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008: Ask a Mormon Sex Therapist Part I

008: Ask a Mormon Sex Therapist Part I Posted by on Jun 8, 2014

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Drowning at church

Drowning at church Posted by on Jun 30, 2014

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In which my son almost dies and my world...

In which my son almost dies and my world-view actually does. Posted by on Aug 26, 2014

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Israel-Palestine Conflict Posted by on Aug 4, 2014

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In which my son almost dies and my world-view actually does. Posted by on Aug 26, 2014

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Radical Compassion: I Am All In

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Atonement Theory

For years I’ve struggled to understand what the atonement is and how it works. This post is the byproduct of those mental and spiritual struggles. The short length of this post is intentional and took an incredible amount of humility and restraint. What I’ve written here is the very essence of my spiritual being. I see...

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19: Wilford Woodruff’s Witness: Author Interview

Aug 31, 14 19: Wilford Woodruff’s Witness: Author Interview

Posted by in Featured, Interviews, Podcast

Wilford Woodruff’s Witness: The Development of Temple Doctrine recounts Wilford’s life and his account/view of the development of the Temple using as frequently as possible his own words. Looking at Woodruff, the temple, and church policy/development as an interdependent triad is insightful and can even be paradigm shifting. The...

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“The Crucible of Doubt” by Fiona and Terryl Givens

I remember being taught as a young public relations student at BYU-Idaho that one of the keys to dealing with reporters and their probing questions – ever searching for a soundbyte they can lead their story with – is to, instead of finding the best answer to the question, examine and even reject the premise of the question. I...

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Wilford Woodruff’s Witness

3 sentence summary of the review: Wilford Woodruff’s Witness: The Development of Temple Doctrine recounts Wilford’s life and his account/view of the development of the Temple using as frequently as possible his own words. Looking at Woodruff, the temple, and church policy/development as an interdependent triad is...

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The Touch of the Masters Hand

There is a poem that tells of the auction on an old violin. As the auctioneer presents the violin to his audience, they see a dusty and worn violin in poor shape. The auctioneer calls out, “One dollar, one dollar, Do I hear two?”“Two dollars, who makes it three?”“Three dollars once, three dollars...

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Understand This

Aug 27, 14 Understand This

Posted by in Featured, Mormonism

  I served my mission in Mexico. I remember a time when a few of the native missionaries were discussing how they couldn’t understand Portuguese. The Portuguese people sound like “borachos” (drunkards) with a wad of gum in their mouth they said as they laughed. Later on my mission I was told by an older sister in the ward...

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In which my son almost dies and my world-view actually does.

I have four kids, all of them boys except for three.The youngest is Jones who is ten. Eight years ago, he drowned. July 6th, 2006, 11:20 a.m. We were visiting family in washington State and amid the cousins and uncles, breakfast and chatty aunts, Jones and his cousin Nate, who were both almost three, got into the backyard where the...

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Will a Real Mormon Theologian Please Stand Up?

Aug 25, 14 Will a Real Mormon Theologian Please Stand Up?

Posted by in Featured, Theology

  In the summer of 1865 the First Presidency issued a statement in the Deseret News condemning certain theological writings they considered to be so objectionable that they ordered copies of the works to be destroyed.  The volumes in question had been written by Orson Pratt, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and...

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19 – Dissertation Research of Adam Fisher

Aug 24, 14 19 – Dissertation Research of Adam Fisher

Posted by in Featured, Podcast

In this episode we speak with Adam Fisher about his dissertation research regarding Mormon couples who change in regards to their faith, and how successful couples cope with these transitions. Thank you for listening. ps If you like what you hear and you are on iTunes, please give us a 5 stars. We hope you enjoy these podcast and...

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4 Dead Dogs

Aug 22, 14 4 Dead Dogs

Posted by in Charity, Compassion, Featured, Humanity

I have always been a dog lover. I grew up in a dog family. In fact, we were a Lab family. We hunted ducks with, wrestled with, and slept with Labrador retrievers. Thinking of those big dopey dogs sauntering up to me with a stupid grin on their face, while dripping of water and saliva, and hoping for a sniff/lick/kiss or a dog-human...

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Life interrupted

Aug 21, 14 Life interrupted

Posted by in Disability, Faith, Featured, Humanity

Trigger Warning-death of a child As a pediatric neurologist I am called upon to witness more than my fair share of tragedy.  I have seen near drownings, child abuse, horrific brain infections that have left children devastated.  It is without a doubt the most heart wrenching, devastatingly difficult, soul killing part of my...

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Marriage Privilege in a marriage-oriented Church

Aug 20, 14 Marriage Privilege in a marriage-oriented Church

Posted by in Charity, Compassion, Featured, Humanity, Mormonism, Truth

Approaching a conversation on privilege (particularly with the privileged parties) is always a tricky one. It is human nature; no one wants to feel like they haven’t gotten to where they are in life by the sweat of their own brow. An important part of privilege that requires addressing though is precisely the “nature” part of...

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Mormonism is a Lens

A religion is a lens by which an explorer attempts to see that which is heavenly, God. When I engage with Mormonism, with my lens, God appears more clearly to me and life becomes more meaningful. My lens is not perfect and I have no doubt that other lenses provide a similar experience. A specific lens, or lenses in general, may be...

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A God Is Born–Nature’s Plan of Salvation

Here is my Back to School gift for you to share with your kids (or parents) in Family Home Evening. Hopefully it adds some fun to the old Primary Plan of Salvation Diagram. I’ve provided links to documents you can download or print out yourselves, as posters or as figures to cut out and lay out on your living room floor as you...

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A Disciple of the Lord

Aug 17, 14 A Disciple of the Lord

Posted by in Featured, Honesty, Radical Compassion, Truth

(Cross-posted at feminist Mormon housewives.) On Thursday, August 14, 2014, Elder Russell M. Nelson gave the commencement address at BYU. In it, he proclaimed that true disciples of Jesus Christ are those who defend traditional marriage. I am going to say a bold thing: Elder Nelson is wrong. His determination to draw hard lines...

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18: Faith Transitions Part 1

Faith is hard and sometimes it fails us or we fail it, I’m not sure which. Stories of undergoing and recovering from faith transitions are a perennial favorite in the bloggernacle (or jabbernacle for podcasts). In this series I interview the RF permabloggers and let them tell their story. They share what set them off on their...

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