Idolatry of Following the Brethren

I sometimes feel LDS church members are guilty of idolatry. Perhaps it is not completely the members fault; We have been told so much to “follow the brethren” that we have built them up as idols, and fail to “study it out in our minds, and ask God if it be right.” Early church leaders […]

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Posted in Agency, Blind Obedience, Church Policy, LDS, Mormon, Prophet | 101 Comments »

Why didn’t anyone tell me – about Aaron and Abraham?

December 5, 2015
Why didn’t anyone tell me – about Aaron and Abraham?

Too often we think of Aaron and Abraham and others through a modern lens. I still remember someone asking what it must have been like to be Abraham’s home teaching companion.   I thought about this when someone asked me about this ditty that has been going around: Aaron was a prophet, built a golden […]

Posted in Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Doctrine, Holy Land, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, Patriarchy, Polygamy, Prophet, theology, Topical Guide, Uncategorized | 10 Comments »

Church Updates Policy

November 13, 2015
Church Updates Policy

The following statement was released at LDS.org ————- THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS OFFICE OF THE FIRST PRESIDENCY 47 EAST SOUTH TEMPLE STREET, SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH 84150-1200 November 13, 2015 To: General Authorities; Area Seventies; General Auxiliary Presidencies; Stake, District, Mission, and Temple Presidents; Bishops and Branch Presidents Dear Brethren and […]

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Blind Obedience, Charity, Christian, Church Policy, emotions, Empathy, Excommunication, Faith, faith crisis, LDS, leadership, LGBT, Mental Health, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Prophet, theology | 38 Comments »

As I have loved you…

November 12, 2015

I dare you to watch the above video. If you can get through the 1:43 without at least smiling, I’ll send you a jar of Vegemite. There is something so pure about the emotions of children. Their emotional honesty, which is innate, is so refreshing, so real. Such behaviour allows for parent/child bonding to occur […]

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Posted in Apostasy, Blind Obedience, Charity, Empathy, gender equity, Holy Spirit, leadership, LGBT, Mental Health, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Prophet, Spirituality | 4 Comments »

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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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Blind Obedience, Charity, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, doubt, emotions, Empathy, Faith, faith crisis, Grace, Jesus, LDS, leadership, LGBT, Mental Health, Mitch Mayne, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, New Testament Sunday School Lessons, Politics, Pride, Prophet, Religion, scriptures, Spirituality, understanding | 59 Comments »

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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Untouchable

November 5, 2015
Untouchable

From the newly changed Church Handbook, posted without comment. Children of a Parent Living in a Same-Gender Relationship A natural or adopted child of a parent living in a same-gender relationship, whether the couple is married or cohabiting, may not receive a name and a blessing. A natural or adopted child of a parent living […]

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Blind Obedience, Charity, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, doubt, emotions, Empathy, Excommunication, Faith, faith crisis, Freedom, Grace, LDS, leadership, LGBT, Mental Health, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Patriarchy, Politics, Polygamy, Prophet, theology, understanding | 79 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 »

Did you let your kids watch Titanic???

October 14, 2015
Did you let your kids watch Titanic???

It’s hard to believe that James Cameron’s Titanic was released 18 years ago. I really enjoyed it. The larrikin Jack – the preppy Rose, the unlikely, but inevitable meeting and romance. All set against the grand backdrop of the maiden (and…spoiler alert, sinking) of the Titanic. For the most part, it’s your standard boy meets […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Culture, Modesty, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Prophet, Technology, Violence | 15 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 »

Elder Scott Passed Away

September 22, 2015
Elder Scott Passed Away

The Deseret News is reporting that Elder Richard G. Scott has died, surrounded by family.  He had been previously hospitalized in April due to internal bleeding, and has struggled with his health.  I’m trying to remember when was the last time there were three vacancies in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.  It could have […]

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Culture, Prophet | 16 Comments »

Prophetic Succession (weekend poll)

September 19, 2015
Prophetic Succession (weekend poll)

Following Joseph Smith’s death, several men vied for control over the church. James Strang claimed an angel visited him and ordained him prophet.  He also claimed Joseph wrote him a letter authorizing him as the new leader. Sidney Rigdon, the lone surviving member of the First Presidency felt he should be the next prophet.  His […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Community of Christ, General Conference, Joseph Smith, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Patriarchy, Prophet | 14 Comments »

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 »

Hated Hymns

September 1, 2015
Hated Hymns

 A congregation in another faith used a creative fundraising idea.  Parishioners could bid to block their least favorite hymn from being sung during the coming year.  This is an idea whose time has come.  Here are my top 10 picks for hymns I would block: I Believe in Christ.  This is 8 verses masquerading as […]

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Posted in Agency, Criticism, Culture, emotions, Empathy, Freedom, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Prophet, Uncategorized | 76 Comments »

Joseph’s Seer Stone (weekend poll)

August 8, 2015
Joseph’s Seer Stone (weekend poll)

The LDS Church made a big splash this week when they released several documents associated with the Joseph Smith Papers Project.  But what REALLY made news was the photo of the seer stone.  It’s been out a few days now.  Here are some questions:

Posted in Anti-Mormon, Book of Mormon, Faith, faith crisis, Joseph Smith, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Prophet | 76 Comments »

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