Let’s Get Over Mormon Digitarianism

I’m done. I’ve felt noble long enough. I took a look in the mirror and realized, lo and behold, I’m the self-righteous, judgmental one that fusses over every politically incorrect misspeak uttered in Sunday School. If I don’t tweet it, then the world won’t know that I, though a Mormon—which I use as if it’s a disclaimer—separate...

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Lying for the Lord?

  The LDS Church is currently engaged in a systematic and officially endorsed effort to misrepresent some of its teachings to the outside world. This is not a new phenomenon.  As far back as the Nauvoo period, “Joseph [Smith] publicly and repeatedly denied he was advocating polygamy” while simultaneously marrying upwards of...

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Mar 15, 14 #doublestandard

Posted by in Featured, Modesty, Mormon Humor, Mormonism

  BYU recently held it’s Pro Day where NFL scouts come to watch players. It looks like things started out well, but eventually all hell broke loose and we had football players in underwear. I mean sports attire. I’m not sure what they were thinking posting those pictures. They know that women and kids would see...

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New Year’s Resolutions: Breaking Bad

If books like Not Even Once Club are any indication, we Mormons hold ourselves to some pretty strict standards.  As I’ve mentioned before, we often forge these standards as weapons and use them against each other.  We create a picture of what a good Mormon looks like, and judge each other based on these standards. One example of...

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As I Have Loved You…

We were all abuzz in the bloggernacle last week when Meridian Magazine published Joni Hilton’s “Are You a Liberal Mormon”. Such a fierce and vehement reaction  (even from Meridian’s faithful readers)  forced Meridian to take the article  down before the day was over (although you can still read it HERE.) Much of the reaction seems...

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Lesson Notes on “How can I help others understand my standards?”

Oct 29, 13 Lesson Notes on “How can I help others understand my standards?”

Posted by in Featured, Sunday School

These are some brief notes I put together for my youth Sunday School lesson using the theme How can I help others understand my standards? Paul asked me to put them up here in case someone else finds them useful. Open by reviewing the experience Al Fox (the “tattooed Mormon”) had on her first trip to Utah. Discuss: What...

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The Problem with the Layman Confessor

Sep 06, 13 The Problem with the Layman Confessor

Posted by in Featured, Mormonism

(This post was co-authored by my husband, William John Silverman, Jr.  This is something he and I have discussed together at great length, and the words here are a joint effort.  You can check out William’s bio on our guest blogger page.) Let’s talk vulnerability.  Most moments of vulnerability come when we find ourselves in a...

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Unfailing Love

Aug 22, 13 Unfailing Love

Posted by in Agency, Faith, Faith Crisis, Featured

  Two days ago I stumbled upon the Mormon Messages video, “Mountains to Climb”. It came to me on a day when I was on an emotional edge after reading a fictional story that brought many emotions I felt after the loss of my twin sons to the surface. The tears fell as Elder Eyring spoke words that touched my heart. : “Many of you...

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What We’re Reflecting

Mar 24, 13 What We’re Reflecting

Posted by in Charity, Featured, Modesty

What We’re Reflecting By Heidi Doggett At first I didn’t know what to think of her–this visitor who, when asked what we could do to get inactive members to come to church, stood up to make a long comment on the importance of smiling at everyone. Her words rolled forth; casual, warm, and unhurried. Something you...

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If your pants are too tight…

Recently in the news we got a little taste of a “Mormon moment” when on Valentine’s Day a male BYU student passed a note to a female student declaring that she was immodestly dressed and should think about how her appearance was affecting others. I’m sure he was just trying to do his duty as stated in the BYU...

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