The Mormon Church’s Angelic Problem

May 06, 15 The Mormon Church’s Angelic Problem

Posted by in Featured, Polygamy

The early history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is filled with inspiring stories of angelic visitations. Joseph Smith testified of appearances by Elijah, Moses, Noah, and the Apostle John. A golden statue of the Angel Moroni sits atop LDS temples to remind the faithful that Moroni appeared to Joseph Smith...

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The Bias is Strong With This One

May 05, 15 The Bias is Strong With This One

Posted by in Featured, Honesty, Priesthood, Racism

Confirmation Bias: Confirmation bias, also called myside bias, is the tendency to search for, interpret, or recall information in a way that confirms one’s beliefs or hypotheses. It is a type of cognitive bias and a systematic error of inductive reasoning. People display this bias when they gather or remember information...

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Look Up and Be Healed!

In II Kings 18:4, King Hezekiah of the Southern Kingdom of Judah tears down the Brazen (Bronze) Serpent Moses had set up. This was in response to the rampant idol worship of the people. The Northern Kingdom of Israel had recently been carried away into captivity by Assyria, never to be heard from again. Assyria also posed an...

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Being Barren on Mother’s Day

May 01, 15 Being Barren on Mother’s Day

Posted by in Featured, Infertility

Mother’s Day is approaching, and for me this means an annual pilgrimage through memories of past Mother’s Days. I’ve never really been able to grasp the celebration of the day, because all I can remember is how painful it once was, and how painful it is for many other women that I know and love. When my husband and I first decided...

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All Are Alike Unto God

Apr 30, 15 All Are Alike Unto God

Posted by in Featured, Homosexuality

  Over the last weekend, I attended the third annual All Arizona conference in Mesa, a conference for promoting greater love and understanding of LGBT/SSA Mormons. While I’ve been aware of the conference since its inception, this was the first year I was able to attend. Here’s the thing about these kind of Mormon conferences:...

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Fairytale Life

Apr 23, 15 Fairytale Life

Posted by in Faith, Featured, Mormonism

I write to you after spending three very magical and tiring days in Disneyland. We’ve done princesses and rollercoasters and traumatized our children (the older ones on Tower of Terror, the youngest one on the ladybugs in the Bug’s Life area).  Hopefully, the happy memories stand out more than the few minutes they spent...

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You do not belong here – a high councilor’s talk about inclusion

On Sunday our high councilor spoke during Sacrament Meeting. It was an excellent talk that I feel should be shared with as many people as possible. Personal information has been removed, but otherwise the talk is here as it was given. Italicized emphases in the text were used in the written talk  from the high councilor.  ...

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Reality Schmeality

Apr 16, 15 Reality Schmeality

Posted by in Agency, Faith Crisis, Featured, science

Reality Schmeality The idea of multiple realities defined entirely by our circumstances was first discussed in the 60s by Peter Berger in his book, The Social Construction of Reality, which taught that every society, community, and even every family constructs its own understanding of what is true and real. As individuals, the only...

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Reflections on Faith and Freetown

“Is Faith Supposed to be this Exhausting?”  Bro Abubakar asks. It’s one of many favorite quotes I took away from the movie Freetown.  I remember when I first saw a promotional video for Freetown.  I was leaving the movie “Selma” in January. I had watched it with a group of friends, most of whom are also Black...

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“God Will Provide Himself A Lamb” (An Easter Sermon)

(First, a note on hermeneutics. I make no attempt here to claim authorial intent; in fact, far from authorial intent, I think that any Christianization of the story of Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac cannot be what the author(s) intended. Rather, this should be read in Nephi’s spirit of likening the scriptures–that...

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