Ladies and germs, I am so close to having all the boxes cleared out of my new apartment, I can just feel it!! But you know what that means! Getting so excited about sorting these boxes and getting them the ** out of my living space kinda cuts into my Internet time!! So let's make this one a quick one. (related: If you need any still-good-junk: car seats, Ikea furniture, etc. -- totally come to my place!)
Here's a great challenge for Lent: try living without a car!! Aside from three months Read more [...]
I was reading an ethnography of Mormonism that will be released in the next few months (I got an advance copy) and a thought struck me when the author started describing some Mormon beliefs: There are some aspects of Mormonism that really cannot be explained. In other words, Mormons can't answer some questions about their religion. I could be wrong, of course, but here the questions that came to mind:
Why do people have to have ordinances performed on physical, mortal bodies, thus necessitating Read more [...]
I hope you all followed the appropriate guidelines this Valentine's Day, or at least celebrated polygamist-style. Other options include dancing, falling in love, or sharing secrets of a happy marriage, sentimental songs, and nerd-love poetry and cards. Maybe offer your companion this romantic Doctrine and Covenants Reference Companion!
Sadly, the ladies aren't feeling much love when it comes to praying in church. (If you missed it here's an overview.) Perhaps a consolation: it's not just Read more [...]
Saturday’s Warrior. My mother always thought since my sister was born on a Saturday during a rain storm this was really fitting. Now my sister is 30 years old + it seems a bit odd that Saturday lasted so long. I’m sure in another 20 years this will seem even sillier, and perhaps 20 years after that this movie will go down the memory hole it deserves.
“Who are these children coming down” song. “Trailing clouds of glory” comes from a William Wordsworth poem printed in 1919. Read more [...]
A new take on the missionary position:
See the rest of the photo shoot here: http://mormonmissionarypositions.com/
My now favorite Mormon missionary themed position:
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In a recent discussion with some devout Mormon family members, I framed the Noah and the Ark myth as just that, a myth. Immediately they took offense and claimed I was attacking them. I proceeded to explain that I do think it is perfectly reasonable - actually, more than that, obligatory - to educate people and disabuse them of patently false beliefs. In response, they called me intolerant, disrespectful, strident, and fundamentalist in my thinking and went so far as to suggest that I want to rid Read more [...]
In the Fall 2011 issue of Dialogue (44:3), Gregory Prince interviews Shaun A. Casey about religion and presidential politics in light of his recently published book, "The Making of a Catholic President: Kennedy vs. Nixon 1960." Just one page in is this exchange:
Prince: When was the religion of the candidate first an issue? Was it Al Smith?
Casey: Well, I think it can go all the way back to 1800 when Thomas Jefferson ran. He was attacked as being an atheist. You see it crop up in American presidential Read more [...]
This past week we congratulated 2012's Brodie Award Winners! Most recipients were pleased, but... well, let's just say I hope we won't have to call on the Mormon Alumni Association Legal Defense Fund... ;)
I think one of the wisest pieces I read this past week was mostly a quote from Elizabeth Gilbert on knowing yourself, with some added thoughts from Renn:
After my marriage ended, in my next relationship I had a surprise pregnancy. It ended in a miscarriage but I remember feeling so relieved Read more [...]
The Utah State Legislature is currently drafting a bill for housing and employment nondiscrimination for LGBTs statewide after months of closed door discussions. Good, right?
Well, here's the scary part: one of the sticking points is whether churches as institutions should be exempt from the discrimination ban, or if adherents to faiths should be, as well.
If that's a sticking point, that does not bode well. Has such a thing ever been done before, where individual adherents of faiths Read more [...]
There were some pretty close races, but they're over now -- the results are in!!! Congratulations to the winners and to everyone who participated!
Year-long awards for people and websites:
Best New Blog or Podcast: Infants on Thrones
Best Discussion Forum: Exmormon Reddit
Best Humor/Satire Site or Blog: LDS (Mormon) Stake Presidents Blog
Best faithful-perspective Mormon Blog: feminist Mormon housewives
Best LDS-Interest Audio/Video Channel: Mr. Deity
Best LDS-Interest Specialized Read more [...]