Jumping off of Bill’s recent podcast I pulled out my old list of things I think the LDS church could change to improve the lives of its members and potentially help in retention of some members. Please send me some of your ideas!
Forty years ago this June, the president and prophet of the Mormon church received what he believed was revelatory confirmation of something he had been earnestly seeking, the ending of the church’s long-standing policy of restricting people of African heritage from full participation in the LDS church. Previous to this event, blacks could be baptized […]
This episode is the second in a series on race and the priesthood highlighting heroes of Mormon history. Their views were unwelcome at the time they stood up to powerful forces in the Mormon leadership. These man should be lauded because all the things they proposed are accepted, valued and praised by the present day leadership […]
In this episode Wendy continues to discuss the development of Joseph Smith’s theology and doctrines, this time examining the influence of Emmanuel Swendenborg, an 18th century scientist, mystic and theologian. The similarities can be startling and lead to more questions and fascination with the development and evolution of Mormonism. Part one lays out similarities in […]
Jack Naneek responds to three emails received this past week. The emails represent interesting and common issues raised with Jack over the past six months of podcasting. Jack does his best to answer these emails. But at the end of the day, everyone needs to answer their own questions for themselves.
We sit down today and interview Bryce Cook on his new article “What Do We Know of God’s Will For His LGBT Children? An Examination of the LDS Church’s Position on Homosexuality”. We talk at length about good fruit vs bad fruit, doctrine vs policy, where the Church has changed, and what we can hope in. […]
In Mormonism the word Doctrine is important, even crucial. It is so important that members are counseled when teaching to stick to the Doctrine. We reinforce this with scriptures like D&C 88:77 “teach one another the doctrine of the kingdom” And entire lessons structured and centered around “Teaching the Doctrine” Doctrinal boundaries are so important […]
To the Orthodox Believer who still holds belief that Doctrine in our faith equals Truth. Or the idea that when the prophet speaks or when all 15 top leaders are unified that we have certainty that God has spoken. It may not be that simple. Lets explore. I validate that Doctrine in the Church as a […]
Often Progressive Mormons are accused of being a cafeteria Mormon. But once you realize just how much Mormonism contradicts Mormonism you realize that not only is every member a cafeteria Mormon, but Mormonism itself is a cafeteria Mormon. Once one sees this, one may realize that there is much more room and space for oneself […]
Today I sit down with Prof. Charles Harrell, author of “This is My Doctrine”. His book takes a historical look at the development of Mormon Doctrines within LDS theology. His books helps us first learn and then cope with the complex ways in which LDS Theology and Doctrine developed. We discuss how to define the […]
Today we talk about the far reaching repercussions beyond the sole issue of the priesthood ban. I attempt to show our Church is growing up and while this announcement provides problematic issues to work on such as defining Doctrine and how we as members dissent it also shows great maturation of the Church and may […]
Today we spend time discussing the narrative and timeline of the Priesthood ban, it subsequent rescinding. We also talk about the wider breadth of its impact on Doctrine http://www.lds.org/topics/race-and-the-priesthood?lang=eng http://www.pbs.org/mormons/interviews/holland.html https://mormonstories.org/other/Lowry_Nelson_1st_Presidency_Exchange.pdf http://www.lds.org/general-conference/2012/10/trial-of-your-faith?lang=eng Speeches