Living Scriptures

I went west seeking God. I wanted to knock at the door and made it known that I am seeking the greater light. A burning in my heart was the Spirit’s testimony that what I was doing was right for me. In a sea of people, and under a storm of hail and insults I walked. Singing my song unto the Lord, I waited. I approached the...

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No We Won’t Ask

I work hard to be publicly positive. I tend toward depression, and I found I was much happier when I distanced myself from current events news and activism that is just about trying to get my voice heard. I look for ways to do things with more immediate effects, because that makes me happy. Calling for peace in Iraq before the...

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Why No Revelation?

One of the reasons I fell in love with Mormonism is that while investigating the Church I read the word “Ohio” in the D&C. This may seem an odd reason to some but for me it was evidence that this was a Church all about the here and now. Joseph prophesied about current events. He was a Prophet who revealed with...

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Attending the Priesthood Session like I’m the Queen of Persia

Apr 04, 14 Attending the Priesthood Session like I’m the Queen of Persia

Posted by in Featured, Feminism, Priesthood

Tomorrow evening I will walk with my sisters… or more accurately stand in line with my sisters—and seek admittance into the priesthood session of general conference. Many are calling it a protest. I’m inclined to dismiss the complaint, because it would seem these days that when anyone does something that others find...

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For Our Daughter. Again.

Last October, I wrote a post about my wife’s involvement with Ordain Women and their initial appearance in the standby line at General Conference, requesting entry to the General Priesthood Session. It’s a short post, and you should read it for context here. For Our Daughter At the time, Danielle and I had not begun...

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An Insider’s View–a personal review

An Insider’s View of Mormon Origins by Grant Palmer is two important things. First, it is an accessible account of a large number of often unfamiliar historical facts regarding the foundational stories of Mormonism. These include difficulties in understanding what Joseph Smith meant when he said he ‘translated’ ancient...

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What are the doctrines of the Priesthood?

If you are looking at the length of this post and thinking tl;dr then please just click here to jump to the heart of the post. Mormon gender roles and the Ordain Women movement have been in the news recently. Most arguments I’ve seen used to denounce the movement is that their goal is contrary to the doctrine of the...

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The Prophetess: Rebecca Mould and the Origins of Mormonism in Ghana

Mar 13, 14 The Prophetess: Rebecca Mould and the Origins of Mormonism in Ghana

Posted by in Featured, Priesthood, Racism

This article was originally published at Juvenile Instructor Note:  The image at left is of a representative West African Relief Society Presidency In 1964, Abraham F. Mensah, a schoolmaster visiting Great Britain from Ghana, first came into contact with the Mormon church through literature given to him while he was visiting a Sufi...

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Tears for the Unordained Women in My Life

Last Saturday my wife tells me that our 13 year old La La (nickname) is going to be set apart on Sunday as a counselor in the Beehive’s Class Presidency and we are invited to attend. I sigh, not because I don’t feel proud of her but because I feel afraid of this moment as it signals one of several uniquely Mormon events aimed at...

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Temple Baptisms – A Reflection

Feb 19, 14 Temple Baptisms – A Reflection

Posted by in Featured, Priesthood, Temple, Theology

TEMPLE BAPTISMS – A REFLECTION It was the combined opening priesthood meeting when the announcment was made that the youth in our ward would be going to the temple in two days to do baptisms for the dead.  They needed some volunteers from the Melchizedik Priesthood holders to help with the ordinances. I used to be the Young...

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