Posts Tagged ‘ polygamy ’

Origin of LDS Polygamy (Weekend Poll)

May 31, 2014
Origin of LDS Polygamy (Weekend Poll)

We know why it ended, and we know the Book of Mormon condemns it.  Why did polygamy start in the Mormon church? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, America, Apostasy, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 26 Comments »

Partisan Paranoia (Plus Polls)

December 10, 2013
Partisan Paranoia (Plus Polls)

A recent study shows the different conspiracy theories espoused by the two US political parties.  While belief in these conspiracies isn’t restricted to partisan lines, there is a marked tendency for each camp to go one way or the other.  First, there were some statistics on things voters believe in general: 51% believe that there […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Education, Faith, Freedom, History, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics | 22 Comments »

Are you an Eliza or an Emmeline?

November 21, 2013
Are you an Eliza or an Emmeline?

Eliza R Snow and Emmeline B Wells both served as General President of Relief Society: Eliza (born 1804) from 1866 to 1887 as the second General President, and Emmeline (born 1828) from 1910 to 1921 as the fifth General President. Both women were prolific poets. However, what intrigued me were the different attitudes they would […]

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Posted in Agency, History, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Polygamy, Priesthood, Uncategorized, understanding | 38 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 »

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 »

Historical Changes in the LDS Scriptures

March 4, 2013
Historical Changes in the LDS Scriptures

The LDS Church has produced an update to the scriptures, following 8 years of work by historians on the Joseph Smith Papers Project.  You may have heard about some of the changes, as our own Andrew S was the one that alerted me, but By Common Consent has some fantastic posts on the subject as […]

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Belief | 40 Comments »

Ken Burns on the Context of MMM

January 28, 2013
Ken Burns on the Context of MMM

I’ve been watching Ken Burns’ 1996 documentary series on The West.  It’s a 9 part series, so it takes a bit of effort to get through.  Of course Burns spends some time discussing the Mormons, and I found his treatment of Mormons within the context of the western United States very interesting. In Part 4: […]

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Posted in History, Mormon, Race Relations | 9 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 »

Sunstone 2012 Recap

July 30, 2012
Sunstone 2012 Recap

Sunstone began on Wednesday, but unfortunately, I could only attend Friday. I thought I would give some impressions of the Friday sessions. Todd Compton started off the day with the polygamist ancestry of Mitt Romney. It was interesting to see that Parley P. Pratt is the great-great grandfather of Mitt Romney. Parley’s fourth wife, Mary […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 22 Comments »

Mormonism 101: An Encouraging FAQ

March 29, 2012
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A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about some aspects of the new Mormonism 101: FAQ that were confusing.  These seemed confusing in the sense that they seemed to change things that I thought were taught as doctrine in the church as I was growing up.  While I pointed out some things I didn’t like […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon Belief | 5 Comments »

Mormonism 101: A Confusing FAQ

March 15, 2012
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Given the increased media interest in the Church over the past year, the Mormon Newsroom recently published a document entitled “Mormonism 101: FAQ” .   Overall, the document does a good job of clearing up some misconceptions about the Church, and it is very well written, but I do have an issue with some of the […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 165 Comments »

Joseph Smith’s Influence on Mormon Culture

December 27, 2011
Joseph Smith’s Influence on Mormon Culture

I recently read an excellent OP on By Common Consent by Brad titled Notes Toward a New Vision of the Prophet.  I’ve always had some contradictory thoughts about JS, and I’m not sure this changes them. JS does seem to be a megalomaniac and opportunist to me, someone who became increasingly blind to the consequences […]

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Posted in America, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Polygamy, Pride, Prophet | 183 Comments »

Sister Wives are Socialist

November 14, 2011
Sister Wives are Socialist

I know I’m behind the times.  I don’t watch television very often, and I don’t have cable or satellite tv.  But I recently got a Netflix subscription, and I discovered that Sister Wives was on.  Over the past few weeks, I’ve watched all 18 episodes of season 1 and season 2.  It really is entertaining.  […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 199 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 »

MHA 2011 Recap

May 30, 2011
MHA 2011 Recap

I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Mormon History Association meetings in St George this weekend.  For those who enjoy Mormon history, this is a truly refreshing, wonderful conference.  I can’t recommend it enough.  I gave a longer version of highlights from Days 1, 2, and 3 from my blog, but thought I would […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 7 Comments »

Development of LDS Temple Worship

March 7, 2011
Development of LDS Temple Worship

I received a wonderful surprise in the mail a few weeks ago.  I received an advance copy of The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History from Signature Books.  It will be released on March 24, and I just added it to my Books and Movies page.  If you pre-order, Amazon is offering it for 34% […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 21 Comments »

What is intrinsically wrong with polygamy?

January 15, 2011
What is intrinsically wrong with polygamy?

Joseph Smith said, “Friendship is one of the grand fundamental principles of Mormonism.” A few years ago, Mark Brown inaugurated (kinda) his posting stint at By Common Consent with an article that elaborated on such. He wrote about a deeply structural difference to the way Mormons go about their church experience than do other religious […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 124 Comments »

Sustainable Polygamy

December 31, 2010
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With a 2004 lawsuit came the coining of the term “Lost Boys” to describe those young men in the FLDS community who have been cast out — ostensibly to reduce competition for older men in the sect who marry large numbers of younger wives. This phenomenon is apparently limited to the FLDS because of the […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 158 Comments »

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