Sinners in the Hands of an Angry Goddess

I yelled in church today.  I have never yelled in church before.  And I have been going to church for over 35-years.  Maybe it was about time.  Maybe it was bound to happen.  But nobody was more surprised than I when my simple question during Priesthood meeting became heated, and then became boiling, and then became a...

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Two Lampstands: Two Branches

      Two Lampstands: Two Branches Women and the Restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood by Michelle G. Wiener, M.A., M. Ecum. Studies         And I will give power unto my two witnesses and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees, and...

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FROM THE LIFE OF JOSEPH FIELDING SMITH, CHAPTER 2: OUR SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST

Note: I teach Elder’s Quorum every other week.  These are my lesson notes from today’s discussion.  In general, the material presented in italics, are things I said or questions asked by me; but not always!!  Also, you will notice that there is a ton of material here.  I did not get through all of it, but picked and...

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Heavenly Mother: Divine Body and Priesthood

  Heavenly Mother: Divine Body and Priesthood   By Nancy Ross All of my life I have believed that Celestial Kingdom is a place of equality. In the last ten years, I have become aware that some women do not believe that they have the opportunity to become like Heavenly Father and that they are limited by their sex. I think...

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For our daughter.

I have identified as a feminist since roughly my junior year of high school, but, for a long time (probably longer than I’d like to believe), I had an emotionally-based reaction to the concept of women’s ordination. While I can honestly say I’ve never been intimidated or felt threatened by the idea of women holding the...

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Where Does My Story Really End?

This is the second post in a two-part series about narrative structures in the Church as they relate to women.  You can read the first post here. “The 3 Lessons” When I was serving my mission, I had a very feminist trainer. I’m pretty feminist too, but I think she had to be extra-feminist because she grew up in Utah...

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Bushman, Babies, Bath Water

“A Belief and Doubt in Mormonism- Navigating a Faith Crisis” July 6, 2013, Provo City Library Sponsored by the Temple and Observatory Group, a not-for-profit organization. Members are unpaid and there is no church affiliation or funding.  Their purpose is to help people remain faithful in the midst of a faith...

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Our Eternal Parents – A belief statement in the vein of The Living Christ

From time to time, the LDS church has issued belief statements on various topics, most notably in recent memory, The Family: A Proclamation to the World and The Living Christ. A couple of years ago, I realized that a belief statement on the nature and attributes of God was conspicuously missing from the line-up and I began to...

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Fine Tuning the Message

A couple years ago when we were studying Gospel Principles in church, my wife and I were preparing for the week’s lesson. During our study I noticed some differences in my book (from my mission) from what she was reading online. Even though the changes were minor, I was curious to know if there were more throughout the book. What...

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A Mother There. And Here.

In the heav’ns are parents single? No, the thought makes reason stare! Truth is reason; truth eternal tells me I’ve a mother there. ~ Eliza R. Snow . Part 1 The Motherless Child My first concrete experience of the divine feminine happened about twenty years ago when I was mourning the loss of my mom. This mourning was...

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