Posts Tagged ‘ general conference ’

Mormons Suck at Empathy

April 24, 2015
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Let me clarify: it’s human nature to suck at empathy, but I think that Mormons are under obligation to be better at empathy because of the covenants we have made. I believe the heart of Christlike discipleship requires empathy. I believe ministering to each other is impossible with out it. If we want to be […]

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Posted in Charity, Christian, emotions, Empathy, General Conference, Gratitude, Infertility, Mormon Culture | 38 Comments »

The Givens Test

April 13, 2015
The Givens Test

I’ve listened to a few podcasts with Terryl and Fiona Givens and right now I’m reading Crucible of Doubt. Several times they have talked about unorthodox members of the church speaking up in their home wards and being more honest and authentic about their testimonies: “The pressure to conform to what we see as a dominant cultural orthodoxy […]

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Posted in Criticism, Doctrine, doubt, faith crisis, General Conference, Mormon Culture | 57 Comments »

Amazing Grace

April 10, 2015
Amazing Grace

  I’m not a doctrinal or theological expert. I’m just a normal, average, faith-transitioned member trying to work her way in the world. As a result of the faith transition, I feel . . . less worthy and certain. Before I was filled with certainty; how I saw the world, the eternities, and my place […]

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Posted in Doctrine, Faith, Grace, Jesus, Mormon Belief, theology | 41 Comments »

April 2015 Gen Conf in GIFs

April 7, 2015
April 2015 Gen Conf in GIFs

For those who watched at home, this General Conference was one for the ages with many excellent talks and a few exciting moments.  Read on. What were your favorite parts? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, emotions, Faith, faith crisis, Feminism, Freedom, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 20 Comments »

The Priesthood Broadcast & Unintended Consequences

October 2, 2013
The Priesthood Broadcast & Unintended Consequences

When my Mormon feminist sisters decided to make their point by wearing pants to church, I was curious.  The method seemed amusing even, although I really didn’t understand what the expected outcome was.  If they felt comfortable worshiping in pants,  it seemed fine to me.  I couldn’t see how it would be a strike for […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Church Policy, Faith, Freedom, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Pride, Priesthood, understanding | 38 Comments »

Mormons & Eating Disorders

July 23, 2013
Mormons & Eating Disorders

When I was in college, I had a roommate during the summer term whose friend came to stay with us.  She had just been released from the hospital for depression and was taking meds she called purple hearts.  However, her depression started to become unmanageable again, and when she felt suicidal, she decided to check […]

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Posted in Agency, Freedom, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 23 Comments »

Classy Marriages

April 13, 2013
Classy Marriages

Pending the birth of Princess Kate’s baby, Lady Cosima Rose Alexandra Windsor is currently 24th in line for the British throne. Lady Cosima is the nearly three-year-old great granddaughter of a grandfather of the current queen. I didn’t know that, and I really wouldn’t care, but I did easily look it up, and I could do […]

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Posted in Church Policy, economics, General Conference, Mission, Morality, Mormon Belief, Politics, Singles | 39 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 »

The Non-verbal 1978 Revelation

October 15, 2012
The Non-verbal 1978 Revelation

The past General Conference marks the 34th anniversary of the ratification of Official Declaration 2, removing any restrictions on priesthood with regards to race.  As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve been reading the Lengthen Your Stride: Working Draft.  Chapter 22 provides more information than is available in Lengthen Your Stride by Edward Kimball. […]

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Posted in General Conference, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Race Relations | 27 Comments »

Realistically Curbing Abortion

October 8, 2012
Realistically Curbing Abortion

“Many laws permit or even promote abortion, but to us this is a great evil,” Elder Oaks said in Saturday afternoon’s session of General Conference.  Oaks is just one of many religious leaders that call abortion evil, but are there more effective ways to curb abortions than to simply stand on a soapbox?  A recent […]

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Posted in Church Policy, General Conference, Mormon, Politics | 66 Comments »

Dropping the Mission Age

October 6, 2012
Dropping the Mission Age

Well, if you tuned in late to General Conference, you missed the announcement that men can now serve at age 18 if they have completed high school, and women can now serve at age 19.  Why do you think the Church made this change?  How do you think it will change missionary work?  What else […]

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Posted in General Conference, Uncategorized | 56 Comments »

Receiving Revelation during General Conference

September 30, 2012
Receiving Revelation during General Conference

This is a guest post from Grace for Grace. I graduated from BYU in the spring of 2002 with a Bachelor’s degree and registered for a Masters degree program that offered evening classes that fall.  At the time, I was working part time as a business development consultant for a large company in Provo, Utah.  I […]

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I’ve Had a Revelation!

July 1, 2012
I’ve Had a Revelation!

I watched my father, who died at age 68, make abysmal health choices and despite having an incredibly strong constitution, he was almost unable to move by the time a massive stroke took his life. It would have been nice to have enjoyed my Dad a bit longer, but as I chew on Elder Scott’s quote, I realize that I didn’t need longer, I needed better: improvements in both the quality of his life and his well-being.

Share your thoughts about practical principles, especially health-related, that improve your quality of life, sense of well-being, and receipt of inspiration.

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Posted in Agency, Faith, General Conference, Mormon Belief | 15 Comments »

Mormons Have Sub-par Easter Services

April 8, 2012
Mormons Have Sub-par Easter Services

There were some interesting comments from the poll yesterday.  I won’t say that our poll is representative of Mormons in general, but I do agree with the results.  As of the time I wrote this, 75% of people who responded to our poll say that “Mormons have sub-par Easter services”.  Why is that? Last Sunday […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 45 Comments »

General Conference Notes

April 1, 2012
General Conference Notes

David Archuleta made a cameo appearance in the MTC choir on Saturday.  Julie Beck was released as General Relief Society President, and H. David Burton was released as Presiding Bishop.  Other than that, there wasn’t a lot of controversy.  Will there be any statements condemning Randy Bott’s racism or holocaust genealogy? I doubt it.  What are […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 17 Comments »

2nd Annual General Conference Statistics Predictions (with Poll)

March 22, 2012
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14,433,880.  That is my prediction for the number of members that will be announced in General Conference next week for year-end 2011.  In case you missed last year, I made similar predictions then had a follow-up analyzing how close the estimates were in a post entitled Good vs Great: Iomega and General Conference Statistics.  I […]

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Posted in General Conference, Mormon | 51 Comments »

Are You A Theravada or Mahayana Mormon? (With Poll)

October 26, 2011
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There have been many “types” of Mormons discussed online and in other places.  Sometimes these “types”  have to do with one’s “faithfulness”.  Other times they may have to do with someone’s level of participation on Sundays.  Perhaps it is based on whether someone is primarily “spirit of the law” or “letter of the law”.  Today, […]

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Posted in General Conference, Mormon Culture | 40 Comments »

If I Were In Charge: Create Service Missions

October 5, 2011
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This past weekend was General Conference.  Among other things, there were two topics that stood out for me.  One was President Ucthdorf’s talk in the priesthood session on serving others.  The transcript should be available soon on lds.org, but it was about the importance of true service.  Paraphrasing, he said it didn’t matter how well […]

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Posted in Church Policy | 46 Comments »

General Conference Open Thread

October 1, 2011
General Conference Open Thread

For those of you who don’t Twitter, but want to comment on Conference, here is your opportunity.  Let us know what you think of speakers at General Conference!  (Remember to keep it civil.)

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Conflicting Opinions

July 14, 2011
Conflicting Opinions

Is the church antagonistic toward academics and others with conflicting opinions?  Critics would say yes.  I suggest that the real issue is that some members (even those in leadership roles) do not know how to deal effectively with disagreement within the church’s culture.  Today is another post by guest Jake. As Boyd K. Packer taught, the purpose of correlation […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 44 Comments »

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