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Bright Minds and Bright Paint

July 13th, 2015 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life.

The “youth” speaker is a little blonde girl who grew up in the better kind of trailer home in a family compound. She turned out to be brain. A couple of years ago, you recall, she won the state science fair or something like that with lasers or transistors or something like that. She went to BYU, got married, and is home for the summer and also very pregnant. Her husband is a Basque-Indio hipster hardcore social conservative. Her topic is service. She takes Paul’s little sermon that begins “Charity never faileth” and replaces charity with service. It is illuminating. (more…)

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July 13th, 2015 11:16:50

The Prospect of an Ivy League BYU

March 06th, 2015 by MC

I did a search for “BYU” on Twitter on Saturday night to look for articles about the Cougars’ thrilling basketball victory over Gonzaga.* Instead I got a steady stream of 17- and 18-year-old Mormon kids either celebrating getting into BYU or lamenting their rejection letters. It’s that time of year. (more…)

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March 06th, 2015 04:20:58

Helpless as a Father

February 12th, 2015 by G.

Francisco de Zurbarán's Agnus Dei - a still life of a trussed up lamb

My little baby just got out of the hospital. She’s fine now, no need for sympathy, I mention it because I learned something from the experience. (more…)

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February 12th, 2015 12:58:23

Who’s Your Ingroup, Anyway?

December 09th, 2014 by MC

Meg Stout gives a plausible explanation of when dissent warrants expulsion from the Church, and when it doesn’t. It’s true that the women’s organization “Give Us The Priesthood Or We’re Telling The NY Times” (that was the name, right?) was “tone-deaf when it comes to Mormon culture but in tune with world media.” They certainly seemed to come from a much more alien value system than some of the subtler snakes in the grass, who dress and talk like Mormons, so much that they seem almost like the real thing. But I think it’s even simpler than even that. (more…)

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December 09th, 2014 01:34:08

Family Ghosts

October 31st, 2014 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life.  All is not well in Zion, but there are still pearls in the field. Brother Joseph and  Brother Brigham can rest content.

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October 31st, 2014 10:41:33

Religious, Not Spiritual

April 22nd, 2014 by G.

The human person has a very nearly infinite capacity for self-delusion. That’s why I consider myself religious… but not spiritual. Whatever in religious practice may seem dull, mundane, and ordinary is more to be trusted than those parts of it which seem highly emotional or consciousness-raising.

-thus Nick B. Steves, offered for consideration and not by way of endorsement.

Mormonism is a highly unusual mix of emotionalism and workmanlike pragmatism. The only other place I’ve seen that is the family: gooey sentiment, checkbooks, and diapers.

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April 22nd, 2014 12:44:19

Rape Culture in the Ensign

February 21st, 2014 by Georgie Porgie

mushroom cloud

Apparently the Ensign committed a microaggressive act of triggering rape culture . It published an article about chastity. Happy marriages and eternal life, it seems, are more evil than you thought.

Trigger warning: acts of microaggression to follow. (more…)

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February 21st, 2014 11:32:39


August 20th, 2013 by Pecos Bill

Mah stake president gave a talkin’ to our gennulmen youngun’s  not too long ago on preparin’ fer mishinary service. Durned if he din’t give them fellers some well-placed expostulations:

  • Sittin’ on yer Francis all the live-long day pushin’ knobs on an electronical gadget ain’t perzactly the best way to tone up for strenyoous mishinary service.
  • The natchural knack fer pickin’ up furrin talk dies out by age 18, so it behoofivies you to already have some practice at it, just in case you end up shippin’ out to some exotical place where they don’t speak Utahan, like China or New York City.
  • You kin’t preach what you ain’t believin’ yer ownself. So familiarate yerself now with the Holy Word, and take out yer soul now and then fer a good inspectin’.
  • You might perchance not wish to be in too great a rush. Goin’ at 18 ain’t carved in stone. You kin wait ’til 19 if need be. In fact, sez the stake president, I may be insistin’ on it for some of you young’uns.
  • On a belated note, you need to grow a thick enough hide to handle a good snort of rejecshun.

That last one is the first partway decent argyment I’ve ever heered for young bucks to be doin’ any datin’.

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August 20th, 2013 12:22:18

Married, RM Animators

May 24th, 2013 by G.

This article about BYU’s animation studio is the cat’s miaow, and it brings together three important JG themes: (more…)

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May 24th, 2013 09:24:26

Get Married Young.

March 25th, 2013 by G.

Civil War wedding

Get married young.


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March 25th, 2013 13:13:36

Mormon Young Women, Modesty, and the Porn-Addled Youth of Today

June 17th, 2011 by G.

You’ll want to read this dispatch from the front lines, by the father of a young teen-age LDS woman. It gets what modesty is about. (more…)

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June 17th, 2011 07:56:57

The Masonic Element in Mormonism

August 10th, 2010 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life. (more…)

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August 10th, 2010 07:46:40