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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 | 12 Comments »

Last Call for Nominations!

January 19, 2015
TareficAward

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 »

Utah Shakespeare Festival 2014: Hawkgrrrl’s Reviews

July 29, 2014
Utah Shakespeare Festival 2014:  Hawkgrrrl’s Reviews

Our family just returned from our annual pilgrimage to the Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City.  We’ve been attending every year since 1997, and we bring our kids and sometimes other relatives to enjoy the plays.  We even attended when we were living in Singapore on home visits.  We saw a young half-naked (but for some […]

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Posted in Criticism, Culture, Reviews | 10 Comments »

Thoughts on Sunstone, FAIR, and MHA

July 28, 2014
Thoughts on Sunstone, FAIR, and MHA

From Thursday to Saturday is the Sunstone Conference in Salt Lake City at the University of Utah, and here is the conference program. Sunstone, Mormon History Association, and the FAIR Conference have always been very interesting to me because it is a time to get more serious discussions that you get in Sunday School. As […]

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Posted in LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Reviews, theology | 7 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 »

Hebrew in America?

April 28, 2014
Hebrew in America?

It’s been a long time since I discussed Book of Mormon Geography Theories. Every so often, I get an email from the FIRM Foundation. Basically Rodney Meldrum has proposed a theory in which he believes that Joseph Smith has indicated that Book of Mormon lands are in America’s Heartland. Meldrum believes that the Hopewell Indian […]

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Posted in Book of Mormon, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Reviews | 7 Comments »

Should a Latter Day Saint See Noah?

March 30, 2014
Should a Latter Day Saint See Noah?

This guest post comes from Morgan Deane.  He blogs at Warfare and the Book of Mormon as well as The Arsenal of Venice. I just got out of the movie Noah, and it certainly left a great deal on my mind. With some Christians having issues with the movie I thought it would be wise […]

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Posted in Mormon, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, Reviews | 5 Comments »

The Circumstance of Evil

March 3, 2014
The Circumstance of Evil

We would like to think that we would always choose good over evil, but is that always the case? This is part 3 of my series on a documentary, The Science of Evil.  In Part 1, I discussed Jeffrey’s Dahmer and his baptism.  In Part 2, we discussed whether there is a soul, or whether […]

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Posted in Agency, Book of Mormon, Christian, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Reviews, Science and Religion, Violence | 6 Comments »

On Growing up (or not), Books and the Usefulness of the Bloggernacle

January 16, 2014
On Growing up (or not), Books and the Usefulness of the Bloggernacle

“When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” 1 Cor. 13:11 We’re a geeky kind of family, and maybe we parents are not yet grown up, since for the most part we […]

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Posted in Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Reviews, Technology, Uncategorized | 15 Comments »

Wheaties/Tarefic Voting Has Begun!

January 13, 2014
TareficAward

After 3 weeks of nominations, let the voting begin!  This year, we’re going to try to keep results secret until the end (we are about to see how effective our new polling plugin works.)  Tell your friends to come and vote for your favorites!  Voting will end next Sunday at midnight Mountain time.  We will […]

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Culture, Reviews | 19 Comments »

Final Call for Tarefic-Wheaties Nominations!

January 6, 2014
Final Call for Tarefic-Wheaties Nominations!

Thanks for you nominations.  A few of us had spotty internet this past week (which is why the previous post didn’t get updated), but we have now updated nominations one final time.  We will start voting next week, but please send out a call to other blogs to make sure they are represented. As you […]

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Culture, Reviews | 14 Comments »

Tarefic-Wheaties Nominations 2

December 23, 2013
Tarefic-Wheaties Nominations 2

Last year we introduced two new Bloggernacle awards:  (1) The Wheaties, and (2) the Tarefic Awards!  As we approach the end of the year, it is time to look back on the best and worst of 2013.  Start your nominations!  We want to highlight YOU and your favorite 2013 Mormon blogs, and we are pleased to […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, BYU, Church Policy, Doctrine, Education, Faith, Freedom, General Conference, History, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Polygamy, Priesthood, Reviews, Science and Religion, Sunday School | 90 Comments »

Why Snuffer Got Exe’d

December 2, 2013
Why Snuffer Got Exe’d

I finished Denver Snuffer’s book a few weeks ago, and I really enjoyed the book.  Snuffer gives some original readings of both LDS Church history and scripture.  I did a partial review of his book a few weeks ago when I talked about Snuffer’s position on polygamy (Snuffer believes that God permitted, rather than commanded […]

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Posted in Apostasy, Doctrine, History, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Prophet, Reviews | 91 Comments »

Mormons Being Proselyted

November 4, 2013
Mormons Being Proselyted

Mormons are known for proselytizing other faiths, rather than being the subject of being proselyted. I hadn’t considered why Protestants get upset at Mormon missionaries, or even why Mormons get so upset when evangelicals try to proselyte during General Conference weekend. I also hadn’t considered Mormons proselyting or getting upset as being a double standard. […]

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Posted in Mission, Mormon, Polygamy, Reviews, Roman Catholic Church | 12 Comments »

Modernizing the Parable of the Tax Collector and the Pharisee

September 16, 2013
Modernizing the Parable of the Tax Collector and the Pharisee

I’ve been reviewing The Challenge of Honesty which was released Sept 1.  (You might want to check out my first post, or second post on the book.)  Frances Lee Menlove relates the following. Today I am going to tell you a story.  This is a Jesus story, the Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector, which […]

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Posted in Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Jesus, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, New Testament Sunday School Lessons, Reviews | 13 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 »

Global Warming as a Religion

August 5, 2013
Global Warming as a Religion

I just finished SuperFreakonomics, the sequel to Freakonomics.  It’s an entertaining book that I highly recommend.  In chapter 5, they discussed whether global warming is even a threat, and took on both conservatives and environmentalists. the movement to stop global warming has taken on the feel of a religion.  The core belief is that humankind […]

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Posted in Politics, Reviews, Science and Religion, Technology | 14 Comments »