No Soup for You! Why Women Can’t Have the Priesthood

Jul 31, 14 No Soup for You! Why Women Can’t Have the Priesthood

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In the last General Conference, Elder Oaks gave a talk about the priesthood. During the priesthood session. To a group of men. Since then, many members of the church have claimed that his talk holds the answers to why women can’t have the priesthood. Now, whether or not the talk actually answers that question is debatable, but...

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“Knock, I Will Get Angry With You”

Jun 22, 14 “Knock, I Will Get Angry With You”

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“KNOCK AND I WILL GET ANGRY WITH YOU” by Michael Barker As all parents, my wife and I have rules for our daughters. One of these rules is that my oldest daughter cannot have a cell phone until she is old enough to pay for half of its purchase.  There are good reasons for this rule, none of which I need to justify here....

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Molotov Cocktails in Priesthood Meeting

  I. Elder Dallin H. Oaks gave a talk at the opening of the April 2014 General Conference Priesthood session titled The Keys and Authority of the Priesthood. I listened to it in real time knowing that, even as Elder Oaks was pronouncing his justification for women not being allowed to hold the priesthood, women were being...

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The Young Women (lessons) are a Changin’

So today I was browsing the ol’ book of Faces, when I saw a link to a Google doc done by Laura Compton comparing the Young Women’s manual from June of 2013 to June of 2014.  The lessons are on the priesthood. The changes are pretty fascinating, especially since church correlations and corrections usually attempt to be...

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A Priesthood Holder’s Ramblings about Ordain Women and Female Ordination

May 06, 14 A Priesthood Holder’s Ramblings about Ordain Women and Female Ordination

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This post is true to its title. It is written by a holder of the priesthood, “the power of God delegated to man to act for the salvation of the human family”, as Elder Oaks put it in last conference. It is also written as a reflection of my mental roaming without any defined purpose or direction as I read, listened to,...

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For Our Daughter. Again.

Last October, I wrote a post about my wife’s involvement with Ordain Women and their initial appearance in the standby line at General Conference, requesting entry to the General Priesthood Session. It’s a short post, and you should read it for context here. For Our Daughter At the time, Danielle and I had not begun...

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What’s All This Hullabalooky With The Womenz?

OK, so I had a different post planned today.  It was super-duper smart and stuff.  But I’ve been struggling with a chronic illness all week that makes my brain fuzzy, my thoughts loopy, and I can’t think much very well clearly.  But then a great thing happened-the Church’s PR department released a statement on...

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The Prophetess: Rebecca Mould and the Origins of Mormonism in Ghana

Mar 13, 14 The Prophetess: Rebecca Mould and the Origins of Mormonism in Ghana

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This article was originally published at Juvenile Instructor Note:  The image at left is of a representative West African Relief Society Presidency In 1964, Abraham F. Mensah, a schoolmaster visiting Great Britain from Ghana, first came into contact with the Mormon church through literature given to him while he was visiting a Sufi...

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Tears for the Unordained Women in My Life

Last Saturday my wife tells me that our 13 year old La La (nickname) is going to be set apart on Sunday as a counselor in the Beehive’s Class Presidency and we are invited to attend. I sigh, not because I don’t feel proud of her but because I feel afraid of this moment as it signals one of several uniquely Mormon events aimed at...

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How to Give a Baby Blessing Regardless of your Level of Faith

Feb 04, 14 How to Give a Baby Blessing Regardless of your Level of Faith

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After my son was born I had a dilemma: how do I give a baby blessing while knowing that faith is much more complicated now than before? It’s not that I hadn’t given any blessings, or that I hadn’t given any in the recent past. I had given blessings of healing or comfort recently. A baby blessing, for some reason, felt bigger....

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