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Finding Wisdom in Weakness

April 4, 2016
Finding Wisdom in Weakness

Over a decade ago I sat in a Sunday School class discussing 2 Nephi 3. The chapter is Lehi’s farewell instruction and blessing to his youngest son, Joseph. Verses 22-24 of that chapter are problematic to many people, and this occasion was no different[1]. One older classmember, pointing out verse 24, asked a common question, “Do […]

Posted in Book of Mormon, Charity, Doctrine, Empathy, Faith, General Conference, Grace, Jesus, LDS, leadership, Mormon Belief, Mormon Discussion, Pride, Prophet, scriptures, Sunday School, understanding | 11 Comments »

The Mormon Urge to Glurge

March 15, 2016
The Mormon Urge to Glurge

glurge (GLURJ) n. A sentimental or uplifting story, particularly one delivered via e-mail, that uses inaccurate or fabricated facts; a story that is mawkish or maudlin; the genre consisting of such stories. Not a day goes by that I do not get some sort of email glurge from a relative, old friend or ward member. […]

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Posted in Agency, Criticism, Culture, emotions, Empathy, Gratitude, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Sunday School, Truth. Lying | 39 Comments »

Fall Down

January 27, 2016
Fall Down

Yesterday Elder Bednar spoke at the BYUI devotional in Rexburg about how the Lord teaches through repetition. He gave the example of Moroni’s visitations to Joseph Smith and how essentially he gave Joseph the same message every time, but also each time it was given something was just a little different, and by paying attention […]

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Posted in Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Book of Mormon, scriptures, Sunday School | 9 Comments »

If Jane Austen Wrote the Book of Mormon

January 26, 2016
If Jane Austen Wrote the Book of Mormon

I was considering a post on the Book of Mormon & the Bechdel test when it occurred to me that Gospel Doctrine class is kind of like a book club.[1]  Which got me thinking how much better, and perhaps with more vocal women in it (as well as a few more humorously identified human foibles), […]

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Posted in Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Book of Mormon, Christian, Culture, Education, emotions, Empathy, Feminism, gender equity, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Patriarchy, Religion, Sunday School, Women | 6 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 »

Adam, Eve, Garments and Equality

September 22, 2015
Adam, Eve, Garments and Equality

I read a fantastic article yesterday from Rabbi Sacks that made me wish our own Gospel Doctrine lessons were this thoughtful.  I suppose we get what we pay for (and at our rates it’s even a bargain).  Still, we don’t have the excellent mix of thoughtfulness and scholarship that is the hallmark of Jewish scriptural debate […]

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Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Charity, Christian, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, emotions, Empathy, Feminism, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, Patriarchy, Religion, Sunday School, theology, Women | 18 Comments »

Weak Gospel Teaching

September 4, 2015
Weak Gospel Teaching

In light of the blog posts of this week discussing Elder Bednar’s statement that the rupture in the cycle between baptism and endowment is “first, foremost and most powerful is, weak Gospel teaching and modeling in the home.” This upset a lot of people. But, it got me wondering, just what is weak Gospel teaching […]

Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Apostasy, Blind Obedience, Charity, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, Education, Faith, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Sunday School, Uncategorized | 24 Comments »

When the Priesthood is Everything, It Becomes Nothing

March 20, 2015
Priesthood Blessing

The latest viral-nova mormon essay to hit the internets is about how a woman taught primary children how priesthood blesses our lives. I believe it is a valiant attempt to wrestle with the complicated and contradictory messages that we have always been given about women and the priesthood. It is a worthwhile endeavor, and I […]

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Posted in Doctrine, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Sunday School, Women | 35 Comments »

The Stories We Choose to Tell

March 12, 2015
The Stories We Choose to Tell

The stories we hear and are surrounded by frame our world, influence our outlook and understanding. They affect our sense of who we are, and our place in the world. They can broaden our horizons, or keep us to a narrow focus. What do the stories we find in our lesson manuals and church magazines […]

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Posted in Culture, Education, Freedom, History, LDS, Mission, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Polygamy, Priesthood, seminary, Sunday School, Uncategorized | 14 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 | 140 Comments »

“Am I My Brother’s Keeper?”

February 4, 2014
“Am I My Brother’s Keeper?”

BYU-Idaho released a video last week on YouTube encouraging students to monitor their roommates’ behavior to determine if a roommate has a porn addiction (or implied masturbation issue).  Then, in my ward, we had a lengthy discussion in Sunday School about God’s expectation that we should be our brother’s keeper, leaning heavily on a 1986 […]

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Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Apostasy, BYU, Education, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, Pride, Sunday School, War in Heaven | 47 Comments »

The Problematic Legitimation of Ideas in the Church

January 30, 2014
The Problematic Legitimation of Ideas in the Church

Several recent experiences have caused me to ponder this topic. It’s not new of course. The most obvious example would be the temple/priesthood ban for people of black African descent, which arose early in the life of the church, was perpetuated until 1978, and which was not properly disavowed until last year. And even then, […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Doctrine, Freedom, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Sunday School, Uncategorized, understanding | 16 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 »

Prayer at the Rameumptom, LDS Edition

September 8, 2013
Prayer at the Rameumptom, LDS Edition

What exactly is so objectionable about the prayer of the Zoramites on the Rameumptom? When we discussed it in church a few weeks ago, most members agreed that it was pride: the Zoramites see themselves as chosen and saved, while everyone else is damned because they were not chosen. But is there more to it […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Doctrine, Faith, Freedom, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Sunday School | 12 Comments »

Growing up Uncorrelated

September 2, 2013
Growing up Uncorrelated

This is my second post on The Challenge of Honesty that was released Sept 1.  (You might want to check out my previous post.)  Frances Lee Menlove tells about growing up before correlation existed. The Correlation Committee was started in 1961 and, in the words of John-Charles Duffy, “encompasses a philosophy–one might even say, a theology–of Church […]

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Culture, Sunday School | 15 Comments »

Surviving Primary: Watchful in His Care

April 11, 2013
Surviving Primary: Watchful in His Care

Do you always enjoy your church callings, or sometimes do you find that it’s just one of those days? A few weeks ago I was having one of those days with Primary. As a counsellor in the primary presidency my responsibilities are the teachers and music. We have great teachers, who always let me know […]

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“REALLY?!?” with Brother Jake: The Gospel is Simple?

March 6, 2013
“REALLY?!?” with Brother Jake: The Gospel is Simple?

Brother Jake writes a guest post (AND makes a video!) on the assumed “simplicity” of the gospel. Is it really that simple though?

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Posted in Doctrine, Mission, Sunday School | 17 Comments »

Your Favorite Church Calling

January 13, 2013
Your Favorite Church Calling

Today one of my friends, who is serving as a counselor in a bishopric for a Mormon Church, told me he couldn’t hang out this weekend because of his schedule with a church assignment.  I jokingly told him that the main reason I keep moving around is to avoid getting a “big” church calling.  I’ll […]

Posted in Church Policy, Sunday School, Uncategorized | 22 Comments »

Meetings, Meetings, Meetings: Weekend Poll

December 1, 2012
Meetings, Meetings, Meetings:  Weekend Poll

We believe in meetings.  We believe in long meetings, many meetings, and meetings about meetings.  We believe in opening meetings with a prayer, a song, a devotional thoughts, reading of the last meeting’s minutes, and then closing with a prayer and a song.  Actual meeting optional. How do you feel about the 3 hour block? […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Sunday School, Uncategorized | 25 Comments »

Are you a Grasshopper or an Ant?

November 4, 2012
Are you a Grasshopper or an Ant?

A former LDS prophet and president of the church, George Albert Smith, stated the following: We might learn a lesson from the ant. He harvests his supplies when they are available and stores them up against the day when it would not be possible to obtain them. The result is that his larder is usually […]

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