Posts Tagged ‘ marriage ’

Was Jesus Married?

August 7, 2013
Was Jesus Married?

This guest post comes from Justin, who also blogs at LDS Anarchy. The Wedding in Cana: and on Tuesday there was a wedding in the city Cana of the country of Galilee and the mother of Yeshua was there and both Yeshua and his followers were called too and when the wine ran out the […]

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Posted in Jesus, Mormon, Mormon Belief | 34 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 »

Mormons, Alimony and SAHMs

June 25, 2013
Mormons, Alimony and SAHMs

“Do you have financial or other obligations to a former spouse or children? If yes, are you current in meeting those obligations?”  This question is asked in the temple recommend interview.  While child support seems fairly legitimate, and setting that aside for the purpose of this post, I question the validity of awarding long-term alimony […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Church Policy, debt, economics, Education, Freedom, money, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 23 Comments »

Marriage Equality

June 5, 2013
Marriage Equality

This is the first guest post from Justin.  He also blogs at LDS Anarchy. Interviewer: But did [Oscar] Wilde identify himself as gay? Stephen Fry: No, I don’t think he did. He talked about his nature — he was aware of what people’s natures were, to have sex with their own kind. He wasn’t an […]

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Posted in Morality, Mormon, Politics | 60 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 | 33 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 »

DOMA and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

April 4, 2013
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Several years ago, before the movies and the hype, I somehow stumbled into The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.  After finishing it, I immediately read the second book in the trilogy, which had just been translated into English, but it ended in a cliff-hanger and wouldn’t be available in English for another 6 months or […]

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Posted in America, Church Policy, Doctrine, Europe, Mormon Belief | 8 Comments »

I Want YOU, NOT Your Uterus!

March 20, 2013
I Want YOU, NOT Your Uterus!

Look, dating blows! Dating over 30 really blows. Dating over 30 post-divorce is something like a cross between slicing open your jugular vein, and stabbing small needles into your eyes one at a time. Or at least that’s what one might infer from Tracy M’s post on the topic over at BCC a few weeks […]

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Posted in Mormon Culture | 67 Comments »

Brian Hales and Don Bradley Discuss Polygamy

March 11, 2013
Brian Hales and Don Bradley Discuss Polygamy

I was pleased to attend a book signing at Pioneer Book in Orem, Utah Saturday night. Brian Hales has put together a new comprehensive set of 3 volumes concerning the theology and history of polygamy in the early church. Initially the book was over 1000 pages, so the editors at Greg Kofford Books asked if […]

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Belief, Polygamy | 13 Comments »

Remapping the Eternal Family

March 8, 2013
Remapping the Eternal Family

Human brains naturally use locations in space and time to make sense of events. Why should we expect eternal spirits to follow that protocol? The question has always bothered me. What follows is speculation about a different way of looking at the relationship between the physical and the spiritual than the Restoration faiths adopted in […]

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Posted in Mormon Belief, Polygamy, Race Relations, Science and Religion | 32 Comments »

Obedience is the First Law of Heaven: An Early General Conference Meme?

January 17, 2013
Obedience is the First Law of Heaven: An Early General Conference Meme?

Today’s guest post is by Hedgehog.  How do you feel about obedience?  Not so long ago ago this post by Stephen resulted in a brief discussion about obedience.  “Obedience is the first law of Heaven” is a phrase I have heard most of my life, it comes up fairly frequently in lessons about the subject […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Doctrine, Education, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 22 Comments »

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 »

Honeymoon Problems

December 3, 2012
Honeymoon Problems

Samira and Firas are a Muslim couple married in August 2009.  As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve been watching the TLC program, Strange Sex (also available on Netflix.)  For Firas and Samira, it was love at first sight.  One week after meeting, Firas asked Samira’s father for permission to marry.  Muslims have even […]

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Supporting Leaders of our Country Despite not Agreeing with them Politically

November 18, 2012
Supporting Leaders of our Country Despite not Agreeing with them Politically

For me, as a conservative Mormon guy living in Washington state, the 2012 elections were rough in a number of ways, starting from the top down: Romney lost the election.  I had spent a year volunteering for his campaign and truly thought he had a good chance of winning.  He nearly pulled it off, but […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 46 Comments »

Jesus Had a Wife?

October 1, 2012
Jesus Had a Wife?

I’ve enjoyed reading about a recently discovered document scholars have dubbed “The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife.”  It’s just a scrap of papyrus that dates to around 150-200 AD, but it is causing a bit of a stir.  Dr. Karen King of Harvard University has recently translated the document and it contains the line, “Jesus said […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 10 Comments »

Who Is This “We”? Weekend Poll

September 22, 2012
Who Is This “We”?  Weekend Poll

Some Mormon couples like to refer to professional or educational pursuits in the plural when one spouse is supporting the other one.  For example:  ”We are in grad school now, which has been challenging for us,” spoken by the spouse who is not personally attending grad school.  Does the husband ever state, “We are putting […]

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 19 Comments »

Obama vs Romney: A Mormon Dilemma

September 19, 2012
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We’re in the home stretch of the US Presidential elections.  Hundreds of millions of dollars are being spent to try to pursuade voters to vote one way or another.  We have a Mormon running for the first time against a first-time African-American president.  We have multiple issues – massive debt, economic problems, wars and rumors of wars […]

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Posted in America, economics, Freedom, Mormon Belief, Politics | 166 Comments »

What’s in a Name?: Weekend Poll

September 15, 2012
What’s in a Name?:  Weekend Poll

They don’t do it in Asia, where the thought is as reprehensible as rejecting your ancestors and heritage.  They don’t do it in Spain which makes it much easier to do genealogy. Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Freedom, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 24 Comments »

Preaching the Ideal

August 28, 2012
Preaching the Ideal

Is it better to preach the ideal or to make all feel welcome?  Is it even possible to do both?  Within the church, there seems to be a tug-of-war between encouraging people to live the ideal and trying to be welcoming to everyone.  A “come as you are” approach has merit if we want to […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, economics, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 27 Comments »

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