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What is the church, what is the gospel?

July 21, 2016
What is the church, what is the gospel?

Years ago I was discussing the church, and it hit me: The church is more like a sailing regatta than anything else. When you sail, it is extremely rare for a sailing vessel, or a collection of them, to sail directly for the goal.  Instead, they adjust for the wind, the currents and for the […]

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I Know that My Vindicator Liveth

July 21, 2016
I Know that My Vindicator Liveth

The word “Redeemer” in the Book of Job could be more accurately translated as “Vindicator.” When Job cries out “I know that my Vindicator liveth” he is defending himself from the accusations of his friends who think he is guilty of sins which have led to his sufferings. It is a poetic way of saying “One […]

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Revealing the Truth Behind Polygamy?

July 14, 2016
Revealing the Truth Behind Polygamy?

There’s a fun headline from a Southern Utah news station today, “Cousin to Mormon Church founder Joseph Smith reveals truth behind polygamy.” Apparently the descendants of one of Joseph Smith’s cousins, Jesse N. Smith, are having a big family reunion later this month in Orem, Utah, and inviting the media to attend. “It is the […]

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“They All Mock Me”

July 14, 2016
“They All Mock Me”

This post is dedicated to all those who feel compelled to speak out on issues which may be unpopular, or in difficult times. I enjoyed Brother Sky’s recent post on empathy, and I think we might all in some degree feel empathy for Jeremiah’s predicament. Jeremiah felt compelled to speak out. He couldn’t not speak. […]

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When Elder Kimball visited our branch

July 13, 2016
When Elder Kimball visited our branch

We have often heard that the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. Much more interesting to me was what Spencer W. Kimball taught our branch in Newfoundland when he stopped there around 1962, when the world, and the church, were both much smaller. I’m not sure how he ended up at […]

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Hillary vs. Howard: Are Successful Women Less Likeable?

July 12, 2016
Hillary vs. Howard: Are Successful Women Less Likeable?

Heidi Rozen was a successful venture capitalist. Frank Flynn, a professor at Columbia Business School, used her resume in a now-famous experimental study to see what types of bias evaluators would exhibit based solely on the sex of the applicant being reviewed. Half of his students were given Heidi’s resume with her real name. The other […]

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Posted in Agency, Criticism, Culture, Education, Empathy, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Patriarchy, Politics, Tradition, Uncategorized, Women, workplace | 8 Comments »

Creating and Breaking Family Bonds

July 7, 2016
Creating and Breaking Family Bonds

This is a guest post from Joel, Nate’s younger brother: I was recently told of an episode in my family history.  My great great great grandparents were members of the LDS Church from the time of Nauvoo.  The father of the family died in Nauvoo.  The mother took their four children to Winter Quarters, where […]

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Brexit: Wanting Peace

June 30, 2016
Brexit: Wanting Peace

I firmly believe the EU has been invaluable for the stability and peace enjoyed in Europe. I’m devastated by the referendum result, and the resulting rift that has opened not only in Europe, but in Britain as well. Composer Karl Jenkins was born and raised in Wales, having a Welsh father and Swedish mother; a […]

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Brexit and the Tower of Babel

June 30, 2016
Brexit and the Tower of Babel

Like many around the world, I woke last Friday morning shocked to hear that the UK had left the EU. As an American living in the UK, I am hoping to one day gain permanent residency. I adore living in England, but my adoration is inextricably linked with its European identity and culture. For me […]

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Debating Polyandry with Brian Hales

June 23, 2016
Debating Polyandry with Brian Hales

The recent DNA findings regarding the paternity of Josephine Lyon have sparked renewed interest in the question of Joseph Smith’s polyandry: was it sexual or non-sexual? Brian Hales is the leading scholar advancing the “non-sexual polyandry” theory. Yet Hales finds himself virtually alone among scholars on this question, as illustrated in this visual he created. Because […]

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Thoughts on the Book of Alma

June 18, 2016

Just some thoughts on the Book of Alma for gospel doctrine classes tomorrow and the next little while. I got thinking about the population of Nephites and Mulekites and such when in discussing King Benjamin’s speech, the text notes that King Benjamin’s people had showed up  during a civil war, were a minority, and ended […]

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All Revelation is Personal

June 16, 2016
All Revelation is Personal

The peculiarities of Mormonism arose from the unique way in which God’s Spirit interacted with Joseph Smith’s particular culture and personality. Is it a coincidence that Joseph Smith, a young treasure seeker and dowser, received his first revelations from buried golden plates and seer stones? Is it a coincidence that the Book of Mormon is […]

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Mama Dragons Interview (Jill Hazard Rowe)

June 9, 2016
Mama Dragons Interview (Jill Hazard Rowe)

Could you tell our readers a little about yourself? I’m Jill Rowe. I’m known on Facebook as Jill Hazard Rowe. I am one of the originals who helped get the ball rolling with the Mama Dragons. I never thought it would grow so huge. I was born and raised in the SF Bay area to […]

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Why didn’t someone tell me — Just what “eternity” means

June 2, 2016
Why didn’t someone tell me — Just what “eternity” means

A dear friend of mine died last year.  As she aged she reflected that while it used to be that waiting for Christmas seemed like years — and the wait was 25% of her life, it now seemed like it came once a week (or about 1.25% of her life).  The conversation was interesting because […]

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“When Gods Began to Be” Reconciling Fate and Karma

June 2, 2016
“When Gods Began to Be” Reconciling Fate and Karma

Last week I had the pleasure of conducting Carmina Burana, a hair-raising oratorio composed by Carl Orff and dedicated to Adolf Hitler. The opening number “O Fortuna” is a thrilling hymn to the god of fortune featured in countless films and television commercials. The lyrics come from poems written by mediaeval monks who were supposed […]

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Interview with Bryndis Roberts

May 26, 2016
Interview with Bryndis Roberts

I was lucky enough to have an interview with Bryndis Roberts who has been passionately involved in supporting others in going to the temple, in the relief society and in the bloggernacle.  In this interview she tells us about herself.  If we are lucky, we may also get a follow-up interview about FEMWOC – Feminist Mormon […]

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Inquisitions Revisited

May 19, 2016
Inquisitions Revisited

I’ve recently been reading a novel about the Cathars in France, and the entrance of the Inquisition recalled an earlier post. One of my first posts as a permablogger at W&T asked the following questions about church discipline: Could investigation by the SCMC and becoming subject to subsequent disciplinary procedures come to be seen as […]

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Talking about Changes

May 11, 2016
Talking about Changes

Introduction There have been five changes in the Church in the last fifty years that seem to have altered the shape of the modern church and its direction. They are: A move from the Church as a single tribe “the blood of Israel” or a large family to a collection of super families or affiliated […]

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What does it mean “to see through a glass, darkly”??

May 5, 2016
What does it mean “to see through a glass, darkly”??

Most people have heard: “Through a glass, darkly (phrase), a Biblical phrase from 1 Corinthians 13:12″   So, what does that scripture mean? What do the words mean? In Greek that is:  βλέπομεν γὰρ ἄρτι δι’ ἐσόπτρου ἐν αἰνίγματι (blepomen gar arti di esoptrou en ainigmati) What Paul is writing about has been described as either […]

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It’s Not Just the Honor Code, It’s Also the Missionary Handbook

May 1, 2016
It’s Not Just the Honor Code, It’s Also the Missionary Handbook

This is a guest blog from a friend of mine who has asked to remain anonymous. The latest article from the Salt Lake Tribune about sexual assault and the Honor Code was disturbing, to say the least.  BYU is my alma mater, and I have a brother, sisters, and in-laws currently attending there.  How could my university, […]

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