Tag Archives: Mormon Culture

Why Are Mass Murders Becoming More Common?

When I heard the terrible news last week of the children and educators murdered in Connecticut, my response was probably similar to that of millions of Americans:  first, an expression of horror and sorrow, followed by the distressed question, “Why … Continue reading

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Leaves on a Tree

  When I was in 8th grade, my history teacher led my class through a discussion exploring the question of why study history.  She attempted to debunk popular ideas on the subject, such as “those who don’t study history inevitably … Continue reading

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Photo Tour of Mormon Country Part Five – Sunday is the Sabbath

Our last day at the cabin was Sunday.  Before packing up and driving back to Salt Lake, we had a family sacrament service (my brother-in-law had received permission from his bishop).  We gathered in the living room where we sang … Continue reading

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Mormon Politics 101: Glenn Beck, Boring Sermons and Political Neutrality

The day after last week’s presidential debates, conservatives across the nation were celebrating that Mitt Romney had been deemed the winner by the majority of viewers and pundits.  I’m sure no one was more pleased than my dad, who is an ardent conservative, … Continue reading

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Photo Tour of Mormon Country Part 3 – I Get Married for Dead People

A few days after I came home from Utah, I got together with a friend who is not Mormon.  She knows that my husband and I try to date regularly, and she asked me, “Have you been on any dates lately?”  I thought for a moment. “Well, … Continue reading

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Photo Tour of Mormon Country Part 1.5 – Roadtripping Mormons

As I was writing the first installment of my Photo Tour of Mormon Country, I realized I need to explore the topic of Mormon roadtrips a little further.  A lot of people–Mormons included–have no idea just how Mormon their journeys are.  Our Church has … Continue reading

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Photo Tour of Mormon Country Part 1 – Road Trip

My husband and I recently loaded up our four children and drove to Utah for our annual summer visit.  My husband was raised in the Salt Lake area, and his parents and siblings still live there.  I have three sisters in Utah, as … Continue reading

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About Those Boys on Bikes

In Latter-day Saint vernacular, “RM” is short for “returned missionary.”  For example, a daughter might inform her mother, “I’m dating a really great guy,” and her mother replies, “Is he an RM?”  Every devout Latter-day Saint girl wants to marry … Continue reading

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Watching the Romney Campaign

As a sixth-generation Mormon, I’ve watched Mitt Romney’s presidential runs with the interest of a relative.  We’re not related. I’ve never spoken to him.  He leads a lifestyle of affluence and prominence that I can scarcely imagine.  And yet he’s … Continue reading

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