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69: Top Ten Books on Mormon History – Religion of a Different Color

http://media.blubrry.com/rationalfaiths/p/rationalfaiths.com/podcast/69TopTenBooks-DifferentColor.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS The only book dealing directly and only with the concept of race and racism in the list is a work published this year by Oxford University Press and written...

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Reforming the Reformation

Aug 13, 15 Reforming the Reformation

Posted by in Featured, History

We define ourselves by the stories we tell ourselves about our past, present, and future. And as a part of that narrative, the Saints have adopted—and co-opted—the religious traditions of the Protestants in their celebration of religious freedom. BYUTV produced an engaging miniseries, Fires of Faith, to celebrate the...

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Rejoicing With Those Who Leave

In the April General Conference, President Rosemary Wixom shared the story of a young mother who had left the Church. The woman did so not “because of bad behavior, spiritual apathy, looking for an excuse not to live the commandments, or searching for an easy out” but as part of her lifelong search for truth. That search was...

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Does Joseph Smith Pass the Biblical Prophet Test?

I have always enjoyed scripture study. I was attempting to “feast on the words” of the Bible but it had always been difficult for me. There seemed to often be some bit of historical context I was missing, or certain passages that seemed to contradict Mormon doctrine. To make matters worse, each time I would look through all of the...

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Joseph Smith has Risen from the Grave

It isn’t every day a dead man speaks to you.  Much less reads your mind. So when it does happen, I guess it is worth writing about. The day is July 26, 2015. The dead man in question is Joseph Smith. The person he talked to is my wife, Dee. Here is how it all came about.   Of Salads and Spirit Babies It is a Sunday...

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We’re gonna need a bigger boat.

A couple of weeks ago when “the letter” was read in our ward, we stood up and walked out. We weren’t grandstanding or trying to cause trouble. But we are LGBT friends and allies, and having already read the letter, we knew it only served the cause of furthering divisiveness. We’re only interested in...

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SUNSTONE 2015 – A PHOTO JOURNAL

Aug 09, 15 SUNSTONE 2015 – A PHOTO JOURNAL

Posted by in Featured, Sunstone Sypmosium

Every year my family makes the obligatory Mormon-Hajj from the mission field to Zion.  We usually make it a point to meet with a few of our permabloggers and if possible, to make it to the summer Sunstone Symposium.   Here is a photo-journal of our visit to the Promised Land:   PART I: CHILLIN’ WITH THE PERMAS  ...

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68: Best Two Years Review and Sunstone Highlights

http://media.blubrry.com/rationalfaiths/p/rationalfaiths.com/podcast/68BestTwoYearsReviewandSunstone.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS I’ve never been to Sunstone and sometimes I would like to be able to say that I have never watched Mormon movies like The Singles Ward and others (I...

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Loving The Way That Christ Loves

Aug 07, 15 Loving The Way That Christ Loves

Posted by in Featured, Mormon Humor

Part of the reason why Christ was such a revolutionary figure was the fact that he urged all people to love people that are very hard to love. He said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your...

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I’m Sorry Argentina

I’m sorry Argentina. I taught you incorrectly. When I served my mission in Rosario, Argentina 94-96 I misled the people I taught. I feel terrible because I fell in love with the people there. I was treated with kindness and respect. They welcomed me into their homes, we ate together, sung together, prayed together and cried...

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Following The Prophet (When The Prophet Hasn’t Always Been Right)

Aug 05, 15 Following The Prophet (When The Prophet Hasn’t Always Been Right)

Posted by in Faith, Featured, Mormonism, Racism

Sitting in the pew, they sing: Follow the prophet, follow the prophet, Follow the prophet; don’t go astray. Follow the prophet, follow the prophet, Follow the prophet; he knows the way. Verse after verse goes by. I look around at all the people singing the words, each voice pronouncing each word with a profound reverence. But...

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The Unintentional Perpetuation of Racial Prejudice by the LDS Church

 Today, the Church disavows the theories advanced in the past that black skin is a sign of divine disfavor or curse, or that it reflects unrighteous actions in a premortal life; that mixed-race marriages are a sin; or that blacks or people of any other race or ethnicity are inferior in any way to anyone else. Church leaders today...

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A North and South Heart

A dear friend, who I will call Jim, of my (former?) partner, and I, after the LDS church’s response to the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court on same-sex marriage and then the response to the decision by the Boy Scouts of America to allow inclusion of gay scouting leaders, sent a message to me, saying, among other things:...

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URGENT MESSAGE FOR MORMON GAY YOUTH

(The text of the post was originally a post on Carol Lynn Pearson’s Facebook page on July 23, 2015.) I have been made aware of three new suicides within the last ten days–all of these in Utah, two young men and one young woman, all three known to be gay and LDS.  These last several weeks have been deeply troubling for...

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God’s Love

Jul 30, 15 God’s Love

Posted by in Charity, Compassion, Featured, Humanity, unity

Note: This was a high council talk given on July 19, 2015 We live in interesting times, times of distress and disorder. Social issues regularly top our headlines causing many to wonder whether or not the end of the world is at our doorstep. Indeed, on the negative side, we see television, radio, cyber and social media bombard us...

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“Sad Souls in Happy Valley” why we (still) need to change the way we think about mental health

Authors note: This is a re-post of a previous article with updates and updated resources.     “I have of late- but wherefore I know not- lost all my mirth, forgone all custom of exercises, and indeed it goes so heavily with my disposition that this goodly frame, the earth, seems to me a sterile promontory; this most...

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