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Polygamy & Me: Weekend Poll

November 29, 2014
Polygamy & Me:  Weekend Poll

A lot has been said about the church’s polygamy essays recently.  Now that the dust has settled, let’s see what you think. Discuss.

Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, Joseph Smith, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Polygamy, Prophet, Women | 23 Comments »

Faith vs. Appeal to Authority

November 3, 2014
Faith vs. Appeal to Authority

The definition of faith is “1. complete trust or confidence in someone or something. 2. strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.” Appeal to authority is a form of unreliable argument used to dismiss contrary evidence by overlooking errors in judgment, bias, dishonestly or groupthink […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Blind Obedience, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Faith, Freedom, General Conference, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Prophet, theology | 35 Comments »

The New Polygamy Essays: A Woman’s Perspective

October 27, 2014
The New Polygamy Essays:  A Woman’s Perspective

The church’s new polygamy essays are progressive and more transparent than prior statements on this topic.  For example, a few short years ago when I was teaching Relief Society, the manual regarding the teachings of Joseph Smith specifically forbade teachers from discussing polygamy.  There was also an entire lesson devoted to the “love letters” of […]

Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, America, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Excommunication, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, Joseph Smith, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Polygamy, Prophet, Sunday School, Women | 138 Comments »

All Rise! Standing for Apostles (Weekend Poll)

October 11, 2014
All Rise!  Standing for Apostles (Weekend Poll)

Where does respect end and worship begin?  Where do we go from looking unified to looking like a cult?  You decide! Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Blind Obedience, Church Policy, Culture, Faith, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Priesthood, Prophet | 25 Comments »

The Face of Mormonism

August 19, 2014
The Face of Mormonism

What do our faces say about us?  Lauren Bacall said “I think your whole life shows in your face, and you should be proud of that.”  Whether you are proud or not, there it is for everyone to see.  If we wish we had more laugh lines, we should laugh more. Face reading is the […]

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Posted in Agency, Blind Obedience, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, emotions, Faith, Freedom, General Conference, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Prophet, Uncategorized | 10 Comments »

Brain Injuries and Free Agency

August 18, 2014
Brain Injuries and Free Agency

Nearly everyone has been heart-broken over the news of Robin Williams. In recent days, we have discovered that Williams not only had been suffering with depression for years, but also was recently diagnosed with Parkinsons Disease. Because of Williams death, physicians are being advised to more aggressively treat patients for depression that have been diagnosed […]

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Posted in Agency, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Prophet, Science and Religion | 7 Comments »

Does Pres Monson Have Dementia?

August 4, 2014
Does Pres Monson Have Dementia?

I was listening to John Dehlin’s interview of Kate Kelly this past week, and they brought up an interesting point that I wanted to discuss more openly.  In the last 5 minutes of part 2, John, “Some people are speculating that there’s a power vacuum in the Church right now, that….” Kate Kelly interrupts, “Some people […]

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Belief, Prophet, Roman Catholic Church | 87 Comments »

MD Podcast – Mark Staker and Kirtland’s History

July 27, 2014
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Mormon Discussion Podcast sits down with LDS author Mark Staker and discusses the Church’s rich history in Kirtland.  Elsie Johnson’s healing, Kirtland Safety Society Bank, Apostasy, and much much more. Was Joseph Smith the impetus behind the Kirtland bank failure or can others really bare the blunt of blame? Did he really heal Elsie Johnson by […]

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Posted in Criticism, debt, Doctrine, History, Joseph Smith, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Polygamy, Prophet | 1 Comment »

MD Podcast – Charlie Harrell: This is my Doctrine

July 13, 2014
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Mormon Discussion Podcast sits down with Prof. Charles Harrell to discuss his book “This is My Doctrine”.  Bro. Harrell discusses the complexity and difficulty in defining LDS Doctrine and the way in which we can deal with such issues. How do you differentiate between Doctrine, Policy, and Culture? What do you make of the tansfiguration […]

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Posted in Criticism, Doctrine, Faith, History, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Prophet, Race Relations | 4 Comments »

Just in! The Leaders Have Spoken

June 28, 2014
Just in! The Leaders Have Spoken

The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve have issued a statement today regarding Priesthood, questioning and apostasy. The full text of the statement is: Office of the First Presidency 47 East South Temple Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150 June 28, 2014 In God’s plan for the happiness and eternal progression of His children, […]

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Doctrine, Excommunication, Faith, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Priesthood, Prophet, Uncategorized | 91 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 »

Introducing restorepolygamy.com

June 20, 2014
Introducing restorepolygamy.com

In light of two key events happening in the US and within the Church, we are excited to announce the latest in member-driven agitation. As you know, the US is rapidly moving toward legalizing and recognizing same sex marriage (SSM). The US Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and many individual states […]

Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Doctrine, Faith, Joseph Smith, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Polygamy, Prophet, Uncategorized | 28 Comments »

MHA 2014 in San Antonio

June 9, 2014
MHA 2014 in San Antonio

I thoroughly enjoyed MHA 2014 here in San Antonio, and getting to meet some other bloggers like Clean Cut and Matt W from New Cool Thang.  I didn’t live blog MHA like Kevin Barney did at By Common Consent, but thought I’d give a “quick” recap of the happenings there.  (Kevin and I obviously overlapped […]

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Posted in Book of Mormon, Christian, Church Policy, History, Joseph Smith, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Polygamy, Priesthood, Prophet, Reviews, Women | 7 Comments »

Alternative Feminist Approaches to Ordain Women–Part 1

May 19, 2014
Alternative Feminist Approaches to Ordain Women–Part 1

At long last, here is a transcription of John Dehlin’s podcast from episode 443 posted on October 16, 2013.  In a recent post, Fiona Givens took exception to my characterization of her comments from her Mormon Stories interview from October.  I promised to transcribe the whole interview (but let me tip my hat to Brent Beal at Doves and […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Doctrine, Joseph Smith, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Prophet, Women | 31 Comments »

Women of the Bible: Deborah

May 18, 2014
Women of the Bible:  Deborah

Deborah The nation of Israel was at war with Jabin, King of Canaan.  Deborah helped devise a battle plan to lead the children of Israel to victory.  She spoke with Barak (the leader of the Israelite army.)    Barak asked her to accompany him to battle.   The Israelites won the battle.  Deborah prophesied that the other […]

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Posted in Mormon, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, Prophet, Women | 7 Comments »

Oppressive vs. Benevolent Patriarchy

May 13, 2014
Oppressive vs. Benevolent Patriarchy

A recent post by the highly talented Andrea R-M on Juvenile Instructor explained the difference between oppressive patriarchy and benevolent patriarchy, an important distinction for Mormons who are (on the whole) opposed to the former and in favor of the latter. In theory, benevolent patriarchy is a bridge between oppressive patriarchy and actual equality.  Oppressive patriarchy […]

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Posted in Agency, Doctrine, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Prophet, Women | 40 Comments »

Women of the Bible: Anna

May 4, 2014
Women of the Bible:  Anna

Anna Anna was a very righteous woman.  She fasted and prayed so much that she had the gift of prophecy. She was known as a prophetess.  She was at least 84 years old when Christ was born.  She visited the temple often.  She was there when Mary and Joseph took Christ to the temple when […]

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Posted in Mormon, New Testament Sunday School Lessons, Prophet, Women | 5 Comments »

Orthodox and Liberal Interpretations of Abraham

April 21, 2014
Orthodox and Liberal Interpretations of Abraham

The story of Abraham’s attempted sacrifice of Isaac is one of the most perplexing moral dilemmas in all of scripture.  It has long been held up as an example of Abraham’s faithfulness.  Orthodox members do not question the traditional interpretation of the story.  They seem to reason that if God wants you to do something, you […]

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Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Christian, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, Prophet | 43 Comments »

Comparing Music/Singing in the LDS & RLDS: Part 1

April 13, 2014
Comparing Music/Singing in the LDS & RLDS: Part 1

This is our second guest post from Markag.  He shares his experiences as a convert from the RLDS to the LDS Church. I have been a singer/player of music, both sacred and secular, all my life; eventually getting a degree in music. I was elected Music Director on a branch/district level in the RLDS Church.  […]

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Posted in Community of Christ, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Prophet | 25 Comments »

Elder Oaks Lights up the Bloggernacle

April 7, 2014
Elder Oaks Lights up the Bloggernacle

Facebook was ablaze with comments about Elder Oaks General Conference talk on Saturday night.  Disappointed that the church website didn’t have a transcript, I created one so that we could better discuss what he actually said.  I decided to let that post stand on its own without any commentary.  But in this post, I will […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Doctrine, General Conference, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Priesthood, Prophet, Women | 101 Comments »

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