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I was a Teenage Mormon

June 4, 2007 | 60 comments

Over at Pilgrim Girl, Jana discusses how she was told as a teen that her life would be a movie that everyone would watch in the hereafter. She writes: Read more »

Race and the LDS Church (Part I)

May 21, 2007 | 43 comments

Some recent blog comments have discussed how the church’s history on race compares to other religions. Now, national politicians and pundits are discussing the same thing. There seems to be a general perception that the LDS church has not had a strong record as to race. The underlying facts, however, are quite a bit more complicated than that simple answer would suggest. As it turns out, the correct answer to the query “In matters of race, has the LDS church been progressive compared with other religious institutions, or has it been regressive?”, is: Both. This is the first in... Read more »

Making Mother’s Day Better

May 14, 2007 | 213 comments

“Mother’s Day is an equal opportunity day,” writes Kristine at VSOM. Read more »


May 9, 2007 | 59 comments

I. This morning, driving Daughter to school: Read more »

Educational equality between spouses: Not a one-way street?

May 7, 2007 | 51 comments

In October conference, President Hinckley made an interesting statement about marriage, education, and equality between spouses. Read more »

The new useless statement on church doctrine

May 5, 2007 | 45 comments

Reader Rebecca V. points out a fascinating new church newsroom statement intended to clarify the meaning of church doctrine. Read more »

Checking our e-male

May 2, 2007 | 15 comments

According to the pronoun counter at the He/She Ratio website (hat tip: Feminist Law Profs), Times and Seasons uses a female pronoun 43% of the time and a male pronoun 57% of the time. For comparison purposes, here are some other websites, with corresponding percentages of female pronouns: Read more »

Two by two

May 1, 2007 | 145 comments

All right — let’s hear everyone’s thoughts and reactions on evening two of “The Mormons.” (Or are we all watching Law & Order instead?) Read more »

Mormons discussing “Mormons”

May 1, 2007 | 14 comments

Just in case 141 comments and counting on this thread aren’t enough for you, there are discussions of “The Mormons” up at Mormon Mentality, Mor-Mormon Mentality, Faith Promoting Rumor, Feminist Mormon Housewives, Dave’s Mormon Inquiry, Millennial Star, Mormanity, and a few threads over at The Blog of Satan ™. All this commentary leaves me with barely any time to watch the show! Read more »

Mountain Meadows in LDS consciousness

May 1, 2007 | 136 comments

On the “Mormons” thread, reader Kevinf notes his own surprise and chagrin at the fact that his 29-year-old daughter didn’t know about Mountain Meadows. I’m less shocked; when I was 29, I really didn’t know much about the topic, either. Here’s a question for our readers: At what age, and through what avenue, did you learn about Mountain Meadows? Read more »

One possible solution, Julie

April 28, 2007 | 31 comments

Bribery. Read more »

Modesty and culture

April 26, 2007 | 75 comments

How much do ideas about modesty, decency, and obscenity depend on cultural context? Consider that recently, actor Richard Gere was widely criticized in India for publicly engaging in a vulgar, lewd, obscene, immodest, and indecent act. He was burned in effigy, and a warrant issued for his arrest; he was called a sign of decaying morals, and of the erosion of values. What was his crime? He kissed a woman, on the cheek, in public. Read more »

Arrayed in Light

April 23, 2007 | 50 comments

Our hymnals show changing themes through time, and the themes in older hymnals are a window into the concerns of the age. One striking theme from older LDS hymnals is the large number of funeral hymns, including several hymns for bereaved parents. Read more »

Two Quotations

April 17, 2007 | 23 comments

Two quotations on divorce, from church leaders of different eras: Read more »

Paragraph Seven, Subpart J, Clause Twelve

April 8, 2007 | 33 comments

WHEREAS, the living room contains Easter eggs (including eggs of the chocolate, caramel, and peanut butter varieties); and Read more »


April 4, 2007 | 24 comments

“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!” The real problem with Holy Week celebrations, Kristine, isn’t Nate’s theory about high versus low church and liturgy and ritual. The real problem is falling deities. Just ask any resident of San Pablo. Read more »

AggreGatekeepers (Updated)

March 26, 2007 | 79 comments
AggreGatekeepers (Updated)

A quick question/poll, for our readers: Do you use aggregation to read blogs? If so, which aggregator(s) do you typically use? The major choices I’m aware of are Archipelago, LDSelect, and Google Reader; are there other popular options? Do you use any of these? All of them? Why (not)? And what feature(s) do you (not) use? I’m curious. Read more »


March 21, 2007 | 47 comments

The standard reply to every bad-bishop or awful-ward story is well known by now: “The church is perfect, but the members aren’t.” Your interaction with an awful leader or member or ward — hypocritical, sexist, gossipy, unrighteous dominion, Red Sox fan, or otherwise unpardonable — is due to the humanity involved. The church itself is just fine, and please bear in mind that hide-bound church individuals are hide-bound only in their individual capacity. Why, the scriptures even tell us that unrighteous dominion is sadly inevitable. How exactly do we reconcile that line of reasoning with Matthew 7? Read more »

Miller-Eccles on Mountain Meadows Massacre

March 21, 2007 | 84 comments

This Friday and Saturday, the Miller-Eccles group in southern California will hear a presentation from Rob Briggs on the topic: “Mountain Meadows Massacre: How could this heinous massacre have happened?” Information is as follows: Read more »

From the (FMH) Archives: Polyandry

March 16, 2007 | 32 comments

Several months ago, I blogged on this topic at FMH. For Women’s History Month, I’d like to revisit the question, for this somewhat different audience: From a feminist perspective, is polyandry more or less acceptable than polygyny? Read more »

The Roast Beast

March 13, 2007 | 18 comments

Folks in the nacle are talking recipes lately. I’ll share a tasty winter recipe I made a few weeks ago: A basic (but quite tasty) Pork Roast. Read more »

Around the blogs: WHM at Feminist Mormon Housewives

March 12, 2007 | 6 comments

Feminist Mormon Housewives has been in superlative form in celebrating Women’s History Month. WHM posts so far have included Ronan’s discussion about an Akkadian princess and poetess; Julie’s feminist Family Home Evening lesson; Kiskilili’s discussion of women’s status in Ancient Mesopotamia; Margaret Toscano’s personal essay about her history; Heather O.’s post on pregnant women soldiers in the Civil War; Julie’s Young Women’s version of the anointing at Bethany; and now a guest post from Todd Compton about the life and feminism of Emily Dow Partridge. It’s simple — if you’re not reading FMH this month, then you’re missing out... Read more »

Wells run dry

March 9, 2007 | 13 comments

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Scholarship versus dissemination

March 7, 2007 | 30 comments

Over at the great and spacious blog, Richard Bushman writes that “what I would hope for is more serious and focused thought, the kind that Nate Oman turns out, rather than off-the-cuff chatter that is fun but leads nowhere.” Similarly, recent discussion at DMI focuses on whether blogging can or should displace conventional scholarship. These discussions touch on the same questions: Why are we blogging, anyway? Are some types of blogging more valuable than others, as Bushman seems to suggest? Should we all be more like Nate? Read more »