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67: Groupthink, Pluralistic Ignorance, and Cults Posted by on Jul 25, 2015

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Drowning Pregnant Mothers, Puppy Dogs and Panda Bears. Posted by on May 31, 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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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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How Shall We Continue in The Silencing?

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

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

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65: Top Ten Books on Mormon History – More Wives Than One Posted by on Jul 10, 2015

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Why I am a Christian First and a Mormon Second. Posted by on May 20, 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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URGENT MESSAGE FOR MORMON GAY YOUTH

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URGENT MESSAGE FOR MORMON GAY YOUTH

(The text of the post was originally a post on Carol Lynn Pearson’s Facebook page on July 23, 2015.) I have been made aware of three new suicides within the last ten days–all of these in Utah, two young men and one young woman, all three known to be gay and LDS.  These last several weeks have been deeply troubling for...

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God’s Love

Jul 30, 15 God’s Love

Posted by in Charity, Compassion, Featured, Humanity, unity

Note: This was a high council talk given on July 19, 2015 We live in interesting times, times of distress and disorder. Social issues regularly top our headlines causing many to wonder whether or not the end of the world is at our doorstep. Indeed, on the negative side, we see television, radio, cyber and social media bombard us...

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“Sad Souls in Happy Valley” why we (still) need to change the way we think about mental health

Authors note: This is a re-post of a previous article with updates and updated resources.     “I have of late- but wherefore I know not- lost all my mirth, forgone all custom of exercises, and indeed it goes so heavily with my disposition that this goodly frame, the earth, seems to me a sterile promontory; this most...

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A Modest Clarification

It has come to my attention that some Mormons have had “questions” regarding prophetic priorities. I’ll break it down so that even a child can understand: if the Prophets and Apostles are talking about something, it matters. If they aren’t talking about it, it doesn’t matter. Let me give you some examples. Find me...

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67: Groupthink, Pluralistic Ignorance, and Cults

Jul 25, 15 67: Groupthink, Pluralistic Ignorance, and Cults

Posted by in Featured, Podcast, The Human Mormon Mind

http://media.blubrry.com/rationalfaiths/p/rationalfaiths.com/podcast/67HMMGroupthink.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS In continuing our series “The Human Mormon Mind,” I had talked with Michael Barker and Mica McGriggs about the three related concepts of Groupthink, Pluralistic Ignorance...

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How Shall We Continue in The Silencing?

Imagine how Mary Magdalene must have felt on the morning of the Resurrection, being the first person to see the risen Christ. Imagine too how she must have felt later on when she would be forever silenced for her testimony: “I have seen the Lord: such is the story of the Resurrection as told in the Gospel of John. With it begins...

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11 Signs You’re Dating an RM from the 19th Century…It Took Me a Minute to Get #3!

The Mormon dating world is rife with expectations and standards. One of the most golden ones has been that women should seek out an RM (returned missionary) for any worthwhile long-term relationship. Apparently the longer the name-tag is worn, the more sin and error fall off the wearer’s spirit, helping them become more...

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Straight and Narrow not Same and Narrow-minded

My last post was supposed to be a one paragraph introduction to this idea: The exaltation of the Gods depends on allowing us–Gods in embryo–to travel as many paths to Godhood as possible. This conclusion follows closely the belief that Gods evolved. Evolutionary success depends on maximizing reproductive rates. If the...

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66: Ask a Mormon Sex Therapist Part 9

http://media.blubrry.com/rationalfaiths/p/rationalfaiths.com/podcast/66DrFifePart9.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS In this episode of “Ask a Mormon Sex Therapist” Brian talks with  Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife about how the high desire partner can best contribute to a relationship that is...

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We are not (religiously) free until we’re all (religiously) free

Jul 16, 15 We are not (religiously) free until we’re all (religiously) free

Posted by in Featured, Honesty, Humanity, Racism, Truth, unity

I have tried to start this piece dozens of times, each one coming up short. The thing is, there is no easy or comfortable way to confront the reality that is the terrorism sweeping black churches in the United States. This latest wave all starts with the Emanuel African American Methodist Episcopal Church and one Dylann Roof. On...

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Is the LDS Church in Apostasy?

Jul 14, 15 Is the LDS Church in Apostasy?

Posted by in Apostasy, Featured

In recent years, more and more Mormons have publicly voiced the opinion that the LDS Church is in a state of apostasy.  Elder Dallin H. Oaks jetted to Boise, Idaho to douse such allegations in a 15 June 2015 tri-stake fireside, where his argument consisted of a slightly more sophisticated version of, “I know you are but what am I?”...

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65: Top Ten Books on Mormon History – More Wives Than One

http://media.blubrry.com/rationalfaiths/p/rationalfaiths.com/podcast/65TopTenBooks-MoreWives.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Polygamy, polygamy, polygamy! We can’t get enough of polygamy! Nohing has captured the attention of the world about Mormons more than the practice of...

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Review of Religion of a Different Color

Jul 09, 15 Review of Religion of a Different Color

Posted by in Book Reviews, Featured

When J. Kameron Carter, one of the more compelling theologians of black spirituality today, was asked about the shooting of Trayvon Martin, he argued that Christianity must “reckon with the fact of how our churches in many ways reproduces the very social structures that created the conditions for what happened.” The world in which...

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Boy Scouts, Mormonism, and Me

Jul 08, 15 Boy Scouts, Mormonism, and Me

Posted by in Featured, Individuality, Scouts, Young Men's

I come from a proud tradition of Eagle Scouts. My father and his 10 brothers hold the world record for most Eagle scouts in a single family [1]. It’s a record so unimportant the family remains unsuccessful in getting the Guinness Book of World Records to take notice. Despite Guinness’s ambivalence, my family made sure the...

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LDS Church Responds to Supreme Court Monogamy Decision

Jul 07, 15 LDS Church Responds to Supreme Court Monogamy Decision

Posted by in Featured, Polygamy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 10, 1879 As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we acknowledge the recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court Reynolds vs. United States which holds that men may be married to one woman and one woman only. While acknowledging the ruling, we strongly disagree with the Court as it...

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It’s not the America I Thought it Was

Jul 06, 15 It’s not the America I Thought it Was

Posted by in Featured, History

With the celebration of Independence Day this weekend, I found myself reminiscing about how I used to feel about this holiday.  In my early adulthood, I was wildly patriotic, having grown up in a culture that values this kind of zealotry for the motherland. I celebrated with reverence the story I was told about a people seeking...

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