Zelophehad’s Daughters

Which RS/YW/Primary Presidency Members Prefer Which Books of Scripture?

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I blogged a few days ago about which books of scripture Quorum of 15 members cite more or less frequency in Conference. BethSmash asked to see results for women leaders. Unfortunately, getting trends over time for the women leaders requires more work than I have the energy for right now. I would need to get […]

Which GAs Prefer Which Books of Scripture? (Supplemental material)

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This post has some supplemental graphs for the post “Which GAs Prefer Which Books of Scripture?”

Which GAs Prefer Which Books of Scripture?

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Thanks to the handy LDS Scripture Citation Index (LDSSCI), it’s easy to get data to answer this question. I looked up each of the current members of the Quorum of 15 to see how often he cited the Old Testament, New Testament, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price in his […]

When will the female priesthood ban end?

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Monday was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. I was actually surprised at how badly I took the news of Kate Kelly’s excommunication. When I heard about it, I just felt sick, and even my usual coping strategy of information-seeking didn’t work very well. Every Facebook post and news story I read just […]

Nine Ways OW Could Have Actually Protested at Conference

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Since the news broke that Kate Kelly is facing Church discipline, I’ve seen a number of people argue that she must have known she had it coming after she organized those public protests at Conference. I know this has been argued before, but I think it’s pretty obvious that the Ordain Women actions at the […]

Don’t Ask. Don’t Seek. Don’t Knock.

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Here are a few things I learned from the disciplinary action Kate Kelly and John Dehlin are threatened with: The Ninth Article of Faith can pretty much be blotted out of the canon. As of 1842, there may have been “great and important” things still to be revealed. As of 2014, they have all been […]

Modesty Rhetoric in Church Magazines

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Has there been an increase in modesty rhetoric in the Church in the past few years, or are we just imagining things? I wrote a post a few years ago to try to answer this question by counting articles in Church magazines by year that used the word modesty in discussing dress. I found that […]

Plan of Salvation Happiness

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Note: I was unaware of it at the time I wrote this post, but there’s a much more in-depth look at these terms, as well as some additional ones like “plan of redemption” at the blog Nearing Kolob. When I was growing up and I learned in church about God’s plan to get people back […]

For the Discouragement of Youth

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In the “Entertainment and Media” section, the For the Strength of Youth booklet advises: Do not attend, view, or participate in anything that is vulgar, immoral, violent, or pornographic in any way [p. 11; all page references are to the PDF version]. I saw this bit of FtSoY quoted recently in a discussion somewhere on […]

What Elder Oaks Did and Didn’t Say to OW

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Elder Oaks gave a talk in Priesthood Session tonight that was the most direct response to Ordain Women that I’ve yet heard a GA give. He hit a lot of points that have already been argued to death on the Bloggernacle. For example, have you ever heard that priesthood is for boys and motherhood is […]

New Scripture Mastery: Now With 40% Less Prooftexting!

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The list of scripture mastery scriptures that seminary students are asked to memorize was modified last September. Over a third of the 100 scriptures (25 for each book of scripture / year of instruction) were replaced. NoCoolName Tom has some fascinating discussion of the scriptures that were dropped at his blog (from the Old Testament […]

Insider/Outsider Talk in the Church PR Response to Ordain Women

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The Church PR department’s response to Ordain Women’s request for tickets to the priesthood session of Conference makes the point that OW is a minority movement: Women in the Church, by a very large majority, do not share your advocacy for priesthood ordination for women and consider that position to be extreme. One question this […]

General Conference Talk Complexity by Speaker (and by Session)

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Last week I blogged about looking for differences in General Conference talk complexity by session type. I thought it would be fun to break down the same data in a couple of other ways.

Does General Conference Talk Complexity Vary by Session Type?

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Back in November, the Church announced a new General Women’s Meeting that will occur the weekend before each General Conference. This meeting will include girls who are eight to eleven years old in addition to women and teenage girls. I saw a number of people on the Bloggernacle suggest that the result would be that […]

General RS Presidencies Having Children and GAs Having Children

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On my post last week about how many kids GAs have, Petra asked about what the numbers would look like for women in general Church leadership positions. To answer this question, I’ve looked up the number of children that women in the General Relief Society Presidency (hereafter, GRSP) have had. To match the dataset I […]

GAs Having Children and Talking about Having Children

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In comments on Steve Evans’s recent post at BCC on how birth rates might be increased in accordance with GAs’ counsel to have more children, the question was briefly raised of how many children GAs themselves have. One commenter pointed to a post at By Study and Faith where Jared had found that younger members […]

Carefully! Carefully with the plates!

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I like to think that if J.R.R. Tolkien had been Mormon, he might have written a book about the hassles of getting the Book of Mormon translated. Such a book might have included the following song: Chip the peepstone and break the plates! Melt the sealed portion down! That’s what Joseph Jr. hates— Wave the […]

Nacle Notebook 2013: Funny Comments

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This post is a list of some of the funniest comments I read on the Bloggernacle in 2013. In case you haven’t already seen them, here are links to similar lists from previous years: 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008. The comments are in roughly chronological order. Most of the original comments are longer, and I’ve […]

Elder Oaks Shows Us the Way Forward

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So gay marriage is legal now in Utah. At least for a moment, until the appeals begin. The Church’s response, not surprisingly, is to hope for the ruling to be overturned: This ruling by a district court will work its way through the judicial process. We continue to believe that voters in Utah did the […]

Subtexts of General Conference Stories, October 2013 Edition

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I think it’s fascinating to look at the stories that General Conference speakers choose to tell. The subtexts, or the messages they convey without stating them explicitly, are particularly interesting. A couple of years ago, I blogged about a couple of stories Conference speakers told where the subtexts provoked particularly strong reactions in me. In […]