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64: Lets Talk About Racism Posted by on Jun 20, 2015

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Drowning Pregnant Mothers, Puppy Dogs and Panda Bears. Posted by on May 31, 2015

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61: Ask a Mormon Sex Therapist Part 8

61: Ask a Mormon Sex Therapist Part 8 Posted by on May 23, 2015

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Start a Foyer Sunday School in Your Ward

Start a Foyer Sunday School in Your Ward Posted by on Jun 10, 2015

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Of Pride and Prophets

Of Pride and Prophets Posted by on May 25, 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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“Thank you for our many blessings”

“Thank you for our many blessings” Posted by on Jun 30, 2015

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The Politics of American Religious Ident...

The Politics of American Religious Identity: The Seating of Senator Reed Smoot, Mormon Apostle – Reviewed Posted by on Jun 8, 2015

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Why I am a Christian First and a Mormon ...

Why I am a Christian First and a Mormon Second. Posted by on May 20, 2015

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Through the Valley: Theodicy and Black S...

Through the Valley: Theodicy and Black Suffering in America Posted by on Jul 1, 2015

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The New LDS Anti-Gay Marriage Letter

The New LDS Anti-Gay Marriage Letter Posted by on Jul 3, 2015
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The New LDS Anti-Gay Marriage Letter

There is a theory that if a person traveled back in time and confronted her earlier self, the universe would explode. This appears to be what has happened with the new anti-gay marriage letter put out by the LDS Church and set for widespread distribution this Sunday in all congregations in the U.S. and Canada. The modern LDS Church...

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Of Prophets and Porn

Jul 02, 15 Of Prophets and Porn

Posted by in Featured, Honesty, Pornography, Sexuality

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard that the Supreme Court of the United States ruled this week that gay marriage is now legal in all 50 states. You would have had to have been living under said rock for a very, very long time to be unaware of what church leaders think about gay marriage (spoiler: they aren’t big...

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What About the Confederate Flag?

Jul 02, 15 What About the Confederate Flag?

Posted by in Featured, History, Racism, Symbolism

The Confederate battle flag has long been controversial, but has witnessed unprecedented attention since nine parishioners at the Emanuel African Episcopal Methodist Church in Charleston, South Carolina, were gunned down by a deranged man seething with racial hatred. Debate about recognizing the flag within the former Confederacy...

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Through the Valley: Theodicy and Black Suffering in America

Jul 01, 15 Through the Valley: Theodicy and Black Suffering in America

Posted by in Featured, Racism, Theology

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod...

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“Thank you for our many blessings”

Jun 30, 15 “Thank you for our many blessings”

Posted by in Faith, Featured, prayer

As Mormons we often pride ourselves on avoiding “vain repetitions” by not reciting set prayers (except, you know, those ones we say every Sunday for the sacrament). Occasionally we also pause to consider our oft-repeated phrases – the “harm-or-accident” and “strengthen-and-nourish” that every child learns to parrot. I think it may...

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Religious Freedom, Our Founding Fathers and Marriage Equality

We all learned in elementary school that the Pilgrims came to America so that they could practice their religion without persecution. They were willing to put up with hardships as they left their homes and countries in order to live their religion. We take great pride in these stories of America as a haven for those seeking...

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Why God Allowed Gays to Marry

Jun 28, 15 Why God Allowed Gays to Marry

Posted by in Featured, Homosexuality, Polygamy

It’s been a wild and crazy week! Even though states have been legalizing gay marriage throughout the individual states, the Supreme Court just made it legal in all 50 states. For many Mormons and Christians this has been a troubling dark time. How could God allow this to happen? How could we lose?  Many end of the world...

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Back and Forth about Prophets

Jun 26, 15 Back and Forth about Prophets

Posted by in Blogs about Blogs, Faith, Featured, Obedience

Here’s my response to ldsphilosopher’s response to my response to his response to this “how to stay mormon” post. I’m going to do my best to respond to the core point of ldsphilosopher’s response: Person A says, “The prophets are wrong on X, and we need to change this.” Person B says, “I think that we should...

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That Time I Was Solicited By An LDS Swinger

Jun 25, 15 That Time I Was Solicited By An LDS Swinger

Posted by in Featured, Mormon Humor, Sexuality

Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale A tale of a fateful call That started from this online ad for lessons one and all. The teacher was an engaging woman Who kept the man on the line. She kept asking questions that day For twenty minutes time, for twenty minutes time. I was going to continue with that, but ran out of...

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64: Lets Talk About Racism

Jun 20, 15 64: Lets Talk About Racism

Posted by in Featured, Podcast, Racism

http://media.blubrry.com/rationalfaiths/p/rationalfaiths.com/podcast/64Race.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Since the release of the church essay on Race and the Priesthood and up to the recent Charleston shooting race has been a constant topic of discussion in online Mormonism, and in...

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On being chosen

1 Peter 2:9 9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: We have been taught that we are a chosen people.  What does that really mean?  As Mormons we are rather proud of our...

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Evolution’s Straight and Narrow

Let me tell you a story of the Gods. They may not quite be the Gods you think of, but hopefully you will see a Mormon God in them. Imagine a universe where Nature rules. Gods have evolved with such understanding, power, and unity that they shape Nature, fostering generations of new Gods and inviting all that is to join their great...

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63: Top Ten Books on Mormon History – The Mormon Question

http://media.blubrry.com/rationalfaiths/p/rationalfaiths.com/podcast/63TopTenBooks-MormonQuestion.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Did the wider world shape Mormonism or did Mormonism shape the wider world? In Gordon’s The Mormon Question it is clearly shown the the answer is yes...

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Alexander Campbell and Eber D. Howe: Two Early Respondents to the Book of Mormon

Thousands of people have responded to the Book of Mormon (BM) in print, and many thousands more in speech. There were several non-Mormon authors who commented on the book and its use of the King James Bible (KJV) immediately after it was published, and their statements are often left ignored for the simple fact that they wrote...

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Apostasy Now

Jun 09, 15 Apostasy Now

Posted by in Apostasy, Excommunication, Featured

More Mormons are leaving the LDS Church than ever in its history. Not content with this, Church leaders are also kicking out Mormons in record numbers. The last two years have racked up a spate of excommunications of Mormons for what is termed “apostasy.” What is “apostasy”? Well, in practice, it is has come to mean holding the...

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The Politics of American Religious Identity: The Seating of Senator Reed Smoot, Mormon Apostle – Reviewed

Jun 08, 15 The Politics of American Religious Identity: The Seating of Senator Reed Smoot, Mormon Apostle – Reviewed

Posted by in Book Reviews, Featured, Politics, Reviews

A turning point for the LDS church and American religious liberty is recorded and analyzed in Kathleen Flakes’ The Politics of American Religious Identity and was the 4 years of public scrutiny of Apostle/Senator Reed Smoot and more importantly the LDS church. This account marks a shift in practice and preaching within the...

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