Reviews

Honorable Mention Dissidents?

April 11, 2016
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A few weeks ago, Rock Waterman announced that he was pleased to be included in a list of top ten LDS Dissidents and Troublemakers.  I read through the list of the top ten, wondering why John Dehlin was merely an honorable mention.  I also wondered who Adrian Larsen was.  I had never heard of him. […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Blind Obedience, Criticism, Culture, Excommunication, Faith, Jesus, Joseph Smith, LDS, LGBT, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Reviews | 17 Comments »

Servant Sealing

February 22, 2016
Jane Elizabeth Manning James

This past weekend, I had occasion to attend an unusual sealing ceremony.  One of my wife’s co-workers is in her 70s.  Her husband passed away last year.  Yesterday she was sealed to her dead husband.  Her son served as proxy for her deceased husband.  (Incidentally, she has been married and divorced to 2 other men […]

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Posted in Church Policy, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Race Relations, Reviews, Temple, theology, Women | 6 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 »

Why “Planted”?

January 6, 2016
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“We live in an age of doubt, but we need not be overcome. When we are planted in the Savior we can be nourished as much by our questions as by the answers.”  “Planted: Belief and Belonging in an Age of Doubt” is written by Patrick Mason and is a joint venture between the Maxwell […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Criticism, doubt, Faith, faith crisis, gender equity, Grace, Mormon Culture, Reviews, understanding | 22 Comments »

Read. This. Book.

January 2, 2016
Fresh-Courage-Take

Earlier this year I read the new release Fresh Courage Take: New Directions by Mormon Women, edited by Jamie Zvirzdin, who is also one of the contributors. It’s a book of twelve different essays by twelve very different women and how they have defined their Mormon womanhood. Their stories deal with almost every walk of life […]

Posted in Agency, Charity, Criticism, Empathy, Mormon Culture, Reviews, Spirituality, understanding, Women | 7 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 »

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 »

Why They Don’t Need Heavenly Mother

September 14, 2015
Why They Don’t Need Heavenly Mother

“Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose”, so states the Proclamation on the Family.  “ALL HUMAN BEINGS—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents.”  Many feminists want to talk about her.  The funny thing about this, […]

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Posted in Christian, Culture, gender equity, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Reviews, theology, Women | 36 Comments »

Where Justice, Love, and Mercy Meet

August 19, 2015
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“Even in sorrow, we are given a choice: A choice between hopelessness of despair and the everlasting promise of faith. Faith that there is a plan and that in times of doubt, God will speak to you in a voice that is clear and true.” —The Book of Job Last year a heartbreaking story where […]

Posted in LDS, Politics, Reviews, Uncategorized, Violence | 11 Comments »

A Sunstone Newbie

July 31, 2015
A Sunstone Newbie

Imagine if someone were to create a community where all interested or connected to Mormon thought in any way, shape, or form were welcomed and accepted? It exists, and it’s meeting in SLC this weekend. I just returned from my first day of Sunstone (ever), and I have to sit and process what I just […]

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Posted in faith crisis, History, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Polygamy, Reviews, Uncategorized | 13 Comments »

Atheist Finds Garden of Eden

July 13, 2015
Atheist Finds Garden of Eden

Where is the Garden of Eden?  I watched a really interesting documentary, part of the Myth Hunters series found on Netflix, Youtube, and CafeMom.  They noted that the garden story is so vague that it could be anywhere.  The film notes that a Boston University president felt is was in North Pole, Mormons felt it […]

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Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Christian, Faith, History, Holy Land, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Reviews, Science and Religion, theology | 16 Comments »

Atheist in a Foxhole; The Tillman Story

July 6, 2015
Atheist in a Foxhole; The Tillman Story

I watched an interesting documentary last week, The Tillman Story.  Pat Tillman played NFL football for the Arizona Cardinals, and unexpectedly quit the NFL and enlisted in the army rangers following the September 11 attacks.  I knew he had been killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan in 2004, and there was a coverup, but didn’t really […]

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Posted in Book of Mormon, Morality, Mormon, Reviews, Violence | 8 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 »

Dan Vogel takes on Mormonism Unvailed

April 17, 2015
Dan Vogel takes on Mormonism Unvailed

Mormon scholar Dan Vogel and Signature Books have teamed up to produce a scholarly update to the first anti-Mormon book ever written, Mormonism Unvailed.  The book is due to be released on April 20, and Tom Kimball was nice enough to send me a pre-release version to review. The book was first published in 1834 […]

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Posted in Anti-Mormon, Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith, LDS, Mormon, Reviews | 15 Comments »

Haters Gonna Hate

March 13, 2015
Haters Gonna Hate

In general I’m a fan of Neylan McBaine, I first ran across her a few years ago when I saw her presentation at FAIR making the rounds online and then when her “Moderate Mormon Manifesto” was published on FMH. I’ve tried to follow her work since then, and it wasn’t until listening to the Dialogue […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Culture, Feminism, gender equity, Reviews, Women | 19 Comments »

Heart of Africa Q&A

February 9, 2015
Heart of Africa Q&A

February is Black History Month.  Margaret Young, who teaches writing at BYU, has been heavily involved in writing LDS black history.  She has helped write the play, I Am Jane, a story about early black Mormon Jane Manning James, and has produced 2 films about black Mormons.  Her first film came out in 2008 and […]

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Posted in LDS, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Race Relations, Reviews, Women | 10 Comments »

Tarefic/Wheaties Winners! (or Whiners?)

February 4, 2015
Tarefic/Wheaties Winners! (or Whiners?)

We’re here to announce the official winners of our annual Wheaties and Tarefic Awards.  Some of you may remember the controversy we had a few years ago when we mixed up the winner of the Best Blog Category.  Well, apparently we like controversy, (or maybe we’re just not that technically savvy.)  We had some minor […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Feminism, gender equity, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Reviews, Wheaties | 13 Comments »

Last Call for Nominations!

January 19, 2015
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Alright, please let everyone know that this is the last call for nominations.  Every year, someone finds out too late.  Don’t let that happen this year!  Don’t forget that Main Street Plaza is hosting their Brodie Awards too.  Please check out the links so you can be an informed voter. As you can see below, we are short […]

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Posted in Feminism, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Reviews, Wheaties | 41 Comments »

2014 in Review: Tarefic/Wheaties Nominations

January 5, 2015
2014 in Review: Tarefic/Wheaties Nominations

Now that 2014 is in the rear view mirror, it’s time to start looking for the best and worst of this past year.  Start your nominations!  We want to highlight YOU and your favorite Mormon blogs.  Once again Ziff, the mighty numbers cruncher of Zelophehad’s Daughters will handle results presentation at the end of this event.  Because some […]

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Culture, Reviews, Wheaties | 48 Comments »

Books Reviewed: Anne Perry, James Dashner, Shannon Hale, Carys Bray

October 9, 2014
Books Reviewed: Anne Perry, James Dashner, Shannon Hale, Carys Bray

Just recently I’ve found myself reading books by LDS (or ex-LDS) authors consecutively, not that common an occurrence, so I thought I did give a quick review of my thoughts. The most recent was: “The Angel Court Affair” by Anne Perry I have long enjoyed Anne Perry’s Thomas Pitt, and Hester & William Monk series […]

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Posted in Culture, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Reviews, Uncategorized | 4 Comments »

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