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Eve as Christ’s Precursor

Nov 09, 14 Eve as Christ’s Precursor

Posted by in Featured, Feminism, Old Testament, Temple

A recent visit to the temple reinforced for me the idea that Paul got his parallel wrong: Christ is not the second Adam but the second Eve. “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive,” Paul wrote (1 Cor. 15:22). But, considering our modern understanding of the Fall, it would have been more appropriate for...

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The Church is Not a Divine Sorting Mechanism (So Why Do Some People Think That It Is?)

Nov 08, 14 The Church is Not a Divine Sorting Mechanism (So Why Do Some People Think That It Is?)

Posted by in Agency, Compassion, Individuality

In a recent meeting with local church leaders I was caught off guard by a question. I was leading a presentation on the challenges that lead many members to leave the church when one participant raised his hand and demanded, “What’s the point of this?” As I tried to clarify that I was building to a consideration of what we...

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How I went From Being Nephi to Korihor – Those Who Are Different

I was born of goodly parents. Both from a long line of Pioneer stock Mormons. One day my father awoke from a dream and announced we would be moving to a small town he had never visited. We had no family there. We had no friends there. Considering it was a town of 700 people, it might as well have been the wilderness. Because I was 8...

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What Mormon Church Do You Belong To?

The deeper inquiry of the Mormon faith is initiated for any number of reasons. We often find ourselves wrestling with scripture, church policy, “prophetic” utterances of all kinds, local leadership agendas, or the many colorful historical events (often more twisted and confusing than we had thought they ever could be)....

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A Wednesday Sermon

Nov 05, 14 A Wednesday Sermon

Posted by in Featured, Forgiveness, Humanity, Poetry

My thoughts wander as the congregation weaves in between the gaps among the aisles of the chapel. These days, I long for a sermon that spoke to the multifaceted nature of God and the nature that lies within me. The messages of mercy and forgiveness leave me for a want that the words have yet to satisfy. I say, when I am to forget...

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31: Ask a Mormon Sex Therapist Part 3

In this episode of “Ask a Mormon Sex Therapist”, Laurel and Brian interview Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife about advice for women who are trying to cultivate desire followed by advice on how to decide what you and your spouse are okay with in the bedroom. Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife is a psychotherapist who focuses on...

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LDS.ORG Essay on Nauvoo Polygamy: The Pain Remains

  On October 22, 2014, LDS.ORG posted three essays dealing with the practice of plural marriage by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints between the 1830s and 1904. Perhaps the most controversial essay is the one dealing with the earliest period, which discusses Joseph Smith’s practices and teachings as...

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Hendrix in Heaven

“Bring beach gear because we’re going on a trip.” It had to be the best announcement for a mutual activity I’d heard up to that point in my life. Living in Fresno, CA the beach was always close enough to be a nice day trip, but far enough that we rarely went. However, we didn’t have any permission slips...

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Cheapo Mormon Halloween Costumes

Oct 30, 14 Cheapo Mormon Halloween Costumes

Posted by in Featured, Mormon Humor

It’s Thursday already and you only have a a day to find a costume for the wonderful reappropriated Pagan holiday of Halloween! Are you worrying about how to dress your kids for the Trick or Trunk/Trunk or Treat in a way that is both clever and wholesome? Do you want to show off your extensive knowledge of Mormon pop culture? Look...

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The Bastardization of Truth

Oct 30, 14 The Bastardization of Truth

Posted by in Book of Mormon, Featured, Truth

It’s time we stopped idolizing truth. It’s time we stopped treating truth like a banner at the end of a mid-distance race. See, over there in the distance? That’s truth, we say. It’s just over there, and if you just put forth a little effort, you’ll find it. And then, well, you’re done. You can just swim in truth the...

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The still small voice of FEAR

  by Nik Rasheta In April 2014 I was invited onto FMH podcast along with anthropologist Chelsea Strayer to discuss Gavin de Becker’s book titled The Gift of Fear. As a Police Detective within the Special Victims Unit and as a Hostage Negotiator this book helped me label certain experiences I have observed along my career....

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The Information Age is Over. Welcome to the Opinion Age.

“I think we risk becoming the best informed society that has ever died of ignorance” -Reuben Blades Information has no power to convince. It can’t motivate us to action or modify behavior. Convincing, or conversion, is an emotional process. Info + emotion = conversion. The resulting ideals become our opinions....

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Choose Your Own Universe

I have listened to and read many discussions regarding the existence or nature of God. It is one of those debates that I believe is unresolvable. The New God Argument motivates trust in God given a small number of assumptions, but doesn’t suggest much about God other than that he/she/it is compassionate and able to create...

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30: Diverse Mormons, Part 2, Interviews from the 2014 Salt Lake Sunstone Symposium

Oct 26, 14 30: Diverse Mormons, Part 2, Interviews from the 2014 Salt Lake Sunstone Symposium

Posted by in Featured, Podcast

In the beginning of August of this year I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Sunstone symposium which is a Mormon conference that I look forward to attending every year. One of the many reasons that I love the conference is that it is one of the few times you get to see such a diverse group of Mormons gathered together in...

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There are Save but Two Churches Only

For as long as I can remember there has been a part of me that tenses up when I hear someone bear testimony that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the only true church. Even as a youth who never doubted the validity of the statement, hearing those words made me uncomfortable. What had I done in my life to merit...

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Polygamy, Really?

Oct 24, 14 Polygamy, Really?

Posted by in Featured, Polygamy

Really? God sent an angel with a sword to Joseph Smith to tell him about polygamy(1)? Is that what we are going with? Are we all ok with that? If God is in the business of sending angels down, wouldn’t it be nice if he sent Joseph a message that was more useful than say the terrible practice of polygamy? I know, I know,...

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