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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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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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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Fumbling Through Fowler’s Phases.

Jun 23, 15 Fumbling Through Fowler’s Phases.

Posted by in Agency, Featured, Theology, Uncategorized

I don’t think anyone can avoid searching for spirituality at some point in life. Religion may turn many people off the path and they may spend much of their lives and energy avoiding further contact, but there seems to be something built in that compels the quest. For those of us who are familiar with the pursuit, Fowler’s...

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On being chosen

1 Peter 2:9 9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: We have been taught that we are a chosen people.  What does that really mean?  As Mormons we are rather proud of our...

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Evolution’s Straight and Narrow

Let me tell you a story of the Gods. They may not quite be the Gods you think of, but hopefully you will see a Mormon God in them. Imagine a universe where Nature rules. Gods have evolved with such understanding, power, and unity that they shape Nature, fostering generations of new Gods and inviting all that is to join their great...

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Start a Foyer Sunday School in Your Ward

I love the scriptures as much as anyone, except for maybe Colby. I read the Old Testament in 40 days and 40 nights when I was in Seminary. The girls were so impressed I had three requests for the Sadie Hawkins dance that year. The look in my Seminary teacher’s eyes when I crossed off Malachi from my reading chart will always stay...

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Going to See Mad Max is Like Going to the Temple

And I don’t really mean that in a good way. It’s not that the movie was bad.  It was a bit absurd for me, but still a great action flick. I’ve decided they just had an excellent PR team.  Because they knew that if you say something enough times, and give it enough buzz, people will believe it.  Like telling a child that a red drink...

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There is a Crack in Everything

There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in. [Leonard Cohen, Anthem] Although the stories of women in scripture are relatively few, they are “rays of light, hints, promises, glimpses of a greater reality.” [Julie Smith] Often I think of words as solid, the same way I think of mountains as solid, forgetting that...

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