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Mormon Reflections from the Antipodes

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    Guest post by Nathan McCluskey.  This talk was delivered at Sunstone Salt Lake City 2016, Friday 29th July on a panel that included with G.Campbell McNaughton (Scotland), Alison Haldon (England)  and Gina Colvin (New Zealand) who each addressed the question of  American Cultural Imperialism and ‘The American Church Through Other Eyes.”  Nathan spoke about war and peace.   According [Read More...]

    The post Our Divided Community: American Mormonism, New Zealand Mormonism and the Question of War appeared first on KiwiMormon.


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    Sadly, the church is the religious home of  both victims and perpetrators of crimes and abuses. I don’t expect to never see these kinds of abuses in the church.  Mormons are just as prone as anyone else to lapses in self-control and moral reasoning.  But what concerns me most is the sometimes unhealthy ways in which Mormon [Read More...]

    The post Moral Judgement and the Problem of Protecting the Church’s ‘Good Name’ appeared first on KiwiMormon.


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      Guest Post by Nathan McCluskey.    What follows is an extract from a 15 minute sacrament talk Nathan was asked to give as the Ward Mission Leader on the topic of “Reactivation and Rescuing.”     In April 2012  Bishop Richard C. Edgley of the Presiding Bishopric stated that:    “Reactivation has always been an important [Read More...]

    The post Holding on to those in Faith Crisis: A Sacrament Talk appeared first on KiwiMormon.


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    I’ve tried and tried over the years  to figure out why the LDS church needs so much money.  Estimates are that LDS Inc. owns about USD$375B, debt free.  That makes them a Fortune 5 company.  It feels  sketchy and inexplicably off to me.  I know, I know – I’ve heard all about the church’s rainy [Read More...]

    The post The Spiritual Dilemma of the LDS Church’s Overblown Wealth appeared first on KiwiMormon.


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    The re-vamped Mormon and Gay website  went live today. If I had discovered the website as a newbie I might give a wee yip of approval. But I’m not new to the Mormon church’s misguided and historically painful past on the matter,  and anyone who has paid attention might be all too aware that the Church has made [Read More...]

    The post Hurray! It may or may not be fine if you are Mormon and Gay! appeared first on KiwiMormon.


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    The best thing I heard on National Radio this morning was; “This is a wake-up call for the rest of the world. America is foreign. They may talk like us and look like us, but it’s foreign.” Except if you are New Zealand Mormon where America is present everywhere.  From our services to our dress, to [Read More...]

    The post Dear God, Please keep America a Foreign Land appeared first on KiwiMormon.


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    My mother insisted I read The Book of Mormon before my baptism.  It was a slow grind, but every morning I would jump into bed with her and snuggle up against her soft, warm body,  and we’d make our way through eight verses at a time until it was done.  Thinking about it now still [Read More...]

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    For the last month, New Zealand has been in the grim, dim shadow space between a general election, vote counting and coalition deals.   Tonight it was confirmed that New Zealand First has chosen a deal with the New Zealand Labour Party.   This means that after nine long years of dudebros in suits;  a rising tide of […]

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      Dear First Presidency,   I refer you to just one of the many conclusions from the many years of research done on culture and identity.   “Cultural identity is an important contributor to people’s wellbeing. Identifying with a particular culture gives people feelings of belonging and security. It also provides people with access to […]

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    I think I’ve always been a God girl.   I knew I loved Jesus when at seven years old I heard the story of the Good Samaritan.   I remember staring intently at the sepia picture of religious leaders passing by a broken man on the side of the road.  I listened enthralled as Sister Faifai […]

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