Category Archives: Mormonism 101

Our Home in Heaven

Growing up, I was blessed to have a very strong relationship with my parents. I loved them and enjoyed spending time with them. They loved me unconditionally and provided me with food, clothing, shelter, insurance, and everything else I needed.  … Continue reading

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Why do Mormons Get Married in a Temple?

This is a valid question and one that many might be curious about. After all, why would someone want to get married in a temple that would limit the amount of guests that could participate in the ceremony, and not … Continue reading

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Ten Percent Is Nothing

Tithing, the Mormon practice of voluntarily giving one tenth of your income to the Church, is one of the greatest principles of Mormon faith. Tell a nonmember friend about tithing, and you’ll see a lot of head scratching, confused looks, … Continue reading

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Home Away From Home

At nineteen years old, I was itching for adventure. (Weren’t we all?) I signed up for a summer program in London, and then—armed with a change of clothes, a stash of peanut butter bars, and plenty of pluck—I backpacked from … Continue reading

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Propaganda and Truth

As an LDS missionary in eastern Ukraine, my attempts to distribute pamphlets about our church were often met with the dismissive rejoinder, “Eto propaganda.”  That’s propaganda. We’re all resistant to the idea of being manipulated by potentially-false information. We’re wary … Continue reading

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Proxy Baptisms

Jewish Holocaust survivor Eli Wiesel recently called for Mitt Romney to tell the Mormon Church to stop proxy baptisms of Jews. Members of his own family were listed in the Church’s genealogical database. Family members of journalist Daniel Pearl have … Continue reading

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Media Attention Misses the Heart of Mormonism

The plethora of articles I’ve been seeing on the web lately about Mormons are missing a very vital something.  They range from how Mormons try to keep the rules and stay cool, how we are leaving the church, our strangest … Continue reading

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Party Rock is in the House Tonight!

Dance has been on my mind a lot lately. Between this article I read on the history of dance, my friend’s dance bday party, and my dance workouts, it’s been a recurring theme of this week. I even had the … Continue reading

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Brandon Flowers – Rockstar, Husband, Father & Mormon

In the last year, you may have seen videos, television commercials, or billboards of interesting people with interesting stories… who also happen to be Mormons. The latest in the series is Brandon Flowers, lead singer of the band The Killers. … Continue reading

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Flash Reaction to Death – 90 Minutes and Counting

Until ninety minutes ago, my experience with death was somewhat limited. But my favorite person in the entire world died this afternoon. And now I have ninety minutes worth of emotions and thoughts and feelings about life and death and … Continue reading

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