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Gays & the 2nd Article of Faith

There was an interview released last week where Paul Reeve admitted being the source behind the Race & Priesthood essay at LDS.org.  While I think that was a nice scoop, there was another part of that interview that I think is very important and may have gotten lost in the headline. I have been very vocal […]

Awesome Interviews for #BlackHistoryMonth

As many of you know, one of my favorite topics has been the priesthood and temple ban on black church members.  There’s a new podcast called Gospel Tangents I want to HIGHLY recommend.  Here are some of my favorite quotes so far in interviews with Dr. Paul Reeve, a history professor at the University of […]

Are you a sinner?

In a recent meeting with a counselor in the stake presidency, he asked us all to tell him how we run our families so well.  While I appreciate the compliment, I don’t think I’m alone in thinking I do a lot of things wrong, as well as some things right.  I didn’t like the implication […]

BYU May Lose ROTC program over Coffee

BYU May Lose ROTC program over Coffee

The BYU Student newspaper, The Daily Universe, published a scoop last week. The Office of the Secretary of Defense requires all Air Force officers to sign an oath to defend the constitution — the only obligation for officers in terms of signatory requirements. BYU, however, requires that all faculty, staff and employees sign and abide […]

Yes or No to the Inauguration?

On Dec 22, the LDS Newsroom announced that the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has agreed to sing at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration in January.  This has drawn fierce criticism from many, and the Deseret News reported that reactions were mixed to the announcement.  Many of my friends on Facebook were appalled at the announcement.  One friend […]

No Crying He Makes? Re-examining Perfection

Verse 3 in “Away in a Manger”: The cattle are lowing The poor Baby wakes But little Lord Jesus No crying He makes Does anyone seriously believe that the baby Jesus never cried?  I mean the first thing every new parent wants to hear is a crying baby emerging from the womb.  It indicates health. […]

Christmas Celebration and Sadness

Christmas is supposed to be a time of celebration of the Savior’s birth.  For many, however, it can be a time of depression and sadness.  My wife likes to go to Festival of Trees every year to view the decorations, and even donated a tree last year.  Money raised from the festival goes to Primary […]

What Explains Trump support in Utah?

MaryAnn gave some excellent analysis in wondering if LDS population was a good predictor of Trump support in Utah.  It turns out that she was right–LDS population by county was statistically insignificant in the analysis.  The best predictors of a Trump supporter were % Registered Republicans, and % Rural. This is going to be very […]

Mental Illness – Part 2

Back in 2010, I asked for advice on how to handle a mentally ill man that I was home teacher of.  I called him Ted back then and will continue to use that pseudonym.  Let me quote from that post because to be frank, he scared the hell out of me. So, I dropped by […]

Can the Nation Heal?

In 2015, a Vox article noted that it is now socially acceptable to discriminate based on political affiliation.  Some excerpts: “Political identity is fair game for hatred”: how Republicans and Democrats discriminate The experiment was simple. Working with Dartmouth College political scientist Sean Westwood, Iyengar asked about 1,000 people to decide between the résumés of […]