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22: Voices That Can Be Found At Sunstone Part 1 Posted by on Sep 14, 2014

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The Authorship of Isaiah and Its Bearing on the Book of Mormon Posted by on Sep 12, 2014

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Ask Dr. Finlayson-Fife Posted by on Sep 6, 2014

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The Authorship of Isaiah and Its Bearing...

The Authorship of Isaiah and Its Bearing on the Book of Mormon Posted by on Sep 12, 2014

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Will Denver Snuffer Prove to be Mormonism’s Martin Luther? Posted by on Sep 19, 2014

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Israel-Palestine Conflict Posted by on Aug 4, 2014

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Will Denver Snuffer Prove to be Mormonism’s Martin Luther? Posted by on Sep 19, 2014

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Book Review: Ezra and Hadassah: A Port...

Book Review:  Ezra and Hadassah:  A Portrait of American Royalty Posted by on Sep 17, 2014

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Radical Compassion: I Am All In

Radical Compassion: I Am All In Posted by on Aug 11, 2014

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exclusive inclusivity

exclusive inclusivity Posted by on Sep 18, 2014

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Modern Mormon Conservatism: A Critical V...

Modern Mormon Conservatism: A Critical View Posted by on Sep 21, 2014
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Modern Mormon Conservatism: A Critical View

In 2008, Pew Research released a comprehensive report on religious demographics in the United States. Not surprisingly, when it came to questions about politics, a significant majority of Latter-day Saints identified as Republican or Leaning Republican.(1) In 2010, Gallup found that Mormons were the most conservative religious group...

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The Great Salt Lake Butter Run!

Sep 19, 14 The Great Salt Lake Butter Run!

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Sunstone is hosting their Second Annual Brigham’s Butter Run, a race/walk event that takes place at Brigham Young’s Historic Forest Farm Dairy House. It is a 5k with a pancake breakfast and after the race, our community will hang out on blankets and listen to Saturday morning Conference. Runners get the added bonus of carrying...

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Will Denver Snuffer Prove to be Mormonism’s Martin Luther?

I’ll start out by saying that I’m a skeptic. The combination of my skepticism, an in-depth study of the restoration, a disillusionment with the current practices of LDS.inc, and an exacting application of Occam’s Razor resulted in the ultimate demise of my faith in the literal restoration of the LDS church over a...

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exclusive inclusivity

If there is one thing that makes religion unpopular in today’s pluralistic society, it is the idea of claiming access to exclusive truth.  On my mission I learned firsthand how the act of sending someone to your door is deeply offensive to so many people.  It is one reason religion is just something you are not supposed to talk...

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Book Review: Ezra and Hadassah: A Portrait of American Royalty

Ezra and Hadassah: A Portrait of American Royalty is the gripping account of author Heather Young’s tumultuous childhood at the abusive hands of those into whose care she was entrusted, both her foster and Latter-day Saint adoptive parents. With remarkable courage, wit, and honesty, Heather tells of how she and her special-needs...

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The Changing Nature of (somewhat recent) popular LDS art

So growing up, I’d never been a big fan of most mainstream LDS art and music. I mean, sure, there was Minerva Teichert and a few choice others, but by and large our most culturally popular art and media tended to be pretty superficial or one-dimensional. Examples I think of are Greg Olson paintings, Michael Mclean songs,...

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Reluctant Mormon Activist

Since my Ordain Women profile went up, recently, I’m now a Mormon activist for gender equality in the LDS church. The following is a very bald summary of a long personal essay. If all you care about is the main ideas, you can read and judge this. If you want to understand how I arrived where I am, I’ve linked to the...

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My Road to Here

A brief summary of this post can be found here. I recommend it if you aren’t up for a long or emotional post. Long Day 1998 It left me as I dug, and cut, and pulled, and pedaled, and wore out the day, Yet I wait for sleep to come. I burn to move, to dance, to love, as my body strains, frozen in anxiety, Yet I wait for...

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22: Voices That Can Be Found At Sunstone Part 1

Sep 14, 14 22: Voices That Can Be Found At Sunstone Part 1

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What comes to your mind when you hear the words “Sunstone Symposium?” It has been 5-6 years that I have been attending Sunstone, and I absolutely love it. At this year’s conference I had the opportunity to interview about 34 individuals, in order to provide a demonstration of some of the amazing people that were also attending...

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Ezra Taft Benson and Politics

Sep 14, 14 Ezra Taft Benson and Politics

Posted by in Featured, Obedience, Politics

Discussions exploded as people learned that the 2015 Relief Society/Priesthood manual will be teachings of Ezra Taft Benson. One lesson is even on the infamous “14 Fundamentals of Following the Prophet.” In anticipation of the many discussions which will ensue, we are posting this resource. (Cross-posted with permission...

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A Life-Saving Paradigm Shift

Sep 10, 14 A Life-Saving Paradigm Shift

Posted by in Compassion, Featured, Homosexuality

Last week, I had the opportunity to meet with several other Mormon and Mormon-esque friends to talk about the relationship between our LGBT brothers and sisters and the Mormon church. HRC sponsored the meeting in an effort to understand how they can better support those of us who are trying so desperately to see full equality...

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Scientific Evidence for the Atonement

Sep 10, 14 Scientific Evidence for the Atonement

Posted by in Apologetics, Atonement, Featured, Repentance

I’ve wrestled with many questions about the Atonement: “Does the Atonement work?” “Is it real?” “Can it work for me?” Obviously I cannot prove (or disprove) that the Atonement works in any kind of eternal or “cosmic” way. However, there is an area of research in psychology about...

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Unlocking Temple Symbolism

Sep 09, 14 Unlocking Temple Symbolism

Posted by in Featured, Mormonism, Symbolism, Temple

  Introduction Mormons don’t tend to do symbolism well. This is largely because they grow up in a symbolically arid religious environment where literalism is the order of the day. Scriptures and teachers mean what they say and say what they mean. No interpretation required. Then Mormons go to the temple, where they are...

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Jubilee

A few months ago I wrote a post about making a hole in the roof because I felt that that the doors and windows of church have been cemented over and walled off.    So imagine my surprise when I was on a tour or the Vatican this summer and the tour guide starts talking about a cemented over door. So instead of taking pictures...

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Dramatic Questions: A Conversation with Playwright Melissa Leilani Larson

Sep 07, 14 Dramatic Questions: A Conversation with Playwright Melissa Leilani Larson

Posted by in Featured, Interviews, Podcast

Melissa Leilani Larson is an award-winning writer from Provo, Utah. MARTYRS’ CROSSING (IRAM Best New Play) debuted at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe, and PRIDE AND PREJUDICE enjoyed a sold-out run at Brigham Young University last March. Her screenplay FREETOWN, presently filming in Ghana, will be in theaters next April. Other plays...

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Thoughts on Mormon Exclusivity

Sep 07, 14 Thoughts on Mormon Exclusivity

Posted by in Compassion, Featured, Mormonism, Theology

Admittedly, I’ve cherry-picked a few passages from others on the nacle. Their thoughts are my thoughts. To the woman healed from disease, without any physical ministration whatsoever, Jesus simply said “thy faith hath made thee whole.” However, to the blind men, instead of simply healing them with his words, he actually spit...

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