Posts Tagged ‘ belief ’

Apostasy & Islam: Compare & Contrast

June 19, 2014
Apostasy & Islam: Compare & Contrast

We’re not the only religious faith undergoing scrutiny from within and without on the topic of apostasy and what it means to us individually and collectively. The case of Meriam Ibrahim sentenced to death for apostasy in Sudan has rightly received international attention. Meriam’s case was recently discussed in the wider context of what apostasy […]

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Posted in Apostasy, Church Policy, Doctrine, History, Mormon Belief, Politics, Uncategorized | 16 Comments »

The Testimony Puzzle

March 4, 2014
The Testimony Puzzle

I have never been a big fan of testimony meetings for a variety of reasons, but maybe my opinion is starting to shift. Last year I taught the May Sunday School youth lesson from Come Follow Me “What does it mean to bear testimony?” Since I was teaching 12-13 year olds, including my own son, […]

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Posted in Agency, Faith, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

The Internet: Good or Evil (Weekend Poll)

September 21, 2013
The Internet:  Good or Evil (Weekend Poll)

Many have claimed that the internet has eroded testimonies and caused a mass exodus (estimated at ~100K members per annum).  Others have noted the power of the internet to win new converts and to attract people through targeted campaigns like missionaries on Facebook, apostle pages, and the “I’m a Mormon” campaign.  What do you think? […]

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Posted in Agency, Freedom, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 19 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 »

Patriarchal Blessings: Weekend Poll

August 3, 2013
Patriarchal Blessings:  Weekend Poll

I’ve heard of ages as low as 12.  Some say they’ve gotten a new one when the first one didn’t suit.  Mine has grammatical errors placed in it, sort of like how God put dinosaur bones in the earth as a test of our faithfulness.  My mom’s sounds like she will be on the earth […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 5 Comments »

Flatland, The Black and White World

June 11, 2013
Flatland, The Black and White World

You’re for us or you’re against us.  People are good or evil.  We serve God or Satan.  Many people prefer the simplicity of true/false and either/or choices to the subtlety of an essay question or even the slightly elevated risk of a multiple choice quiz.  It’s easier to follow a checklist (which is essentially a […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 18 Comments »

Faith vs. Works: Weekend Poll

January 5, 2013
Faith vs. Works: Weekend Poll

Which is more important?  What a person believes or actions they take?  What about works done without faith?  Deep thoughts. Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Doctrine, Faith, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 13 Comments »

The Formula for Success

December 4, 2012
The Formula for Success

The story is often told of a person who complained to a friend that she couldn’t see well.  The friend took of her glasses, handed them to the friend, and said, “Try these – they work well for me!”  I suspect we have all had a boss or a friend that fits this description. When […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Doctrine, Faith, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 12 Comments »

What is faith?

August 22, 2012
Hold to the Rod

What is faith? Is it something believed or something in action, and do we choose it?

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Posted in Uncategorized | 92 Comments »

If Ye Are Not Provocative, Ye Are Not Mine

July 17, 2012
If Ye Are Not Provocative, Ye Are Not Mine

Recently I was thinking about a conversation Bruce Nielson and I had years ago in which he pointed out something I was also beginning to see: that many who were criticizing the church or doubting their own spiritual experiences wanted to limit “the spirit” to whatever agreed with their own political or personal viewpoints.  Joe […]

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Posted in Faith, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 66 Comments »

Responding Badly to Doubt

December 1, 2011
Responding Badly to Doubt

How do believers best help doubters work through their doubts? Can their efforts be counterproductive? How does a compassionate believer avoid worsening doubt?

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Musings on Inactivity from Bishop Bill

November 19, 2011
Musings on Inactivity from Bishop Bill

Something a little different from Bishop Bill this week: The other day I was thinking about all the “inactive” Mormons I’ve talked to over the past 30 years. In that time, I’ve been an Elders Quorum President twice, a bishop’s counselor twice, and a bishop. By inactive, I mean people that haven’t been to church […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Faith, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 122 Comments »

Just Keep Swimming

April 17, 2011
Just Keep Swimming

In swimming lessons this week I was teaching a brother and sister, 6 and 7 year olds who seemed to magically pick up everything I presented. I demonstrated the breaststroke kick and the first time they tried it their little legs moved exactly as mine had, propelling them smoothly through the water. No land drills […]

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Posted in Mormon Belief | 9 Comments »

The Land of “Make Belief” and Alma 32

February 8, 2011
The Land of “Make Belief” and Alma 32

I’ve been a big fan of blogging about Alma 32. I have a thought experiment, two part to a greater analysis, a counter-metaphor, and those are just the post I’ve remembered! The other night, I had the opportunity to explore the topic again…but this time in auditory format on Mormon Expression podcast. The story actually […]

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Testimony Time, Part II

November 10, 2010
Testimony Time, Part II

Today’s guest post is by Glenn. Thanks Adam, for the kind words and the introduction.  Since I have already described the content of my testimony and my immediate reasons for giving it over at Mormon Expression, I want to continue here with Adam’s theme, and focus on the reactions I received from people in the […]

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