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Archive for December, 2007

“We disagree with what our leaders said in General Conference.”

Posted by Kerry on December 30, 2007

In the October 2007 General Conference, Sister Julie Beck gave what I initially thought was a harmless talk. I personally believe it was a great talk that was inspiring as well as supportive of the Proclamation on the Family from 1995.

Her talk was entitled “Mothers Who Know”. Here are a few selected passages to remind you of her talk: Read the rest of this entry »

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What’s Wrong with the Mormons?

Posted by Jon on December 26, 2007

Thanks to our lively political scene with Romney and “Mormons” in one corner, and Huckabee and “Baptists” in another, a great article was debated in an article on Slate.com. I recognize Slate is not the best source for accuracy on the LDS faith, but in this case it brought up some very interesting points about the Baptist faith and the LDS faith, and why they just can’t seem to get along.

The article hit close to home as I, like many others, was persecuted by several Baptist Preachers while serving as a missionary in the Marseille, France mission (now the Toulouse, France mission). It was hard for me to see these men so vehemently lash out at me simply because I was Mormon. Never in all the years I went to church did I ever hear a bishop, ecclesiastical leader or even Sunday school teacher put down, bash or otherwise accost another faith. It is simply not an LDS practice, something I appreciate as discussions of that sort do not invite the spirit.

However, the article did get me thinking about other reasons why Baptist leaders may feel the need to warn their congregations about Mormons, one that makes sense to me in my line of work as a marketing communicator. I’ll illustrate my point with this brief story: Read the rest of this entry »

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Not for Sale: Christmas Spirit

Posted by Andrew on December 25, 2007

A few days before Christmas I felt something missing inside: Christmas spirit. Amidst the hustle and bustle of buying presents for friends and family (and myself), I had this nagging feeling that I hadn’t done anything yet to help the less fortunate. So I figured if I could just do something for the needy, I’d get that Christmas spirit I wanted. I came up with an ingenious plan, or so I thought. Read the rest of this entry »

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A New Christmas Tradition

Posted by Shawn L on December 21, 2007

A confession:  I’m a 100% bona fide Christmas nerd.  For me, the season begins at 12:01 a.m. on the day after Thanksgiving.  By the end of that Friday, the tree will be up and boxes worth of decorations will be dispersed throughout Larsen Manor.  But this year, an old favorite has given new a new perspective on the holidays. Read the rest of this entry »

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Did the Nephites ‘surprise’ the omniscient Savior?

Posted by Kerry on December 21, 2007

Is the Savior omniscient? Absolutely. No doubt about it. Understanding that this is the case, my question is about an event that took place when the Savior visited the Nephites post-resurrection.

The first day of His visit was coming to an end. In chapter 17 of 3rd Nephi, He stated:

Behold, now it came to pass that when Jesus had spoken these words he looked round about again on the multitude, and he said unto them: Behold, my time is at handnow I go unto the Father, and also to show myself unto the lost tribes of Israel.”

It appears that the Savior’s intent was to leave immediately. But that is not what happened: Read the rest of this entry »

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Are Mormon Men Whipped?

Posted by Andrew on December 20, 2007

The other day I was talking to an LDS friend who informed me that his wife will not “let” him go to bed wearing just his G’s; she insists that he wear pajamas. Not to get “Brokeback Mountain” on you or anything, but my friend is a good looking guy, he’s fit, and he has no abnormal hairiness or other unsightly aspect of his appearance from what I can tell (then again, I’ve only seen him with his clothes on). So it’s difficult for me to understand the insistence that he be fully clothed in bed. And while I certainly respect my friend’s demonstrable concern for his wife’s wishes, for me this was just another example that Mormon men are way too whipped these days. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Improbability of God’s Existence

Posted by Andrew on December 19, 2007

Recent photographs taken from the Hubble telescope give us views of the universe that mankind has previously never seen.  You can see the photographs here.  These new cosmic perspectives raise old questions about what may be beyond the view of mankind’s most powerful observational instruments. Read the rest of this entry »

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Fasting and Praying for Precipitation

Posted by Kerry on December 19, 2007

I have several relatives that are in the farming or ranching industry. Many of them live in Utah, and whenever I visit their wards, it is common for public prayers at the pulpit to include pleadings for rain or other precipitation. Often, entire stakes or multiple stakes will have designated fasts for said precipitation.

This practice of asking a higher power for precipitation has probably been around for centuries (if not millenia), and quite honestly to me it feels very appropriate. These people depend on rain for their livelihood, and rain comes from the heavens.

This starts to get interesting when you learn a little more about these professions: Read the rest of this entry »

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The Case for Outing Santa

Posted by Andrew on December 18, 2007

When a child reaches an appropriate age, should parents reveal the truth about Santa before that child learns it from outside sources (e.g., classmates)? Here’s why I ask: Read the rest of this entry »

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Are You Down With P.D.P.?

Posted by Andrew on December 18, 2007

Submitted by: Shawn L

Monday’s New York Times had a short article on the “growing popularity of public displays of piety” in Islamic society (found here). Apparently in Egypt, which has long maintained some semblance of secularism while the Middle East sinks further into extremism, Muslim men are now taking great pride in the size of their “zebidahs”: big red skid marks on their foreheads which come as the result of constant and, presumably fervent, prayer. Men work hard to gain these very visible markings in hopes of expressing a pretense of religiosity.

This got me thinking: do we Mormons have our own “public displays of piety”? (hereinafter, P.D.P.’s) Here are three that came to mind: Read the rest of this entry »

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Elder Ballard Implicitly Endorses Burning Bosom!

Posted by Andrew on December 18, 2007

Okay, so that might be a slight exagerration. Elder Ballard recently urged graduating college students to use blogs and other forms of the “new media” to participate in the national conversation about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You can read the story here.

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Would Having a Mormon U.S. President Be Good For Mormons?

Posted by Andrew on December 18, 2007

As I see it, here are the Pros and Cons for Mormons of having a Mormon U.S. President: Read the rest of this entry »

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A Case Study In Inoculation

Posted by Andrew on December 18, 2007

Submitted by: Shawn L

One of the issues that has had the Bloggernacle (ugh, I really hate that term) all a-twitter this year is “inoculation,” the notion of getting what may be controversial information to members sooner rather than later. I don’t want to open the “is inoculation a good idea?” can of worms again – the posts and accompanying commentary on that subject are legion. For purposes of this discussion, let’s assume inoculation is a good idea and one that should be put into practice in each of our own home wards (this is my own personal view). I am interested in how to make that process actually work, and my responsibilities as the administrator of the so-called “vaccine” in question. Read the rest of this entry »

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Elder Ballard: Mormon Culture Warrior

Posted by Andrew on December 18, 2007

Submitted by: Andrew

A cultural revolution is underway in Mormondom, and Elder Ballard is at its front. Okay, so maybe that’s way too melodramatic of an introduction, but I’ve been reviewing some of Elder Ballard’s recent General Conference talks and I’ve been struck by how often he directly urges improvements in Mormon culture. Consider these quotes: Read the rest of this entry »

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Giving The Shirts Off Their Backs: The “Mormons Exposed” Calendar

Posted by Andrew on December 18, 2007

Submitted by: Jonathan Bacon

A man claiming to be an active member of the LDS Church is selling a calendar that features topless male returned missionaries. The news story about the calendar is listed by ABC news as one of its most popular stories (depending on when you click on the link, it may or may not be available): “Mormons Exposed” (http://abcnews.go.com/US/MostPopular/).

By announcing the calendar to news outlets, the creator of the calendar was obviously trying to generate publicity for the controversial calendar. So the question begs to be asked, should this calendar be controversial? Read the rest of this entry »

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Faith-Promoting Doubts

Posted by Andrew on December 18, 2007

Submitted by: Andrew

“My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matt. 27:46.) These words of the Savior demonstrate that even the most faithful among us will experience times of our lives when we no longer feel God’s sustaining presence in our lives. The word “forsake” is defined as to “abandon or desert”; “to give up something formerly held dear.” How is it that Jesus Christ–the perfect Son of God, who the scriptures repeatedly describe as being “one” with His Father–could feel abandoned, deserted, and given up by God?

Perhaps this scripture ought to cause us to rethink a seemingly prevalent assumption in Mormon culture that someone who is struggling to see or feel God must be experiencing self-inflicted spiritual blindness from sin. Read the rest of this entry »

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Single Word Change in Introduction to Book of Mormon Speaks Volumes

Posted by Andrew on December 18, 2007

Submitted by: Kerry Kane

From the Salt Lake Tribune, “Single word change in Book of Mormon speaks volumes”. See here: http://www.sltrib.com/ci_7403990
Not sure how many of you saw this, but there was a change announced to all future Book of Mormons that go to print. It is a one-word change in the introduction. Instead of saying: “After thousands of years, all were destroyed except the Lamanites, and they are the principal ancestors of the American Indians,” it now says: “After thousands of years, all were destroyed except the Lamanites, and they are among the ancestors of the American Indians.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Indians on the Mormon Trail: A Historian’s Dilemma

Posted by Andrew on December 18, 2007

Submitted by: Andrew

I’ve been reading some historical accounts written by several Mormon pioneers who were in the Rowley handcart company with some of my ancestors, and I’ve been shocked by how differently these pioneers described the same experiences. The great disparity in these historical accounts gives me a new appreciation of the difficult, if not impossible, task that faces historians: to determine what really happened hundreds of years ago.

One particularly interesting disparity in the Rowley handcart company journals is how they describe the Indians. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Sands of Time: What Place Does History Have in Our Testimonies?

Posted by Andrew on December 18, 2007

Submitted by: Andrew

This past weekend, two good friends of mine have told me that they are either leaving the Church or have effectively left it already. Generally speaking, the concerns that my friends say have driven them out of the Church relate to Church history. Read the rest of this entry »

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