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Of Pride and Prophets

People like me get called prideful all the time by our fellow Mormons. It gets old, to say the least. This accusation came up again in the discussion of a blog post titled “How to stay Mormon when you’re tired of Mormons,” which has been making the rounds on the interwebs over the past few days. It is a sincere and well thought-out...

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61: Ask a Mormon Sex Therapist Part 8

http://media.blubrry.com/rationalfaiths/p/rationalfaiths.com/podcast/61DrFifePart8.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS In this episode of “Ask a Mormon Sex Therapist”, Laurel and Brian talk with  Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife on the topics of sexuality for singles who are keeping their...

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Relief Society classes, wealth, racism, & classism

Several years ago, my wife showed me the flyer she got for an upcoming Stake Womens’ Conference on our way home from church. She asked me if I could find the FAIL. I now invite you readers to do the same.   Stake Women’s Conference 9:00-9:15 Welcome Opening Hymn Invocation 9:25-10:10 Session A 10:20-11:05 Session B...

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The Temptation of Jesus the Christ in the Gospel of Luke

Embodied in flesh, Jesus was not completely exempt from the temptations of corporeal existence as highlighted in Mark 1:12-13, Matthew 4:1-11 and Luke 4:1-13. In this text, I will examine the temptation story found in Luke (4:1-13). My exegesis is shaped by my social location. I am an African-American, middle-class,...

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Why I am a Christian First and a Mormon Second.

Ever since reading David V. Mason’s “I’m a Mormon, Not a Christian” (Op-ed, NYT, 12 June 2012), I have thought about how my experience as a Mormon Christian differs from his. Mason, who sees himself “about as genuine a Mormon as you’ll find” and “emphatically not a Christian,” seems so radically different from how I see myself—as...

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A Gentle Farewell to the Mormon Church

May 19, 15 A Gentle Farewell to the Mormon Church

Posted by in Featured, Homosexuality, Mormonism

This essay was originally posted on the GailyMormon Blog Edward Jones III * ***** *** **** ***** Salt Lake City, UT 84101 May 11, 2015 Member Records Division, LDS Church 50 E. North Temple, Room 1372 Salt Lake City, UT 84150-5310 Dear Mormon leaders, I am writing you this letter to notify you of my resignation from the LDS Church....

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Elder Packer and Me

Elder Packer probably wouldn’t be too surprised to learn that I have a relationship with him, despite our never having met. It’s the price of being a public figure, I suppose. I know we are related, somehow, through my mom’s mom, who was a Packer, and I remember being told that when I was young. I’m not...

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I Am Your Ally

Recently, I had a dream. (Warning, my subconscious is completely self-indulgent.) I dreamt I saw a lovely house local to me online and I wanted a closer look, so my husband and I took a drive to see it. We pulled up to the house and I looked at it from the outside. The house was indeed lovely. Located on a hill overlooking the...

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60: The Council of 50 – A Documentary History

May 16, 15 60: The Council of 50 – A Documentary History

Posted by in Book Reviews, Featured, Interviews, Podcast

http://media.blubrry.com/rationalfaiths/p/rationalfaiths.com/podcast/60CouncilofYTFIF.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Ever heard about a Council of 50 men in the Mormon church that was discussing an invention of liquid fire that could destroy an army or a navy? Did you know there was a...

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From Amici to ’Ohana: The Hawaiian Roots of the Family Proclamation

“Sherman, set the Wayback Machine to September 3, 1991; location, Honolulu, Hawaii, where a local court is hearing the state’s first same-sex marriage case, Baehr v. Lewin.” As we join Mr. Peabody and Sherman on their journey back in time, we remind ourselves what was happening in the Mormon American West in the early 1990s. Ezra...

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The Increasing Divide Between Church Leaders and Members

While living in Reno in 2010 we got an exciting announcement in our ward: L. Tom Perry was coming to speak to us in our next Stake Conference. We were all excited to hear from an Apostle. We were told that it had been many years since an apostle had visited and that this was a special opportunity to hear from a special witness of...

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Missing Grace

Salvation by grace is all over the Book of Mormon like white on rice. And by grace, I don’t mean the modern Mormon misconception of a little dollop doled out by God after we have done everything we can possibly do. I mean the superabundance of grace God gives us to be saved without our doing anything at all. A grace separate and...

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Religious Freedom (The Remix)

May 11, 15 Religious Freedom (The Remix)

Posted by in Featured, Feminism, harmony, Racism, Theology, unity

The church is currently taking a cue from One Direction by touring the world and sending two of its fifteen most popular band members priesthood holders to visit various countries for their 2015 world tour “Religious Freedom: We Still Hate LGBT Folks”. This fan (Team Uchtdorf!) wondered- what are other ways we can...

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59: Top Ten Books on Mormon History – Massacre at Mountain Meadows

http://media.blubrry.com/rationalfaiths/p/rationalfaiths.com/podcast/59TopTenBooks-MMM.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS A more disturbing week in Mormon History cannot be found to replace the second week in September of 1857. The 9/11 attacks have given us an eerie reminder of fanatical...

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The Woman Taken in Adultery in History and the Gospel of John

The question of what is original and what is not to the earliest version of any book of scripture can be a very sensitive subject. This is compounded when you are discussing a section of one of the Christian gospels that deals specifically with a well-known story in the life of Jesus. The reason it can be controversial is because...

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“Hearing the Other Side” in Political and Religious Communities: Deliberation vs. Participation

May 07, 15 “Hearing the Other Side” in Political and Religious Communities: Deliberation vs. Participation

Posted by in Featured, Politics, science

In her 2006 book Hearing the Other Side: Deliberative versus Participatory Democracy, political scientist Diana Mutz makes an intriguing argument: in contemporary American politics, political deliberation and political participation are to some extent mutually exclusive. Based on a statistical analysis of public opinion survey...

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