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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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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Dear Mother, I Am Here

“If men do not comprehend the character of God, they do not comprehend themselves.” ~ Joseph Smith, Jr. I’ve always maintained that I am no scholar. When I compose a blog post for Rational Faiths my contributions are primarily a product of fifty-plus years of living — the culmination of experiential knowledge coupled...

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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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