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Movie Review: ‘The Cokeville Miracle’

Most Latter-day Saint (LDS) movie goers are familiar with the work of T.C. Christensen from his past films 17 Miracles and Ephraim’s Rescue (among others). These movies have earned Christensen a place in LDS cinema that will probably not be filled for some time, which is likely due to their stories being near and dear to the...

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God’s Agents

Jun 02, 15 God’s Agents

Posted by in Faith, Featured, Humanity

One common way of explaining the need for priesthood authority in the LDS Church is the idea of authorized agents. Priesthood holders, especially those in leadership positions, are described as agents of the Lord with authority to act on his behalf in important matters. For a person to take such authority upon him- or herself –...

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Drowning Pregnant Mothers, Puppy Dogs and Panda Bears.

As a young child I had a Fisher Price Noah’s Ark Toy. It had a plastic boat and figurines of Brother and Sister Noah. There were pairs of zebras, tigers, giraffes, elephants and camels. The male animals were big and masculine looking and the females had lipstick or a bow on them. Looking under their tails revealed no gender...

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62: Spiritual Watering Holes Part 2

May 30, 15 62: Spiritual Watering Holes Part 2

Posted by in Featured, Podcast, spirituality

http://media.blubrry.com/rationalfaiths/p/rationalfaiths.com/podcast/62SpiritViaScienceandMysticism.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Hearing the voice of the Holy Ghost and feeling the spirit often present themselves as elusive experiences that we want to have but just can’t seem to...

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Power and Personal Disclosure: Are you LDS?

May 29, 15 Power and Personal Disclosure: Are you LDS?

Posted by in Featured, Mormonism

As a therapist, I sit in a chair and talk with people about their journeys in this life while they lie on the couch in my office. Sometimes my clients contemplate life. Sometimes they contemplate events. I’m often asked, because I practice in Utah, if I’m a Latter Day Saint. Sometimes I answer yes. Sometimes I don’t answer. My new...

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You Can’t Handle the Truth!

Possibly the least important question you could ask about a scripture story is, “Did it actually happen?” It doesn’t matter if Ruth or Nephi or Adam or Eve ever walked the earth or performed the acts imputed to them by the scriptures. It would be more constructive for you to think about what kind of plates you’d like to set for...

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Adam and Eve: Humans or Homo sapiens?

Last General Conference, Elder Jeffery R. Holland stated, “there was an actual Adam and Eve who fell from an actual Eden, with all the consequences that fall carried with it.” And he continued, “I do not know the details of what happened on this planet before that, but I do know these two were created under the...

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Truthiness (It’s All Relative)

May 26, 15 Truthiness (It’s All Relative)

Posted by in Featured, Truth

I’d like to bear my testimony that I know my hammer is true. It is straight, it is balanced and in my hand, it does what I need it to do. Usually. It has smashed several of my fingers, or rather, I have smashed several of my fingers with it. I have unintentionally broken many things with it and left unsightly marks on things that I...

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Of Pride and Prophets

People like me get called prideful all the time by our fellow Mormons. It gets old, to say the least. This accusation came up again in the discussion of a blog post titled “How to stay Mormon when you’re tired of Mormons,” which has been making the rounds on the interwebs over the past few days. It is a sincere and well thought-out...

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61: Ask a Mormon Sex Therapist Part 8

http://media.blubrry.com/rationalfaiths/p/rationalfaiths.com/podcast/61DrFifePart8.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS In this episode of “Ask a Mormon Sex Therapist”, Laurel and Brian talk with  Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife on the topics of sexuality for singles who are keeping their...

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Relief Society classes, wealth, racism, & classism

Several years ago, my wife showed me the flyer she got for an upcoming Stake Womens’ Conference on our way home from church. She asked me if I could find the FAIL. I now invite you readers to do the same.   Stake Women’s Conference 9:00-9:15 Welcome Opening Hymn Invocation 9:25-10:10 Session A 10:20-11:05 Session B...

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The Temptation of Jesus the Christ in the Gospel of Luke

Embodied in flesh, Jesus was not completely exempt from the temptations of corporeal existence as highlighted in Mark 1:12-13, Matthew 4:1-11 and Luke 4:1-13. In this text, I will examine the temptation story found in Luke (4:1-13). My exegesis is shaped by my social location. I am an African-American, middle-class,...

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Why I am a Christian First and a Mormon Second.

Ever since reading David V. Mason’s “I’m a Mormon, Not a Christian” (Op-ed, NYT, 12 June 2012), I have thought about how my experience as a Mormon Christian differs from his. Mason, who sees himself “about as genuine a Mormon as you’ll find” and “emphatically not a Christian,” seems so radically different from how I see myself—as...

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A Gentle Farewell to the Mormon Church

May 19, 15 A Gentle Farewell to the Mormon Church

Posted by in Featured, Homosexuality, Mormonism

This essay was originally posted on the GailyMormon Blog Edward Jones III * ***** *** **** ***** Salt Lake City, UT 84101 May 11, 2015 Member Records Division, LDS Church 50 E. North Temple, Room 1372 Salt Lake City, UT 84150-5310 Dear Mormon leaders, I am writing you this letter to notify you of my resignation from the LDS Church....

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Elder Packer and Me

Elder Packer probably wouldn’t be too surprised to learn that I have a relationship with him, despite our never having met. It’s the price of being a public figure, I suppose. I know we are related, somehow, through my mom’s mom, who was a Packer, and I remember being told that when I was young. I’m not...

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I Am Your Ally

Recently, I had a dream. (Warning, my subconscious is completely self-indulgent.) I dreamt I saw a lovely house local to me online and I wanted a closer look, so my husband and I took a drive to see it. We pulled up to the house and I looked at it from the outside. The house was indeed lovely. Located on a hill overlooking the...

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