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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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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