Zelophehad’s Daughters

Posted by ZD

fun new bloggernacle blog on Building Zion

The Trouble with Chicken Patriarchy

Posted by Kiskilili

When it comes to patriarchy, the Church is all over the map. Husbands preside, but husbands and wives are equal partners. “While the husband, the father, has responsibility to provide worthy and inspired leadership, his wife is neither behind him nor ahead of him but at his side” (Boyd K. Packer). The two are “equally […]

Why Do Mormons Have No Liturgical Year?

Posted by Kiskilili

Of course, Mormons generally celebrate national and cultural holidays in whatever country they live, and this tends to include traditional Christian festivals such as Christmas and Easter (whose own roots extend into pre-Christian paganism). But while church attenders on or around these dates may hear a vague nod in the direction of acknowledging the importance […]

Secular Usage of “Preside”

Posted by Ziff

In a discussion last year at T&S about what it means for a husband to preside, Jim F. argued that it doesn’t really matter what preside means outside the Church because the word just isn’t much used outside the Church (and perhaps court). Kiskilili disagreed, saying that she thought that secular usage was more common. […]

Enrichment Activities

Posted by Vada

I woke up today and for the first time in my life I actually wanted an Enrichment calling. Weird, I know. I think one of the things that spawned this desire was the comment someone made recently on another blog (sorry, I can’t remember who or where) that they had activities where the pastor/priest/rabbi/whatever of […]

Does Elohim include Heavenly Mother?

Posted by Kiskilili

I’ve often heard it repeated in the Church that Elohim, the Hebrew word for “God,” refers not just to God the Father but to a divine Couple. The evidence adduced for this position is the fact that in Hebrew the term is morphologically a masculine plural. (Its singular form, Eloah, also appears in the Bible, […]

Why I Don’t Want to Believe in Heavenly Mother

Posted by Lynnette

It’s high time I confess a heresy that may put me at odds both with many Mormons and with many feminists: I’m not really all that enamored of the idea of the divine feminine, of the doctrine that we have a Heavenly Mother. I don’t recall when I first encountered the teaching that we have […]

Posted by ZD

Can blogging derail your career?

Does Learning More About Mormonism Make You Dislike It More?

Posted by Lynnette

In a discussion of Romney’s “Mormon Problem” on a recent Bloggingheads video, Amy Sullivan makes the following observation: What really interests me about Mormonism is it’s very different from the situation Kennedy faced in that with anti-Catholicism, a lot of it was based on misinformation about Catholics and misunderstandings, and there, learning more about it, […]

Homeschooling Reservations

Posted by Eve

When it comes to a child’s primary and secondary education, parents have three choices: public, private, home. Each has both its peculiar advantages and its undeniable drawbacks.

Greeks Bearing Giftedness

Posted by Kiskilili

“And also he hath need to repent, for I, the Lord, am not well pleased with him, for he seeketh to excel and he is not sufficiently meek before me.” D&C 58:41 “Pride is ugly. It says, ‘If you succeed, I am a failure.’” Ezra Taft Benson When I was a kid, I longed desperately […]

Posted by ZD

Challenges for women in the work force (you can be liked or respected, but not both)