Polygamy Primer

August 29, 2006
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Hey! I’m gonna co-host KVNU’s For the People tonight with Tom Grover, and the topic will be the recent capture of Fundamentalist LDS leader Warren Jeffs. To prepare for the show, Tom sent me this: The Primer: Helping Victims of Domestic Violence and Child Abuse in Polygamous Communities. It was created by the Utah Attorney General’s office, and really is a good read of you want to ramp up on Mormon Fundamentalists in the U.S. Check it out!

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New Podcasts from the Remys: “Changing Perspectives”

August 29, 2006
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New Podcasts from the Remys: “Changing Perspectives”

As you all know, I love the Remys. They have a new podcast out which I found to be extremely interesting and moving. The theme is around changing perspectives–how we sometimes reinterpret experiences differently as we mature in life. The two main stories in this episode are: As some of you may know, John Remy has been on a journey of redefining his faith/belief over the past 4 years. In this episode, he discusses how he has reinterpreted a pivotal LDS-related spiritual experience he had as a young man–through his current lense. Few of you probably know that Jana Remy…

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DMI Blog Holding Vote for Inclusion/Exclusion of Mormon Stories on ldsblogs.org

August 29, 2006
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Dave’s Mormon Inquiry is holding a vote regarding the inclusion/excusion of Mormon Stories on ldsblogs.org. Feel free to voice your opinions there (if you feel so inclined).  I promise not to be offended. 

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Referral Comparison of ldsblogs.org vs. ldselect.org

August 28, 2006
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A buddy of mine just asked now much traffic ldsblogs.org and ldselect.org actually drive to my site. I thought I’d share: For all of 2006, here’s the breakdown: ldsblogs.org: 2492 referrals, which represents 9.2% of my total referrals. ldselect.org: 2244 referrals, for 8.3% of the total. However, if you consider the “long tail” of all the blogs that find out about my postings from either of the aggregators, and then refer to my blog from there–the number gets significantly larger. For July 2006, here are the data: ldsblogs.org: 1067 pages or 22.1% ldselect.org: 943 pages or 15.9% Anyway, just thought…

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Self-playing audiobooks: Playaway

August 28, 2006
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This is so cool/interesting, I had to post–even though it’s not directly Mormon related. Someday I hope it will be. It is basically self-playing audio books (just plug your earphones in, and go!!!). Who will publish the first LDS audiobook on this technology?!?!?!?!

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Yes, ldsblogs.org (Mormon Archipelago) de-listed me from their portal

August 27, 2006
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I keep getting inquiries, so I thought I’d answer them once and for all from a single place. Is it true that ldsblogs.org removed you from their portal? Yes. Did they at least contact you before they de-listed you? No. I heard about it from someone randomly. Why did they do it? They said it was because I referenced/provided links to the View From the Foyer web site, which they said is not the type of web site they want promoted from their portal. Didn’t Dave’s Mormon Inquiry also post links to the Foyer? Yes, but they said he provided…

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View From the Foyer…Reborn!!!

August 23, 2006
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OK…I suck at taking “vacations.” Just wanted to let you all know that “A View From the Foyer” has been reborn!!! Check it out here: http://www.thefoyer.org/ Whoever killed the old forum…shame on you! At least turn it over to someone else!!! (my uninformed 2 cents) If I’m missing something, please let me know.

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View from the Foyer Shutting Down

August 22, 2006
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Holy crud! View from the Foyer is shutting down. Just had to blog about this one. Still on vacation.

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“Understanding (LDS) Homosexuality” Videos also available on DVD and VHS

August 19, 2006
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“Understanding (LDS) Homosexuality” Videos also available on DVD and VHS

These videos are also available in videocassette and DVD format. If you wish to obtain a copy, please send an email to Dr. Ron Schow

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RadioWest Interview: Mormonism and Pop Culture (Featuring South Park)

August 18, 2006
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I love Doug Fabrizio (met him at Sunstone last week). I really enjoyed this interview w/ Mark Pinsky and Dennis Potter. It includes some interview footage w/ Southpark creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone on Mormons and Mormonism. This was a *really* enjoyable listen for me. Check it out here.

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Understanding LDS Homosexuality Video Pt. 3: “Embracing our Homosexual Children”

August 17, 2006
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In part 3 of this 3 part series on LDS homosexuality, we learn about a devout LDS family (the Horstmanshoffs), wherein 4 out of 11 children are homosexuals. The purpose of this video is to help LDS families learn how to truly love and embrace their homosexual children, and their partners (vs. merely tolerating them).

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Job Opening: Leonard J. Arrington Chair in Mormon History and Culture at USU

August 16, 2006
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Hey! The Leonard J. Arrington Chair in Mormon History and Culture at Utah State University is now accepting applications. Details can be found here. Position Summary: Utah State University is seeking a senior scholar to fill the endowed Leonard J. Arrington Chair in Mormon History and Culture. The person holding this chair will play an important role in the new Religious Studies Program in the College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences at Utah State University. This is a tenured position, with joint appointments in History and Religious Studies. Review of applications will begin Sept. 4, 2006. The position will…

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Google Trends: The Mind of Utah

August 16, 2006
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This is a great article. Very interesting. It discusses specific serach terms in which Utah or certain Utah cities are among the most common in the world. “Consider that predominantly Mormon, family-friendly Utah leads the nation in searches on such terms as LDS Church President “Gordon Hinckley,” “Jesus,” the “second coming,” “scrapbooking,” “baby names,” “potty training,” “quilting,” “Barbie” and the sappy 1980 romantic movie “Somewhere in Time.”

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Understanding LDS Homosexuality Video Pt. 2: “Marriage Hopes and Realities”

August 16, 2006
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In part 2 of this 3 part series on LDS homosexuality, we learn about a man named Russ, who followed his bishop’s counsel to get married in spite of his same sex attraction, and the problems that came about as a result.

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Understanding LDS Homosexuality Video Pt. 1: “Go Forward”

August 15, 2006
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I have been working w/ some folks affiliated with Idaho State University to post a 3-part video series on LDS homosexuality to the Internet. Today the videos were made available. Below is Part 1: “Go Forward”–the story of a young man who has sincerely tried to walk in the path outlined by President Hinckley. Please check it out (below), and let us know what you think. Also, please feel free to share your thoughts and feedback either below, or at youtube.com.

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My Sunstone Presentation on “The Peril and the Promise of the Internet Within Mormonism”

August 15, 2006
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Unfortunately, the audio/screencast of my Sunstone presentation last week failed, so it’s gonna take me a few weeks to recreate that. In the mean time, here is a link to my PowerPoint presentation on “The Peril and the Promise of the Internet Within Mormonism.” Hopefully at least some of it will be valuable to you (sans the audio).

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What Sunstone Can Mean to Folks

August 15, 2006
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I had an amazing time at Sunstone. I hope to write more later. In the mean time, check out my friend Mark’s report on Sunstone. To me, this illustrates the positive role that Sunstone can play in people’s lives–especially those who have become disillusioned.

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FAIRWiki vs. MormonWiki?

August 8, 2006
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Hey! Can anyone give me a summary of the differences between MormonWiki and FAIRWiki for my presentation on Friday? Who is the author of the content? Who is the intended audience? How are the 2 reconciled? Are they working together at all? Please help if you can.

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Cool Map of Predominant Religions Per U.S. County

August 8, 2006
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Check out this cool map of predominant religions per U.S. county (courtesy of the More Good Foundation).

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SouthPark / “I’m a Mormon” Remix

August 8, 2006
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In preparation for my Sunstone Interent presentation on Friday, I stumbled upon this remix. Check it out. Kinda fun.

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Lunch with Lou Midgley, and Musings from the FAIR conference

August 5, 2006
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I spent 11 hours at the FAIR conference on Friday, and I believe that I spent about 5 of them with Lou Midgley. The time with Dr. Midgley, and with the folks at FAIR (including Daniel Peterson), reinforced an important lesson that I keep re-learning regarding the Mormon Internet–we are sometimes not ourselves when we engage in Internet conversations, and more importantly, those we converse with are often not exactly who we think they are. Now before you start thinking that I’m gonna get all slobbery about Dr. Midgley, let me remind you of something a good friend (Gregory Prince)…

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On Location Report from the FAIR Conference — Part 1

August 4, 2006
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I’m here, live at the FAIR conference in Sandy, UT. I’ve shaken hands with a few of the top brass here within FAIR. I’ve had 2 absolutely amazing experiences so far, that I will share with you:

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Please Help Me Moderate the Discussions Here on Mormon Stories

August 4, 2006
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For a long time, I naively believed that moderation was unethical and undesirable within the bloggernacle. Recently, I’ve had to tweak my approach. Recently I’ve noticed that mean-spiritedness on either side of the debate becomes a true obstacle to those who are sincerely seeking to have genuine dialogue.

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Check out My Cousin This Weekend on C-Span 2 Book TV!!!!

August 3, 2006
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Check out My Cousin This Weekend on C-Span 2 Book TV!!!!

For those interested, a book signing that included Jimmy Parkinson (my cousin), Lee Benson and Harold Poole will be televised on C-Span2 Book TV this Sunday evening at 12AM Sunday morning EST, 9PM Saturday night PST. This book signing included a special appearance by Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah (R). Some of you will remember Jimmy from my podcast with him. Also, I wanna know why more of the bloggernacle lawyers have not listened/commented on the “being LDS and a lawyer” part of the podcast. I think it’s definitely one of the more interesting parts. Click here for more information.…

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New Article Out Regarding Lamanite DNA: “Blake Ostler’s Errors”

August 3, 2006
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Hey! Remember that whole Tom Murphy/Blake Ostler exchange in Sunstone ? I don’t expect that you do–see “Yea, Yea, Nay, Nay: DNA Strands In The Book Of Mormon“. Anyway, Signature books has a response to Blake, addressing specifically some of his scholarship. Check it out, and then return to discuss. I’m pretty clueless on this topic, so I’ll enjoy the discussion. Please remember to be respectful of other people’s faith.

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Seeking Simple Answers from Apologists on Tough LDS History Issues

August 1, 2006
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Ok…let me state up front that I am an active and believing (though non-traditional in some aspects) member of the church. I love and deeply respect the church, Joseph Smith, and the Book of Mormon, and believe that they all are inspired of God, and teach eternal truths. That said, after studying LDS history, many of us have found that some of the historical facts within Mormonism are very different than what we were taught growing up, and in some instances, a bit hard to understand. Apologists (I believe) often do a wonderful job of doing solid research, and working…

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A Mormon Stories Milestone: 200 Comments on a Single Post (And Peterson/Midgley to boot!!!)

July 31, 2006
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Holy freaking moly! I submit a small-time post referencing a podcast that I listened to recently, and it’s grown to over 200 comments!!!! With heavy participation from Dan Peterson and Lou Midgley to boot!!!! I know it’s small beans for you big-time blogs out there, but for me, it’s cause for a mini-celebration! Thanks to all my readers/listeners for tuning in!!!! For those who haven’t dropped by, please check out the conversation. I actually believe that it’s quite interesting–if not entertaining.

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New Podcasts from the Remys: John & Jana’s Joint Journey

July 29, 2006
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How’s that for alliteration. John & Jana have a new podcast episode out, and it’s definitely worth the listen. It chronicles their joint journey of faith as a couple. Check it out, and please give them lots of Mormon Stories love.

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Very cool CES policy about what NOT to do as a CES/EFY speaker

July 28, 2006
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Thanks to Chris (a reader/listener) for referring me to this really cool CES policy about what NOT to do as a CES/EFY speaker. My favorite part is here: “I also have some concerns as I attended these programs. The concerns usually arise because a wonderful speaker desires to communicate well with the youth and inspire and motivate them to live the gospel more fully. Occasionally, speakers use poor judgment in an attempt to keep the young people’s attention and to communicate with them in terms they understand. That manifests itself in numerous ways, some of which have been:

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Resurrection of the Epic Tom Trails Filmstrip

July 27, 2006
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Resurrection of the Epic Tom Trails Filmstrip

For those who haven’t seen this yet–what a goldmine (thanks to Paula for the reference). As the site says, “Tom Trails is a filmstrip series originally released in 1968 by the Church Educational System of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It was intended as a comprehensive tool to teach gospel principles in seminary and Institute of Religion classes. Constructed as a 17-chapter series to be shown one at a time in connection with a particular lesson topic, the filmstrip as a whole told one continuous and quite elaborate story. With a total running time of 3…

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PBS Gets in Touch With Its Mormon Side

July 27, 2006
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More on the upcoming PBS documentary on Mormonism (again from AML). Looks like it will be a co-production between Frontline and American Experience (both of which I love). It also says that it will be edited into 2 90 minute parts. The original post also claims that it will air in April of 2007 (not Fall of 2006), which is different from what I thought.

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