In a surprise move, the first day of Hanukkah fell on Thanksgiving this year! The Highchair Travelers provided some ideas on how to celebrate Hanukkah -- and don't forget to read the Hannukah story from the Bible!
I assume you already all know how to celebrate Thanksgiving: You think about those in difficulty and you think about the things you're thankful for. Some thank God, but it's not necessary. (Don't forget to look around during the prayer!). Some are even thankful for the Bloggernacle:
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On August 11th, 2013 I posted a compilation on the exmormon subreddit. I worked every day for many hours during a 3-4 week period. The compilation consisted of responses from university professors who specialize in the fields of Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica Archaeology, Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica Anthropology, and Egyptology. Their responses were directed towards my letter asking their opinion on the historical authenticity of the Book of Mormon and/or the Book of Abraham. I acquired their emails from Read more [...]
I learned an interesting thing this past week in the comments of Reddit: Apparently the General Authorities of the CoJCoL-dS are discouraged from keeping journals. Why? Well maybe this tale of one of Joseph Smith's revelations getting edited before canonization may shed some light on it. In other news of of the church's mania for avoiding a paper trail, one of the two sentences informing Denver Snuffer that his appeal was denied was the instruction that the local leaders were not to give him Read more [...]
Ever since Donna Banta posted this old LDS Living article to facebook a few weeks ago, I've been thinking about all the rules that define the LDS lifestyle, and how they change. Specifically, the article is about how Mormon families should forbid their kids from sleeping over at friends' houses. If I understand correctly, this is now a thing. The über-Mormon family of the ward -- the one that makes a point to follow the Mormon rules more strictly than the others -- is now saying no to slumber Read more [...]
What happens when you devote your life to following authority -- and then that authority announces that your hard-lined authoritarian approach isn't the right way to go? This is the sound of brains exploding. Of course only the Catholics have this problem -- the CoJCoL-dS has found a clever way to avoid this problem, by broadcasting all potentially-controversial statements through the maybe-authority-maybe-not LDS Newsroom.
A number of interesting LDS faith journeys this past week touched on Read more [...]
We acknowledge no inferiority to men. We claim to have no less ability to perform the duties which God has imposed upon us than they have to perform those imposed upon them.
We believe that God has wisely and well adapted each sex to the proper performance of the duties of each.
We believe our trusts to be as important and sacred as any that exists on earth.
We believe woman suffrage would relatively lessen the influence of the intelligent and true, and increase the influence of the ignorant Read more [...]
Now that Mormon presidential aspirations are a distant memory, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has rediscovered the fun of anti-gay-marriage political activism -- this time in one of their old haunts: Hawaii! (see this timeline.) In other unsurprising news, criticism of their lame arguments is persecution -- and should never be directed at church leaders even when the critics are right.
The fun part about the church never listening to criticism is not learning from the consequences Read more [...]
This week hosted two big kerfluffles! First there was Joni Hilton's piece in Meridian Magazine on "Liberal Mormons"! It was so offensive that Meridian Magazine actually took it down, but John Dehlin came to the rescue and posed a cached version so that you, too, can personally experience the outrage, in case you missed it. And here are some great responses!
Then Kyle Pederson wrote an unfriendly letter to Dallin Oaks, who sent him an unfriendly response. This wouldn't be news except that Read more [...]
My father knew how to choose a good watermelon. First of all, he would put his thumbnail into the skin. If it went in easily it was ripe. Another test was to heft it. A heavy melon is usually a ripe melon. Then he would look at the light-colored patch on the bottom. If it was yellow, that was a good sign that the melon was ripe.
That's a quote from my grandma about her father (my Great-Grandpa Greer) who was president of the Aurora Branch for twenty-eight years -- growing it from a handful Read more [...]
In his new collection of short stories, Dragons of the Book of Mormon, Johnny Townsend introduces compelling, sympathetic, and at times, hilarious characters struggling to live simultaneously within the rigid structure of Mormonism, the real world, and, in some cases, the magical world inspired by Mormon doctrine.
In “Going Home,” 56-year-old Jared, whose daily highlight is adding Splenda to his Frosted Mini-Wheats, longs for an end to his life on this earth and the beginning of his promised Read more [...]