Goodness is Rarer Than Greatness.

What makes someone ‘great’? Most of the figures to whom we gift the epithet ‘great’ have earned their distinction primarily by being masters of the art of butchery. The vast majority of people known as ‘the great’ are rulers, founders and expanders of empire: Alexander the Great conquered the known world, expanding upon the empire...

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“Even Fifty Six Years, Should Wind Up the Scene”

In 1876, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints published a revised edition of the Doctrine and Covenants which included, for the first time, section 130. This section includes the founding leader Joseph Smith’s prophecy that if Smith lived “until thou art eighty-five years old, thou shalt see the face of the Son of Man.”...

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Disgracing God to Save a Prophet

Dec 19, 14 Disgracing God to Save a Prophet

Posted by in Featured, Lying, Polygamy, Sexual Abuse, Truth

After the explosion of polygamy news and dialogue that followed the most recent essays put out by the church, the most common thing I have seen said by members of the church defending the practice is 1: they have known this since they were very young (which usually is said to dismiss the need for a conversation about it) and 2: God...

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The Man in the Mask

Nov 13, 14 The Man in the Mask

Posted by in Featured, Mental Health

CONTENT WARNING: SUICIDE I sauntered toward the office, in my typical dopey high school way—entirely unconcerned with anything other than the play auditions and scoring a date with Katherine. Then Diane rounded the corner, her face blushing with feeling. I was not a boy then blessed with emotional sensitivity, except perhaps with...

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Garments, Lies and Videotape

Nov 11, 14 Garments, Lies and Videotape

Posted by in Featured, Honesty, Lying, Truth

If deception is an art form, the LDS Church is fast becoming Botticelli. The people who brought you the Mormons-don’t-believe-they-get-their-own-planet canard are at it again. And this time, it’s about the temple. In a recently released video (and accompanying essay) on its official website, the LDS Church discusses both temple...

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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 he...

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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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Answering the Hard Questions

Just in case you haven’t noticed, the bloggernacle has been reeling to and fro like a drunken man these last few weeks. People are asking hard questions, and getting lots of answers and opinions to consider. However, I would like to bring to your attention some questions and suggestions that not even the likes of the...

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Exorcising demons of the past

Matthew 17:15- “Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for oft times he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.” Witnessing a seizure is a very frightening experience. Parents who witness seizures in children fear for their child’s life. It is extremely traumatic. Even now, as a trained...

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American Crucifixion

For those too busy (lazy; often both in my case) to read this whole thing: the book is great; it reads more like a novel than a dry history book; it’s fair in its treatment of history although it sacrificed historical nuances (Mormons and “Mormon-haters” are each likely to find interpretations they disagree with)...

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