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Jumbled Thoughts on Forgiveness and Justice: Mediation and Seeing Others

September 3, 2015
Jumbled Thoughts on Forgiveness and Justice: Mediation and Seeing Others

“Wherefore, men are free according to the flesh; and all things are given them which are expedient unto man. And they are free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil; for he seeketh that […]

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Posted in Agency, Charity, debt, Empathy, Grace, Jesus, theology, Uncategorized, understanding | 4 Comments »

Someone Should Have Told Me — The Church doesn’t have all the truth

September 3, 2015
Someone Should Have Told Me — The Church doesn’t have all the truth

What?!  What, you say? Actually, it is what Brigham Young and Joseph Smith had to say, and they also laid claim to all truth, where it could be found.  They felt that their grasp of truth was under construction. An analysis starts with this (from LDS.org) where it states: “Mormonism,” so-called, embraces every principle pertaining […]

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Hated Hymns

September 1, 2015
Hated Hymns

 A congregation in another faith used a creative fundraising idea.  Parishioners could bid to block their least favorite hymn from being sung during the coming year.  This is an idea whose time has come.  Here are my top 10 picks for hymns I would block: I Believe in Christ.  This is 8 verses masquerading as […]

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Posted in Agency, Criticism, Culture, emotions, Empathy, Freedom, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Prophet, Uncategorized | 56 Comments »

Someone Should Have Told Me — Evolution

August 27, 2015
Someone Should Have Told Me — Evolution

As I slowly get additional interviews completed (I’ve got some that are scheduled for as far away as December right now), I decided to fill in the gaps with a new series.  I’ll write some of the entries and other posters are welcome to join in and add entries of their own. Before I begin, […]

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Are you a Catholic Mormon or a Protestant Mormon?

August 27, 2015
Are you a Catholic Mormon or a Protestant Mormon?

W. H. Auden once said “truth is Catholic but the search for it is Protestant.” Auden’s distinction between Catholic and Protestant is not about liturgical style or doctrine. Rather it is about differing approaches to truth. Are you a Catholic Mormon, or a Protestant Mormon? Do you submit to the authority of the Mormon church as […]

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Has Atheism become a Religion?

August 21, 2015
Has Atheism become a Religion?

I recently watched a CNN documentary entitled, “Atheists: Inside the World of Non-Believers” and it was fascinating to me. Mostly because it went far deeper than just the absence of a belief in God or a higher power, which seems to be the basic definition of atheism. There are passive atheists and what I would […]

Posted in America, Atheism, Culture, Faith, Morality, Religion, Uncategorized | 86 Comments »

Fresh Courage Take — A Book Review

August 20, 2015
Fresh Courage Take — A Book Review

Why should we mourn or think our lot is hard? ‘Tis not so; all is right. Why should we think to earn a great reward If we now shun the fight? Gird up your loins; fresh courage take. Our God will never us forsake; And soon we’ll have this tale to tell– All is well! […]

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The Resurrection Paradox

August 20, 2015
The Resurrection Paradox

The inspiration for Gustav Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony came when Mahler attended the funeral of his friend and colleague Hans Von Bulow. During the funeral the choir sang: “Rise again, yes, you shall rise again my dust!” and Mahler later wrote of that moment, “It struck me like lightning…and everything was revealed to me clear and plain.” Mahler […]

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A Small Step Forwards…

August 19, 2015
A Small Step Forwards…

Last year I wrote a post covering the European Women’s Meeting headed “Show Me Don’t Tell Me”. The title was a part inspired by my dislike of the pedestalisation of women within the church, and the lack of actual authority. I commented then “I find it hard to fathom how having GA wives, nice as […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Feminism, gender equity, Patriarchy, Priesthood, Uncategorized | 54 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 […]

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The Great Chasm: Singles and Married

August 13, 2015
The Great Chasm: Singles and Married

My wife recently told me that she feels like there are two classes of people in the church: one class for whom the program works (couples happily married with children), and another class for whom the program has not worked (singles, gays, infertile couples, divorcees). Members in the first class dominate leadership positions and it […]

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“Born This Way” Is Too Simplistic

August 6, 2015
“Born This Way” Is Too Simplistic

“There are so many interacting causes for sexual orientation that two different individuals can be gay for a different combination of reasons. Some people know at earlier ages than others. Some are bisexual rather than gay, some show more change over the course of their life. All this means that whenever someone comes up with […]

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Posted in LGBT, Morality, Politics, Science and Religion, theology, Uncategorized | 36 Comments »

Jesus, Lover of My Soul

August 6, 2015
Jesus, Lover of My Soul

I feel a bit of holy envy as I browse through the Facebook page of an Evangelical friend. Her posts express a joyous love for Jesus and a radiant happiness in her salvation. Every interaction with friends includes a reference to God or prayer. I can’t help but admire the incredible passion of Evangelicals like […]

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Down at the [Y]MIA — alternatives to the Boy Scouts

August 3, 2015
Down at the [Y]MIA — alternatives to the Boy Scouts

For the last twenty-thirty or so years the Church has explored alternatives to scouting. One of the problems is that those who have been tasked with approaching the concept end up just creating boy scout clones, with the bottom line that they give up and suggest just sticking with the boy scouts.  They have a […]

Posted in Church Policy, economics, gender equity, leadership, Uncategorized | 28 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 »

Three Problematic Scriptural Memes

July 30, 2015
Three Problematic Scriptural Memes

LDS culture is largely works-based. But forces within LDS leadership are striving to find a way to incorporate more grace into our gospel understanding. These forces are held back by a number of key scriptures and works-based traditions of scriptural interpretation. The following three memes are among the most ubiquitous works-based scriptures in LDS culture. I’ve audaciously adapted them to incorporate a […]

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Nick Literski Interview

July 29, 2015
Nick Literski Interview

Nick Literski was a blogger at Mormon Matters, ran a site on LDS Temples and was married with five girls.  He came out of the closet, was divorced, and has gone through many other transitions, though he often comments at Wheat & Tares.  This is his story.  I understand you used to be involved in […]

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No More Cultural Appropriation

July 24, 2015
No More Cultural Appropriation

I’m sure you saw the headline: “‘Hunger Games’ Actress Amandla Stenberg Calls Kylie Jenner’s Cornrows Cultural Appropriation.” I had never heard that term before so I looked it up: “Cultural appropriation is the adoption of elements of one culture by members of a different cultural group, especially if the adoption is of elements of a […]

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Ankles, Earrings, & Hedges

July 24, 2015
Ankles, Earrings, & Hedges

Recently I got into a discussion about Elder Bednar’s “second earring story” in which an RM at Ricks College broke up with a young woman who didn’t remove her second pair after hearing Pres. Hinckley recommend it during a CES devotional. Someone commented, “Boy, she really dodged a bullet, eh?” I laughed and one of […]

Posted in Blind Obedience, BYU-Idaho, Honor Code, Mormon Culture, Prophet, Uncategorized, understanding | 17 Comments »

Restoring York Minster – An Analogy

July 23, 2015
Restoring York Minster – An Analogy

Having just returned from a few days away in York, I wanted to comment on York Minster. I mentioned on a similar post last year that family holidays don’t seem complete without at least one visit to a place of worship. York Minster is particularly spectacular, and is the largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe. […]

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Posted in Christian, Culture, Education, Faith, History, LDS, Uncategorized | 10 Comments »

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