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24: Ask a Mormon Sex Therapist Part 2

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The Rise of Modern Mormonism

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29: Steve Peck The Author

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By Goddess, I Will Not Be Left Behind!

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Examining History For Insights on the Fu...

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Polygamy, Really?

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How I Stopped Doubting – Does Elder Andersen’s Advice Work?

Doubts and Faith Crises  A faith crisis in Mormonism is often caused by doubts in doctrine, practice, or history of the Church. Doubts come when new information conflicts with our prior beliefs about the Church. How do we overcome these doubts? One example is a question I had early on when I began to study Mormonism more earnestly:...

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Talking Freedom: Interview with David Lindes, singer/songwriter

Oct 07, 14 Talking Freedom: Interview with David Lindes, singer/songwriter

Posted by in art, Featured

I recently had the honor to interview a very talented, thoughtful, and all around awesome LDS musician. I first got to know David Lindes through my brother’s LDS music blog, Linescratchers. I was impressed by his musical/songwriting talent, but I was also impressed that he didn’t shy away from relevant, urgent social...

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Elder Oaks Adds to the Scriptures

Oct 06, 14 Elder Oaks Adds to the Scriptures

Posted by in Featured, General Conference

Listening to General Conference expecting something new or revelatory is like looking through a mountain of hay for a needle. There is nothing new under the sun, the Preacher tells us, and nothing new in General Conference for over a hundred years. But last Saturday was different. In the afternoon session, Elder Oaks served up a...

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Meet the, um…Gay Mormons?

Oct 06, 14 Meet the, um…Gay Mormons?

Posted by in Featured, Homosexuality

Sitting in Sacrament meeting last Sunday, I was surprised to hear … AGAIN … a letter read by our Bishop promoting the Church’s new movie, “Meet the Mormons.” In this letter, we were strongly encouraged to go see the movie, to bring our non-member friends, and to buy extra tickets even if we didn’t need them so that the...

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26: General Conference Compressed

Have you ever wanted to cover 10 hours of material but only had one to give? Rational faiths has the solution for you with our conference response and review session. Listen in to the highs and lows of conference expressed through 5 individual conference “attendees.” Podcast: Play in new window | Download Other Post

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Recycling talks?

RECYCLING TALKS? by Geoffrey Nelson Those who google search things as they hear them (or have an excellent memory) may have noticed that President Monson’s priesthood session talk was primarily a retelling of a conference talk he gave in 1982, and his Sunday morning talk was a remix of one of his 1974 talks. This may be a...

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The Book of Abraham: “Except for Those Willfully Blind, the Case is Closed”

Mr. Hauglid’s original Rational Faiths post “Jeremy Runnels and the Book of Abraham” can be seen here. Introduction Before addressing Mr. Hauglid’s essay, I would like to note here that I appreciate Mr. Hauglid’s overall respectful tone and approach. Unlike controversial and less respected Mormon...

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Oh Wretched Woman That I Am

Oct 03, 14 Oh Wretched Woman That I Am

Posted by in Featured, Feminism, Priesthood

I have a lot of conversations about the priesthood. Most of these are about women’s ordination to the priesthood. I can’t tell you how many times in these conversations that people have reverted back to the old trope that women are more spiritual/service oriented/closer to God and so they don’t *need* to exercise the...

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Revelation Signal Flow Pt.1- Integrity vs. Fidelity

I’m an audio and video systems engineer and media technician. In my job, I design and build large-scale AV systems for conferences, corporate meetings, trade shows, parties, or other events. I work with large and complex sound reinforcement systems, video projectors, televisions, conventional and robotic lighting fixtures, and...

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It Demands Glory: Covenants, Bonds, and Interrelationality in Hosea

Oct 01, 14 It Demands Glory: Covenants, Bonds, and Interrelationality in Hosea

Posted by in Featured

Note: This was a talk offered at the Horsetooth Student Ward in Fort Collins, Colorado If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that I’m easily overwhelmed. I mean this in the traditional sense, where “overwhelm” is synonymous with words like “overflow” or “overbrim,” like a capsizing boat or a cup...

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The Blessings of (Ordination to) the Priesthood

Sep 30, 14 The Blessings of (Ordination to) the Priesthood

Posted by in Featured, Feminism, Priesthood

I have been actively participating in the conversation about gender in the LDS Church for quite sometime now. I have listened carefully to a range of ideas about why LDS women are not now ordained to the priesthood, what that tells us about gender and about the priesthood, and whether the current policies will change in the future....

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We Are Here

Sep 29, 14 We Are Here

Posted by in Faith, Featured, General Conference, prayer

It occurred to me that I’d never seen a black woman sitting in those red chairs in the Conference Center before this past Saturday night. I’d never seen a black woman speak her Father’s name before the stand let alone leave us with her words of worship and praise. Sister Mkhabela is not the first woman of color to pray in the...

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Permanently Changed but Not Broken

Sep 29, 14 Permanently Changed but Not Broken

Posted by in Featured, Individuality

After my mission I did a lot of fun stuff all at once. I started running a lot and I was in good enough shape that I could bust out 8 miles or so just for fun. The most I ever ran was about 15 miles up the Bonneville Shoreline Trail below Mount Ogden. I took mountain biking seriously and found all sorts of trails around me. I...

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25: Faith Transitions Part 2

Sep 28, 14 25: Faith Transitions Part 2

Posted by in Featured, Interviews, Podcast

Faith is hard and sometimes it fails us or we fail it, I’m not sure which. Stories of undergoing and recovering from faith transitions are a perennial favorite in the bloggernacle (or blabbernacle for podcasts). In this series I interview the RF permabloggers and let them tell their story. They share what set them off on their...

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Examining History For Insights on the Future of Women’s Ordination

Sep 28, 14 Examining History For Insights on the Future of Women’s Ordination

Posted by in Featured, Feminism, Priesthood, Theology

EXAMINING HISTORY FOR INSIGHTS ON THE FUTURE OF WOMEN’S ORDINATION by Ronda Callister As the news broke that Kate Kelly had been summoned to a church court, I worried. I was concerned about those who care about women’s issues in the church and the pain they were likely to feel in the aftermath of official sanctions. As I...

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By Goddess, I Will Not Be Left Behind!

by Michelle Wiener Recently I found out that Nicholas Cage will be starring in the remake of Left Behind to be released in theatres this October. This came as a total shock to me, considering what a great actor he is. I was equally appalled that he would even consider taking part in a B-grade evangelical film about – of all...

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