Salt Lake City Redevelopment — A Poignant View

Courtesy of the Salt Lake Tribune (hat tip to the BCC newsfeed), the following opinion about the Church’s involvement in redeveloping downtown Salt Lake City expresses some points worth careful consideration: Read more »

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The Church of Feminism.

It seems to be all around us. On a thread over at FMH, commenter Quimby mentions her desire as a young woman to be told “It’s okay to want it all. You are not less of a feminist for wanting to get married and have children.”

On the popular TV sitcom “How I Met Your Mother,” the character Victoria agonizes over whether or not to accept a two-year fellowship in Germany. She’s two months into a relationship with a man she thinks may be The One but worries it would be “unfeminist” to pass up this career opportunity for a guy.

Feminism has done great things for women; I won’t deny it. However, this creeping thread has wound its way into the collective unconscious: is my choice a “feminist choice?” Can I call myself a good feminist if I do “X” or “Y?”

Um, I’m kind of confused here. I thought the point of feminism was a woman’s right to make her own decisions in life, whatever they may be. When did it become the standard by which a woman has to make her choices?

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I Love the MTC

Elder Holland spoke to us on Tuesday. He chose the most important topic there is: the atonement of Jesus Christ. He quoted Joseph Smith saying that “The fundamental principles of our religion are the testimony of the Apostles and Prophets, concerning Jesus Christ, that He died, was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended into heaven; and all other things which pertain to our religion are only appendages to it.” He also told the missionaries that all of their contacts are potentially golden, because all were valiant in the pre-existence or they wouldn’t be here.
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Weird Anti-Mormon Site

Usually bloggernacle blogs do not link to anti-mormon websites.  But I came across one today that is so weird that I have to link to it.  If your faith is weak, don’t click for more…

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Introducing mfranti:) !

 First I would like to tell you that I thought she was a man.  A single divorced man raising a child.  That’s the beauty of internet acquaintances, I guess.  I always thought gst was a girl.  A smart, funny girl.

Melanie Franti, a native Californian who transplanted to Salt Lake in 2000 after joining the church in 1999 is fairly new to blogging.  She was hanging out at work, doing some computer research and happened upon FMH, which she enjoyed.  She then clicked on a link to Times and Seasons. Read more »

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Towards A Ward Blogging Community

We went with some friends of ours to Central Park yesterday to enjoy the beautiful weather and eat some snacks. It was a very casual and fun thing to do. On the way back, as we were talking, I learned that one of our friends had a blog. Naturally, I checked it out. Read more »

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Ryan Bell’s Romney Experience

Making immediate internet headlines, former Bloggernacle participant and seasoned blogger Ryan Bell is returning to the blogosphere with his newly minted Romney Experience blog. His focus with this foray into blogland is to support LDS Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s campaign. Read more »

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The Mormon Short Story

I appreciate that I have been given the chance to guest post a second time – on reading my first foray I have come to the conclusion that it was a little obscure, maybe unclear in parts, and somewhat indulgent – but that is what blogging is all about anyhow, isn’t it? I appreciate the comments and good discussion about the value of the novel that resulted.

Fortunately for you and me, I will keep it much simpler with no pretensions of depth – but just have a quick view of some great Mormon short stories that I love.

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You guys all sick of John Dehlin yet? Hang in, this is “the Johnny ye hardly knew!”

I’ve had the unique privilege of spending over an hour on the phone with John Dehlin a few weeks ago. I found him articulate, unassuming, charming and best of all, completely honest. You know, it’s such a blast to talk to other bloggers on the phone. I truly enjoy it.

Let me begin by addressing those who think John Dehlin is all about stirring up controversy. Think again. As with most of us, there is much more to John than meets the eye.

Let’s dispense with controversy first. I told John that I had been to Mormon Stories (he amazed me by remembering a thread I’d commented on and sending the link to me as we spoke:) and found his views reasonable. I wondered what I’d missed that emotions ran so strong when his name was mentioned. Read more »

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September Dawn and the History of the Mountain Meadows Massacre

Hollywood’s take on the Mountain Meadows Massacre, September Dawn, should have been out for public consumption by now. The release has reportedly been delayed until August. There is a possibility, however remote and unlikely, that the producers of the film have made the decision to postpone the release until August in collaboration with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in a good-faith attempt to let objective historians — and the Church and its supporters — supply details that the film consciously ignores. Read more »

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What I Worry About

I want to continue my conversation with Seraphine at Zelophehad’s Daughters (and all feminists in the Church, for that matter) by explaining why I don’t spend a whole lot of time worrying about the Church, and neither should they.

Seraphine was correct in pointing out a lot of common responses to expressions of feminist ideas in the Church.  While I do not feel I fit neatly into any of those categories, the logical conclusion to my thinking sort of leads to the same place- that worrying too much about the Church is actually counterproductive to the right and righteous changes we seek to realize. Read more »

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Parental Controls on Media

Yesterday CNN News online posted an article titled Parents would back limits on media violence, sex. This article had some interesting quotes: Read more »

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Book Review: Deseret Sunday School Songs, a hymnal

There is no date, though a bit of research reveals that this hymnal was published in 1909. In pencil, a shaky hand has written ‘Kirtland Ward Sunday School, 1944′ inside the front cover, but there is no copyright page. It may be missing, for this book is worn. The binding is cracked, and broken in three places. An old, old piece of tape marks hymn number 41, “Joseph Smith’s First Prayer,” and some long forgotten conductor has marked instructions for an arrangement of number 46, “Love at Home.” Several pages are torn out, the edges of the cloth cover are frayed, and someone has taken a blue crayon to “Dear to the Heart of the Shepherd.” Read more »

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I’m Worth a Million in Prizes

It’s astonishing how candid children are about their failures. I’ll come home, and one of my young daughters will say, “Daddy, I got in trouble for flushing my plastic toy down the toilet so that we had to call the plumber!” It’s not that they don’t get failure. They find it discouraging and sometimes very saddening. It’s just that their embarrassment doesn’t tempt them to rationalize and conceal yet.

Victory isn’t like this. Children seem instinctively proud of winning. Our victories and successes are the things that we like to tell other people about — or, if we are humble, that we like to have others told about us. And, humble or proud, nobody really likes for their failures to be discussed unless there’s a thorough understanding of all the successes that mitigate them.

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Network Marketers and Their Special Place in Hell

He said he just wanted to call to see how I was doing. After all, we hadn’t seen each other since the mission reunion ten years ago. So we exchanged updates on our lives, and then reminisced and gossiped a bit about the old mission days. Then the conversation took an unexpected, and ultimately, horrifying turn. Read more »

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Good Morning America and John Dehlin

John Dehlin was interviewed by Good Morning America for a show that aired this morning. On the GMA website the segment appears titled as: “Church and State: Mormonism and Romney” with the sub-title: “religion and politics prove to be combustible for front-runner Mitt Romney.”

Here is the link: http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=3293104

Feel free to watch and comment.

[Just a little personal disclaimer – I recently met John Dehlin at a bloggersnacker and I like him. In the past week or so I started listening to his podcasts and I’ve really enjoyed them.]

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Gazing into the crystal Bloggernacle.

“How Catholic of you.” Read more »

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I Love Being A Parent!

My wife and I were married for 10 years before our first child was born – he is now 19 months old. We waited because we wanted the time to be right in our lives to have kids as we were both going to graduate school and then both working in intense jobs. Therefore, we felt that when we have a child or children, we want to be in a position where we can parent and provide for all of the emotional and material needs of the child. (NOTE ADDED: This is to give you perspective on why we waited so long before having a child, NOT an attack on any other way or choices that are made)
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The Birds and the Bees

Update: the problem with honey bees may be a disease referred to as “Israeli acute paralysis virus.”

Some items in the news have given me reason to pause – perhaps they should be cause even for some alarm. Read more »

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Oh, but it is!

Comic books and the Gospel. Interesting mix, eh?

I just couldn’t let this go unanswered. “True redemption demands that you seek forgiveness for your past misdeeds. That you atone for the actions that caused the Twelve Gods to turn away from you.” This much is good. However, “Redemption is a rare and special thing, after all. It is not for everyone,” is not good.

Redemption may be a rare and special thing but it is for everyone! It is for them in the sense that it can suit everyone; it is for them in the sense that even the possibility of redemption is a precious gift, given to all by a Father and Brother who love each and every one of us. Our quirks don’t matter. Our failures don’t matter. We are loved! Not everyone chooses to earn redemption in this life but I assure you, it is for every single one of us.

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