Posts Tagged ‘ family ’

Mormon Marriage Equality

November 26, 2013
Mormon Marriage Equality

I recently finished reading Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In.  In the book, she talks about several things we can do to help women truly achieve their potential and to help men and women within their personal lives and in the workplace be more equal and personally satisfied.  This list includes things like: As women “lean […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, BYU, Church Policy, economics, Faith, Freedom, money, Morality, Mormon, Uncategorized | 42 Comments »

Home Birthing: Weekend Poll

June 1, 2013
Home Birthing:  Weekend Poll

Home is where the heart is.  But should we be giving birth there or is it too risky?  What’s your view?  And would you eat the placenta?  With or without fava beans? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, America, Church Policy, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 18 Comments »

Best and Worst Holiday Gifts

December 25, 2012
Best and Worst Holiday Gifts

Personally, I’m not a big fan of gifts.  I neither like to give nor to receive.  I feel inept at selecting gifts, and I feel awkward about receiving them.  Gifts feel like an obligation, and also like we’re putting a value on a relationship.  I was raised by parents who were not big on gifts either.  […]

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Posted in Agency | 14 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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Posted in Agency, America, Doctrine, Freedom, Morality, Violence | 7 Comments »

Community of Christ Drafts Statement on Sexual Ethics

May 12, 2012
Community of Christ Drafts Statement on Sexual Ethics

At the end of April, Community of Christ released to the church at large a “Draft Statement on Sexual Ethics” for public review and invited comments to be made by e-mail to the First Presidency. This Statement will be considered by the International Leaders Council (which has no strict equivalent in the LDS) in May […]

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Posted in America, Church Policy, Morality, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics | 16 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 »

What’s Good and Unique

November 15, 2011
What’s Good and Unique

A criticism I’ve heard about Mormonism on the internet is:  “What’s unique about it isn’t good, and what’s good about it isn’t unique.”  While it’s true that Mormon culture has some flaws, and that other religions share some of its good points, I can’t agree with this observation.  Still, I think something about this phrase […]

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Posted in America, Church Policy, Faith, Mission, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Polygamy, Prophet, Uncategorized | 31 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 »

Do Mormon Angels Have Wings?

July 23, 2011
Do Mormon Angels Have Wings?

There has been a book of personal testimony making waves in Evangelical Christian circles for the past few months. Indeed, it isn’t just limited to Protestant Evangelicals; the person who recommended it to our family is a devout Catholic liberal. The book, entitled Heaven is for Real, is the real life story of Todd Burpo, […]

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Posted in Faith, Reviews | 17 Comments »

Community of Christ Delays US National Conference on GLBT Issues for Year

June 11, 2011
Community of Christ Delays US National Conference on GLBT Issues for Year

In response to revelatory guidance accepted at its 2010 World Conference, the Community of Christ scheduled a US National Conference for the summer of 2012 specifically to deal with questions of sacramental marriage and priesthood ordination for GLBT members of the church. On May 25, the church announced a delay in the US National Conference […]

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Posted in Church Policy, General Conference, Mormon Culture, Politics | 21 Comments »

The King’s F#!$@ Speech (inc. Poll)

April 12, 2011
The King’s F#!$@ Speech (inc. Poll)

Many of you will have followed the controversy surrounding the film The King’s Speech, starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, and Helena Bonham-Carter.  The Oscar-winning film is about a reluctant future king of England who speaks with a stutter, a major difficulty for someone whose main duty is speech-making.  What is unusual about this ratings controversy […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 42 Comments »

Progressive Elements at General Conference

April 5, 2011
Progressive Elements at General Conference

First, I must start with a confession.  I haven’t yet watched General Conference.  Despite living in the future here in Asia, we are living in the past in terms of General Conference which will be aired at the local church next weekend (or alternatively, live on-line now).  However, I have read some of the recaps, […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 32 Comments »

Facebook Faux Pas

March 22, 2011
Facebook Faux Pas

No doubt, Facebook has changed all our lives in making it easier to stay in touch with friends across distances and to reconnect with friends from different phases of our lives.  It has also created a subculture with its own code of behavior, social niceties and infractions. Some unforeseen benefits to Facebook that you may […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 29 Comments »

Tiger Moms vs. Western Moms

February 15, 2011
Tiger Moms vs. Western Moms

A recent article in Time talks about a new parenting book that has quickly risen to the top of the bestseller lists:  Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.  The book is controversial but also provides some valuable insights from the East about the way we parent in the West. Author Amy Chua is revered for […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 58 Comments »

Losing my religion Wrestling with God

December 22, 2010
Losing my religion Wrestling with God

In the two-story church building in Yamaguchi Japan (it’s seriously in the middle of a rice paddy), I picked up the Teachings of Harold B. Lee and read this quote: “Now the only safety we have as members of this church is to do exactly what the Lord said to the Church in that day […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 17 Comments »

This post is not about gay marriage…

December 8, 2010
This post is not about gay marriage…

…it’s about deal breakers in relationships, and why you may be going about them all wrong. Open and honest communication about all disagreements may not be a good idea, if you value the space between you and the other person. What would get in the way of a relationship? Should some topics be avoided? Sure, […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 34 Comments »

Best Places to Raise an LDS Family (Poll)

October 29, 2010
Best Places to Raise an LDS Family (Poll)

There was an interesting article in Mormon Times about the best places to raise an LDS family.  Their top 10 picks included places with similar values and lifestyles.  The entire list started with 4 Utah cites (in this order):  Provo-Orem, St. George, Logan, and Ogden-Clearfield.  The non-Utah cities listed (in this order) were:  State College […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 35 Comments »

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