Posts Tagged ‘ culture ’

Food Survey (Weekend Poll)

June 21, 2014
Food Survey (Weekend Poll)

First things first.  What’s on your sandwich? And while we’re at it. Discuss.  

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Posted in Agency, Freedom, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 14 Comments »

Bishop Bill Asks: What is Doctrine?

May 20, 2014
Bishop Bill Asks:  What is Doctrine?

Once again, we revisit the beloved series:  You’re the Bishop! As Bishop I often got asked by ward members about various practices in the church and why we did them. I finally compiled this list of various practices, beliefs, and norms in the church, and why we do them. I’ll leave off my answers as […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Faith, Freedom, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 17 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 »

Submitting to Authority: A Virtue

October 3, 2013
Submitting to Authority:  A Virtue

A lot of what I read on the bloggernacle seems focused on finding areas for improvement in church culture and leadership. I myself often get caught up in this critical approach. At times, my testimony has been shaken as I’ve seen how far the church seems from my own arbitrary standards of what I think […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Church Policy, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 47 Comments »

Temple Talk

July 30, 2013
Temple Talk

I recently substitute taught Relief Society in our Singapore ward.  The lesson was from the Lorenzo Snow manual, and it was called “Come Into the Temples.”  Probably half the women in the room had not been endowed, and 4-5 of the 15-20 women were investigators.  How do we talk about the temple when we aren’t […]

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Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Doctrine, Faith, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 11 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 »

Why It’s Tough to be a Mormon Man

July 2, 2013
Why It’s Tough to be a Mormon Man

A lot of posts in the bloggernacle focus on the difficulties of being a woman in a church (and society) that has sexist and patriarchal norms.  What about the ways in which that culture is difficult for men?  Feminists acknowledge that men are harmed and limited by these same systems, albeit in different ways than […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 29 Comments »

Lust or Gluttony — The Persistence of Puritans

June 8, 2013
Lust or Gluttony — The Persistence of Puritans

“Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.” — H. L. Mencken, from A Book of Burlesques (1916). Historians, unlike satirists, say Puritans may have gotten a bum rap. Most “puritanical” in their New England incarnation, they might simply be said to be people who didn’t think the Reformation of the Church of England had […]

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Posted in America, Europe, Morality, Politics | 10 Comments »

Brother Jake: True Believing Mormon Dude

June 6, 2013
Brother Jake: True Believing Mormon Dude

For my latest endeavor, I decided that instead of my typical talk-real-fast style, I’d try something wildly different–sing-real-fast. So, without further adieu, I give you The True Believing Mormon Dude. I hope you enjoy it. Now that you’ve seen that, you may be wondering–what exactly was I trying to say with this video? And the […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 7 Comments »

Polygamy in Britain

May 9, 2013
Polygamy in Britain

A congruence of comments on my last post, and media broadcast/articles on this subject resulted in my selection of this topic. Hawkgrrrl commented: “Interestingly, we are now in a position to have to tell converts in countries that allow polygamy that we don’t allow it as we spread to African and Asian countries. India allows […]

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Posted in Agency, Education, Freedom, Morality, Polygamy, Race Relations | 15 Comments »

CofChrist News Beat: World/USA Conference After-Action Reports

April 26, 2013
CofChrist News Beat: World/USA Conference After-Action Reports

The headline is clear. Community of Christ will provide sacramental ordinances of marriage, commitment ceremonies, and ordination independent of sexual orientation in the USA. Specifically, after two days of discussion, the USA National Conference formally approved by a required 2/3rds majority the following recommendations to the First Presidency and Quorum of Twelve: The 2013 USA […]

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Posted in America, Church Policy, Community of Christ, Doctrine, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Priesthood, Prophet, Violence | 34 Comments »

CofChrist News Beat: World Conference Legislation

February 23, 2013
CofChrist News Beat: World Conference Legislation

Salt Lake City sees General Conference every six months. In the CofChrist, “World” Conference occurs every three years, and 2013 is the lucky year. A Community of Christ World Conference is far more of a legislative exercise than its Utah LDS analogue. It features worship, of course, and normally will have approval to changes and […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Community of Christ, Doctrine, General Conference, Mormon Culture | 20 Comments »

Can’t Anybody Here Make a Good Conspiracy Theory?

February 2, 2013
Can’t Anybody Here Make a Good Conspiracy Theory?

Mystery guest number 1 was never a practicing Catholic. Mystery guest number 2 never believed in Temple rites. Now, there’s a good conspiracy theory. Sometimes a conspiracy theory turns out to be true. There is even a class of crime for which people go to jail that starts out “conspiracy to commit…”. But the conspiracy theories […]

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Posted in America, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Politics, Prophet, War in Heaven | 38 Comments »

Pieces on Earth

December 22, 2012
Pieces on Earth

The response to trauma is instinctual, even if our instinctual responses are wired individually. God evolved our species’ instincts to do something fast –flee, fight, or freeze — because the lethal nature of most of the dangers that killed humans throughout history is immediately perceptible and requires immediate response. Instincts don’t do as well when […]

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Why Mormons Will Inherit America

December 8, 2012
Why Mormons Will Inherit America

Well, not really. However, with recent reports that the US birthrate has fallen to a level not seen since 1920, one starts to speculate. As Pew’s research organization reports: “The U.S. birth rate dipped in 2011 to the lowest ever recorded, led by a plunge in births to immigrant women since the onset of the […]

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Posted in America, Church Policy, economics, Politics, Pride, Race Relations | 7 Comments »

Mormon Yin Yang

November 28, 2012
Mormon Yin Yang

Yin and Yang are powerful concepts stemming from Chinese philosophy, and religiously from Taoism. I was recently reading a book that leveraged the concepts of Yin and Yang to explain why liberals and conservatives (in America) are both needed. The point is brought out that opposites are interconnected, interdependent, and their harmonization is critical to […]

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Posted in Faith, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Politics | 8 Comments »

Predictable Natural Law – Part 2

November 24, 2012
Predictable Natural Law – Part 2

In my last post on natural law, I focused on how changing minor “precepts” might make tremendous impacts on our theological understandings. I used cosmological models from general relativity to illustrate the point. Today, I want to look at things a little less, well, cosmically,  and review how changing scientific “precepts” over the last few […]

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Posted in America, Doctrine, economics, Morality, Mormon, Politics, Science and Religion | 11 Comments »

De-empathizing Power

October 27, 2012
De-empathizing Power

THE DOCTOR: Colonel Manton, I want you to tell your men to run away. COLONEL MANTON: What? THE DOCTOR: Those words. “Run away.” I want you to be famous for those exact words. I want people to call you Colonel Runaway. I want children laughing outside your door, ’cause they’ve found the house of Colonel […]

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If the Mormon Moment Lasts Four More Years?

October 13, 2012
If the Mormon Moment Lasts Four More Years?

Let’s face it. Although morality profoundly impacts American’s political views — making political and election issues an inevitable topic of attention for a Mormon blog — the idea of a Mormon being elected President of the United States has animated discussion on this site much more than would a contest between Barack Obama and a […]

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Posted in America, History, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Politics | 60 Comments »

Should Mormons Get With the Program?

September 29, 2012
Should Mormons Get With the Program?

Not the program you might think. Rather, the kind of program some people had in mind for Salman Rushdie when he pointed out the contradictions of “The Satanic Verses”. Or, perhaps that should be pogrom, since there are death penalties involved. Certainly, Mark Steyn is one who has had his proverbial skin in the game, […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Politics, understanding, Violence | 30 Comments »

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