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How Would You React if One of your Children Came Out to you?

Now that Seasons 3 and 4 are on Netflix, I’m catching up on Sister Wives again.  Season 4 Episode 4 was a Q&A titled You Asked, They Answered, in which viewers ask all sorts of questions of the Browns.  One question in particular gave me much pause, and I thought it might be a nice […]

How do we Define the Science of Evil?

I wanted to continue my series on a National Geographic documentary, The Science of Evil.  (A few days ago, I discussed serial killer Jeffrey’s Dahmer, and his baptism in jail following his horrific murders.)  In this post, researchers at Harvard and Princeton try to see how the brain processes moral judgment.  But how do we […]

The Diaries of Anthony Ivins

Anthony Ivins was an LDS apostle from 1907-1934.  He was the cousin of Heber J. Grant, and served in the First Presidency with Grant from 1921-1934.  Signature Books has recently come out with Cowboy Apostle:  The Diaries of Anthony Ivins 1875-1932 (the Kindle version is only $20.)  Ivins is notable for a few reasons:  (1) […]

Marriage Poll: What are your thoughts?

The Edmunds-Tucker Act of 1887 disenfranchised the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  The law was enacted by Congress to punish the church for practicing polygamy.  The church challenged the law, but following an 1890 ruling in which the law was declared constitutional, Wilford Woodruff issued Official Declaration 1 (also known as “The Manifesto”) […]

Mitt: the Documentary

This week is the Sundance Film Festival, and one of headlining movies was Mitt:  The documentary (it’s now available on Netflix.)   Don’t forget to participate in the LDS Film Festival coming up Feb 5-8.)  I’m curious if any of you have seen it?

Facing your Parents Mortality

My parents are in their mid-70s.  This past week, my mom called to tell me that my dad fell off his bike and broke his hip.  I became alarmed because, according to this article from the BBC, nearly 1 in 3 elderly patients die within 12 months of a hip fracture.  Another CNN article notes […]

Vote Me for a Wheaties Award!

Wheat and Tares is hosting their annual Bloggernacle awards for the best (Wheaties) and worst (Tarefic Award) of the Bloggernacle.  I was nominated in 2 categories: Best Current Events Post:  ”Mandela Praised; Brigham Thrown Under the Bus“ Best Book/Article Review:  ”Why Snuffer Got Exe’d” (Book:  Denver Snuffer’s “Passing the Heavenly Gift”) You don’t have to […]

Religious Liberty or Discrimination?

Should a wedding cake owner be allowed to avoid making cakes for a same sex wedding?  Is the owner discriminating against the couple, or simply exercising their religious liberty?  A recent case in the Colorado courts ruled that the owner was discriminating against gays, and ruled in favor of the gay couple.  Now the case […]

God Wasn’t in Your Story

We had a missionary homecoming last week.  I usually bring a book to sacrament meeting, because I often find the talks dreadful, but this particular missionary gave a rather entertaining talk.  He told two experiences in which he bore testimony that God had helped him, but I greatly question whether God had anything to do […]

Will Kody Brown help rescind The Manifesto?

While it was ground-breaking, the Kody Brown polygamy lawsuit seems to have been pushed on to the back burner because Utah’s same-sex marriage ban was overturned. However, what does Kody Brown mean for the church? The wording of OD1 states Inasmuch as laws have been enacted by Congress forbidding plural marriages, which laws have been […]

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