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In Relief Society, “No means No!”

Posted by Kerry on February 29, 2008

Like many other Burning Bosom Bloggers, my wife and I have both recently served in ward leadership positions. It was Elder’s Quorum Prez (EQP) for me and RS Prez (RSP) for my wife (still serving). I have to admit that we have both been absolutely flabbergasted, completely bewildered, and utterly SHOCKED at the behavior of some of our fellow active members of the church, regarding the acceptance of service from others.

It seems that when a person is first called to a ward leadership position, said person tries to fulfill every single service request at whatever cost, believing that “magnifying your calling” requires that. One common example would be spending an exorbitant (i.e a dozen hours) amount of time helping an unprepared family to move. Over time, however, even the sweetest of hearts becomes somewhat “hardened” and begins to understand that it is okay to say “no” to some inappropriate service requests.

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Extra! Extra! Sister Smith’s Geneaology Disproves Science!

Posted by Shawn L on January 24, 2008

I have been witness to an event that, if verified, has the potential to change mankind’s understanding of its origins. Let me set the stage for you, gentle readers . . .

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The Last Kiss

Posted by Andrew on January 16, 2008

As I stared down at him laying in his coffin, my eyes were drawn to his hands. Enormous vice-grips of bone, muscle, and sinew that bespoke a man who spent his life working with his hands. Hands that baled hay, shod horses, and roped cattle. Hands that engulfed your own when you shook hands with him. His hands looked the same now as they always had, only they were an unnatural pasty white. My eyes moved up to his lifeless face, and studied the rosy makeup they’d brushed onto his dead skin to make it look alive. And for some reason, at that moment, I remembered the last time I kissed him. Read the rest of this entry »

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“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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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 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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