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Choosing to Believe: Thoughts from the Givenses

Posted in Religion on Oct 17, 2012 | No Comments Yet

Choosing to Believe: Thoughts from the Givenses

The following is taken verbatim from the introduction of an important new book from Terryl and Fiona Givens called The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life. Whether and/or when belief is a legitimate choice is a fascinating topic to me.

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Good Music: Kathleen Edwards

Posted in Music on Aug 16, 2012 | No Comments Yet

Good Music: Kathleen Edwards

Her sunny disposition betrayed the melancholy nature of many of her songs. Perhaps there’s a paradox at play—a hidden sense of optimism even in songs about deteriorating relationships and misplaced trust.

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Chocolates and Prophetic Succession

Posted in Religion on Jul 9, 2012 | 1 Comment

Chocolates and Prophetic Succession

People unfamiliar with LDS leadership succession practices might be disappointed to discover just how, well, boring it is. No large scale voting. No top-secret colored smoke meetings. I think this has led LDS presidents to engage humor when addressing the topic.

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What Gratitude Is Not

Posted in Religion on Apr 16, 2012 | 1 Comment

What Gratitude Is Not

Maybe we focus on gratitude because we feel guilty—and scared. We know at a deep level that we’re ludicrously wealthy and healthy. We’re also terrified of that ease and comfort disappearing. So we read books and articles about gratitude as a cardinal virtue not because we genuinely feel grateful, but because we’re afraid of how God might smite us if we don’t.

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McKay and the Endowment Ceremony

Posted in Religion on Apr 14, 2012 | 1 Comment

McKay and the Endowment Ceremony

The following is taken verbatim from Greg Prince’s biography David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism. It recounts some of President McKay’s concerns with the temple endowment ceremony, particularly with how younger people might interpret it. Ever since the endowment was introduced by Joseph Smith, who adopted many symbols from masonry into it, it has been modified numerous times—usually by removing portions and shortening the ceremony—in order to better accommodate the changing sensibilities of church membership. This excerpt sheds light on the thought process behind some of these changes.

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Terryl Givens on Choosing to Believe

Posted in Religion on Mar 3, 2012 | 3 Comments

Terryl Givens on Choosing to Believe

The following is a partial transcript I made of an excellent Mormon Stories podcast interview with Terryl Givens, one of the most intellectually interesting and thoughtful Mormons I know of. Here he discusses his view on how and why religious belief must be a choice and not simply something that’s obviously false or obviously true.

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Greg Prince – What Remains for You to Do

Posted in Religion on Mar 3, 2012 | No Comments Yet

Greg Prince – What Remains for You to Do

The following is a transcript I typed of a speech Greg Prince made at a Mormon Stories conference in Washington D.C. in October 2011. This is the fifth segment, in which Prince gives advice for the current generation of Mormons on what is left to be done to help make Mormonism better.

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Greg Prince – What My Generation of Mormon Thinkers Has Accomplished

Posted in Religion on Mar 1, 2012 | No Comments Yet

Greg Prince – What My Generation of Mormon Thinkers Has Accomplished

The following is a transcript I typed of a speech Greg Prince made at a Mormon Stories conference in Washington D.C. in October 2011. This is the fourth segment, in which Prince explains his feelings on how his generation’s most significant contribution to Mormonism is their efforts in the area of internal struggle “to make the Church work for members of all stripes.”

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Greg Prince – What I Have Learned from My Journey

Posted in Religion on Feb 25, 2012 | 2 Comments

Greg Prince – What I Have Learned from My Journey

The following is a transcript I typed of a speech Greg Prince made at a Mormon Stories conference in Washington D.C. in October 2011. This is the third segment, in which Prince gives a summary of the “lessons learned” from his own faith journey.

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Greg Prince – My Journey

Posted in Religion on Feb 25, 2012 | 2 Comments

Greg Prince – My Journey

The following is a transcript I typed of a speech Greg Prince made at a Mormon Stories conference in Washington D.C. in October 2011. This is the second segment, in which Prince gives the audience a brief overview of his own faith journey.

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