Posts Tagged ‘ Church Living ’

The Four Types of Mormons

November 21, 2005 | 55 comments
The Four Types of Mormons

So my very bright friend in Wisconsin has come up with something that should get us light years beyond the tired old Liahona-Iron Rod business. Here it is, in his words, not mine. Read more »

Book Review: I Love Mormons: A New Way to Share Christ with Latter-day Saints

September 2, 2005 | 133 comments
Book Review:  I Love Mormons:  A New Way to Share Christ with Latter-day Saints

The techniques that Evangelicals use to convert Mormons to ‘traditional Christianity’ do not work. The same cannot be said for the method proposed by David L. Rowe in his new book. . Read more »

David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism

August 16, 2005 | 78 comments

David O. McKay presented a dramatic contrast to his predecessors: an athletic, movie-star-handsome, clean-shaven figure who often wore a white double-breasted suit; contrasted to the dark-suited, bearded polygamists (or, in the case of George Albert Smith, son of a polygamist) who preceded him as Church President ever since Joseph Smith. In an age prior to professional image-makers, he instinctively grasped the importance of appearance, and coupled it to the substance of a professional educator to become an icon of Mormonism whose persona did much to change the negative image of the Church in much of the world. Read more »


July 20, 2005 | 17 comments

Griping about endless crafts at Home, Family, and Personal Enrichment Meeting is a Bloggernacle staple. I’d like to try something different. Read more »

Why I Love My Ward

May 5, 2005 | 50 comments

Sitting in Fast and Testimony meeting last Sunday, I started thinking about why I enjoy my ward so much, and it came down to the people in it. Read more »

Friday I’m in Love

April 22, 2005 | 37 comments

It’s Friday morning, and the house is full of the feeling that something good is just around the corner. Nothing is, of course: I have no plans for tonight, tomorrow brings no particular respite from the daily round, the weekend provides no special bookmark in the text of my life, these days. Well, there is the adults-only session of Stake Conference on Saturday night, I guess. Still, though, Friday tastes good, like movies and loud music and books and beds and restaurants and release. Yeah, you could say I’m in love. Read more »

Sectarianism vs. Assimilation

April 14, 2005 | 26 comments

Which should we be more strenuously avoiding, and how? Clark Goble suggests that the Church in “the last decade and a half has focused on building on common ground. But that has also (IMO) had unfortunate doctrinal consequences on the population as well as I believe leading to the decrease in conversions the last 5 – 8 years.” Read more »

Reminders to Frank about Teaching

April 12, 2005 | 16 comments

We have a lot of teachers around here. I am guessing that at least half of our perma-bloggers are somehow involved in teaching and probably huge chunks of our readership are or will be. Read more »

Teaching Modesty to Children

April 6, 2005 | 113 comments

I posted the following you-know-where: I don’t have girl children, but I don’t let my boys wear tank tops or shorts above the knee. Read more »

A Small Thing

March 31, 2005 | 50 comments

When I was in graduate school, I had long hair and a beard. Read more »

Eight Not-So-Simple Rules . . .

March 23, 2005 | 44 comments

Thought LDS dating rules were draconian? ‘Courtship‘ is the trendy new (old) thing among Christian fundamentalists. Read more »


February 11, 2005 | 26 comments

Each month of this semester the Faculty Center at BYU is sponsoring a panel discussion of prayer. The participants are Julia Boerio-Goates (Chemistry), Thomas Griffith (University General Counsel), Roger Keller (Church History and Doctrine), and James Siebach (Philosophy). Read more »

An Anecdote on Obedience

February 4, 2005 | 22 comments

Can y’all stomach a mission story right now? Read more »

For JV on January 17

January 17, 2005 | 7 comments

JV is the kind of person one notices right away in an LDS chapel, the kind of person one remembers. I’d seen her at various stake activities after I moved with my new husband into our micro-studio apartment in a transient-urban ward; when we moved into student housing in the neighboring transient-student ward the next year, hers was one of the few familiar faces that greeted us that first Sunday. It was impossible not to like her instantly: JV is outgoing, exuberant, affectionate, interested, and an intent listener. She also happens to be African-American. Read more »

In the Cultural Hall

January 14, 2005 | 36 comments

The danger in telling people you write a little bit is that they then assume you can. Last week a friend from my ward called and asked me to write the libretto for a musical show she has been called to coordinate for the stake; a few of the creative decisions had already been made, she told me, but she needed me to write lyrics and a narrative frame for the story. The show is meant to commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of our stake, headquartered at the Butler Hill meetinghouse; the stake presidency had designated a “Sound of Music”... Read more »

Called to Criticism

December 22, 2004 | 38 comments

A couple of weeks ago, the mail man braught me my long awaited copy of the first volume of B.H. Roberts’s Seventies’ Course in Theology. As you can imagine, it has been a heady time around the Oman household. In reading it, I came across what I am sure would be Aaron Brown’s dream calling: Read more »


December 21, 2004 | 22 comments

We often speak of being worthy. We pray that we may be worthy. We urge each other to be worthy. Sometimes we recognize that we are not worthy. But what do we mean by “worthy”? Read more »

My Only Real Regret

December 6, 2004 | 269 comments

I really only have one real complaint about the Church, and it has to do, of course, with women’s fashion. Read more »

Sinning Alone

November 18, 2004 | 28 comments

At a recent conference, I was klatsching with law professors, mostly from my school, when a young law professor in the group related how she was being pursued by another conference attendee. “I always attract married men,” she lamented. “Of course, they all say that they have a bad marriage, but this one is Mormon!” Read more »

Family Businesses: In the World but not of It

November 10, 2004 | 19 comments

What is the well-dressed office worker reading on the evening train this season? The Economist. The Economist? Yes. An article on family businesses. Read more »

Primitive Church

October 21, 2004 | 30 comments

The missionaries found me when I was 17. That was back in 1964 in Antwerp, Belgium. I read Joseph Smith’s history and Moroni’s promise. I knew it was true. Immediately, fully. The Gospel unfolded like the rising sun. Read more »

Teen Apathy

October 20, 2004 | 25 comments

Now that I no longer teach Seminary, one of my biggest challenges is getting my daughter to Seminary on time. She has a driver’s license and would be happy to go on her own, but we can’t spare the car. So I am up at 5:30 (or so) every morning, just like last year. This morning she was stressed because we were running a little late. Not late for class, mind you, but late for her. She likes to arrive a early to write messages (jokes) on the Seminary chalkboard. These jokes often become a topic of conversation with... Read more »

From Mormon to LDS in international perspective

October 19, 2004 | 38 comments

I first had the title “We love the Mormonettes!”, but that would have covered only a tiny piece of my long text. But if you want to get to the Mormonettes, read on! Are you Mormon or LDS? In Utah, but also elsewhere in the U.S., the shift towards the use of LDS is inescapable. Language use has its own laws, stronger than official guidelines. Indeed, those guidelines are clear, as stated in the Church Style Guide for the Media, directly related to a statement from the First Presidency: “Please avoid the use of “Mormon Church,” “LDS Church” or... Read more »

International Church issues

October 17, 2004 | 96 comments

Thank you, I feel honored to be a guest here! As a “foreigner”, I have been asked to add a Mormon international perspective. That means… non-American. Strange already that in our World Church the perspective continues to be U.S.-centered, with the rest of the world sensed as a large peripheral circle, referred to as the International Church. Of course, there is no American Church nor any (inter)nationally identified Church. There only is the Church of Jesus Christ. But we need to be realistic. Let’s turn the perspective around for starters. How do members abroad look at Utah? Read more »


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