Posts Tagged ‘ mormon ’

Top 10 Ways GAs Eat Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup

December 27, 2009
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I was inspired by jmb275′s recent post on the Mormon Cultural Articles of Faith, so I thought I’d post an oldie but a personal favorite.  Hope you enjoy!

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Josh and Susan Powell, and an LDS Ultimatum — “Get Active, or I’m Leaving With the Kids”

December 24, 2009
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Josh and Susan Powell, and an LDS Ultimatum — “Get Active, or I’m Leaving With the Kids”

(This post has been updated) Just saw this blurb in the Deseret News this morning: When Josh and Susan Powell were first married, both were very active in the LDS Church, Petersen said. They were sealed in the temple. But once they moved to Utah, Josh Powell stopped attending church. Petersen said the Powells’ marriage counselor instructed Susan Powell to set specific goals. Susan Powell told her husband that her goal was for him to become active in the church again by the end of 2009 and to have his temple recommend again by their anniversary in the spring. Otherwise,…

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In the Shadow of the Temple by Guest

December 22, 2009
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In the Shadow of the Temple by Guest

A close friend of mine who wishes to remain anonymous recently saw in the shadow of the temple his story follows In October, I was fortunate to attend the Portland, Oregon, screening of the movie, In the Shadow of the Temple. http://www.intheshadowofthetemple.com The screening was hosted by the producers, Karen Di Millia and Dennis Lavery. Prior to the screening Dennis and Karen spoke for 10 minutes and explained how they started this project. After the screening they took questions and answers for roughly 30 minutes. Lavery and DeMillia, who are not–and never have been–LDS, originally planned to make a movie…

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Sex Ed: A Poll

December 21, 2009
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Sex Ed:  A Poll

Which is more effective at preventing unwanted pregnancies:  abstinence education or conception education?

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Articles of Faith of Mormon Culture

December 18, 2009
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My only regret is that I cannot take credit for this wonderful bit of humor! They were originally posted by an author found here.  Please enjoy!

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EQ to HPG: Rites of Passage

December 16, 2009
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Whether you are 18 or 88, married, single, widowed, or divorced, with or without kids, and regardless of your socio-economic status, if you are an active LDS woman, you are in Relief Society.  Not so for the men. 

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The Church in 20 Years

December 14, 2009
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The Church in 20 Years

Where do you see the Church in 20 years?  Today’s guest post is by David Heap.

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A New Strategy for Preserving the Sanctity of Marriage!

December 11, 2009
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Marriage is arguably one of the most important topics in all of Mormonism. It is considered ordained of God (PoF), temple marriages are sealed through the Melchizedek Priesthood, and it’s considered required for Mormon exaltation (D&C 132). The importance of marriage has led the church, in several situations, to support legislation to preserve the sanctity of traditional marriage. During these heated campaigns the church has made its point clear – it respects, loves, and welcomes those who favor, or desire same-sex marriage, but it highly values the preservation of traditional heterosexual marriage and supports legislation to that end. But is…

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Really Elder McConkie? You think Education is Worship!

December 8, 2009
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From an outsiders perspective, Mormon worship services may be perceived as lacking actual worship.  We spend two and a half  of our three hours in classes or listening to sermons.  We have (maybe) half an hour of singing (most of it – in my ward at least – resembles a death march) and ordinances.  Even our public prayers center around the teacher and the student receiving the Spirit.  Where is our Worship?  In a BYU devotional entitled ‘Lord, Increase our Faith’ Bruce R. McConkie taught that he believed that the highest form of worship is when someone spoke by the spirit…

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Twilight Poll: Anti-Feminism or Fanciful Fiction?

December 4, 2009
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Twilight Poll:  Anti-Feminism or Fanciful Fiction?

Because of the New Moon movie, Twilight is getting a lot of discussion in the media.  Since the author, Stephanie Meyer, is LDS, a few articles have even taken a swipe at Mormon values, expressing the opinion that the unenlightened choices of the female lead are typical for patriarchal, female-disempowering Mormons.  Read on, and then take a quick poll to share your opinions.

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Mormon Blogs – What’s OK?

December 3, 2009
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What should be acceptable for a blog to be considered a “Mormon” blog?  All Mormon content?  Only that which is respectful to the church (not anti)?  Is hate speech allowed, and if so, how is it defined?  How would you decide something should not be considered a “Mormon” blog?

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Is Morality Universal?

November 30, 2009
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Is morality a social construct or is it universal, transcending time and culture?  Or is it a little bit of both?  Read on to find out more about what we call “morality.”

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10 LDS Things I’m Thankful for

November 25, 2009
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10 LDS Things I’m Thankful for

Thanksgiving is, IMO, the perfect holiday:  good food, a day off work, and no presents to worry about.  In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I wanted to post 10 Things I’m Thankful for about the church and ask that each of you share what you are thankful for.

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Musings on Modesty & Mormonism

November 24, 2009
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Musings on Modesty & Mormonism

Today’s guest post is from Reuben Collins who also blogs at Single Speed.

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To Those Struggling In Their Faith

November 13, 2009
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There are many within Mormonism who struggle daily with their faith. They have been exposed to historical information they were not aware of, they were torn in political battle, they dislike the culture, or in some other way awoke to a “reality” they had not known before. It can be a lonely place in a tight knit community with such strong beliefs. And when a person is in that frame of mind, it often feels like the solution is to crawl in a hole and disappear. To further throw salt in the wound, the church doesn’t have any sort of…

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“Knowing” It All

November 2, 2009
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“Knowing” It All

Mormons love to use the word “know.”  We say we know God lives.  We say we know that Jesus is the Christ.  We say we know that families can be together forever.  Some say that they know the church is true or that Thomas S. Monson is a true prophet (the middle initial makes him truer somehow).  People say they “know” a lot of things.  What does “know” mean in Mormonism?  Has it been overused to the point that its meaning has changed or that is has become meaningless?

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1968-1970: The Civil Rights Movement Comes to BYU

October 21, 2009
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1968-1970: The Civil Rights Movement Comes to BYU

The 1960s was a time of turmoil in the United States. This turmoil extended to American college campuses. It focused on the Free Speech Movement and civil rights in the south, and gradually extended to the U.S. involvement in the war in Southeast Asia. Some American colleges remained unmolested by the times. One was Brigham Young University. This would not last. In the late 1960s, BYU became the focus of protests at its athletic competitions, over the LDS Church policy of barring blacks from the priesthood.

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Was Jesus a Buddhist?

October 19, 2009
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Was Jesus a Buddhist?

The NT doesn’t give much insight into Jesus’ life between age 12 and 30. Did he encounter Buddhism and seek personal enlightenment? Or are these ideas just inherently the best ones humanity will continue to stumble upon in our spiritual lives?

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How to Provide Critical Feedback to Church Leaders Church Without Getting Excommunicated

October 15, 2009
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If you didn’t happen to read the February issue of Ensign Magazine in 1987, you missed some valuable instruction about how to provide critical feedback to Church leaders. Luckily for you, this post provides a second chance to get up to speed on what all would-be “improvers” in the Church should know about how to seek improving the Church without crossing any line that will forfeit your eternal exaltation and doom you to an eternity of teeth-gnashing with a TK smoothie.

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Are You an Internet Addict?

October 14, 2009
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As church members, we have been cautioned about the internet:  ease of access to porn, its mind-numbing addictive qualities, the lack of high quality content, the need to monitor teen and child internet usage.  We have also been told to participate in online forums so that we can represent our own beliefs, and the internet has been likened favorably to a modern-day equivalent of a printing press.  So, when does internet use become internet addiction?

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