Posts Tagged ‘ Mormon Culture ’

Mormons Defending the Cross

November 7, 2011
Mormons Defending the Cross

There are 13 memorials similar to this one dedicated to Utah Highway Patrol Troopers killed in the line of duty.  The Atheist Association Inc of New Jersey, sued to have the crosses removed because they claimed the crosses violated the separation of church and state.  A federal court ruled for the Atheists.  Last week, the […]

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Questions Are an Act of Faith

October 20, 2011
Questions Are an Act of Faith

Francis Bacon said that “a prudent question is one-half of wisdom” but is it equally true that questions are one-half of faith?

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Posted in Faith, Freedom, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 21 Comments »

Top 5 Talks You Should Read if You Haven’t

October 13, 2011
Top 5 Talks You Should Read if You Haven’t

Recently a friend asked me to give them a list of talks that I would recommend that they should read.  There is something exhiliarating about making a list of your top five things. In The Sound of Music, Maria lists her favorite things to cheer up her young charges. Lists also play a key role in one of […]

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Posted in Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 10 Comments »

Roulette Wheels and Solar Panels

October 1, 2011
Roulette Wheels and Solar Panels

I can remember making 3 bets in my life — all the result of foolish pride leading me astray. Barely above the age of accountability at the time of the first bet, I was sitting in my kitchen while my mother gave me a haircut when she made some terribly offensive remark about how cute […]

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Posted in America, Mormon Culture, Politics, Pride | 35 Comments »

Blogs: Bitter Rantings or Vehicles for Change?

September 29, 2011
Blogs: Bitter Rantings or Vehicles for Change?

A recent online group made by YSA in the UK provides a way in which witty comments and cynicism can promote change.

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Posted in America, Mormon Culture | 21 Comments »

Balancing the Discussion: Miracles, Satan, and Church Programs

September 28, 2011
Balancing the Discussion: Miracles, Satan, and Church Programs

Last time I addressed the topic of our discussion in the church I talked about faith in Christ, and how we might shift our discussion from speculation on doctrines designed to create an emotional response to discussions about faith in our real lives. In perhaps a not too dissimilar vein, I’d like to talk about […]

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Posted in Faith, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 33 Comments »

Music and B’naclers

September 21, 2011
Music and B’naclers

I love music! And sometimes songs can say more in a few short lines than I could in 10 different posts. There’s always been a tug-o-war in the b’nacle between various personalities. I think there are three primary personalities in the ‘nacle represented nicely by the following three songs (complete with links to cool YouTube […]

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Posted in Mormon Culture | 19 Comments »

Expanding the Church or Just Moving It?

September 17, 2011
Expanding the Church or Just Moving It?

“Finally have put a finger on an issue I have with the priesthood of this church. A lot of you want us to embrace, uphold, accept and defend the practicing homosexual. Why is it that because I do not agree with you that you try to paint me as hateful to everyone else?” Thus began […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon Culture | 22 Comments »

Balancing the Discussion: Faith in Christ

September 14, 2011
Balancing the Discussion: Faith in Christ

Because I have had my own trials of faith, and have stood in the figurative shoes of those who see things from a non-believing standpoint, I have become increasingly aware of the language we use and the ways in which it contributes to our cultural peculiarities and often times sets people up for failure. Sometimes […]

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Posted in Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 19 Comments »

Retiring the Term “Inactive”

September 8, 2011
Retiring the Term “Inactive”

The terms “less-active” and “inactive” are slowly being dropped from church vocabulary, but you won’t hear it announced from the stand.  Earlier this year in a training led by the Area Presidency, UK stake public relations committees were informed that the church no longer classifies people as less-active or inactive; everyone is simply just members of the […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon Culture | 38 Comments »

Letter from the Past: RLDS Fundamentalism

August 20, 2011
Letter from the Past: RLDS Fundamentalism

“For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” That’s a somewhat simplistic, but nevertheless effective way to teach the law of conservation of momentum, and I think there’s actually some metaphorical version of that law which applies to churches. When someone leaves a church, his/her absence allows/pushes the church that remains to go […]

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Posted in History | 20 Comments »

Journal Writing or Making Crap Up?

August 16, 2011
Journal Writing or Making Crap Up?

Should journals be written for ourselves or for others?  Does writing with an audience in mind, especially our own progeny (for whom we feel responsible) result in white-washing our personal experiences?  You betcha it does. What is the Purpose of Journal Writing? One of my mission companions and I were talking about our journals one […]

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Posted in Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Prophet | 15 Comments »

Is this Building the Kingdom of God?

August 4, 2011
Is this Building the Kingdom of God?

Today’s guest post is by Jake.  When I first went out onto my mission I was warned that when I saw missionaries all day that it might challenge my testimony. That they would lose the shine they once had when I viewed them as beacons of spirituality when I was a 14 year old youth.  […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Uncategorized | 22 Comments »

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 »

Silence and Diplomacy

July 12, 2011
Silence and Diplomacy

To paraphrase Jon Huntsman Jr., diplomacy is the art of saying something when there is nothing to say, and saying nothing when there is something to say.  Blogging (and 24 hour news) is pretty good at the first half of that, but fairly lousy at the second half.  That’s because blogging relies on rehashing old arguments, hyperbole, […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 23 Comments »

Elsewhere in Patriarchy (Part 3) . . . Obedient Wives Club

June 28, 2011
Elsewhere in Patriarchy (Part 3) . . . Obedient Wives Club

OK, I thought I was done talking about other patriarchal societies, but then I ran across this little gem from Malaysia:  The Obedient Wives club.  This club was formed by a Muslim fringe group called Global Ikhwan on June 4th (earlier this year they also set up a Polygamy Club for women), so it is very much […]

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Elsewhere in Patriarchy (Part 2) . . . Political Oppression

June 21, 2011
Elsewhere in Patriarchy (Part 2) . . . Political Oppression

Liberte, egalite, fraternite, right?  Last week I examined what other patriarchal societies are up to.  This week, let’s talk about what some contemporary patriarchal societies are doing politically – especially in light of the Arab Spring. Is patriarchy really a term we want to be touting?  Do we qualify as patriarchal when compared to such […]

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Elsewhere in Patriarchy . . . Mistresses!

June 14, 2011
Elsewhere in Patriarchy . . . Mistresses!

What do mistresses have to do with patriarchy?  Well, clearly the church is against mistresses (unless you count polygamy, wink* wink*), but elsewhere in patriarchy, mistresses are all the rage.  This is the first of a series of posts on other patriarchal cultures.  Since the Mormon church claims (unironically) to be a patriarchy, let’s see who’s on […]

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Posted in America, Uncategorized | 32 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 »

How Soldiers Become Murderers

June 7, 2011
How Soldiers Become Murderers

Some of you may have followed with interest the story of Staff Seargent Calvin Gibbs, a 25-year old Mormon boy who went to war and allegedly became the ringleader of a rogue “kill team,” taking pleasure in murdering and mutilating Afghan civilians; according to his fellow soldiers he was (in Col. Kurtz fashion) trying to […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 27 Comments »

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