Posts Tagged ‘ Mormon Culture ’

A Sunstone Newbie

July 31, 2015
A Sunstone Newbie

Imagine if someone were to create a community where all interested or connected to Mormon thought in any way, shape, or form were welcomed and accepted? It exists, and it’s meeting in SLC this weekend. I just returned from my first day of Sunstone (ever), and I have to sit and process what I just […]

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Posted in faith crisis, History, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Polygamy, Reviews, Uncategorized | 13 Comments »

I Will Follow God’s Plan For Me

May 1, 2015
I Will Follow God’s Plan For Me

Rewind to 2002 with me for a moment: It had been six months of waiting for a baby and every month we bought those pregnancy tests: so excited!  {Just kidding, false alarm x 6!} After graduating with my AA degree in Office Systems Management (I didn’t want to be ambitious, I was just sent to make […]

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Posted in Faith, Infertility, Mormon Culture | 20 Comments »

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 | 39 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 »

You be You

February 27, 2015
You be You

Nate’s post this week refers to balancing masculine/feminine dualities, and it got me thinking about a book my sister-in-law had me read last year. I don’t know if you’ve heard about “energy profiling,” apparently it’s a thing in Utah because Carol Tuttle, a Mormon woman, has developed her own business with an online class that […]

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Posted in Culture, Feminism, LDS, Mental Health, Mormon Culture, Women | 9 Comments »

The Cult of the RM and Returning Missionaries

January 15, 2015
The Cult of the RM and Returning Missionaries

I’ll admit right at the start, I didn’t serve a mission. And I’m a woman. So I was at the receiving end of neither the expectation nor the condemnation. Still, I have a husband and brothers who served missions, and a nephew currently serving, and the eldest of those brothers has always disliked what he’s […]

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Culture | 22 Comments »

Seeing the truth

September 7, 2014
Seeing the truth

Bad things can happen to us, but we do not need to become what has happened to us.

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Posted in Faith, Holy Spirit, LDS, theology, Uncategorized, understanding | 7 Comments »

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 »

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 »

A Survey, Antagonism, and No Cookies!

August 29, 2013
A Survey, Antagonism, and No Cookies!

There has been an abundance of surveys on the blogs recently; possibly it seems more because the same surveys have been linked on several different blogs. Ready access to an audience is one of the benefits of the internet. This story dates back to the early 1990s. I was a doctoral student, and had just […]

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Posted in Europe, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized, understanding | 23 Comments »

Why I like Tithing

July 16, 2013
Why I like Tithing

Lots of discussion on the ‘nacle centers around issues with tithing.  There are plenty of people with complaints, no surprise given that money is involved, and very few people of any religion pay 10% like we do.  Here are some of the most common criticisms of tithing I hear: Lack of financial transparency in the […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 42 Comments »

When the Languages Have Been Confounded

May 11, 2013
When the Languages Have Been Confounded

In my living room, I have an oil painting of the grove in Palmyra where Mormonism’s First Vision occurred. It is a family heirloom painted by the wife of a well-known RLDS Seventy of my parents’ generation who befriended them when they retired to Independence. Since Joseph Smith is not shown in the picture, nor […]

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Posted in America, Church Policy, Community of Christ, Doctrine, Joseph Smith, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 30 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 »

Creepers…Yes Guys, You Probably Are: Mormon Edition

April 3, 2013
Creepers…Yes Guys, You Probably Are: Mormon Edition

If you’re a man…and Mormon…you’re probably a creeper. Read on to find out if you fit the profile and get tips for increasing your creepiness!

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Posted in Mormon Culture, Singles | 106 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 »

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 »

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 »

The Religious Test & Cleanflix

June 18, 2012
The Religious Test & Cleanflix

I attended the Ogden Film Festival last week (officially known as the Foursite Film Festival) and saw 2 films: The Religious Test and Cleanflix: the Documentary.  I thought I would give my impressions. The producer and director for The Religious Test noted that in 1967, 17% of Americans refused to vote for a Mormon (at […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 32 Comments »

Community of Christ Crosses Rubicon on LGBT Issues

June 9, 2012
Community of Christ Crosses Rubicon on LGBT Issues

The Community of Christ has begun “crossing the Rubicon” on LGBT issues, and there can be no reversing the action taken. CofChrist is committed to the theological precedent that priesthood can be compatible with participation in a legally recognized same-sex sexual relationship. On June 2nd, the Australian National Conference approved the following recommendation to the […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 11 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 »

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