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I’d go over tips and steps that you can use, especially with regard to DNA information. I’ll include the story of how I found my dad’s birth-parents.   Share story of finding my dad’s birth parents.   If you know how to google, you can do family history…
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Scott Jarvie spent a year on the road photographing each #LDSTemple to make the #AmericanTemples book.

American Temples by Scott Jarvie is a beautiful tribute to LDS Temples built in the United States. Scott spent more than a year living on the road out of an Airstream, traveling more than 40,000 miles from the west coast to the east and back again five…
American Temples by Scott Jarvie is a beautiful tribute to LDS Temples built in the United States. Scott spent more than a year living on the road out of an Airstream, traveling more than 40,000 miles from the west coast to the east and back again five times, photographing each LDS temple as he went. Some people ...
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"...I believe that government intervention can maximize freedom, just like I believe that spiritual regulations can maximize freedom..." -Jeff Swift argues that "liberating form" has political as well as religious implications.

Some Mormons who fall on the right of the political spectrum like to suggest that government intervention does nothing but restrict freedom. They argue that the government should provide national defense and little else on the grounds that anything more…
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The amount of things that have been chosen for me by men I have never met is high- things like what entertainment I can partake in, how much jewelry I can wear, how I can alter my body, how I can’t kiss, or how I really shouldn’t serve a mission. There’s…
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" I am not opposed to some sacred spaces being divided according to gender...What I don’t understand is why there isn’t an equally guarded [sacred] space for women in our church." Laurel Sandberg-Armstrong discusses how sacred male spaces are prioritized and more heavily guarded than female ones.

I’ve been trying to think of how to approach this subject as recent events in the last few years have made women’s treatment in the Church a hot-button issue sure to elicit immediate knee-jerk responses of all kinds. Add to that my deeply ingrained…
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"...It is strange I think, the ways we try to prove our scriptures with "science," or at least with sciencish babble of some form, while simultaneously bristling at discussions of the big bang, an earth billions of years old, and biological evolution." --Steve Peck jumps back on the podcast to talk about evolution.

As I sat in on an institute class with my future wife I remember the instructor passing out colored photocopies of quotes and fun little insights. One of the “insights” was a listing of the elements found in the earth next to a listing of the elements…
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"...It's an anthem of letting go of what you are struggling with, of being true to yourself. I don't think that is ever a bad message to sing with all of your heart. ..." Carrie Marsh talks about the conflict that comes with letting go.

It was the song heard round the world. Over and over and over and OVER again. And we’re still listening to it. As sick as I sometimes get of hearing it, it also never really gets old. I often find myself singing my Let It Go guts out in the car with my…
It was the song heard round the world. Over and over and over and OVER again. And we’re still listening to it. As sick as I sometimes get of hearing it, it also never really gets old. I often find myself singing my Let It Go guts out in the car with my little girls. ...
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"...prayers, spells and incantations used in religion are an appeal to an unseen power for intervention. I cannot discount that possibility but, even with such supernatural assistance, the most effective result occurs when power is awoken within us..." Daniel attempts to cast his spell

I went to the Temple for the first time when I was nineteen, in preparation for my mission. I had taken a temple prep class but the culture of secrecy didn’t serve me well. For instance, until I was seventeen, I thought that I would have to go through the…
I went to the Temple for the first time when I was nineteen, in preparation for my mission. I had taken a temple prep class but the culture of secrecy didn’t serve me well. For instance, until I was seventeen, I thought that I would have to go through the Temple in the buff! When ...
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"...There are about 2 million minors lured into and trapped sexual slavery, in 2015..." --In this episode Jerilyn Hassell Pool of FMH pool and Brian Dillman of Rational Faiths talk with Tim about the problem of sex trafficking, how OUR was founded and how a OUR sting works, and finally what we as a public can do.

Over 25 million people are enslaved around the world, in 2015. Over 10 million people are enslaved for sexual purposes, in 2015. There are about 2 million minors lured into and trapped sexual slavery, in 2015. It would be extremely difficult to find a…
Over 25 million people are enslaved around the world, in 2015. Over 10 million people are enslaved for sexual purposes, in 2015. There are about 2 million minors lured into and trapped sexual slavery, in 2015. It would be extremely difficult to find a human being who did not consider those facts as the most ...
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"...men rely on the woman to domesticate us and draw us back in to society. Without them we are doomed to be drifters. We will selfishly walk this earth, feeding our violent animal urges at the peril of anyone who gets in the way. Without women, we will fail..." - Jeremy Timothy ponders the shortcomings of the male race

I have a deep, dark secret that I have lived with for too much of my life. I hate my gender. Maybe I don’t hate to the point I feel born the wrong gender or wish to change or anything. I just have a deep seated loathing of what men are and by extension,…
"...men rely on the woman to domesticate us and draw us back in to society. Without them we are doomed to be drifters. We will selfishly walk this earth, feeding our violent animal urges at the peril of anyone who gets in the way. Without women, we will fail..." - Jeremy Timothy ponders the shortcomings of the male race
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"Do you hate the devil because of his temptations and the evil he works in the world? Or do you hate him because people use him as a tool of fear and control, or as an excuse to not take responsibility for their own moral choices? Or do you simply think he doesn't make theological or historical sense?" Jonathan G Cannon shares the creation myth that makes Lucifer make sense to him. (BTW his 6-yo liked the story) http://rationalfaiths.com/lucifers-plan/

Do you hate the devil because of his temptations and the evil he works in the world? Or do you hate him because people use him as a tool of fear and control, or as an excuse to not take responsibility for their own moral choices? Or do you simply think he…
Do you hate the devil because of his temptations and the evil he works in the world? Or do you hate him because people use him as a tool of fear and control, or as an excuse to not take responsibility for their own moral choices? Or do you simply think he doesn’t make theological ...
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"I would like to comment on a trend that I have seen from the side of defending Mormon scripture and offer what I think might be a more appropriate way of discussing the issues...I am simply proposing that if anyone is going to compare Mormon scripture with past historical documents and cultures that one should be careful to watch for this, in my opinion, fatal flaw." -Colby Townsend discusses finding parallels between Mormon scriptural teachings and ancient Jewish documents.

In my research at the University of Utah I have mainly focused on Hebrew and Jewish studies, but have had the opportunity of taking a good sampling of courses on Mormon history, text, and practice as well. Both in and out of class I have read many studies…
In my research at the University of Utah I have mainly focused on Hebrew and Jewish studies, but have had the opportunity of taking a good sampling of courses on Mormon history, text, and practice as well. Both in and out of class I have read many studies that seek to understand Mormon scripture better in its ...
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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.