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“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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Nephi: Weekend Poll

October 27, 2012
Nephi:  Weekend Poll

We all know the Primary song.  What’s your view on Nephi? Discuss.

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Sunday School | 10 Comments »

For the Strength of YOUth

September 25, 2012
For the Strength of YOUth

I remember when they added “I Am a Child of God” to the hymn book.  I felt like I had already graduated from Primary, and suddenly I was back again, as if I were Adam Sandler being sent back to first grade.  For some, I’m sure the addition was nostalgic.  The song is not a […]

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Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Church Policy, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Sunday School | 34 Comments »

The Devil Made Me Do It: Personal Responsibility and Satanic Inspiration

September 13, 2012
The Devil Made Me Do It: Personal Responsibility and Satanic Inspiration

I always find it remarkable from sacrament how comfortable we are to ascribe diabolic motives and influence to the actions of others. Perhaps this is because there is a cosmic war between the devils and angels being waged in the air around us to which we are oblivious.  If we are being deceived and are […]

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Posted in Agency, Mormon Belief, Sunday School | 19 Comments »

Can You Be Truly Happy Outside the Church?

September 6, 2012
Can You Be Truly Happy Outside the Church?

This weeks Sunday School lesson was meant to start with a description of how Satan markets misery to people. As the manual says: “answers may include that he could make misery look appealing or that he could trick people into thinking that his product will bring happiness instead of misery.” Later in the lesson it […]

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Posted in Mormon Culture, Sunday School, Uncategorized | 51 Comments »

Are My Preconceived Notions Blinding Me?

August 23, 2012
Are My Preconceived Notions Blinding Me?

It is not often that I am prone to blog about scriptures and how they can inspire us. I generally find blogs that are a form of scriptural exegesis rather dull. If I want insipid spiritual thoughts full of sentimentality and devoid of substance I have the Ensign for that, or if I want to […]

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Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Church Policy, Freedom, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Sunday School | 59 Comments »

Our Imperfect God

May 18, 2012
Our Imperfect God

When we do a really careful study of what JS taught about God and gods, when we understand the history of God, and when we understand the nature of God as presented by Jesus in what little we have of his authentic teachings, we see that God is not the platonic ideal.  The LDS answer […]

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Posted in Faith, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Sunday School | 41 Comments »

Alt Sunday School — Teachings of the Prophet Brigham Young, Part 1

May 4, 2012
Alt Sunday School — Teachings of the Prophet Brigham Young, Part 1

A series of alternate Sunday School lessons should include, for the year on the Doctrine and Covenants, some of the more significant teachings of Brigham Young. I thought of that as I was listening to a friend of mine who was serving on the board of a JRCLS chapter.  She came into a meeting of […]

Posted in Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Mormon Belief, Prophet, Sunday School, Uncategorized | 14 Comments »

Alt SS — Abortion

April 13, 2012
Alt SS — Abortion

If we are going to have discussions about doctrine and about things that matter or that truly affect us, it would not hurt to have one on abortion. . . “The Church opposes elective abortion for personal or social convenience. Members must not submit to, perform, encourage, pay for, or arrange for an abortion. The […]

Posted in Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Sunday School, Uncategorized | 21 Comments »

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