Runtu has added some new insights in the continuing discussion of LDS Doubt in the NY Times:
It seems the church has learned at least a few things from the rescue experience. First and foremost, don’t send anyone official out to discuss the issues. Instead, they’ve sent out (or at least haven’t objected to) Richard Bushman and Terryl and Fiona Givens to hold meetings with doubting members. I have tremendous respect for Richard Bushman, who in my view epitomizes the faithful historian, acknowledging Read more [...]
Picture it – Sicily – 1922. Sorry, that's Estelle Getty's line. FYI for the younger crowd – Estelle played Sophia Petrillo on the Golden Girls sitcom. But, we digress.
Actually, it was Mt. Home, Idaho – summer 1981.
The turmoil of the past eighteen months was behind us and we found ourselves in a small, quintessential American "hometown" very similar to what Larry had grown up in during the '50s and '60s.
It would be a great place to raise the kids over the next two years. Also, nice Read more [...]
As many of you know (and perhaps celebrated), this past week there was a magical holiday -- celebrated mostly only in Utah, and only truly appreciated by those of us with pioneer heritage -- Pie and Beer Day!!! (Or something like that...) Time to reflect upon the sacrifices made by the early Mormons, and maybe learn some real history.
In addition to the increase in empathy and communication surrounding this whole NY Times Swedish-Rescue story, there was new and interesting observation from Simon Read more [...]
Aside from a few posts on the article in the New York Times, there wasn't really one hot topic this week -- it was more like a variety of interesting insights. I will try to group them as best I can:
The "Relief Society" is something of a shadow of its former self, but perhaps it could be revitalized by going back to its service-oriented roots, or -- if you want to get really radical -- let the women run it. Something is clearly wrong -- just look at the responses to this survey of young LDS Read more [...]
Well, this should be interesting. The NY TImes has a story published on the web yesterday discussing the ongoing brouhaha in Sweden involving members who have had a crisis of faith. There is a bullet-pointed list of major concerns:
■ Why does the church always portray Joseph Smith translating the Book of Mormon from golden plates, when witnesses described him looking down into a hat at a “peep stone,” a rock that he believed helped him find buried treasure?
■ Why were black men excluded Read more [...]
When I first left the church (about 20 years ago), I kind of assumed that the experiences of people who left the church were pretty much like mine. Or, more precisely, I didn't really have any idea of how other people's experiences might differ, and -- before discovering the online exmo community (about 10 years ago) -- I didn't have any way to connect with other exmos and find out what their experiences were like.
Discovering the incredible range and diversity of mo/exmo experiences has been Read more [...]
Mormon royalty, that is. With Pioneer Day coming up, it's time to remember whether you are a direct descendant of Brigham Young or not. 'Cause, being royalty makes things a little different. And while I'm interested in exploring my own pioneer heritage, I get how alienating this ancestor worship is for people descended of more recent converts.
This week's big philosophical question is What does it mean to believe in God?. Andrew H. discussed the various possibilities and how the invisible Read more [...]
Imagine that a pair of fresh-faced young women show up at your door with a message of hope just as you're trying to cope with the recent death of your baby. And they offer an idyllic community -- a perfect Zion that seems too good to be true. And it is.
It sounds like Mormonism, but it isn't. Lawrence Pratt's Dark Deception is strongly informed by Mormonism, but the church in the story is "The American Church of the New Christ."
This fictional religion is believable and well fleshed-out Read more [...]
In our last episode, we intrepid converts were transitioning from Germany back to the states for Larry's back surgery. Little did we know as we packed to leave that the next eighteen months would find us in four different states (geographical, not emotional).
Getting back to the states was a real joy – the Air Force, in its infinite stupidity – required Larry to travel solo on a "medivac" flight even though he was still fully ambulatory. Miki and our two youngsters flew ahead to San Antonio Read more [...]
An early boycott for Orson Scott Card's book-to-movie adaptation Ender's Game is in the works due to Card's past homophobia.
Card has responded to the boycott thusly:
Ender’s Game is set more than a century in the future and has nothing to do with political issues that did not exist when the book was written in 1984.
With the recent Supreme Court ruling, the gay marriage issue becomes moot. The Full Faith and Credit clause of the Constitution will, sooner or later, give legal force in Read more [...]