Zelophehad’s Daughters

Who Speaks for the Trees?

Posted by Mike C

At the far end of town where the Grickle-grass grows and the wind smells slow-and-sour when it blows and no birds ever sing excepting old crows…is the Street of the Lifted Lorax. And deep in the Grickle-grass, some people say, if you look deep enough you can still see, today, where the Lorax once stood just […]

Is the Church Becoming like FIFA?

Posted by Mike C

I am a huge soccer enthusiast. I grew up playing in my neighborhood parks, at the nearby indoor soccer facility, and on my high school team. My dad would take me to Camp Randall stadium to watch the Wisconsin men’s team play on the hard Astroturf. Later, I served a mission in Brazil and played […]

Approaching Zion

Posted by Mike C

In my latest post I shared my words from my ward’s latest fast and testimony meeting. It was intensely personal to me; I sniffled through some of it, something I almost never do despite my good Mormon upbringing. Even so, I posted my testimony because I wanted to give encouragement to those members who, for […]

Let’s Make the Hymnbook More of a His and Hers Book

Posted by Mike C

This Sunday in sacrament meeting we sang the hymn O God, the Eternal Father. I noticed this time, more than previous times, the gender-exclusive language: That sacred, holy off’ring, By man least understood… With no apparent beauty, That man should him desire… To walk upon his footstool And be like man, almost… I understand that […]

Making Space for Myself as an Uncorrelated Mormon–Part 4: Learning to Say No

Posted by Mike C

I’m going to share with you something important I’ve learned in therapy (said the blogger, both of his remaining readers scrambling for the exits). In order to have healthy relationships, we need to have healthy boundaries. And when constructing boundaries, we must be aware that they can be either too porous or too rigid. First, […]

Making Space for Myself as an Uncorrelated Mormon–Part 3: Try This One Weird Trick

Posted by Mike C

(Previous posts about making space can be found here, here, and here.) A while back I listened to a podcast where Fiona Givens discussed the lovely book she and her husband co-wrote called “The God Who Weeps”. I highly recommend it–the God they describe is compelling, one worth seeking after, connecting with, and emulating. Anyway, […]

Area Mormon Called to Serve as a Facebook Member

Posted by Mike C

In a dramatic move viewed by many observers as a step towards hastening the Lord’s work in the last days, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called their first Facebook member. Area man Aaron Fizz, of the Provo 279th ward, was asked by his bishop to accept the calling of a Facebook member, […]

Dona Nobis Aequalitatem

Posted by Pandora

In May of 2010, I was standing alone in my new room after having just started a new job for the summer working the dorms at BYU. I had just finished completely unpacking, and everything was in place and orderly. And it was at that moment, when all seemed settled, that I decided I had […]

Making Space for Myself as an Uncorrelated Mormon–Part 2: Mormon Open Mic

Posted by Mike C

  (Previous posts about making space can be found here and here.)       I have performed stand-up comedy four times: three times for church talent shows and once at a work fundraiser. But, I have not yet mustered the courage to try stand-up at a comedy club open mic night, not yet taking that next comedic and soul-baring […]

Making Space for Myself as an Uncorrelated Mormon–Part 1: Going with Nixon to China

Posted by Mike C

(My introductory post on making space can be found here.) In 1972, U.S. President Richard Nixon went to China, thereby reopening official diplomatic ties that had been ruptured by the Communist revolution of 1949. During the ensuing quarter century, the Cold War had created between the two countries a suspicious and unsurpassable barrier that American […]

In defense of boring meetings

Posted by Mike C

Today’s guest post comes to us from Mike C. In case you haven’t already seen it, don’t miss his recent guest post at fMh. Main entry: bored for the Lord Definition: the practice of sitting through LDS Sunday meetings in a dull stupor as a demonstration of true devotion and faith Etymology: variant of lying […]

Introvert Church

Posted by Apame

What would a church designed by and for introverts look like?

Pewferences

Posted by Ziff

I’ve just moved into a new ward, and I got to thinking about how people pick where to sit in sacrament meeting.

Quietism

Posted by Eve

Verily I say, men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness; For the power is in them, wherein they are agents unto themselves. And inasmuch as men do good they shall in nowise lose their reward. –Doctrine and Covenants […]

Reason and Emotion

Posted by Beatrice

When the BBC’s modern version of Sherlock aired in 2010, it appealed to my deep seated love of problem solving, mysteries and attention to detail. I had read The Hound of the Baskervilles and one or two of the short stories in the past, but decided to read the entire Sherlock canon, which is comprised […]

Times, They Are A Changin’

Posted by Apame

A couple months ago, I wrote a quick post about Visiting Teaching and my relationship to it.  In it, I emphasized that I didn’t feel like a forced, monthly visit was spiritually or socially useful to me, though it might be for other people.  I also mentioned how my favorite VTs in the past didn’t […]

A One-Hour Block for the Holidays

Posted by Ziff

What meetings does your ward or branch typically hold when Christmas in on a Sunday? Do you have all three hours of meetings, or just sacrament meeting? Or is there some other arrangement?

Quantity vs. Quality: If you could only have one on a spiritual desert island…

Posted by Apame

I have this weird relationship with visiting teaching. I really like it, actually.  I like it for its ultimate point: to make sure everyone has, if not a couple of friends in the community, at least someone who is making sure you’re okay.  I’m all about making dinners, babysitting kids for bedridden sisters, or sending […]

“Gotcha” questions for GAs

Posted by Ziff

A recent guest poster at fMh asked for suggestions about what question she might pose to a visiting Seventy who had agreed to a Q&A session with members as part of stake conference. In a post at Nine Moons, Rusty pointed out that many of the questions seemed to be “gotcha questions,” intended to make […]

How Do You Teach Lessons When You Don’t Agree With Them?

Posted by Lynnette

I currently teach Relief Society in my ward. It’s possibly the best calling in the church. It’s teaching, which is usually fun. It involves nothing administrative and no meetings. You don’t have to call people on the phone (a dreaded task which I will go to great lengths to avoid). And it’s only once a […]