Posts Tagged ‘ bishop ’

Refusing to Meet with the Bishop (Weekend Poll)

June 14, 2014
Refusing to Meet with the Bishop (Weekend Poll)

Don’t call me, I’ll call you. Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Doctrine, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 19 Comments »

Confidentially Speaking (Weekend Poll)

November 9, 2013
Confidentially Speaking (Weekend Poll)

Confidentiality is all about trust.  In the Catholic church, if priests reveal information others won’t trust that their confessions will be confidential and may choose not to confess (leaving them in a state of sin).  Likewise, Mormons expect confidentiality when they speak to a church leader.  Do all parties in bishop’s interviews deserve full confidentiality […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Pride, Priesthood | 14 Comments »

The CHI & the Cider House Rules (Weekend Poll)

November 2, 2013
The CHI & the Cider House Rules (Weekend Poll)

In the movie The Cider House Rules, there are rules posted on the wall, but none of the workers who live in the room can read them, so they can’t follow them.  Likewise, the Church’s Handbook of Instruction contains guidelines for members on all manner of detailed decisions:  family planning, funerals, and so forth.  But […]

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Posted in Agency, Doctrine, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 14 Comments »

Excommunicable Offenses (Weekend Poll)

September 14, 2013
Excommunicable Offenses (Weekend Poll)

What should be considered grounds for excommunication? Being a pain in the tuckus?  Actions that harm others only?  How do we gauge spiritual harm? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Church Policy, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 32 Comments »

Leadership Roulette

July 9, 2013
Leadership Roulette

As I’ve said previously, in a church with 32,000 bishops, they can’t all be winners.  The term leadership roulette refers to when you encounter a bad leader, someone who does what folks on the internet call “ecclesiastical abuse” like manipulating you with threats or taking unwarranted actions against you.  Especially for those who feel insecure […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Pride, Priesthood, Uncategorized | 89 Comments »

Mormon Senator Arrested for DUI

December 26, 2012
Mormon Senator Arrested for DUI

On Dec 23, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo was arrested (on Sunday no less) for DUI. He had been driving erratically in Virginia at approximately 12:45 am.  Crapo previously served as bishop of an LDS ward at age 31.  (He is now 61 years old.) The good news for him is that he is not up […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 17 Comments »

I Confess: Weekend Poll

December 22, 2012
I Confess:  Weekend Poll

What is the role of bishop in confession?  What should it be? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Doctrine, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Priesthood | 9 Comments »

Taking Sides: You’re the Bishop (Poll #17)

February 18, 2012
Taking Sides: You’re the Bishop (Poll #17)

There is a man in your ward who moved in about a year ago. He is separated from his wife and is working through a divorce. He tells you that they have been “emotionally” divorced for many years, and that his grown children have wondered why he took so long to finalize the divorce.  For […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon Culture | 30 Comments »

Preacher’s Kid: Romney’s OTHER Mormon Problem

February 4, 2012
Preacher’s Kid: Romney’s OTHER Mormon Problem

How does knowing you’re supposed to grow up being part of the “aristocracy” affect a political candidate’s ability to connect with everyday people? In elementary school in the 1950’s, we used to be given as “enrichment” a little news magazine called the Weekly Reader tailored toward stories on current events that would appeal to children. […]

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Posted in America, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Politics | 19 Comments »

Patronage: In Heaven as it is on Earth

January 7, 2012
Patronage: In Heaven as it is on Earth

Over the New Year holiday, a comment by Stephen Marsh in his own post on rent seeking reminded me of something John Dominic Crossan had talked about in his book The Historical Jesus — the parallelism between the concepts of an earthly patron in the development of the Roman Empire, and heavenly patronage as it […]

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Posted in America, Church Policy, History | 25 Comments »

“I Confess”: You’re the Bishop (Poll # 15)

January 1, 2012
“I Confess”:  You’re the Bishop (Poll # 15)

You are sitting in your office after church one Sunday, and a young woman (16 yrs old) from another ward that meets in your building asks to speak to you.  She is a long time friend of your daughter, and has been in your home many times over the years. She sits down, and proceeds […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Faith, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 38 Comments »

Interview on Remnant Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints — Part 1

December 10, 2011
Interview on Remnant Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints — Part 1

As I was researching a post last summer on some of the organizations that have sprung up in the stead of the RLDS movement as fundamentalist alternatives to the Community of Christ, I discovered that a childhood friend had become one of the leading officials of one such organization, the Remnant Church of Jesus Christ of […]

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Posted in History, Mormon Culture, Prophet | 21 Comments »

Gay Son + Insensitive Ward (You’re the Bishop Poll #12)

November 26, 2011
Gay Son + Insensitive Ward (You’re the Bishop Poll #12)

Your local community has a ballot initiative to uphold the traditional definition of marriage, and you’ve been asked as bishop to support the measure.  During this same time frame, you notice a reliable elderly couple has suddenly stopped coming to church. They had previously been very active, but are now conspicuously absent from the pews during sacrament meeting. You drop […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Faith, Morality, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 62 Comments »

Ward Investment Scam!: You’re the Bishop (Poll #12)

October 22, 2011
Ward Investment Scam!:  You’re the Bishop (Poll #12)

A brother in your ward has been soliciting investments from members of the ward and stake for a business venture that involves food trucks at local county fairs.  Many church members, including a member of the Stake Presidency, have invested amounts of $5000 to $10,000 in this business venture. The man has not paid anybody back […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon Culture | 36 Comments »

Many are Called: You’re the Bishop (Poll #11)

October 15, 2011
Many are Called:  You’re the Bishop (Poll #11)

You have a small ward, and it is tough getting enough people to fill all the required callings. During interviews with both your Relief Society President and your Primary President,  they each (on the same night) give you the name of a sister they want to call in their organization.  They both tell you that they […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon Culture | 27 Comments »

The Slippery Slope: Ask the Bishop (Poll #9)

October 1, 2011
The Slippery Slope: Ask the Bishop (Poll #9)

The Slippery Slope:  Ask the Bishop!  Poll #9 A sister asks to visit with you. She is very distraught. Once in your office, she tells you that last week she drank a can of a new type of fruit juice, and after she drank it, she read the ingredients and saw that it had “Green […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon Culture | 55 Comments »

Name Removal Request: You’re the Bishop! (Poll #8)

September 24, 2011
Name Removal Request: You’re the Bishop! (Poll #8)

Name Removal Request:  You’re the Bishop! Poll #8 In PEC you learn that there is an inactive man in the ward that does not want any contact with the church, and wants his name removed from the membership records. In accordance with the Church handbook of Instructions, you must get it in writing from him before […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Faith, Mormon Culture | 28 Comments »

LDS Men Are Incredible!

September 20, 2011
LDS Men Are Incredible!

OK, I started with the title “Why LDS Men Suck,” which I don’t in fact think at all, but it’s really easy to get that impression sometimes, especially in contrast to the praise heaped on the women in the church.  I have met a few rare LDS men I couldn’t stand, but on the whole, […]

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Posted in General Conference, Mormon Culture, Pride | 48 Comments »

Better Late than Never: You’re the Bishop! (Poll #7)

September 17, 2011
Better Late than Never: You’re the Bishop! (Poll #7)

Bishop Bill, back after a long needed vacation! Just to reintroduce this section, its called “You’re the Bishop”. My name is Bishop Bill. I was Bishop for 6 years in a medium sized ward in the South West. Once every few weeks I’ll post a situation that I had while I was bishop, and let […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Faith, Mormon Culture | 54 Comments »

Bishop Ainge Takes in his Troubled Nephew

May 9, 2011
Bishop Ainge Takes in his Troubled Nephew

I came across this interesting article about Erik and Danny Ainge.  Erik is a backup quarterback for the New York Jets, and former starting quarterback for the University of Tennessee.  I was surprised to learn that his uncle Danny is currently serving as bishop in Wellesley, Massachusetts, while working as President of the Boston Celtics.  I […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 15 Comments »

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