“We are safer, but not yet safe!” and “Black Bush”: My 2 favorite political clips on youtube

September 14, 2006
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I just had to share these with you…. (warning, some foul language on the Black Bush clip)

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Youtube fans gets “Bannergated”, and the Potential for Video Within Mormonism

September 14, 2006
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This event has already been somewhat chronicled over at bcc, but I want to highlight and discuss as well. The quick stories:

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How you can help Richard Dutcher/States of Grace (DVD to be released soon)

September 13, 2006
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For those of you who are fans of Richard Dutcher and/or States of Grace, the DVD is being released in October. Apparently, Deseret Book and Seagull Book have not yet decided if they want to carry it. In addition, Richard’s distribution company is in strong need of grass roots support of the DVD. I recently received an email from them, asking to spread the word on the many ways we can help promote Richard, and this wonderful movie (which I consider to be the best LDS movie ever made–hands down). Here are some of the things you can do (all…

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Mormon Stories (Still) on a Brief Vacation

September 11, 2006
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Hey! Personal stuff is requiring me to take a brief vacation from the blog/podcast. I hope to return soon. Please take care….thanks for all of your kind support…and stay tuned. If I come back, it will be with a vengeance. šŸ˜‰

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Beautiful Savior

September 8, 2006
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A MUST Listen: For Better, for Worse, for Apostasy? How Faith Issues Affect LDS Couple Relationships

September 8, 2006
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This morning, during my daily jog, I was profoundly blessed to listen to a recent panel presentation given at Salt Lake Sunstone 2006 entitled: “For Better, for Worse, for Apostasy? How Faith Issues Affect Couple Relationships” (session #SL06273). At times I was running with tears in my eyes. At other times I was laughing out loud (as old women gardening in their lawns in confusion watched me run past).

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Lessons from Digg for Sustain’d/the Bloggernacle

September 8, 2006
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As some of you know, a new project called Sustain’d has been lauched to try to provide a more community-driven alternative to the current lds blog aggregators (ldsblogs.org and ldselect.org). Sustain’d is being modeled after http://www.digg.com. Anyway, Digg has received its own fair share of bad press over the past few days, over just how democratic (or undemocratic) it really is. So I offer these 2 articles as research for Sustain’d, and all of those who want to see a Digg-like (or more community-driven) option thrive. http://www.techcrunch.com/2006/09/06/troubles-in-diggville/ http://jesusphreak.infogami.com/blog/is_digg_rigged

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Dr. Armand Mauss Interviewed Today on KVNU’s “For the People”

September 7, 2006
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Dr. Armand Mauss Interviewed Today on KVNU’s “For the People”

Today Armand Mauss was interviewed on Logan’s local radio show: KVNU‘s “For the People” with Tom Grover and Ryan Yonk. To listen to the interview, click here. I love Armand Mauss. I think his should be a household name within Mormonism, and his books required reading. A big thanks to Dr. Mauss and Tom Grover/Ryan Yonk for doing the interview.

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Robert Millet on How to Deal with Anti-Mormons

September 7, 2006
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Robert Millet on How to Deal with Anti-Mormons

I stumbled upon this video presentation today. It is Robert Millet of BYU speaking to future missionaries regarding how to deal with anti-Mormons. For those who have the time to watch/listen, I’m curious how you feel about his approach, and his logic. One quote caught me a bit off guard: “As Latter-Day Saints, you already know more about God, and Christ, and the Plan of Salvation than anyone who would attack you. You already know more than your attackers will ever know.”

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Free Internet Viewing of Baptists at our Barbeque

September 6, 2006
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Free Internet Viewing of Baptists at our Barbeque

Click here for a free Internet viewing of the film, “Baptists at our Barbeque.” You must use Internet Explorer Version 6 or higher on a PC running Windows 2000 or later in order to use the CinemaNow service. Thanks to my buddy Paul for the head’s up.

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Shelley Long Plans A Mormon Comeback: The Boy Who Couldn’t Say No

September 5, 2006
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Credit to the AML list for this one…. Shelley Long Plans A Mormon Comeback By Josh Tyler: 2006-09-03 In the history of bad decisions, Shelley Long’s departure from Cheers to become a movie star was one of the worst. Just think, it could be her in those horrible weight loss commercials. Instead, she’s been all but forgotten. Shelley hasn’t been seen in theaters since 2000’s Dr. T and the Women. Now well into her 50s, Long is going to try another comeback. Our friend Clint over at MovieHole says she’s signed on to the comedic drama The Boy Who Couldn’t…

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http://mormonhistory.byu.edu/ — Some Serious Progress!!!

September 4, 2006
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I thought ya’ll might be interested in this: http://mormonhistory.byu.edu/. I didn’t know it existed. Holy moly!!!! Anyone know how long this has been around? Get this! If you search for topics like polygamy or peep stones…you actually get hits/responses! Even polyandry gets a hit!!! If you type in Grant Palmer, his book is actually included as a source! Same with Fawn Brodie! It also includes Dialogue and Sunstone articles as sources. Very cool!!!!! Kudos to BYU/the Church on this one. I consider this to be progress.

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Interesting LDS Books Available on Google Books?

September 1, 2006
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Anyone wanna help gather together a list of interesting LDS-related books on “Google Books?” Here’s one for starters: “History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints” by B.H. Roberts. You can even download the full PDF if you want to!!! How cool is that? Bonus for those finding “Full View” books, ’cause they’re more interesting. P.S. Rudyard Kipling wasn’t very nice to us Mormons, was he? Wowzers!

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Sustain’d (The 1st attempt at an LDS-themed Digg.com) is born!!!!

August 30, 2006
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Holy moly! A bloke named Connor Boyack decided to take me up on my blog post challenge to create an LDS-themed Digg.com, and walla! Sustain’d is born!!!! So far, I’m really impressed. To read more about it, click here. Also, if you want to be notified of advancements, fill out the form here. Welcome to the show, Connor! A little advice….stay out of the middle of the ldsblogs.org vs. ldselect.org battle. It can get quite heated at times. šŸ˜‰

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Super Lame Interviewer Nancy Grace Talks with Elizabeth Smart

August 29, 2006
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I’m sure you’ve all seen this, but if you haven’t, check out this SUPER lame Elizabeth Smart Interview on CNN with Nancy Grace.

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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).Ā  I promise not to be offended.Ā 

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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: ā€œEmbracing our Homosexual Childrenā€

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: ā€œMarriage Hopes and Realitiesā€

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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