New Video Released About LDS Church Welfare System

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Today, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a short video about the LDS Church Welfare system. The video addresses fast offerings, Bishop's storehouses, and the overall spirit of the program. I have been on the receiving end of Church welfare assistance a few times in my life. Sometimes other Mormons make comments about the Church welfare system that do not match my experience. This video portrays a spirit of caring that is very consistent with my experience receiving … [Read more...]

Is Bryce Harper Hated Because He is A Mormon?

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Ok, that is not really the question at hand. The panel at Post Sports Live from The Washington Post took at look at whether Bryce Harper with the Washington Nationals was getting hit by pitches because he is hated.     At the Henrichsen home, we really like Bryce Harper. He is one Shem's heroes. The fact that Harper is from Las Vegas is the first thing Shem mentioned when Lyndee got the offer to come and teach here. Are players like Harper being targeted by … [Read more...]

We Have Authority Issues

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"Why doesn't the Church speak out in favor of the Affordable Care Act or universal healthcare?" The above question, or some variation of it, has come up in twice in recent months on liberal or Democratic Mormon Facebook groups that I belong to. They could, but they won't. Not because they cannot do so, though advocating for specific legislation is dangerous territory. Instead, the Church is not going to step into a political battle which has partisan overtones...that has already been … [Read more...]

Teaching the Gospel in Our Homes: My Sermon

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Today, I gave a sermon about teaching the gospel in our homes. The talk touched on Rawls, King Benjamin from the Book of Mormon, my Chevy Suburban, and lots of cute stories about my beautiful and amazing children. Lyndee spoke first and I make a few references to her talk. Take a listen to the talk here. Or here: Podcast Powered By Podbean I am sharing this talk as part of the Passing on the Faith: … [Read more...]

Being Passive Aggressive Does Not Mean You are Not a Bully

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Just Saying. Source: Online Interactive Communication Training. … [Read more...]

John Stuart Mill on Mormon Polygamy

I am putting together a conference paper proposal about John Stuart Mill's treatment of Mormon polygamy in his classic "On Liberty." As I do that, I want to share with you the passages that I am considering. The forth chapter of John Stuart Mill's 1869 "On Liberty" starts with the following questions: WHAT, then, is the rightful limit to the sovereignty of the individual over himself? Where does the authority of society begin? How much of human life should be assigned to individuality, and … [Read more...]

Jim Gaffigan on Jesus

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I have previously shared an example of comedian Jim Gaffigan's commentary/comedy on everyday American life. In many ways, he is one of my favorite social theorists Since I renewed my membership in the American Academy of Religion last week, I thought I would share with you Jim Gaffigan as theologian. As you know, I am all about approaching religion in only the most serious of ways. Here is theologian Jim Gaffigan on Jesus: … [Read more...]


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