Category Archives: Personal Essays

Robert Kirby’s Dilemma: Men and Women Together

Robert Kirby, humorist for the Salt Lake Tribune, was recently suspended for 3 months for interactions he had with a woman at Sunstone, a conference of Mormon fringe elements. I first need to confess that I have a strong respect … Continue reading

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Why Do Mormon’s Keep Throwing God “Under the Bus”?

We Mormons (particularly LDS leaders) still haven’t admitted that it was Brigham Young’s (uninspired) prejudice that initiated the black priesthood/temple ban.  And that it was subsequent (uninspired) presidents of the Church who continued the practice.  How many times were we … Continue reading

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Mitt Romney Pandering to Ultraconservatives on DACA

Monday This blog has never been a fan of Mitt Romney largely because he can’t seem to decide who is.  Is he the centrist Republican who was governor of Massachusetts?  Or is he the panderer to conservative Christians who ran … Continue reading

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Conceit of LDS (and Other Christian) Churches

Carolyn at bycommonconsent.com makes the following assertion concerning the basics of Christianity: When I study the Gospel of Jesus Christ, this theme is pervasive.  God calls us to first believe – and then to do the difficult, soul-searching work of … Continue reading

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My Personal Concept of God

I’m not much of a theist, I’m more of an agnostic.  But if there is a God, this is a description I could believe in: [Prominent Process Theologian] John B. Cobb Jr. has not shied away even from re-imaging what … Continue reading

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How to Make LDS Church Meetings Less Boring

Robert Kirby in his latest column in sltrib.com alleges that LDS church services are boring: [I need to find] ways to entertain myself in church when it gets boring. Which happens a lot. Please don’t try to tell me that … Continue reading

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Thoughts about the New LDS Presidency

Expectedly, Russell M. Nelson was just named President of the LDS Church.  He had two basic themes in his short inaugural address: He made an overly defensive justification for the seniority selection process. He encouraged those who had left the … Continue reading

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