Posts Tagged ‘ correlation ’

Bringing The Good

January 2, 2014
Bringing The Good

In light of the current emphasis on missionary work, and the apparently lessening (or broadening) grip of correlation over the last year, I wanted to take a look at this statement made by President Gordon B. Hinckley in an address given during General Conference October 2002: “God be thanked for His marvelous bestowal of testimony, […]

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Posted in Christian, Church Policy, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 30 Comments »

False Doctrine Ahead (Weekend Poll)

October 12, 2013
False Doctrine Ahead (Weekend Poll)

We’ve all seen people preach false doctrine at times, in talks or lessons or elsewhere.  What have you done about it?  What did others do? What examples of false doctrine have you heard at church? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Doctrine, Education, Faith, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 22 Comments »

Growing up Uncorrelated

September 2, 2013
Growing up Uncorrelated

This is my second post on The Challenge of Honesty that was released Sept 1.  (You might want to check out my previous post.)  Frances Lee Menlove tells about growing up before correlation existed. The Correlation Committee was started in 1961 and, in the words of John-Charles Duffy, “encompasses a philosophy–one might even say, a theology–of Church […]

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Culture, Sunday School | 15 Comments »

Growing up Mormon in Britain

August 1, 2013
Growing up Mormon in Britain

Since Hans Mattson interview in the NYT was published there have been numerous discussions taking place. Many commenters lay the blame with Bro. Mattson himself for his predicament, yet have little or no knowledge of his environment. In Bro Mattson I see mirrored every humble, hard-working, diligent, dedicated, obedient and faithful church leader I have […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Europe, Faith, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 17 Comments »

Helicopter Parents Are Depressing (with poll)

May 7, 2013
Helicopter Parents Are Depressing (with poll)

I recently took an online test to determine if I am a helicopter parent.  Ironically, it was a helicopter quiz!  After every question, it gave me immediate, condescending feedback about whether my opinion was right or wrong.  And with several of the questions, I didn’t like ANY of the options; they were all too helicopter-y […]

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Posted in Agency, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 18 Comments »

New Lesson Manuals: Weekend Poll

February 2, 2013
New Lesson Manuals: Weekend Poll

2013 has seen the launch of new lesson manuals for the youth:  YW, YM and Sunday School.  People have long been requesting that the youth manuals be updated.  But there has also been criticism that the YW manuals are all written passively in comparison to YM, to reinforce sexual stereotypes.  The manuals are also much […]

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Posted in Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Church Policy, Doctrine, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 4 Comments »

Equality or More Licked Cupcakes?: The New YM / YW Manuals

November 16, 2012
Equality or More Licked Cupcakes?:  The New YM / YW Manuals

Today’s guest poster is Molly. Back when I was in elementary school, the teachers of Utah went on strike. Now, I was only about 10 so my memories may be skewed, but I remember being told there were non-teacher substitutes (“scabs,” if you will), who were willing to come teach a few days. When they […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Doctrine, Faith, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 8 Comments »

Dumbing Down/Simplifying the Gospel

February 27, 2012
Dumbing Down/Simplifying the Gospel

Correlation often gets a bad name on the bloggernacle.  That’s part of the reason why I brought up a quote from Michael Quinn (who is hardly “correlated”) discussing the benefits of Correlation.  Yet Correlation can make church extremely boring.  A few weeks ago, I discussed with my bishop that I am really bored at church, […]

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Michael Quinn on Benefits of Correlation

February 20, 2012
Michael Quinn on Benefits of Correlation

Michael Quinn gave a fascinating interview on a wide range of topics on Mormon Stories.  There are a lot of topics I could discuss, but I was surprised to hear Quinn defend correlation.  In response to a question about correlation, Quinn said (at about the 29 minute mark of Part 2), In correlation’s defense, it’s […]

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Daniel Peterson: “Some of our manuals I think are not very good.”

November 28, 2011
Daniel Peterson: “Some of our manuals I think are not very good.”

Dan Wotherspoon put together a 4 hour interview with BYU Professor Daniel Peterson on a variety of topics.  It is available on the Mormon Stories Website or at iTunes.  I really enjoyed the interview, and decided to create a transcript for part 3 where Peterson talked about his (futile) experience trying to improve the church […]

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Mormonism as an ethnicity

November 17, 2011
Mormonism as an ethnicity

Over at my personal blog, I reminisced over the time in my life that seemed to me to be the earliest, simplest, purest root of disbelief. The setting was junior high in the middle of the Bible Belt. I frequently got into debates and discussions with my friends over Mormonism as it stood with respect […]

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A Female General Board Member is a What?

October 21, 2011
A Female General Board Member is a What?

A friend of mine used to sometimes start discussions with the turn of phrase “…” “is a what?” — Kind of a way to approach the question of just what something meant beyond what people were thinking. So, I thought I would approach the issue of female General Board members the way she would have.

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon Culture | 28 Comments »

Why Cultural Mormonism doesn’t exist

February 12, 2011
Why Cultural Mormonism doesn’t exist

Earlier this week, J. Max Wilson wrote a substantial critique of the Mormon intellectuals who argue that orthopraxy is more important than orthodoxy (he doesn’t explicitly mention many examples, but I can’t help but feel that Enoch’s nuancimony at Faith-Promoting Rumor, along with a lot of things here or on New Order Mormonism, would draw his […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 123 Comments »

Friday Poll: E. Packer’s Revised Talk

October 15, 2010
Friday Poll:  E. Packer’s Revised Talk

Just a quick recap. E. Packer gave a talk in General Conference that many considered controversial.  Controversy centered around:  1) the implication that homosexuality is a choice and homosexuals can change, and 2) that the Proclamation on the Family was canonized revelation and therefore binding to members. Fueled by recent gay teen suicides in the news, […]

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Church history and our quest for the Great Mormon Novel

May 29, 2010

About two years ago, Carter Hall wrote an article on this very site comparing and contrasting the types of heroes that Superman and Spiderman represent, noting the different cultural settings from which the two were born and, consequently, identifying different generational appeals to the different superheroes. As he wrote: Everyone knows Superman.  He is simply the […]

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