Children — not possessions, not position, not prestige — are our greatest status symbols

OK, I know I probably shouldn’t be posting my own personal complaint about the talk that has already been deconstructed all over the Bloggernacle. But all this debate over career vs. getting your whites whiter than white seems to have missed what (to me) was the most disturbing thing in the entire talk. Continue reading “Children — not possessions, not position, not prestige — are our greatest status symbols”

A question of morality…

As if our usual three-hour services weren’t sufficient, after dinner on Sunday Rex, Joy, and I had a youth fireside to attend at the bishop’s house. Logically Rex shouldn’t have been required to attend since he was eighteen and hence no longer in the youth program, but Mom insisted that she wanted him to go. Actually none of would have gone if we’d had a choice. So naturally we dragged our heels a bit getting there and arrived late. Read the rest of the story »

You’re my obsession (SW continues…)

(Please review the caution.)

During rehearsals over the course of the next few weeks, I had at least some individual attention from Walter essentially every time. I couldn’t really be sure that that meant I was making progress with him, though, since he seemed to take time out to talk to each of the girls in turn during each rehearsal. Basically whenever he wasn’t actively rehearsing a scene, he would go find some girl or other to flirt with. Read the rest of the story »

How to deconvert ’em just enough…

DMI Dave recently wrote a piece on how to be a good anti-Mormon. His first recommendation? “be a good Christian.”

I have to agree with Dave on this one since — although atheists famously can’t speak for one another — I don’t think any self-respecting atheist would choose to be an “anti-Mormon” and pick on Mormons full-time (as opposed to criticizing religion in general).

Then, reading on, it hit me that Dave’s definition of “good anti-Mormon” appears to be “an anti-Mormon who is not inadvertently producing more atheist or agnostic exmos than Christian exmos.” The Evangelical article Dave is responding to (We Push Them Out Into What?) as well a follow-up Evangelical article elsewhere (How to Win Friends and Influence Mormons) seem to be using the same criterion. Continue reading “How to deconvert ’em just enough…”

The bad guys are good and the good guys are awful! (SW continues…)

The babysitting job that I was splitting with Joy was at the house of the Jensens, who were non-members. It was fun having Joy along for a job like this one since it was one where the kids went to bed right off the bat, and all we had to do was hang out and be there to make sure nothing bad happened to them while their parents were gone.

This was a fantastic task since the Jensen’s house was full of tempting delights. I almost would have been willing to pay to spend the evening there if I weren’t being paid to do it. Read the rest of the story »

It’s cool to be a smart mom

It is cool to be a smart mom, and I hope I am one. So I’ve been trying to figure out precisely how to explain why I found the following quote “I think it would be cool to both be smart and be a mom—to be a smart mom” so disturbing in the context of The New Era article “Seek Learning.” Bull has posted the article here and the youth follow-up quotes here. Continue reading “It’s cool to be a smart mom”

Exmormon, part III: Saturday’s Warrior begins…

“Well, here it is — jumping-off point, and here we are one breath away from a sick world that’s been crying out for what we can give it: truth! freedom! salvation!”

He was perfect for the part. I watched as Walter and Jake stood around the piano singing their number and Pinky played. Walter sang his part with gusto. He seemed to be happy to have been cast in this role, but really it was more that the production was lucky to have him than vice-versa. Read the rest of the story »

Interview with documentary film-maker Brian F. Patrick

Brian F. Patrick is the director of the award-winning documentary Burying the Past, which will be shown at the Flood Street Theater in St. George at 7 p.m. September 9, and at 7 p.m. at the Tower Theater in Salt Lake City on September 11.

Main Street Plaza: Is your documentary sometimes perceived as “anti-Mormon”, and, if so, how do you react to that charge?

Brian F. Patrick: Anytime that you mention the “Mountain Meadows Massacre” to Mormons it is usually viewed as an attack against them and their church—Mormon bashing. This is a topic that if they do know about (and many do not) they certainly do not want to discuss, especially with gentiles. It is like not wanting to talk about the elephant in the room, which is really impossible, especially with all the books and films that have come out recently. And of course, this Sept. 11th is the 150 anniversary of the massacre. But most Mormons who see my film view it as mostly balanced and fair — and it has that reputation. I’m not Mormon, but I would never make a film that is one sided propaganda — like September Dawn, for example. I’m more interested in the fascinating complexities of the truth within the human story of the event. So while some “Old Guard” Mormons may see my film is another attack against them and the LDS Church as at the “Spudfest Film Festival” in Southern Idaho where a group threaten to picket and boycott the festival if my film was shown, most are open to see what the film shows and says first. I have been invited several times to show the film to Mormon groups and even reunions of the descendants of the perpetrators and I believe that these groups react very emotionally, but not in a threatened manner. I believe that is why the film won so many awards, that it is in the end, a difficult subject that is handled in a sensitive, truthful, humanistic way. Continue reading “Interview with documentary film-maker Brian F. Patrick”

The double-standard of evidence in the trial of Jesus

If you spend a lot of time over on the exmo side of the Internet, you’ve probably heard all sorts unflattering stories about Joseph Smith, and you probably have a good idea of what kind of evidence these stories have to back them up. (My own most famous family history as church history figure — cousin Philastus Hurlbut — collected affidavits from people Joseph Smith knew…) Continue reading “The double-standard of evidence in the trial of Jesus”