Why I Liked What Elders Oaks and Christofferson Said

Jan 31, 15 Why I Liked What Elders Oaks and Christofferson Said

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A few weeks ago, in my continuing efforts to educate myself on LGBT issues, I started watching The L Word, a show that focuses primarily on the day-to-day lives of a Los Angeles-based community of lesbians. At first, I was taken aback because the glamorous lesbians depicted on the show weren’t anything like the lesbians I am lucky...

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Erosion of Religious Liberty?

Jan 29, 15 Erosion of Religious Liberty?

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When Alexis de Tocqueville visited the US, he observed that America was more religious than Europe and attributed it to the strong separation of church and state that existed in the US. It would seem that this division of church and state, this freedom of religion is currently being tested. This is of particular concern currently...

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Voices of Warning

Recently, there have been attacks on Wendy Montgomery and John Dehlin in their advocacy of the significant problem of suicide, depression and homelessness among LGBT Mormon youth.  One article concludes after an alleged exhaustive look at the data that, “The claim appears to be fabricated.”1 And yet, while targeting Wendy and...

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The Curse of the Amish and Mormonism’s Tool Box

The other day my wife asked me to do some, um, manly things around the house. First on the list was to tighten up the p-trap under the utility sink in the garage.  I loosened up the p-trap, lined up the threads of the tightening nut, and hand tightened it.   To make sure that things wouldn’t leak, I then grabbed my channel...

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Is God liberal or conservative? – We ultimately Worship a Christ that reflects our own agenda. Ganesh Cherian muses about Politics and Religion as we Start our study of Ezra Taft Benson

As we start a new year and focus on the teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, we will, despite the curriculum departments best efforts undoubtedly get into a bit of politics. President Benson had some strong conservative views and talking about them might lead to some lively debate. Discussions involving politics and religion are always...

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A Mormon in the Dance Department

Jan 13, 15 A Mormon in the Dance Department

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It was easy to hate homosexuals before I met one. And I met a homosexual for the first time on a city bus in Austin in the fall of 1982. I was a freshman in the dance department at the University of Texas, having recently returned from a mission to Japan. I was very nervous my first day in college in September of 1982, and can still...

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Noah, Same-Sex Marriage, and Citizenship

The church offers materials in 105 languages on its website. At least portions of the website are available to be viewed in at least 73 languages. The Gospel Topics section, which has gotten a lot of attention for its essays on controversial topics, is available in 10 languages. Some of these are recent additions. I wanted to look...

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34: LDS LGBT Suicide/Homelessness Awareness Action

Join Cami and Meg as they discuss this bold new action in which active, inactive and non-members can participate this Christmas Season. The first step for many is awareness. Cami and Meg walk through the statistics of the crisis afflicting the youth in Zion. Then they plan out the ways in which we can become more educated, educate...

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LDS Marriage in 2112

There has been a lot of coverage about the new polygamy essays in the news. If you have not read them, there is one on Kirtland/Nauvoo polygamy/polyandry, one on Utah era polygamy (up to 1890), and one on “post-manifesto” polygamy. There have also been a lot of apologetics blossoming around the essays. They’re...

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The Doctrine of Celibacy

Oct 18, 14 The Doctrine of Celibacy

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When Mormons speak of the Law of Chastity, they often define it as remaining celibate until marriage.  In actuality, it would be more properly defined as remaining abstinent until marriage.  Today, the words abstinent and celibate are frequently used interchangeably, but in practice they are quite different.  Abstinence, as...

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