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Blacks and Gays

I am still appalled by the new church policy banning baptisms for children of gays and polygamists until age 18. A distant relative of mine was just released as stake president, and I told him that I feel this new church policy has set the church back 100 years.  That was an understatement; it’s more like 150 years.

I’ve blogged considerably about the priesthood and temple ban. The purpose of this ban was to stop acceptance of interracial marriages occurring in Mormonism. Two interracial marriages were discovered in 1846-47. Massachusetts had legalized interracial marriages in the 1840s, and black church member Enoch Lewis married white church member Matilda Webster. When mission president William Appleby discovered their mixed race child, he wrote Brigham Young asking whether such marriages were authorized. Continue Reading »


Suffer little children, and forbid them not

Matthew 19:13-14

13 Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them.

14 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.

History is repeating itself.  The LDS Church surreptitiously released some changes to the Church Handbook of Instructions Book 1 in clear violation of scripture.  I do think that church leaders, just as in the days of Jesus, are acting in good faith, just as in the days of Jesus, they have committed a grave error.  “Suffer little children, and forbid them not” Jesus said.  Yet Elder Christofferson, just as the unnamed disciples in scripture, are preventing children from being blessed by Jesus.  This policy must change!  It is unscriptural, and clearly rebuked by Jesus.

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From Awkward to Awesome Compassion

My sister died of a brain tumor in 1998, and my brother died in a car crash in 2006.  This past summer, my other brother had hearing and balance problems, and has learned he also has a tumor growing in his ear canal.  His prognosis is pretty good–the tumor is easier to remove than my sister’s tumor was, and he won’t need radiation or chemotherapy, but the doctor told him he will likely lose all hearing in his left ear, and following surgery will need to learn how to walk again due because your inner ear controls balance.  Recently he posted the following message on Facebook.  I liked it so much I asked him if I could share it. Continue Reading »

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Are Cops in Schools a Good Thing?

With the recent school shootings, many have called upon armed police officers to be stationed in schools as a protection measure for students from school shooters.  Of course nobody wants mass shootings.  Many of the people calling for police officers don’t seem to address the issue of how much extra tax money it will take to pay for officers in schools.

South Carolina has armed police officers in schools, and we now have a video of an officer bodyslamming an uncompliant female student in a math class.  Now there is an investigation to see if there is civil rights violation.  See the video and further discussions about the officer at CNN.  I am a teacher, and I can understand the frustration of the teacher of the uncompliant student, but I don’t think that the police should have been involved in this case, especially since the student was not threatening anyone.  She was annoying, she wasn’t doing her work, she was texting on her phone.  But this should not rise to calling a police officer.

At the end of the interview, a man said that there are more arrests in schools than on the street.  Are students more criminal in schools than on the street?  Is it really a good idea to have police officers in schools?


Bednar: “Priesthood is not Male”

Elder Bednar

Elder and Sister Bednar recently addressed temple workers in Utah County.  I received some notes from the address in which Elder Bednar talked about keys of the priesthood.  I was told he spoke quickly, and often said “put your seatbelts on.”  These notes are from someone trying to write as fast as possible, and some of his comments regarding priesthood were interesting.  In light of the new church essay on Joseph Smith’s Teachings on Priesthood, Temple, and Women, I thought it might be interesting to read some notes of his remarks.  It was interesting that he spoke about priesthood keys, and I learned some things.

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Lester Bush Looking Back 40 Years

Lester Bush gave the McMurrin Lecture at the University of Utah on Oct 8, 2015.  These are my notes from his lecture.  He discussed the changes over the last 40 years since he wrote his groundbreaking article Mormonism’s Negro Doctrine.  Paul Reeve introduced Bush.  (I tried to make this as readable as possible–some parts may be a little hard to follow.) Continue Reading »


White Dudes Talk about Race

I attended Black, White, and Mormon, “A CONFERENCE on the EVOLVING STATUS of BLACK SAINTS WITHIN the MORMON FOLD” at the University of Utah a few days ago.  I took a lot of notes from the speakers, and had planned to give an overview.  Lester Bush gave an outstanding speech Thursday evening.  I should have started with his remarks, but I went alphabetically with the titles of my notes, so I’m going to first give my notes of “our token white male panel” , as Paul Reeve said when he introduced the panel.  I tried to type as fast as I could to catch the essence of what these guys were saying, and I’ve tried to clean up my notes as best as I can.  Sometimes I missed stuff, and sometimes I couldn’t remember exactly what they said, but I think this is pretty good.  Here are my notes from the first session on Friday Oct 9, 2015. Continue Reading »


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