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"...In its zeal to show how opposed it is to gay marriage, the LDS Church has written a letter that ends up throwing Church history under the bus, flatly contradicts LDS scripture, and brands its first six presidents as immoral violators of the Law of Chastity..."--Corbin Volluz discusses the new LDS Church anti-Gay Marriage letter.

There is a theory that if a person traveled back in time and confronted her earlier self, the universe would explode. This appears to be what has happened with the new anti-gay marriage letter put out by the LDS Church and set for widespread distribution…
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"...For some, the flag is a symbol of southern pride and a means to honor the bravery of ancestors willing to die for their country. For others, it is racist, a reminder of when the South was determined to maintain slavery and Jim Crow. Some ask, “What is all the fuss about? It’s only a flag!” Yet symbols, just like words—seemingly small things—have consequences..." --- Devery S. Anderson discusses the history and meaning of the Confederate Flag.

The Confederate battle flag has long been controversial, but has witnessed unprecedented attention since nine parishioners at the Emanuel African Episcopal Methodist Church in Charleston, South Carolina, were gunned down by a deranged man seething with…
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"...there are many dominant religions who define marriage as one-man/one-woman. However, there are several religions who define it differently and bless same-sex marriages. The irony is, if a religious freedom argument were relevant, then it would actually work in favor of same-sex marriage..." Daniel Parkinson argues for religious freedom.

We all learned in elementary school that the Pilgrims came to America so that they could practice their religion without persecution. They were willing to put up with hardships as they left their homes and countries in order to live their religion. We…
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". . . The lesson from the ark-steady-er is not “never disagree with the prophet” or even “never publicly disagree” but “don’t take upon yourself the responsibility of another . . . " Jeff Swift continues the dialogue with a Millennial Star blogger.

Here’s my response to ldsphilosopher’s response to my response to his response to this “how to stay mormon” post. I’m going to do my best to respond to the core point of ldsphilosopher’s response: Person A says, “The prophets are wrong on X, and we need…
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"... If we ask for generic blessings, will we receive generic blessings? ..." --Jason LaBau on vain repetitions.

As Mormons we often pride ourselves on avoiding “vain repetitions” by not reciting set prayers (except, you know, those ones we say every Sunday for the sacrament). Occasionally we also pause to consider our oft-repeated phrases – the “harm-or-accident”…
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"I think more often we retreat to a "safe place" and talk about more pleasant topics rather than continuing to confront our own racism..." -Brian, Michael, Jerilyn, and Mica talk about racism and how to confront it. http://wp.me/p4Dj9X-5Zm

Since the release of the church essay on Race and the Priesthood and up to the recent Charleston shooting race has been a constant topic of discussion in online Mormonism, and in the wider culture. For many white members there is at least a tinge of…
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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard that the Supreme Court of the United States ruled this week that gay marriage is now legal in all 50 states. You would have had to have been living under said rock for a very, very long time to be…
"All of the outrage for all the wrong reasons."
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The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of…
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"This isn't a day to be down—the Lord works in mysterious ways! Even though the family is under major attack with gays waving their flags everywhere, now a small door has opened to strengthen the true family..." Paul Barker talks about hidden blessings found in Friday's Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage

It’s been a wild and crazy week! Even though states have been legalizing gay marriage throughout the individual states, the Supreme Court just made it legal in all 50 states. For many Mormons and Christians this has been a troubling dark time. How could…
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"...Couples party. Pajamas. PAJAMAS. "Have you ever heard of swinger parties?" "Yeeeessssssss......" "Well, we're a group of LDS swingers...." Carrie Marsh gets solicited by an LDS Swinger (!!!)

Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale A tale of a fateful call That started from this online ad for lessons one and all. The teacher was an engaging woman Who kept the man on the line. She kept asking questions that day For twenty minutes time, for…
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"...for those intent on pursuing the development of faith, Fowler’s stages provide a way to see the path. He doesn’t seek to instruct the faithful but, simply, illuminate the pursuit..." Daniel Lewis explores James Fowler's seminal work.

I don’t think anyone can avoid searching for spirituality at some point in life. Religion may turn many people off the path and they may spend much of their lives and energy avoiding further contact, but there seems to be something built in that compels…
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1 Peter 2:9 9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: We have been taught that we are a chosen…
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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.