Wednesday in Outer Blogness: The perils of love edition!!

Not exactly Mormon related, but the hot topic of the past week-and-a-half was the hacking of Ashley Madison -- exposing adulterers -- including everybody's favorite sleazy hypocrite: Josh Duggar. Apparently Josh Duggar apologised to his fans (and Jesus), but he should really be apologising to the LGBT couples out there whose (comparatively more moral/honest) relationships he slandered. The type of "morality" he's pushing does more harm than good. Andrew S explained why he won't have to: These Read more [...]

Sunday in Outer Blogness: deferred edition…

Hey folks, on Sunday I’ll be visiting Milan — hanging out with my sister who is on vacation in Italy — and I have a day-trip planned for next Sunday as well. So I’d like to do a middle-of-two-weeks edition on Wednesday to make up for missing these two Sundays. Thanks for your patience! :D

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Sunday in Outer Blogness: Delicious magic rocks edition!

The news of the Seerstone has been out for more than a week, and it has led to quite a bit of reflection and information on seerstones and church history. Also some fun stuff, like old-timey temple recommend questions and a glimpse into the future. Someone even found an old post post about how such magical objects were made! The CoJCoL-dS is really going to town on confirming all that weird stuff you'd only heard rumors about before. Their own social blog just put up a post about the church's Read more [...]

Sunday in Outer Blogness: Seerstone Edition!

What will the CoJCoL-dS think of next? Just a few days ago, they released pictures of the rock that Joseph Smith used along with the "Urim and Thummim" (also rocks) to "translate" the Book of Mormon: If the above makes you go "Wha...? What are you even talking about?, this post gives a good explanation of the issues surrounding the rock-translation procedure. Or read the Cliff's Notes version. Even if some feel remorse for having taught people things that aren't true, others argue there's Read more [...]

Dare to Do Wrong: Alex Hansen’s “Their Works Shall Be in the Darkness”

What's the fun of having a little power if you don't abuse it? Especially if you're a teenager. If you've served in one of the youth presidencies in a Mormon ward, you probably think they don't really have the authority to shape policy in any original or interesting way, but -- as Alex Hansen demonstrates in his new novel Their Works Shall Be in the Dark -- all you need is a little imagination, and perhaps a dash of foolhardiness. The fictional priests' quorum is led by Jacob, the cunning Read more [...]

The latest from the marvelous pen of Johnny Townsend!

If you like short stories and you're interested in the lives of Mormons, you should be following the work of Johnny Townsend. Since he writes from an ex-Mormon perspective, believers often dismiss Townsend's work as biased -- or as a priori "an attack on the church" -- but I think that's a mistake. Johnny Townsend writes his characters with a great deal of compassion and empathy, whether they're in the church or out... or somewhere in between. He demonstrates genuine interest in people and curiosity Read more [...]

Sunday in Outer Blogness: Boy Scouts Edition!

Peeved about the inclusion of gay scout leaders, the CoJCL-dS is toying with dropping the Boy Scouts as a component of the church's official youth program for American boys. (I guess it's not good enough that they still allow discrimination against atheists and women.) The LDS Newsroom released the following statement: “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is deeply troubled by today’s vote by the Boy Scouts of America National Executive Board. In spite of a request to delay the Read more [...]

Why Mormon Spectrum?

When my husband went through a faith transition, in the Mormon church we were each raised in, we lost friends and a sense of community. Many of the people we had developed close relationships with pulled back from us. Some of our family members struggled to navigate this unexpected change in his perspectives and beliefs. Our church experience altered as now I had a husband that was no longer believing. We were now a mixed faith marriage instead of the traditional Mormon family. It wasn't that people Read more [...]

A Desire to Help

I have heard hundreds of members of the LDS Church, when they encounter someone who has left the church who is now critical of the church, say, "You can leave the Church, but you can't leave it alone" or, more confrontationally, "Why can't you leave the Church and just leave it alone?" Throughout this post, I'm going to refer to this as the "can't leave it alone" aphorism. I can't say whether this accusatory aphorism was popular prior to Glenn L. Pace's 1989 General Conference talk, Follow Read more [...]

Jesus Repositioned

In the 1970’s for reasons yet unexplained the Mormon Church suddenly found itself under scrutiny by mainline Protestant denominations. The basic charge was that the Mormon religion is a non-Christian cult. The Mormon’s response was to reposition Jesus in the Mormon display case. There emerged a Jesus consciousness that was unlike anything that had ever existed in the Mormon Church. With the repositioning of Jesus the Churched moved from stage one Jesus to a stage two Jesus. From the very Read more [...]
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