I was going to call this the “Easter Edition,” but then I read about a study that claims that Mormons don’t care about Easter, and — if I can still be considered Mormon — I can provide an additional data point in favor of Mormons not caring about Easter. Sure, we had some friends over yesterday for a party that included lots of Chocolates and an Easter-treat hunt for the kids. And by fortuitous coincidence, it was also my husband’s birthday, so we were able to get in a celebration of that as well during our long weekend. But if we hadn’t been due for a party, we probably wouldn’t have done anything.
Probably the most entertaining news item was when some folks at BYU decided to give the Book of Mormon a bunch of glowing reviews on Amazon. Also, a Mormon doomsday prophet gave specific dates of the impending doom. In less amusing Mormon news, the LDS Church has been named in lawsuit alleging sexual abuse of Navajo children in the Indian placement program.
There were a variety of fascinating discussions this past week, including Mormons figuring out what feminism is, the key to understanding the Bible, the parable of the hospital, the math of celestial marriage, the crazy stuff in the Journal of Discourses, and evidence of a high-level historical cover-up!
In life journeys, Conor Hilton described a “faith remodel”, Ex-Mormon Tales and Chelsey Sidler-Lartey explained why they don’t believe in God — and Andrew Hackman recorded a podcast about his atheism (with his non-atheist brother). And Zina described how her atheism made her a better person. On the flip side, Gina Colvin has gone back to church.
I hope you’ve had and/or are having a lovely holiday weekend! Till next week, happy reading!