Posts Tagged ‘ mormon ’

Dysfunctional Families or Church?

January 19, 2010
By
Dysfunctional Families or Church?

Exit stories are the tales told when someone leaves the church.  The internet is full of these stories, and in many, there is drama in the family as a result of the person’s decision to leave.  Often the person attributes at least some of that family drama to the church itself as an organization.  Yet, it is also true that there have been people who have left the church without family drama or disagreeable behaviors.  So, is the church environment complicit in fostering “bad” behaviors or is it the families themselves who are prone to these behaviors?  Or both?

Read more »

Mormon Matters on Kindle

January 13, 2010
By
Mormon Matters on Kindle

Just last week, Mormon Matters content became available to Kindle owners.  The only other b’naclers on Kindle are our buddies at By Common Consent.  So, here’s why you should get a Kindle and subscribe to MM!

Read more »

Follow the [blank]: A Poll

January 12, 2010
By
Follow the [blank]:  A Poll

In the church, we learn how to be good followers.  There are many things we are told to follow:  the prophet, good examples, our parents’ instructions, the gospel, the brethren, the Spirit, and the dictates of our own conscience.  We are told, on the one hand, NOT to follow the world or the crowd.  But we are told to surround ourselves with good people and follow their good examples.  So, what do you follow when you sense a conflict between two of these?

Read more »

LDS Church News Says: “Use Proper Sources” With Gospel Teaching

January 11, 2010
By

(Hat tip to Michael Carpenter) This just in from LDS Church News.  Correlation remains king. “A gospel teacher is not called to choose the subject of the lesson but to teach and discuss what has been specified. Gospel teachers should also be scrupulous to avoid hobby topics, personal speculations, and controversial subjects. The Lord’s revelations and the directions of His servants are clear on this point.” and “The Church — through its inspired correlation program — has given us official sources of information to help us prepare lessons and plan activities. Instead of turning to unofficial books and Web sites,…

Read more »

BYU Students Hit it Big: Miley Cyrus Virus Rap

January 9, 2010
By

BYU (and UVU) students hit it big.    100,000 Youtube views and counting.  Who says Mormons can’t have fun? (Notice Helaman Halls in the background.  See here to appreciate the parody)

Read more »

Chosen or Posin’ ? Abraham, Buffy, and Other Choice Spirits

January 8, 2010
By
Chosen or Posin’ ? Abraham, Buffy, and Other Choice Spirits

OT SS Lesson #2 This was an interesting lesson to read after last year’s brou-ha-ha over an alleged “generals in the war in heaven” quote. On the 25th of February 2008, the Church issued an official statement from the Office of the First Presidency to all General Authorities, Area Seventies, Stake Presidents, Mission Presidents, District Presidents, Temple Presidents, Bishops and Branch Presidents which read: A statement has been circulated that asserts in part that the youth of the Church today “were generals in the war in heaven . . . and someone will ask you, ‘Which of the prophet’s time…

Read more »

“Pretender” Mormons?

January 7, 2010
By

(Hat tip to Antonio Parr at BCC) To get this post, you’re either gonna have to spend 7 minutes listening to this song ..or be a Jackson Browne fan….but here’s my question: How many of you out there have fallen prey…at one time or another….to being a “Pretender” Mormon?  And I don’t mean pretending to be Mormon.  I mean falling into the middle-class life of which Jackson Browne so eloquently (and slightly condescendingly) sings, after some youthful phase of idealism.  I know I have at times.  More importantly, have any of you found a way to successfully escape?  Or is the…

Read more »

Top 10 Ways GAs Eat Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup

December 27, 2009
By

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!

Read more »

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

December 24, 2009
By
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,…

Read more »

In the Shadow of the Temple by Guest

December 22, 2009
By
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…

Read more »

Sex Ed: A Poll

December 21, 2009
By
Sex Ed:  A Poll

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

Read more »

Articles of Faith of Mormon Culture

December 18, 2009
By

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!

Read more »

EQ to HPG: Rites of Passage

December 16, 2009
By

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. 

Read more »

The Church in 20 Years

December 14, 2009
By
The Church in 20 Years

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

Read more »

A New Strategy for Preserving the Sanctity of Marriage!

December 11, 2009
By

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…

Read more »

Really Elder McConkie? You think Education is Worship!

December 8, 2009
By

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…

Read more »

Twilight Poll: Anti-Feminism or Fanciful Fiction?

December 4, 2009
By
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.

Read more »

Mormon Blogs – What’s OK?

December 3, 2009
By

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?

Read more »

Is Morality Universal?

November 30, 2009
By

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.”

Read more »

10 LDS Things I’m Thankful for

November 25, 2009
By
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.

Read more »