Posts Tagged ‘ Mormon ’

3 Changes That Mormons Against Women’s Ordination Ought to Support

April 2, 2014
Mormon Women Leaders

Not in favor of women’s ordination? What about these changes that do not require priesthood at all?

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Posted in Mormon, Priesthood, Women | 44 Comments »

Dear God: Shall I Lament Your Impotence, Defy Your Injustice, or Renounce Your Followers?

March 21, 2014
Ordain Women at General Conference

Dear God, you probably already know this, but your followers don’t give me much confidence in you.

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Posted in Uncategorized | 68 Comments »

Getting a Grip on History

March 18, 2014
Getting a Grip on History

There has been a lot of discussion in the b’nacle about what the church can do from a practical standpoint to address the thorny issues in church history.  The traditional approach has been to: 1) keep the curriculum uplifting and free from controversy, 2) to never speak ill or contradict leaders of the past or […]

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Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Book of Mormon, Church Policy, Doctrine, Education, Faith, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, New Testament Sunday School Lessons, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, Uncategorized | 28 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 »

Brother Jake: True Believing Mormon Dude

June 6, 2013
Brother Jake: True Believing Mormon Dude

For my latest endeavor, I decided that instead of my typical talk-real-fast style, I’d try something wildly different–sing-real-fast. So, without further adieu, I give you The True Believing Mormon Dude. I hope you enjoy it. Now that you’ve seen that, you may be wondering–what exactly was I trying to say with this video? And the […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 7 Comments »

Has the Bloggernacle Run Its Course? (Weekend Poll)

May 18, 2013
Has the Bloggernacle Run Its Course?  (Weekend Poll)

“Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.”  Mark Twain Every so often, the idea that there’s nothing new to talk about in Mormon internet discussions comes up.  Someone will state that we’ve said all there is to say, the audience is waning, people have worked out their opinions, etc.  What do you think?  And […]

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Posted in Alternative Sunday School Lessons | 17 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 »

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 »

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 »

Miraculous Healing through Priesthood Blessings

March 31, 2013
Miraculous Healing through Priesthood Blessings

Recently one of my online friends requested that I write about healing stories within the Mormon faith. My first thought was to share the traditional stories those of us who have been around the Mormon Church for awhile have all heard.  I’m sure there are many bloggers out there who are well more versed on […]

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Posted in Faith | 16 Comments »

Sin is Not Separation

March 30, 2013
Sin is Not Separation

The Ten Commandments was one of the first Biblical epics to command a mass audience, and so my parents took me into downtown Detroit as a boy to be sure I saw it in its full widescreen glory in one of the few theaters capable of so screening it. The movie was well worth the […]

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Posted in Agency, Community of Christ, Doctrine, Jesus, Morality, Mormon Belief, War in Heaven | 14 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 »

If your morality is fragile, do handle with care…

March 7, 2013
If your morality is fragile, do handle with care…

Maybe the idea that people will lose their morality when they lose their religions says more about the religion?

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Posted in Uncategorized | 90 Comments »

Before/In the Presence of God

February 28, 2013
Before/In the Presence of God

I participated in temple sealing recently.  For those not familiar with a “Sealing” ordinance, Mormons believe that we can be bound to our spouses and families for not only this life, but the next life as well.  I participated in an early morning session and there was just one sister there, so she had to […]

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Belief | 4 Comments »

Mormon Doctrine: Blacks

February 25, 2013
Mormon Doctrine: Blacks

I wanted to start a new series on the book Mormon Doctrine, by Bruce R. McConkie.  Some have referred to this book (no longer being published) as “Bruce’s Doctrine.”  In Greg Prince’s biography of David O. McKay,  Prince cited a study by some general authorities that the book had over 1000 errors.  The first edition of […]

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Posted in History, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Race Relations, Reviews | 43 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 »

Tarefic/Wheaties Analysis

February 21, 2013
Tarefic/Wheaties Analysis

By now you’ve probably seen the Wheaties/Tarefic award winners, and I hope also the resulting argument between fMh and BCC about who deserved to win the coveted Best Big Blog award, and what it really meant. (If you haven’t seen the argument posts, do yourself a favor and check them out. They’re hilarious!) The purpose […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments »

Pope Retires; How about Apostles?

February 18, 2013
Pope Retires; How about Apostles?

Pope Benedict 16th stunned the world last week when he announced his resignation due to “lack of strength of mind and body.”  Geoff over at RationalFaiths modified the pope’s statement, writing if as if President Monson made a similar announcement, and then discussed the history of emeritus status in the LDS Church.  Geoff writes, In […]

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Posted in Mormon, Prophet | 45 Comments »

Temple as a University

February 7, 2013
Temple as a University

There is a saying that the LDS Temple is the University of the Lord.  Unlike a traditional university, there is no opportunity to ask questions, do homework, or take tests to evaluate if we are learning.  The learning in the temple is supposed to be personal.  What would you say are the biggest things you […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 20 Comments »

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