Zelophehad’s Daughters

A Correlated Mormon Gender Issues Survey

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It has come to the attention of the Church Correlation Department that a so-called group of so-called academics has undertaken to do a so-called survey on so-called gender issues among so-called members of the so-called Church. As internet information (including surveys) do not have a truth filter, the Correlation Department has undertaken to edit the […]

Joseph’s (First) Wife, Emma

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How would you describe Emma Hale’s relationship with Joseph Smith? They were married, so she was his wife. But now that the Church is being somewhat more open about Joseph’s polygamy, shouldn’t we be a little more accurate and describe Emma as Joseph’s first wife? This question occurred to me while reading BHodges’s post at […]

Most Liked Conference Talks (Now with better data!)

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I wrote a post last year in which I tried to assess which Conference talks were most liked by Church members. The method I used was very much a kludge: I looked at the change in Facebook likes for each speaker during the session in which he or she gave a talk. Fortunately, a friend […]

The Correlated Story of Zelophehad’s Daughters

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It has come to the attention of the Church Correlation Department that many of the stories told in the Bible have not passed Correlation review prior to being included in the scriptural canon. Rather than go through a lengthy and complex process of decanonization, the Correlation Department has undertaken to simply rewrite the unreviewed stories […]

Temple talk trends

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Over at fMh yesterday, Sara Katherine Staheli Hanks introduced a new series, “When the Temple Hurts.” I was particularly interested in a point she made in the post about how often we discuss the temple in lessons and talks at church: The temple is a regular focus of meetings, lessons, talks, and discussions in church […]

Behold! A Little Fact’ry!

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It’s almost Conference time again, and although it has only been six months, I can hardly remember what was said in April. Perhaps Conference talks would be easier to remember if they were set to music. It seems appropriate to set them to the music of hymns, since Conference talks and hymns both inhabit that […]

The Incredible Shrinking Statistical Report

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If you look back through Church statistical reports released in every April Conference (and who hasn’t?), you find that it’s not exactly the same information that gets reported each year. I don’t mean that the numbers change; I mean that which categories of numbers even get reported change. There has been less change in recent […]

Do women’s patriarchal blessings mention a career?

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Several months ago (in May, I think), there was a discussion at the Mormon Hub that turned to whether women’s patriarchal blessings mentioned a career or not. Heather (who blogs at Doves and Serpents) and I thought it would be interesting to see if we could get a little data on the question. Heather put […]

We don’t need no stinkin’ dictionary!

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This is an exchange between Jane Little and Michael Otterson in Little’s BBC piece “Sister Saints – Women and the Mormons” (starting at about 11:20; also see the accompanying article here): JL: Just to deal with Kate Kelly, just to clarify, was she excommunicated for apostasy? MO: The letter that went out, that they actually […]

Insider/outsider language in President Hinckley’s “there’s no agitation” statement

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In a 1997 interview with Australian reporter David Random, President Hinckley said that there was “no agitation” for women to receive the priesthood. Ordain Women cites this comment in their FAQ as a motivation for agitating for ordination. (Dane Laverty also earlier cited this comment as his rationale for his similar project, Agitating Faithfully.) I’ve seen […]

A So-called “Post”

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In Angela C.’s hilarious post “Mormon Jargon 2” at BCC, this is her entry for “so-called”: So-called (adj.) I sneer at whatever word follows this adjective It seems like this is a term GAs use fairly often to indicate disapproval, as Angela observes. Elder Oaks, for example, last October, used it at least a couple […]

Which GAs Do Readers of Different Blogs Like?

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I thought this might be a fun question to look at, and thanks to Facebook’s Graph Search, I have at least an approximate way to answer it. Graph Search will let you look for people who “like” different combinations of pages. (For the remainder of this post, I’m going to drop the quotation marks on […]

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 […]