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43: Ask a Mormon Sex Therapist Part 5

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The Seductiveness of Stability

Jan 08, 15 The Seductiveness of Stability

Posted by in Featured, Radical Compassion

What moves a man or woman to change things? For those who enjoy privilege, the status quo enjoys a certain amount of sex appeal. Predictable, safe, staid, and reliable. Whether one lives in a condo, an apartment, or a planned community along the Wasatch Front, it is nice to feel that the system works for you, makes reasonable...

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Absurd Moments in Mormon Art: The Second Coming

Jan 06, 15 Absurd Moments in Mormon Art: The Second Coming

Posted by in Featured, Mormon Humor

  The Second Coming by Harry Anderson is a beautiful, inspiring depiction of the return of Christ in the Last Days. He is shown in strength and majesty with arms outstretched, and surrounded by concourses of beautiful maiden angels that are triumphantly heralding his return to Earth. This picture can be found in hundreds of...

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Kate Kelly

Jan 05, 15 Kate Kelly

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As I look back on the Mormon roller coaster that was 2014, I think of my family and my transition out of church activity. It was a tough year for me theologically and personally. 2014 was a year of real ups and downs but, one milestone sticks out clearly: this year gave us a new kind of heroine- Kate Kelly. Though I do not agree...

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40: “Seek ye out of the best [podcasts]”: Charity 101

Starting on Oct 21, 2014 the group of Rational Faiths bloggers initiated a fundraising effort for the Liahona Children’s Foundation. We pledged to support a LCF “stake”, which means we needed to raise $6,000 from our own pockets and from our generous readers and listeners in order to feed 100 malnourished children....

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Celestial Hair Contest

Jan 01, 15 Celestial Hair Contest

Posted by in Featured, Mormon Humor

1Genesis 1 26: And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness… 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.   Beards and Mormonism have an interesting history. Most prophets throughout history are depicted with beards. Nearly half of modern LDS...

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Some Choice Mormon Top Ten Lists for 2014

Jan 01, 15 Some Choice Mormon Top Ten Lists for 2014

Posted by in Featured, Mormon Humor, Mormonism

Looking back over 2014, many deeply significant things happened in my life. Of course, I won’t talk about those here. Instead, below are a few semi-personal, half-true, completely insubstantial top 10 lists I cobbled together that are vaguely connected to 2014, Mormonism, and myself, but not in any really significant or...

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Mormonism May Be Made Up…But It’s Still True

Do you know how embarrassing it is to be caught crying during a kids movie? Let me tell you about it. Besides being one of the top movies of 2014, the LEGO Movie is—if you’re paying attention—kind of a deep philosophical examination of truth. (Warning: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen the movie) Emmet is our unwitting hero...

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Dear Father and Mother God

It is Sunday. March 17, 2013. I have just arrived at church. Sacrament meeting is about to start. I settle into my family’s customary pew with my wife and 16-year old daughter. The bishop comes over. He asks me to give the closing prayer. I agree automatically. No big deal. It’s not like I haven’t done this a million times...

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The Council of YTFIF (50): The Embryo Kingdom of God

The Council of Fifty, A Documentary History edited by Jedediah S. Rogers is a veritable treasure trove of quotes and references regarding the Council of 50 currently outside of the LDS Church’s closed archives. It includes many of the writings of my Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandfather William Clayton who was admitted to the...

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39: Diverse Mormons, Part 3, Interviews from the 2014 Salt Lake Sunstone Symposium

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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Scarred, Broken, and Held in Trust

Dec 28, 14 Scarred, Broken, and Held in Trust

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Someone else has left. Friend, family member, fellow guardian of once shared sacred truths. He’s found another path. Time will tell if she was called to this other path or if he was simply called away from our community, anywhere but here. He’s still here. God willing, she’s not going anywhere as a friend and loved one. But he...

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Book Review: Richard Davis’s The Liberal Soul

Dec 27, 14 Book Review: Richard Davis’s The Liberal Soul

Posted by in Book Reviews, Featured, Politics

As my dad drove me home from some activity or other when I was a teenager, I asked him a question that had been weighing on my mind: “can Mormons be Democrats?” I didn’t really follow the news very carefully and I certainly didn’t follow politics. On this car ride, though, I was honestly curious. I went to church all the...

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EQ lesson on Race and Priesthood

It has now been a year since the church first released the Gospel Topics essay about race and the priesthood. The following is a transcript of the EQ lesson in my ward on the first Sunday in December. I thought it was a great discussion and is a interesting case study in how such lessons might play out. I’d love to hear your...

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A Christmas Search for the Divine Feminine

By Michael Barker Note: This is an expansion of a testimony I gave at my Fast and Testimony Meeting on December 7, 2014   Scripture is male-centric. That is a fact. It is that way because it was written by men. History, in general, has been written by men, so it too is male-centric. That is a fact. As a father of two...

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Just a Coincidence?

Dec 23, 14 Just a Coincidence?

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Life is full of random chance and interesting coincidences: the pigeon that ruins your day with a well-aimed potshot, the lab partner in chemistry who turns into a life-long friend, or the refund check that comes just when you need to pay a bill. If one examines any given set of occurrences broadly enough, one is bound to find a...

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The Only Gift

Dec 23, 14 The Only Gift

Posted by in Christmas, Featured, Jesus, Jesus Christ, Savior

                An open heart, accepting mind, “To me be as it pleaseth thee” she said. The glory would come. Until then; pain, pregnancy, parenthood. The discomfort of travel, disgrace of travail amongst unclean beasts…forgotten at his arrival. A taste of his glory, angels,...

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