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Who decides who’s a Mormon?

mfranti - August 11, 2011

This topic has come up several times in the last year because I know a lot of people living very different lives. Some of my friends/acquaintances are believers with rock solid testimonies and others stopped attending church years ago. Some drink, some have sex outside of marriage, some watch pron, some had abortions, some cheated on their spouses and others play by the LDS rulebook but don’t believe the LDS Church is God’s church.

All of them, despite the things they do or don’t do, consider themselves Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints even though your gut might be telling you they’re not.

So who decides? Do you think you’re qualified to say?

I know I’m not qualified.

The Tea Party is Anti-American and Anti-Mormon

MCQ - August 8, 2011

The Tea Party as a phenomenon in American Politics is interesting from a political-science point of view but just about everything about its effects on American politics is disastrous.  It seems to enshrine the most extreme and paranoid of all American political instincts and attempts to turn them into virtues.  Tea Partiers are the most likely of any political activists to believe the most insane and provably false things about President Obama, the economy, taxes, the U.S. Constitution, the environment, science in general, you name it.   The movement seems to rely on gossip over facts, heated rhetoric over political discussion, and especially thrives on ignorance over education.  The movement has no central leader or leadership (by choice) but has rallied behind candidates and political figures like Rand Paul and Michelle Bachmann, while getting major rhetorical support from Rush Limbaugh and other similar demagogues. (more…)

Cover those legs or someone might get hurt

mfranti - July 21, 2011

Here’s something that gets my feminist hackles up:

Jasmijn Rijcken, 31, a bike company general manager from the Netherlands, found this out early last month while she was visiting NYC for the New Amsterdam Bike Show. While riding a bike around town, she encountered a New York Police Department officer who stopped her and told her that her legs—which were not entirely covered by her skirt, for some reason—were “distracting the cars.” This made her exposed limbs a source of danger to everyone in the immediate area, and probably also the city.

As a woman and cyclist,  my safty and life are my priority when I’m pedaling down 200 South to the post office, and not how much skin is exposed under my skirt and how it might affect the men types.

Thanks to this officer, we have another another example of how dangerous women’s bodies are to the men around them.

I have to say that if it makes women more visible to motorists to have a little leg meat exposed…I’m all for it.

Safety first!


A Good Reason to Hate Feminism

Rusty - July 5, 2011

Whether or not the feminist movement is responsible for limiting my access to my wife’s accounts, I’m going to blame them anyway. Yes, you are individuals who aren’t lorded over by your husband, I get it. But you know what, my wife is a little busy right now and needs me to update her account but because of your stupid little quest for equality you’ve made both of our lives worse. There’s a reason she asked me to take care of it and it’s not because she wants to schlepp two kids into the city and take care of it herself. Or get on the phone to “give permission” that I make changes to our JOINT ACCOUNT!

Hey feminists, if you would have stopped at the gender pay gap, we’d still be cool. But this is ridiculous.

Summer Poetry Slam

MCQ - July 2, 2011

Give us your summer-themed (or not) poems. Bonus points if they are also Mormon-themed. Any format works. Just go for it.

Pink ruffled faces
stand silent in cool water
reflecting on sin.


Men Choose, Women Are Chosen.

mfranti - June 27, 2011

When I joined the Church back in 1999, I was a single mom in her mid or late 20s. Exactly one year later, I received my endowment in the Los Angeles temple and learned a little more about exhaltation. I wont say I was disappointed, but I felt like I had a long way to go if I hoped to reach the highest level. Finding a compatible mate is a lot of work.

I wasn’t really in the market for a partner back then. I was still healing from my divorce in ’96 and really enjoying life as a single person in South Orange County (geography matters). Getting married or even seriously committed was NOT on my mind in the late ’90s. But being a new convert and wanting to be a good Mormon girl/woman, I felt the pressure to find a mate. My only problem was the adorable 60 pounds of tanned skinned, brown hair, doe-eyed cuteness that kept me company. Plus I was old and had a career and way overqualified for the young men in my singles ward. (more…)

Summer Reading List 2011

mfranti - June 21, 2011

Cross-posted at ourmotherskeeper.com

It’s officially summer! And the City of Salt is beaming its beauty into my front room; a slight breeze causes the curtains to dance, tree leaves reflect sunlight onto my face, and birds loudly proclaim their agenda for the day–obscuring the voices coming from kitchen radio. From my living-room window, the visible twin peaks of Mt. Olympus still wear a thick mantle of white, suggesting mid-winter, but the dense green canopy shading my neighborhood’s streets tell another story. (more…)

There’s no room for your kind in this family

mfranti - June 17, 2011

Another friend of mine has lost her faith in The Church.

She’s like many people we all know: A lifelong member, married in The Church, kids baptized at the proper age, served in many callings, and now she’s done playing along.

I let responsible and thoughtful adults make up their minds about such personal things. As I see it, my job is to support her through this transition time and help her avoid feelings of failure. Much like I would if she were going through a divorce.

Only she knows what’s going on in her relationships. And only she knows what her heart and mind feel and think about her faith.

But her family and friends aren’t so understanding. This good woman, who was loved and respected last week by her friends and family, is now treated as though she’s a bad person by the same people. Her friends and family act as though she betrayed them and that she is in wrong. They’re offended by decisions she made about her personal beliefs, and the best way they know how to respond is to cast her out.

Why do “good” LDS people do this? Is this how our Savior taught us to treat people? Do our scriptures and doctrine support this type of behavior?

So, bloggers, have your say: What is it about our religion that makes doubters and those who chose to leave be cast out from their families and friends?

(Yes, I know that not every Mormon acts this way to the [newly] unfaithful but it’s a common enough occurrence that it’s worthy of discussion)


MCQ - June 1, 2011

As we passed Memorial Day this week, I found myself thinking of the people I have lost the last few years. I lost my secretary several years ago, who died young of lung cancer (she was a smoker), I lost my uncle, who died in his sixties of complications related to birth defects, I lost a dear friend who committed suicide after a lengthy battle with bipolar disorder, I lost a grandfather and a grandmother (one from each side) who were both in their nineties, a friend’s family (his wife and two children) died in a car accident, and I lost my mother. (more…)

Huntsman 2012 – The Hip Choice?

MCQ - April 30, 2011

This article on the nascent Huntsman campaign is the first one I’ve read that actually makes a credible case for how Huntsman could win a presidential race. After reading it, I’m still not sure he’s running this time around, and there seems to be some possibility he might wait until 2016, but his political strategy appears to be that he intends to pitch himself as (you ready for this?) the cool republican. (more…)

The Greatest Thing Evar

Rusty - April 26, 2011

Many of you are familiar with “One Nation Under God” though you might be surprised to know that it is not satire. Well, after a good run at the BYU Bookstore it was pulled…I mean censored. Or whatever. He claims they pulled it because it was too conservative. Which is basically the foundation of all awesomeness. What’s built on that foundation? Read teh comments!

The Atonement and The Book of Mormon Musical

MCQ - April 24, 2011

I’m always astonished to hear that there is little or no coordination among the speakers at General Conference.  We correlate and pre-approve everything in this Church, but apparently, to a great extent, conference has escaped this tendency.  Yet somehow, despite this, there is always a broad span of subjects covered and rarely a lot of overlap.  This time, however, there were two talks on the Atonement.  An overzealous attempt at correlation might have squelched one of these, but that would have been a mistake, as they covered the topic in different ways and they bracketed the conference nicely, one occurring in the Saturday morning session and one in the Sunday afternoon session.  Both were by members of the seventy, the first by Elder Kent F. Richards, and the last by Elder C. Scott Grow (no relation to his more famous counterpart, Elder C. Spot Run) (ok, I apologize for that joke). (more…)

Behold the Beauty of Our Home

mfranti - April 22, 2011

And it pleaseth God that he hath given all these things unto man; for unto this end were they made to be used, with judgment, not to excess, neither by extortion. (D&C 59:20)



Christian J - April 18, 2011

This is not another attempt to see parallels within Mormonism and Judaism. This is not an attempt to be inclusive or “PC” with my spring holiday celebration. I simply believe in the miracle of the Passover story. I believe in the G-d of Israel. So, to my Christian friends, remember what G-d did for his people so many years ago. To my Jewish friends, I say Chag Kasheir v’Smaech! (more…)

I Believe. I Know. Or, I Believe I Know.

Rusty - April 13, 2011

Yesterday morning my wife and I were reading Alma 32. We’ve all read this chapter a million times, sometimes for the faith verses, other times for the humility verses and most often for the seed experiment verses. But this time I concentrated on the language of “believe” and “know” in their relation to faith. As has been noted many times in the Bloggernacle, our church culture is infatuated with bearing testimony using the words, “I know…” It isn’t clear when this started (I’m sure it wasn’t always this way like 97% of our church culture), but I understand why we do it. Simply put, knowing is stronger (better?) than believing. But lately I’ve been skeptical of this, which is why I focused where I did reading Alma 32. (more…)

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