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Rereading A Prayer for Owen Meany

May 13, 2013 | 11 comments
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I never re-read books, but I decided to read this one, twenty-two years after I first read it, because “he is the reason I believe in God; I am a Christian because of Owen Meany.” That’s a quote from the first sentence of the book, but it is true, literally true, for me, too.  I feel somewhat guilty that this book triggered my conversion, because it is not G-rated; in fact, it is a little crass.  It isn’t sweet and it isn’t fluffy and it criticizes religion and miracles and believers just as much as it celebrates them. But... Read more »

Book Review: L. Tom Perry: An Uncommon Life

May 5, 2013 | 11 comments
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Book Review:  L. Tom Perry:  An Uncommon Life

 L. Tom Perry:  An Uncommon Life:  Years of Preparation by Lee Tom Perry. Read more »

Protecting Women

April 14, 2013 | 91 comments
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RadioWest hosted a discussion about Mormon Women and the Priesthood this week.  It is worth a listen. Read more »

“Some women are concerned that they don’t hold the priesthood.”

April 5, 2013 | 128 comments
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I can’t think of anything quite like this video being done before. Read more »

Strands of Priesthood

April 1, 2013 | 40 comments
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Many discussions about women and the priesthood get muddled because they don’t pay attention to the fact that “priesthood” involves multiple doctrines and practices, with different rationales, functions, and histories.  I thought it might be helpful if I separated the strands of priesthood and thought about them separately.  Read more »

Book Review: Mormon Women Have Their Say

March 19, 2013 | one comment
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Book Review:  Mormon Women Have Their Say

This collection of essays based on the interviews in the Claremont Oral History collection is well worth reading for anyone who wants a better understanding of modern LDS women. Read more »

How (Not) to Do Media

March 18, 2013 | 28 comments
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How (Not) to Do Media

I saw two examples of church-produced media in recent weeks; one was nearly perfect in every way and the other was . . . the opposite. Read more »

New Edition of the Scriptures

March 1, 2013 | 44 comments
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Read all about it here. Read more »

What It Is

February 11, 2013 | 14 comments
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Me to husband:  “Stake conference this weekend.” Read more »

How Can I Use Church Music to Learn about the Plan of Salvation?

February 3, 2013 | 10 comments
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This is one of the teaching outlines from the new youth Sunday School curriculum for February.  I thought I’d share how I plan to teach this lesson.   Read more »

On Complaining

January 23, 2013 | 106 comments
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Rosalynde here expresses some of the concerns that I have about the methodology of the Wear Pants and GC Prayer efforts.  I want to add a few more thoughts: Read more »

Should Women Pray in Public?

January 13, 2013 | 119 comments
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So it looks like All Enlisted (the people who brought you “Wear Pants to Church Day”) is now starting a campaign to have a woman pray in General Conference.  It prompted this repost from BCC which references this piece from Rosalynde Welch.  I want to look at just one line from Rosalynde’s essay: Read more »

What the Smith Boys Said

December 19, 2012 | 14 comments
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BMGD #48: Moroni 7-8 and 10

December 17, 2012 | 12 comments
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BMGD #47: Moroni 1-6

December 10, 2012 | 2 comments
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Mormonsandgays.org

December 6, 2012 | 32 comments
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The church has a new website today: Mormonsandgays.org. Read more »

BMGD #46: Ether 7-15

December 3, 2012 | no comments
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BMGD #45: Ether 1-6

November 26, 2012 | 6 comments
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BMGD #44 Mormon 7-9

November 19, 2012 | 10 comments
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BMGD #43: Mormon 1-6 and Moroni 9

November 12, 2012 | 7 comments
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BMGD #42: 3 Nephi 27-30 and 4 Nephi

November 5, 2012 | no comments
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BMGD #41: 3 Nephi 22-26

October 29, 2012 | 3 comments
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BMGD #40: 3 Nephi 16, 20-21

October 22, 2012 | 9 comments
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BMGD #39: 3 Nephi 17-19

October 15, 2012 | 8 comments
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