Posts Tagged ‘ testimony ’

Heart, Might, Mind, & Strength

March 23, 2016
Heart, Might, Mind, & Strength

I’ve been thinking about Andrew’s post on Seeing Mormon Faith Transitions as Social Class Movements over the past two months. As a quick summary here are the three different ways he identified that Mormons engage with their faith (but really this makes more sense if you re-read Andrew’s post. It’s really good.): Physical – focused on doing […]

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Posted in Faith, faith crisis, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 7 Comments »

Tattered Passports & Dual Citizenship

March 2, 2016
Tattered Passports & Dual Citizenship

In Armand Mauss’ memoir, Shifting Borders and a Tattered Passport, he describes his frustration of holding a “Mormon passport” in the intellectual world because he was mistrusted and not seen as a true intellectual (how could someone intelligent fall for that cult, right?). Yet when he was in his home Mormon land he was viewed with […]

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Posted in Apostasy, Church Policy, Excommunication, Feminism, LGBT, Mormon Culture | 15 Comments »

Why “Planted”?

January 6, 2016
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“We live in an age of doubt, but we need not be overcome. When we are planted in the Savior we can be nourished as much by our questions as by the answers.”  “Planted: Belief and Belonging in an Age of Doubt” is written by Patrick Mason and is a joint venture between the Maxwell […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Criticism, doubt, Faith, faith crisis, gender equity, Grace, Mormon Culture, Reviews, understanding | 22 Comments »

Twittermony…the new Testimony?

September 30, 2015
Twittermony…the new Testimony?

I’m, lets say, in my 40’s. In my youth when I wanted to speak to someone I either used one of these: Now I use this… In a generation we have changed the nature of communication. What used to be a conversation between 2 people is now, potentially a conversation between hundreds, thousands, or even […]

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Posted in Culture, social media, Uncategorized | 8 Comments »

Sunstone Testimonies 2015

August 24, 2015
Sunstone Testimonies 2015

I’m a few weeks late with my recap of Sunstone.  The one thing about Sunstone is that you can find all kinds of different sessions, both pro and anti church.  People seem to concentrate on the anti-church presentations, but there are some others I would like to talk about.  The people I have highlighted below […]

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Posted in Christian, LDS, LGBT, Mitch Mayne, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Religion, theology, Women | 5 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 | 59 Comments »

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
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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
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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
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“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 »

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