I’m haunted by the new video and song, Trash a solo venture for Neon Trees leader singer Tyler Glenn.   Tyler Glenn was raised LDS, served a mission, and had previously brought positive publicity to the LDS church.  In 2014, he came out as being gay, but still expressed belief in the church and […]

Read More →

  King Benjamin’s address found in Mosiah 2-5 is one of the most treasured passages in LDS scripture.  I have enjoyed diving into this and studying it in depth in preparation for Gospel Doctrine lessons 15 “Eternally Indebted to Your Heavenly Father” and 16  “Ye Shall Be Called the Children of Christ”. One of my […]

Read More →

  Michael Otterson, LDS Spokesman, presented a speech at UVU titled “Mormonism and the Art of Boundary Maintenance,” (full transcript) on Tuesday, April 12, 2016.  This is relevant to New Mormonism / Sacramental Paradigm Mormonism as it relates to how big the tent is for LDS, and whether views as expressed on this blog can […]

Read More →

  This is an analysis of a general conference talk given by Elder Oaks titled Opposition in All Things, where he warned against taking opposition against the church.   I left last weekend’s LDS General Conference inspired and uplifted.  Overall, I felt it was very strong in the kind of “practical religion” that I love. […]

Read More →

  In the Book of Mormon Jacob 5, we find the Allegory of the Olive Tree.  I was moved by a different perspective of this allegory, as I studied for Gospel Doctrine Lesson 13.  Typically, we understand this as an historical allegory of the House of Israel.  But, I read it this time looking for […]

Read More →

Here are some data, charts, and analysis for the new LDS membership statistics for 2015, announced April 2, 2016 in general conference.  Raw data can be found on the church’s site and this wikipedia site.   Total members of 15,634,199, raw growth of 1.7% on prior year. Unit growth (total wards and branches) is what I […]

Read More →