Posts Tagged ‘ testimony ’

The Testimony Puzzle

March 4, 2014
The Testimony Puzzle

I have never been a big fan of testimony meetings for a variety of reasons, but maybe my opinion is starting to shift. Last year I taught the May Sunday School youth lesson from Come Follow Me “What does it mean to bear testimony?” Since I was teaching 12-13 year olds, including my own son, […]

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Posted in Agency, Faith, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

Bar the Exits! (Weekend Poll)

November 23, 2013
Bar the Exits!  (Weekend Poll)

Church attrition is a big problem across all denominations, one that is discussed often in the bloggernacle.  What should the church do to retain those who wish to resign? What efforts have you seen that have been effective at helping people stay or come back?  What efforts have you seen that have been ill-advised?  Why? […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Faith, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Politics, Pride | 23 Comments »

Is It More Important that the Church be Good or True?

August 13, 2013
Is It More Important that the Church be Good or True?

Which  is more important:  that the church be good or that it be true?  Obviously, we would like it to be both true and good, yet as our leaders remind us, people (including all of us and them) are imperfect and make mistakes.  Likewise, anyone who has looked at all has found that elements at […]

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Posted in Agency, Faith, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 29 Comments »

Sharing Spiritual Experiences

July 13, 2013
Sharing Spiritual Experiences

Is it possible to over-share our spiritual experiences?  Are some too sacred to share?  Is there a fine line between touching, heartfelt sharing and a blubbering basket case?  How do you gauge the difference? Discuss.

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

Flatland, The Black and White World

June 11, 2013
Flatland, The Black and White World

You’re for us or you’re against us.  People are good or evil.  We serve God or Satan.  Many people prefer the simplicity of true/false and either/or choices to the subtlety of an essay question or even the slightly elevated risk of a multiple choice quiz.  It’s easier to follow a checklist (which is essentially a […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 18 Comments »

The Untestimony Meeting

March 26, 2013
The Untestimony Meeting

I was exposed to this idea on a couple different occasions:  disaffected or disbelieving members share their experiences that led to their de-conversion in a group setting.  It made me really uncomfortable, essentially for the same reasons that Testimony Meetings make me uncomfortable. Here are a few hallmarks of both testimony and untestimony bearing: Pressure […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Doctrine, Faith, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 15 Comments »

The Enlightenment, Mormonism and Personal Revelation

December 13, 2012
The Enlightenment, Mormonism and Personal Revelation

“It is a contradiction in terms and ideas, to call anything a revelation that comes to us at second-hand, either verbally or in writing. Revelation is necessarily limited to the first communication”

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Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Doctrine, Education, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 30 Comments »

Out of the Mouths of Babes: Weekend Poll

August 11, 2012
Out of the Mouths of Babes: Weekend Poll

“I like ta bury my testimony.  I know this church is true.  I love my mom and dad.  I like ice cream.  NameofJesusChristamen.” Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Faith, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 23 Comments »

Is “Born Mormon” Enough?

May 23, 2012
BornMormon

I am a Mormon.  I haven’t made a fancy ad of me skateboarding or anything like that, but still, I’m a Mormon.  But “why” am I a Mormon?   What makes me say that? Like many people in the Church, I was “born Mormon”.  I have ancestors who were born in Winter Quarters in 1846 on […]

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Posted in Mormon Belief | 63 Comments »

A Letter to my Almost Prophet

February 15, 2012
A Letter to my Almost Prophet

This afternoon’s post is by guest author Childe Jake. His other posts can be seen here and here. His personal blog is at http://thejakefoyer.blogspot.com/. Dear Dr. Carl Sagan, In The Demon-Haunted World, you write of a struggle that took place in your heart over whether or not there is an afterlife. You preface this struggle by introducing readers […]

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Posted in Faith, Prophet, Science and Religion | 19 Comments »

Reining in the Analyst

December 7, 2011
Reining in the Analyst

On August 6, 2009 I introduced myself to the bloggernacle with the introduction Unleashing the Analyst. A Personal Story. It is a story about me, my faith journey to that point, and some of the positions I had at that time. The real revelation in the story (even if only for myself) was the unboxing […]

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Posted in Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Pride | 34 Comments »

Do Mormon Angels Have Wings?

July 23, 2011
Do Mormon Angels Have Wings?

There has been a book of personal testimony making waves in Evangelical Christian circles for the past few months. Indeed, it isn’t just limited to Protestant Evangelicals; the person who recommended it to our family is a devout Catholic liberal. The book, entitled Heaven is for Real, is the real life story of Todd Burpo, […]

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Posted in Faith, Reviews | 17 Comments »

If I Were In Charge: Overview & Topical Guide

July 6, 2011
in charge

I know it seems a bit odd to explain the purpose of a series after the series has already started, but there has been some confusion and I think I perhaps haven’t explained my goal with enough detail.  I’ve described various bits and pieces in the different posts, but here it is all together.  At […]

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Posted in Church Policy | 23 Comments »

If I Were In Charge: Make “I Believe” As Valid As “I Know” In Testimonies

May 24, 2011
Pulpit

“Brothers and Sisters.  I’d like to bear my testimony.  I don’t know this Church is true…” Have you ever heard a testimony like this?  And what would you think if someone got up next Fast Sunday and started their testimony like that?  Before getting into what a testimony like this might really be saying, I […]

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Posted in Church Policy | 67 Comments »

My Testimony of Life and Mind

January 19, 2011
My Testimony of Life and Mind

Today’s Guest post is by Childe Jake, a rather newly hatched blogger with an uncanny ability to convey his thoughts in a clear and enlightening way. His blog can be found at: http://thejakefoyer.blogspot.com/ I’d like to bear you my testimony, but I do not presume to know for certain that it is true. My post […]

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Posted in Science and Religion | 15 Comments »

Christmas is Tomorrow This Year

December 25, 2010
Christmas is Tomorrow This Year

When writing a Christmas post on a site most frequented by religionists who stress the importance of family, you know most people who read the post are doing so after Christmas. (Those reading on Christmas Day itself are probably using the excuse of checking out new electronics that Santa brought by in the morning. Well, […]

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Where Have All the 20-somethings Gone?

December 21, 2010
Where Have All the 20-somethings Gone?

A recent post at neighboring blog, BCC, talks about the rising percentage of 20- and 30-somethings who claim “none” as their religion.  Historically, the church has experienced a lot of attrition in this age range, either YSAs (Young Single Adults) who find the strict adherence to the law of chastity increasingly difficult to navigate or […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 57 Comments »

Woman in the Priesthood

December 11, 2010
Woman in the Priesthood

Today’s guest post is by TH, who is a woman serving in the Office of High Priest in the Community of Christ. Since this portion of the Restoration has ordained women to priesthood for nearly a generation, she offers a prospective “after the dust has settled” on a topic which remains controversial to both traditional […]

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Posted in Mormon Culture | 21 Comments »

Memory and Confabulation

November 16, 2010
Memory and Confabulation

When I was about 3 or 4 years old, my family was in a boating accident.  The sky was blue with small fluffy clouds.  It was a warm, peaceful day.  We were in a row boat, and our dog Pepper was in the boat with us.  I remember sitting in the boat, enjoying the warm […]

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Testimony Time, Part II

November 10, 2010
Testimony Time, Part II

Today’s guest post is by Glenn. Thanks Adam, for the kind words and the introduction.  Since I have already described the content of my testimony and my immediate reasons for giving it over at Mormon Expression, I want to continue here with Adam’s theme, and focus on the reactions I received from people in the […]

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