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5 Strawman Reasons Some Matt Walsh Wannabe Thinks People Leave the Church

July 1, 2014
5 Strawman Reasons Some Matt Walsh Wannabe Thinks People Leave the Church

A recent post has gone viral, and while I don’t think the author reveals a very deep or nuanced understanding of why people actually leave the church, I will give him absolute props for letting everyone tell him that in the comments.  Here’s a quick summary of his 5 reasons (but hey, feel free to […]

Posted in Agency, America, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, theology, understanding, Women | 37 Comments »

Are Moderate Religious Institutions in Decline?

February 27, 2014
Are Moderate Religious Institutions in Decline?

“Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.” (Philippians 4:4-5). Are we losing moderate religion in our societies? Does it matter? This week the BBC R4 programme Beyond Belief discussed religious decline. Presenter Ernie Rae was joined by the Revd […]

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Posted in Christian, Europe, Morality, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, understanding | 21 Comments »

Musings on Milk and Meat

February 13, 2014
Musings on Milk and Meat

What comes to mind when you think about the milk and meat of the gospel? In writing my last post I stumbled across the following in Isaiah: “Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.” (Isaiah 28:9) which […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Church Policy, Europe, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Polygamy, Priesthood, Prophet, Truth. Lying, Uncategorized, understanding | 26 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 »

A Year in Pants (Trousers*)

December 19, 2013
A Year in Pants (Trousers*)

Has it really been a year? Sunday 15 December was the second annual ‘Wear Pants to Church’ event. Of course the first time around I had no idea this would be an annual event. Back then it took me a while to decide what I was going to do. I love trousers. I wear them […]

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Posted in Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, understanding | 8 Comments »

Woman’s Place

December 5, 2013
Woman’s Place

“My experience and observation lead me to believe that while men admit the superiority of women in many respects, the latter do not care so much for this admission as they do for an acknowledgement of their equality.” (Franklin S. Richards) Following on from my previous post, this post is also prompted by observations noted […]

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Posted in Freedom, Mormon Culture, Politics, Priesthood, Uncategorized, understanding | 5 Comments »

Are you an Eliza or an Emmeline?

November 21, 2013
Are you an Eliza or an Emmeline?

Eliza R Snow and Emmeline B Wells both served as General President of Relief Society: Eliza (born 1804) from 1866 to 1887 as the second General President, and Emmeline (born 1828) from 1910 to 1921 as the fifth General President. Both women were prolific poets. However, what intrigued me were the different attitudes they would […]

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Posted in Agency, History, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Polygamy, Priesthood, Uncategorized, understanding | 38 Comments »

Giving Thanks, Expressing Gratitude

November 7, 2013
Giving Thanks, Expressing Gratitude

“..in everything give thanks ” (1 Thess 5:18; D&C 98:1) In Luke 17 we read of the healing of the ten lepers, of whom only one returned to thank Christ for the healing that had occurred. I have always had a sneaking sympathy for the other nine. I’ve always presumed they were simply obeying the […]

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Posted in Uncategorized, understanding | 6 Comments »

What Don’t Women Get

October 11, 2013
What Don’t Women Get

In response to the Ordain Women movement, many women in the church have been circulating a video by Sheri Dew called “What Women Get.”  Today’s guest post is a response to the points Sis. Dew raises in this video, and why this isn’t enough.  Welcome to guest poster Madison P.! Here’s a run down of […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Church Policy, Faith, Freedom, General Conference, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Uncategorized, understanding | 28 Comments »

The Priesthood Broadcast & Unintended Consequences

October 2, 2013
The Priesthood Broadcast & Unintended Consequences

When my Mormon feminist sisters decided to make their point by wearing pants to church, I was curious.  The method seemed amusing even, although I really didn’t understand what the expected outcome was.  If they felt comfortable worshiping in pants,  it seemed fine to me.  I couldn’t see how it would be a strike for […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Church Policy, Faith, Freedom, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Pride, Priesthood, understanding | 38 Comments »

Are Mormons Anti-Modernists?

October 1, 2013
Are Mormons Anti-Modernists?

There are many stories that could easily vie for the title of Scariest Story in the Bible, but I’d like to make a case for the story of the Tower of Babel.  In this story, the people on earth desire to build a tower tall enough to go straight into heaven.  They band together in […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, economics, Faith, Freedom, History, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, Pride, Technology, understanding | 23 Comments »

Why talk of the Divine Feminine isn’t helping, or I WANT TO SCREAM!

September 12, 2013
Why talk of the Divine Feminine isn’t helping, or I WANT TO SCREAM!

I am disturbed by the view that there even is such a thing as the divine feminine, and presumably it’s counterpart, the divine masculine. If our Heavenly Mother embodies the divine feminine, then presumably our Heavenly Father embodies the divine masculine. If they are then our role models, are we to become like them, divinely […]

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Posted in Doctrine, Mormon Belief, Priesthood, Uncategorized, understanding | 29 Comments »

Is This Racist?

September 10, 2013
Is This Racist?

Are we becoming hypersensitive to racism in the US?  Will our perspectives be viewed as racist by future generations the older we get as those views of prior generations appear to us? Singapore practices what I would call “institutionalized racism.”  There is a hierarchy within the races in the country, and some races are given […]

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Posted in Agency, America, economics, Education, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized, understanding | 9 Comments »

A Survey, Antagonism, and No Cookies!

August 29, 2013
A Survey, Antagonism, and No Cookies!

There has been an abundance of surveys on the blogs recently; possibly it seems more because the same surveys have been linked on several different blogs. Ready access to an audience is one of the benefits of the internet. This story dates back to the early 1990s. I was a doctoral student, and had just […]

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Posted in Europe, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized, understanding | 23 Comments »

Faith & Doubt

August 28, 2013
Faith & Doubt

This is the first guest post from Bill Reel.  He is the operator of Mormon Discussion Podcast.  He has served as a Bishop in the Church and is currently the Ward Mission Leader in his ward. His podcast seeks to help fellow Latter-Day Saints work through their doubts, leading with faith. The podcast is found […]

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Posted in Agency, Faith, Mormon, Mormon Belief, understanding | 18 Comments »

A ‘Church’ for the Disillusioned and Other Questions on Doubt

August 15, 2013
A ‘Church’ for the Disillusioned and Other Questions on Doubt

Pippa Evans (PE) co-founded The Sunday Assembly in January of this year, described “as a chance for disillusioned former believers, nostalgic atheists and anybody searching for a sense of community to meet and turn good intentions into actions”. Speaking in an interview with Ernie Rae (ER) on a recent BBC radio ‘Beyond Belief’ broadcast, Pippa […]

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Posted in Agency, Faith, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Truth. Lying, Uncategorized, understanding | 13 Comments »

What’s in a Mission?

July 18, 2013
What’s in a Mission?

  “There is not just one way to do mission.” (Jack Thompson) “I have the understanding of mission of being a beautiful song. We are singing a song of the kingdom of God.” (Paul Lloyd) “I see it as working in partnership with the Holy Spirit.”(Paulette Robinson) Just this week I received an email from […]

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Posted in Faith, Freedom, Mission, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Race Relations, Uncategorized, understanding | 2 Comments »

The Church in the Community

July 4, 2013
The Church in the Community

In the run-up to, and analysis of the recent Worldwide Training Broadcast “Hastening the Work of Salvation“, a wish was expressed by various bloggers and commenters for missionaries to have a greater involvement in service in the community. There was a general feeling that the LDS church, unlike others, is not as involved in serving […]

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Posted in money, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized, understanding | 15 Comments »

Trophy Converts

June 6, 2013
Trophy Converts

Do the LDS have trophy converts? Mid-may a report was published looking at the conversion experiences of British women to Islam. One of the things to come out of the report was the experience of white women: that they can be seen as trophies by heritage Muslims. In an interview with Jenni Murray on the […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Faith, Mission, Mormon Culture, Race Relations, understanding | 22 Comments »

An Open Letter to Current Active Mormons

February 20, 2013
An Open Letter to Current Active Mormons

Dear Epistemologically Certain Emotionally/Developmentally Arrested TBM (ECEDATBM): Please sign an agreement now, that you won’t be a tool when you leave the church.

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Posted in Agency, understanding | 34 Comments »

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