MORMONAD:  THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT by Milayna Barker – age 12 Note: Soon after joining Young Women’s we were told that we were going to be making a video version of the Mormonads with the young men in our ward. I didn’t know what those were and so I asked my mom and dad.  They told me they were posters that the...

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The Prodigal Son

Our ward recently had stake conference and in Relief Society we were given a lesson on The Prodigal Son by our stake president.  It was a wonderful lesson and I was touched by the words and thoughts that were shared by my wonderful stake president and members of my ward. I think often in the LDS church, we get caught up in the...

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Feels like I’m wearing nothing at all

Feb 26, 14 Feels like I’m wearing nothing at all

Posted by in Faith, Featured, Forgiveness, Mormonism

The ability to be introspective is a divine gift handed down to us. I try to take advantage as often as I can, checking myself here, mulling over my behavior there. Of course I am not nearly as successful as I should be with curbing my behavior considering I have myself figured out quite well. The ability and desire to be 100%...

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What the Heck is a Cafeteria Mormon?

Feb 22, 14 What the Heck is a Cafeteria Mormon?

Posted by in Agency, Faith, Featured, Forgiveness

WHAT THE HECK IS A CAFETERIA MORMON? “Teach of faith to keep all the commandments of God, knowing that they are given to bless His children and bring them joy. Warn them that they will encounter people who pick which commandments they will keep and ignore others that they choose to break. I call this the cafeteria approach...

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So you say you want a Revolution

“ We have learned by sad experience that it is the nature and disposition of almost all men, as soon as they get a little authority, as they suppose, they will immediately begin to exercise unrighteous dominion.” Doctrine & Covenants 121:39 Few things in life distort the relationship of communities and society more than...

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Paradise Within

Guest Post: Emily Dyson Why are we righteous?  Why do we keep God’s commandments?  To what end? A while ago, I was in a Gospel Doctrine class that was discussing the view of the afterlife laid out in Doctrine and Covenants Section 76.  “The Vision” appeared to have much in common with Universalism, an increasingly...

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Celestial Math

I’ve said before on many occasions, that while I am certain I can claim to be a good Mormon, I am not a remotely perfect Mormon. And neither are you. Neither have been any members of this church. Nor prophets, founders, or leaders of this church. I’m not just saying they haven’t been perfect. I think most people...

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Don’t Be Goofy

Jan 28, 14 Don’t Be Goofy

Posted by in Charity, education, Featured, Forgiveness

Many of my friends like Disney.  I do not. I’m not talking about Walt, I really admire his creativity and vision, I’m talking about the corporate monster he unwittingly spawned. I have my reasons for the distaste, reasons based on my personal values which are based on my personal experience, and I know that my friends...

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The Drama of Faith

For the first time in my comparatively short career as a permablogger here at Rational Faiths I am writing a post for me. It isn’t that I am not of course interested in the things I normally write, but I do try to keep the readers in my mind when deciding what to write about (whether I accomplish that goal and anyone ever actually...

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Leaving the Garden and Companying with Sinners.

Most of my Mormon friends aren’t actively involved with the church. More than half of my core group of friends from high school haven’t participated since college. A surprising number of the friends I made on my mission and at BYU are now disenfranchised to some extent. And for the past 3 and a half years, through our...

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