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Last General Conference, Elder Jeffery R. Holland stated, “there was an actual Adam and Eve who fell from an actual Eden, with all the consequences that fall carried with it.” And he continued, “I do not know the details of what happened on this planet…
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"...People like me get called prideful all the time by our fellow Mormons. It gets old, to say the least...." -Jeff Swift responds to the Millennial Star and quotes a radical puritan.

People like me get called prideful all the time by our fellow Mormons. It gets old, to say the least. This accusation came up again in the discussion of a blog post titled “How to stay Mormon when you’re tired of Mormons,” which has been making the rounds…
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"It would seem that our solution to avoid getting rich and kicking ourselves out of the church is to kick our teachings related to wealth out of the church instead." Geoff talks about wealth, racism, & classism at a church conference.

It would seem that our solution to avoid getting rich and kicking ourselves out of the church is to kick our teachings related to wealth out of the church instead.
A case study of the issues we still face regarding race and wealth in the church.
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"...I have found that most Christians (as well as most Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, etc.) see Mormons as belonging to the Christian community..." --- Robert Rees defends Mormonism's claim on Christianity.

Ever since reading David V. Mason’s “I’m a Mormon, Not a Christian” (Op-ed, NYT, 12 June 2012), I have thought about how my experience as a Mormon Christian differs from his. Mason, who sees himself “about as genuine a Mormon as you’ll find” and…
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"...I'm not going to try to find any references to describe my relationship with Elder Packer, so I might get some facts wrong, but I feel like writing about our history together. The influence he has had on my life is a very complex thing, for me..." --- Jonathan G. Cannon describes some life lessons, good and bad.

Elder Packer probably wouldn’t be too surprised to learn that I have a relationship with him, despite our never having met. It’s the price of being a public figure, I suppose. I know we are related, somehow, through my mom’s mom, who was a Packer, and I…
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"Ever heard about a Council of 50 men in the Mormon church that was discussing an invention of liquid fire that could destroy an army or a navy?" --In this podcast Gwen discusses the Council of 50 functioning for 40 years under three different Mormon Prophets with Jedidiah Rogers

Ever heard about a Council of 50 men in the Mormon church that was discussing an invention of liquid fire that could destroy an army or a navy? Did you know there was a Mormon Council that sometimes wrote its minutes in code, and its members took oaths of…
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"...We may say that the Church is true relative to each individuals experience with the organization. If my experience with the Church, it’s culture, principles and practices, aligns with my expectations, then I will probably say that it is true..." Daniel Lewis explores the value of truth.

I’d like to bear my testimony that I know my hammer is true. It is straight, it is balanced and in my hand, it does what I need it to do. Usually. It has smashed several of my fingers, or rather, I have smashed several of my fingers with it. I have…
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".. sexuality for singles who are keeping their commitment to chastity and the balancing of parenting labor in the home that does not overly burden one spouse, which could negatively affect the erotic relationship." http://wp.me/p4Dj9X-5UE

In this episode of “Ask a Mormon Sex Therapist”, Laurel and Brian talk with  Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife on the topics of sexuality for singles who are keeping their commitment to chastity and the balancing of parenting labor in the home that does not…
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Embodied in flesh, Jesus was not completely exempt from the temptations of corporeal existence as highlighted in Mark 1:12-13, Matthew 4:1-11 and Luke 4:1-13. In this text, I will examine the temptation story found in Luke (4:1-13). My exegesis is shaped…
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...For me, institutions are not “true” or “false” in an absolute sense, but can be judged by how well they fit with an individual’s values and needs. Certain of my values are simply inconsistent with Mormon church membership... Edward Jones III remembers the beautiful parts of his Mormon experience as he bids the church a fond farewell.

This essay was originally posted on the GailyMormon Blog Edward Jones III * *** * ** *** Salt Lake City, UT 84101 May 11, 2015 Member Records Division, LDS Church 50 E. North Temple, Room 1372 Salt Lake City, UT 84150-5310 Dear Mormon leaders, I…
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"…Betrayal by a family member can be incredibly painful. In a religion that emphasizes families to the degree Mormonism does, it’s distressing to have opposing beliefs used to destroy family bonds…" —Jerilyn Hassell Pool talks about sisterhood and allyship.

Recently, I had a dream. (Warning, my subconscious is completely self-indulgent.) I dreamt I saw a lovely house local to me online and I wanted a closer look, so my husband and I took a drive to see it. We pulled up to the house and I looked at it from…
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"...Our trip in time will help us to understand the context for the creation of the LDS Proclamation on the Family. While there were other places dealing with same-sex marriage and gay rights at the time, notably Colorado and Alaska, Hawaii’s issues were pivotal. Perhaps our historical insights will make a difference in how we view the document..." Laura Compton offers a comprehensive look at the circumstances that played a role in the creation of the Family Proclamation.

“Sherman, set the Wayback Machine to September 3, 1991; location, Honolulu, Hawaii, where a local court is hearing the state’s first same-sex marriage case, Baehr v. Lewin.” As we join Mr. Peabody and Sherman on their journey back in time, we remind…
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"[Brigham], it is my church as much as it is yours" - Robert Gardner to Brigham Young
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The three Barker brothers would often engage in private e-mails  and phone calls with each other and their friends about Mormonism. The three decided it would be more fun to create a blog where all their friends and family could get  together and hammer out some of the idiosyncrasies of Mormonism. Here they hope to provide a safe, fair, and balanced space to discuss the complexities, difficulties, and beauty of their Mormon tradition.