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14: “Seek ye out of the best [podcasts]“: Parenting 101 Posted by on Jul 20, 2014

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Of Sustaining, Dissent, and Missing Para...

Of Sustaining, Dissent, and Missing Paradigms Posted by on Jul 14, 2014

Ask the Mormon Sex Therapist

008: Ask a Mormon Sex Therapist Part I

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

Sunday School

Drowning at church

Drowning at church Posted by on Jun 30, 2014

Revelation

How Continuing Revelation Prevents Chang...

How Continuing Revelation Prevents Change in Mormonism Posted by on Jul 29, 2014

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Repurposing Sunday School

Repurposing Sunday School Posted by on Jun 27, 2014

Faith

Can you see what I’m saying?

Can you see what I’m saying? Posted by on Jul 22, 2014

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American Crucifixion

American Crucifixion Posted by on Jun 17, 2014

Why I Am Mormon

Humor: The Balm of Gilead, or the Bomb o...

Humor: The Balm of Gilead, or the Bomb of Kill-ead? Posted by on Jul 1, 2014

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How Continuing Revelation Prevents Chang...

How Continuing Revelation Prevents Change in Mormonism Posted by on Jul 29, 2014

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Essential Church Mods

Essential Church Mods Posted by on Jul 30, 2014
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Essential Church Mods

Being a member of the Church can be a lot like being in a MMORPG video game. Ward buildings are the inns you go to to refresh yourself and talk to fellow questers, certain NPCs are so repetitive they could be interchangeable, and when you visit other locations, the coding is usually so similar, you forget you’re not at...

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How Continuing Revelation Prevents Change in Mormonism

Continuing revelation is the foundation of Mormonism. It is one of the great differences between Mormonism and fundamentalist, “Bible-based” Christian churches. One might assume that having a belief in leaders who receive new revelation from God would push us into the forefront when it comes to progressive policies and doctrines...

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Laws of the Bloggernacle

Jul 28, 14 Laws of the Bloggernacle

Posted by in Blogs about Blogs, Featured, Mormonism

I’m a pretty big fan of these interwebs. I’m not going to hide it. And it’s got a pretty amazing collection of “rules,” including some of real gems: Godwins famous law (states that the longer an internet discussion lasts, the more likely it is that someone will compare someone else to Hitler) and...

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Rock Waterman’s Pants Are On Fire

Actually, his pants aren’t on fire; he just didn’t know the full story. President Dieter Uchtdorf recently spoke to the Church History Symposium. He said something that is vital for us to remember as we discover troubling aspects of our history: …a little more information can make all the difference in the...

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Strange Bedfellows: Marriages and Sealings

Jul 24, 14 Strange Bedfellows: Marriages and Sealings

Posted by in Featured, Mormonism, Temple

All of my life I grew up hearing about how sacred and special it was to be married in the temple. That was what you work toward, spiritually, your whole life. We sing songs about going to the temple from the time that we start talking. Getting married in the temple is kind of a big deal. A few weeks ago my kids and I visited the...

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Heavenly Mother Walks With Me

Trigger Warning: miscarriage, brief mention of D&C (surgery, not scriptures). I have always loved the concept of Heavenly Mother and the idea of a divine female source but this used to be a knowledge that was only in my brain, not one that was internalized due to personal relationship and communion with Her. Earlier this year,...

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Reason to Believe

When I was taking Wilfred Griggs and Alan Keele’s history of civilization class (The Pen and the Sword, for anyone else who might have taken it), I thought about the idea of formal arguments to prove the existence of God for the first time in my life. I tried, for a while, to construct a proof for myself based on Lehi’s...

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14: “Seek ye out of the best [podcasts]“: Parenting 101

Jul 20, 14 14: “Seek ye out of the best [podcasts]“: Parenting 101

Posted by in Featured, Podcast

“How the hell do we do this?!” is a question I am often faced with (in my head of course) when I come to conflicting advice around parenting. A lot of wisdom is thrown around and it is hard to tell what really works and what very well may damage our children, which is the last thing we want to do. In this episode I talk...

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Jeremy Runnells and the Book of Abraham

Jeremy Runnells on the Book of Abraham by Brian Hauglid In February 2012 Jeremy Runnells experienced a faith crisis and then spent the ensuing summer and into the next year reading, reviewing, and compiling different aspects of the church that led to his crisis of faith. In the Spring of 2013 Jeremy was approached by his grandfather...

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Go Ahead, Break Your Covenants

Jul 18, 14 Go Ahead, Break Your Covenants

Posted by in Compassion, Featured, Obedience

About a month ago I sat in Gospel Doctrine class listening to the popular Bible story about Samson – you know, the strong dude with the long hair. The teacher posed the following question: “From where did Samson get his strength?” Of course there was the usual silence from the class, so the teacher went ahead and...

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Science for the soul

Jul 17, 14 Science for the soul

Posted by in Featured, Humanity, Mormonism, Theology, Truth

We live in a culture that has defined a war between the two worlds I live in, science and religion. Each has been pitted against the other in a no holds barred contest for supremacy in the elusive search for truth. On one side is the Godless heathen intellectuals and elitists of the secular left, on the other the ignorant, cultish,...

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Tiamat and the Atonement

Tiamat and the Atonement One of the oldest creation myths is that of the Enuma Elish, in which the Babylonian God, Marduk, fights the sea serpent, Tiamat (this type of divine battle is called a theomacy).    In this story, Tiamat represents chaos.  The god, Marduk, fights and wins Tiamat and out of her body parts creates the...

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Jeremy Runnells – the New Expert on Joseph Smith’s Polygamy?

Jul 15, 14 Jeremy Runnells – the New Expert on Joseph Smith’s Polygamy?

Posted by in Apologetics, Featured, Polygamy, Theology

Jeremy Runnells—the New Expert on Joseph Smith’s Polygamy? By Brian C. Hales Recently Jeremy T. Runnells has rebooted his 2013 “Letter to a CES Director: Why I Lost My Testimony,” by posting a response, “Debunking FAIR’s Debunking,” on his website. The section on polygamy comprises over 15,000 words (approximately 70...

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Replacing Certainty with Pluralism through Gospel Topics Articles

Jul 14, 14 Replacing Certainty with Pluralism through Gospel Topics Articles

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With the release of the latest Gospel Topics article “Translation and Historicity of the book of Abraham” I have come to realize that the Church is making room for those with various beliefs about what our scriptures are. I see this as a tremendous step forward for the Church. The article helped me form some conclusions...

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013: Rick Anderson on Mormonism and Intellectual Freedom

Jul 13, 14 013: Rick Anderson on Mormonism and Intellectual Freedom

Posted by in Featured, Podcast

Rick Anderson is Associate Dean for Scholarly Resources & Collections in the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah. Rick Anderson is the author of the article in the Interpreter entitled Mormonism and Intellectual Freedom. Themes Rick Anderson addresses in the episode: Discussing some of the critiques that some...

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_Never Let Me Go_ by Kazuo Ishiguro: An Analogy for How I Feel at Church

Never Let Me Go is a novel that follows the life of a group of kids in a boarding school.  It’s a weird school.  They don’t learn stuff.  They mostly just play around and do artwork. You eventually learn that these kids are actually clones, and they were created so that their organs could be harvested for transplants. The...

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