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70: Spiritual Watering Holes Part 3

70: Spiritual Watering Holes Part 3 Posted by on Aug 22, 2015

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What He Wants.

What He Wants. Posted by on Aug 25, 2015

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66: Ask a Mormon Sex Therapist Part 9

66: Ask a Mormon Sex Therapist Part 9 Posted by on Jul 17, 2015

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Nephi: Almost a Good Man

Nephi: Almost a Good Man Posted by on Aug 17, 2015

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Does Joseph Smith Pass the Biblical Prop...

Does Joseph Smith Pass the Biblical Prophet Test? Posted by on Aug 12, 2015

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Tithing Donations Should Be Confidential

Tithing Donations Should Be Confidential Posted by on May 3, 2015

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Living on Flipped Mormon Standard Time

Living on Flipped Mormon Standard Time Posted by on Aug 26, 2015

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Introverts in an Extrovert’s World...

Introverts in an Extrovert’s World: A Review of “Quiet” Posted by on Aug 21, 2015

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A North and South Heart

A North and South Heart Posted by on Aug 3, 2015

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How Shall We Continue in The Silencing?

How Shall We Continue in The Silencing? Posted by on Jul 22, 2015

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To those in a faith crisis and their lov...

To those in a faith crisis and their loved ones Posted by on Aug 28, 2015
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To those in a faith crisis and their loved ones

This month I had planned to write about a Bishopric Training Meeting at which my Stake President invited me and my wife to speak about faith crises and faith transitions. It was a great experience. I was also tempted to post the text of my wife’s sacrament meeting talk about temples from a couple weeks ago. However, as I...

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Living on Flipped Mormon Standard Time

We’ve all heard the old American proverb, “The early bird gets the worm.” Well, if given the choice between being the early bird and the worm, I’d be the worm. And I think scripturally speaking; the worm has the upper edge on spirituality. Let me explain….. It doesn’t matter how hard I try, I can never make it to Sacrament meeting...

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What He Wants.

Central to the worship and devotion of Mormon Church members is the ordinance of the sacrament in which we explicitly renew the covenant implicitly made at baptism. The covenant is implicit, because we do not verbally agree to specifically stated conditions at the time of baptism. The amen that we add to the baptismal prayer should...

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Religion and Politics: 10 questions for 2016

I believe that we all have an obligation to make sure our moral and ethical beliefs inform our politics. The Christian magazine Sojourners says it well: We envision a future in which Christians put their faith into action in the passionate pursuit of social justice, peace, and environmental stewardship, working in partnership with...

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Maybe God IS Racist

Picture this: Another February rolls around and all throughout literary Mormondom I get to read that “this was racist” or “that was racist” or “why doesn’t the church do this” or “blah… blah blah blah… blah blah… blah blah blah blah!” Okay, so I am supposed to...

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70: Spiritual Watering Holes Part 3

Aug 22, 15 70: Spiritual Watering Holes Part 3

Posted by in Featured, Podcast

http://media.blubrry.com/rationalfaiths/p/rationalfaiths.com/podcast/70SpiritViaMeditation.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Hearing the voice of the Holy Ghost and feeling the spirit often present themselves as elusive experiences that we want to have but just can’t seem to grasp. In...

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Introverts in an Extrovert’s World: A Review of “Quiet”

Sometimes I actually read books that are not Mormon History Books believe it or not and the latest one is about introverts. It is a book about people like me! The fact that Susan Cain‘s Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking has become so popular (NYT best seller) is a great thing. It is clear...

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One Believer’s Reactions to the CES Letter

“If the CES Letter has added value to your life, please pay it forward. Your support will allow us to continue to help the honest in heart seekers.” Such loaded language from the CES letter website gets my hackles up, but I’ll suppress them long enough to respond to some friends’ queries of “Have you read the entire CES Letter?”. I...

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We can do better (so it can get better)

Aug 19, 15 We can do better (so it can get better)

Posted by in Featured, Humanity, Racism, Truth

It has been a little over a year since the murder of Michael Brown and one year exactly of the death of Darrien Hunt at the hands of Utah Police and we have seen the #BlackLivesMatter movement rise from the ashes of the gun smoke. I am ready to never see a hashtag followed by a name–a black person’s name at that. And as...

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Playing Defense

Despite warnings from other leaders that emotional sentimentalism “should never be leaned upon as a substitute for spirituality,” 1 Elder Holland used up a good couple of minutes of his April 2014 General Conference address to describe in detail how two sister missionaries had food spit and thrown at them in the routine course of...

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Nephi: Almost a Good Man

And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God. Mark 10:18 Shortly after my mission I was teaching a Sunday School lesson on 1 Ne 17. Our Stake President had asked us all to memorize the Doctrine and Covenants 121:33-46, and being a dedicated return missionary I had done so (and frankly...

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Joseph Smith’s Indictment for Adultery and Fornication

Joseph Smith’s Indictment for Adultery and Fornication: Some Answers but Many Questions On May 20, 1844, Nauvoo Stake President William Marks was subpoenaed and selected to serve on the grand jury of Hancock County. This Circuit Court was held twice a year, for two weeks in May and October. Described as being “better than a...

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Review: Royal Skousen and Robin Scott Jensen, eds., The Joseph Smith Papers, Revelations and Translations, Volume 3: Parts 1-2, Printer’s Manuscript of the Book of Mormon

Review: Royal Skousen and Robin Scott Jensen, eds., The Joseph Smith Papers, Revelations and Translations, Volume 3: Parts 1-2, Printer’s Manuscript of the Book of Mormon (Salt Lake City: The Church Historian’s Press, 2015), Part 1, xxxvi+539 pp.; Part 2, 437 pp.   The newest volume in the Revelations and Translations series...

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69: Top Ten Books on Mormon History – Religion of a Different Color

http://media.blubrry.com/rationalfaiths/p/rationalfaiths.com/podcast/69TopTenBooks-DifferentColor.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS The only book dealing directly and only with the concept of race and racism in the list is a work published this year by Oxford University Press and written...

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Reforming the Reformation

Aug 13, 15 Reforming the Reformation

Posted by in Featured, History

We define ourselves by the stories we tell ourselves about our past, present, and future. And as a part of that narrative, the Saints have adopted—and co-opted—the religious traditions of the Protestants in their celebration of religious freedom. BYUTV produced an engaging miniseries, Fires of Faith, to celebrate the...

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Rejoicing With Those Who Leave

In the April General Conference, President Rosemary Wixom shared the story of a young mother who had left the Church. The woman did so not “because of bad behavior, spiritual apathy, looking for an excuse not to live the commandments, or searching for an easy out” but as part of her lifelong search for truth. That search was...

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