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"...It's almost like someone is telling you they can see your hot pink thong sticking out of the top of your pants. Except it's just a little sliver of unflattering lace neckline to the side of your very modest cap sleeved shirt..." ---Carrie Marsh talks about garment defined modesty.

I recently read the fantastic opinion piece by Mette Harrison via The Huffington Post entitled “If We Don’t Feel Oppressed, Are We?” and it really hit home with me. When discussing matters that bothered me in the church, in particular the inequality of…
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"...In order to have His (Christ’s) spirit to be with us, we must “…keep his commandments which he has given…” not just keep the commandments, but keep His commandments. In order to understand what this means, I decided to read all the scriptural accounts written about the life of Jesus, in search of his commandments..." Daniel seeks a deeper discipleship.

Central to the worship and devotion of Mormon Church members is the ordinance of the sacrament in which we explicitly renew the covenant implicitly made at baptism. The covenant is implicit, because we do not verbally agree to specifically stated…
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"...His decision may have influenced the lives of thousands for good or bad. We can let God handle that. The man is dead and on to glory. He repented of his sins. We are still here. Are we going to molder in the past and try to invent hurt that was not intended for us, or we can remember the past and understand that even God will not take the agency of His prophets?" Rodric Johnson accepts Brigham Young as both racist and prophet.

By the way, just as an aside, if you are looking for fair and balanced in this article, you have chosen to read one of my rare works where I am as biased as hell! And if you don't believe that hell is biased, listen to the product its admission…
I resolve that I will hear about Brigham Young as this big bad racist meanie for the rest of my life!
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"Sometimes I actually read books that are not Mormon History Books believe it or not and the latest one is about introverts. It is a book about people like me!" I review Susan Cain's "Quiet" http://wp.me/p4Dj9X-6dP

Sometimes I actually read books that are not Mormon History Books believe it or not and the latest one is about introverts. It is a book about people like me! The fact that Susan Cain‘s Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking has…
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"We could do better- we simply choose not to." --- Azul Uribe talks about Mormonism and Racism.

It has been a little over a year since the murder of Michael Brown and one year exactly of the death of Darrien Hunt at the hands of Utah Police and we have seen the #BlackLivesMatter movement rise from the ashes of the gun smoke. I am ready to never see…
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"Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one. . . ." Jonathan Cannon examines how Nephi stacks up against the moral injunctions of Joseph's revelations in the Doctrine and Covenants. Nephi: Almost a Good Man

And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God. Mark 10:18 Shortly after my mission I was teaching a Sunday School lesson on 1 Ne 17. Our Stake President had asked us all to memorize the Doctrine and Covenants…
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"Well you know I've been through it, when the clock is flipped back to it"......Michelle Wiener reflects on what it means to live on Flipped Mormon Standard Time.

We’ve all heard the old American proverb, “The early bird gets the worm.” Well, if given the choice between being the early bird and the worm, I’d be the worm. And I think scripturally speaking; the worm has the upper edge on spirituality. Let me…
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". . . I've drafted 10 questions for all current presidential candidates, informed by my understanding of Mormon scripture and doctrine . . ." Jeff Swift gets all righteous on Trump, Hillary, and everyone else:

I believe that we all have an obligation make sure our moral and ethical beliefs inform our politics.
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"Robert Frost said it best 'Here are your waters and your watering place. Drink and be whole again beyond confusion.' What is your spiritual watering hole?" -Brian discusses sources of spiritual strength.

Hearing the voice of the Holy Ghost and feeling the spirit often present themselves as elusive experiences that we want to have but just can’t seem to grasp. In fact, when teaching the youth in my ward I asked the priests and laurels to rate their…
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"I’m going to expect no one to agree with me. I’m going to treat no one’s feelings or thoughts gently. If you love the letter and think it’s perfect, don’t read my response. If you expect detailed responses to every item in the letter, go someplace else. If you are my friend and what you really want is validation of your pain caused at the hands of the LDS church and its members, give me a phone call. Chances are I will agree with you, and I will do my best to show my love." Jonathan Cannon gives his personal responds to the CES letter at the request of a friend. http://wp.me/p4Dj9X-6dE

“If the CES Letter has added value to your life, please pay it forward. Your support will allow us to continue to help the honest in heart seekers.” Such loaded language from the CES letter website gets my hackles up, but I’ll suppress them long enough to…
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"...Why does the LDS Church play the victim card so often?..."--Greg Nelson explores this perennial feature of Mormonism.

"We’re masters at refashioning emotional moments to build testimony. We dress up our kids in pioneer clothes and send them off on mini-treks so they can experience firsthand the sacrifice of being forced across the plains. Forget that most Mormon pioneers…
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"... What can we learn from Joseph Smith's 1844 Indictment for Adultery and Fornication?..."--John Dinger explores the evidence of this interesting episode in LDS Church History.

Joseph Smith’s Indictment for Adultery and Fornication: Some Answers but Many Questions On May 20, 1844, Nauvoo Stake President William Marks was subpoenaed and selected to serve on the grand jury of Hancock County. This Circuit Court was held twice a…
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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.