My Shabby Apple Dress From Steve Isn’t Too Shabby, Mission Stuff Too...

Jan 9, 2012 by

“He has great taste,” my friend said before we began yesterday’s leadership meeting. “I picked it out,” I replied. I had just told her that Steve, a man I taught as a full time missionary, bought me the dress for my birthday I was wearing. It’s probably one of my new favs. It’s a Shabby Apple dress. Some Latter-day Saint business women run this company. Turns out there’s a market for stylish modest clothes. You can find previous posts about how Mormons wear a special underclothing as a reminder of their covenant to remember Jesus Christ at:  Magic Mormon Underwear Gets a Mention at the Believing Brain Discussion  Mormon Underwear: A Constant Personal Reminder to Always Remember Jesus Christ and Keep His Commandments MacGyver Groupie and Lengthy Leggings This dress is called Overboard and can...

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Colbert: Jesus Misses Michael Shermer...

Jul 18, 2011 by

To my delight, Michael Shermer was Stephen Colbert’s guest this last week. It was interesting to see Stephen’s tone at the following point in the interview. He’s a practicing Catholic, so I wonder how much of this was portraying his conservative-pundit-caricature and how much was the real Stephen being playful with a nonbeliever. Colbert: “You used to be a Christian, right?” Shermer: “That’s right.” Colbert: “Jesus misses you…He told me.” Shermer: “He did? Well why didn’t he talk to me? Colbert: “Because you don’t believe.” Shermer: “If being talked to depends on whether I believe or not, then that means it doesn’t really exist, it’s all up here in my head, which is the point of my book, that it’s all up here.” I sympathize with the criticism of prerequisite belief for a confirmation...

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My Response to the Shermer Lecture...

Jun 28, 2011 by

  This post relates to this post. “I know it’s not my brain,” I told my friend on our way home from the Michael Shermer discussion at sixth&i. I was trying to explain that my spiritual experiences weren’t imaginary.  He responded simply, “How do you know it’s not your brain?” He wasn’t trying to make me feel foolish for my claim. If he was willing to treat me that way, I wouldn’t choose to spend any discretionary time with him. He just wanted to hear how I could be so sure. He’s not sure there’s a God and he’s not sure there’s not. Whatever the truth is, he just wants to know it. I like that about him. I’m increasingly more appreciative of self-honest people these days. “Let me think about it and I’ll...

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Myers-Briggs, Some Mormons and Me...

May 23, 2011 by

Recently, I went camping near Burke, VA.  The weather forecast called for 50% chance of rain, but it never opened up. Only a lovely constant mist spritzed us as we played “croquisbee.”  What’s that you ask?  Well, it’s a cross between croquet and frisbee, of course. Growing up in Florida, we didn’t camp much because mosquitoes are the size of rats, but while attending BYU, I frequently enjoyed camping. Much of it included marveling at the creative hand of God beneath a blanket of stars while lying on a tarp outside of Zion or Moab national parks.  The next morning would bring a hiking or canyoneering adventure. The best snapshots held in my mind capture the slight movement of the Milky Way across a vibrant blue-black backdrop of shimmering wonder. On this excursion among...

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Rewards of My Shameless Baiting: Top Sharers...

Apr 6, 2011 by

Remember my shameless bait to draw out insights from the  tremendous reservoir of Internet users? No? For the month of March, I offered a $10 gift card each to the top 3 MormonInsider visitors willing to both share posts with others and share their perspectives on the posts. We can call these people top sharers. Everyone loves someone who shares good things. Thanks to Elisabeth for sharing a specific example of the difficulty navigating the difference between being meek and being a pushover at “Blessed are the [pushovers] for they shall in inherit the earth“? Thanks to Paul for sharing his satire, revealing the sometimes unacknowledged ridiculousness of gender expectations at “Can Women Ask Out Men and it Work Out?” Thanks to Afton for frequently sharing, especially for her perspective in “Do I Need...

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