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9 January 2013

Mormon FAIR-Cast 124: Controversies Regarding the Nature of Christ

January 9, 2013


One of the primary reasons some claim that Mormons are not Christians is because the Mormon view of the trinity differs from that of most modern Christians. Mormons claim that their view of the Godhead is correct and that the view of God as set forth in various creeds, such as that which was proclaimed at the Nicean Council, is a corrupt version of the truth. Some modern Christians counter that the concept of the trinity as believed by most Christians today was already considered doctrine by the time of the Council of Nicea and the council was simply held to address other heresies. So what really happened? Why does the majority view of the nature of Christ differ from the view of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? In this episode of Religion Today, which originally aired on KSL Radio on September 2, 2012, Martin Tanner discusses these issues.


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The 6 Most Optimistic Gay Mormon Moments of 2012

January 9, 2013

Huffington Post

As an openly gay, active Latter-day Saint serving as a priesthood leader in my local congregation as my authentic self, an openly gay man, I’m keenly interested in how my church understands LGBT inclusion and equality. Don’t get me wrong: I’m among the first to realize that we have a challenging road ahead of us, and I have no problem pointing out areas where we’re still weak.

But I also know this is going to be a long game, so I’m borrowing a page from my sixth-grade basketball coach’s playbook and giving praise for what I think are the most optimistic gay Mormon moments of 2012, in the hopes that my faith continues to move forward with Christlike love and full inclusion of its LGBT members — because that’s where our savior wants us to be.


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My Night With “Southpark” Creators’ “The Book of Mormon”

January 9, 2013


The point: bring your whole self to God, including the parts that are broken, suffering and perhaps even hating God or doubting God’s existence. Bring it all. So in this sense, the scandalous song, “Hasa diga eebowai,” which translates to “F– you, God,” is a more earnest prayer than many of our neat-and-tidy missives we share during Sunday worship.

And yet the missionaries miss the point. A majority of the village suffers from AIDS, the innocent are being raped, women are systematically being castrated by rebel forces and the poor guy continues to remind them of the lowly state of his scrotum. So why, they ask, would they be open to the Good News from some Western book while they drown in such misery? And why should the villagers invest themselves in some rhetorical promises from two white boys who will go back to their comfortable lives in the States once they’ve won souls for the Church?


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Jodi Arias Kissed New Beau Day After Stabbing, Shooting Boyfriend

January 9, 2013

ABC News

Burns said that both he and Arias stopped kissing at the time, though they again became physically involved later in the evening when Arias climbed on top of Burns and began kissing him. Burns said that they stopped kissing because he did not want her to “regret the visit” because of her Mormon beliefs about sex.


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Print your Andy Reid commemorative mustache

January 9, 2013

Kansas City Pitch (Missouri)

* He is a Mormon: Reid played college football at Brigham Young University in the late 1970s. He donated to fellow Mormon Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. He should have plenty of places to worship in the metro.

* Reid is a cougar to the core: He served a season as BYU’s mascot Cosmo the Cougar, according to Wikipedia (uh, we couldn’t find other confirmation). Reid played both offensive and defensive lines on the football team, so that must have been one large cougar costume.


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TV Recap: Top 5 Things You Need To Know About Episode 11 Of ‘Vegas’

January 9, 2013

Cowboys and Indians

DON’T MESS WITH MORMONS: As exciting as all this might be, far more important things in Episode 11 — important, that is, in terms of planting stuff that likely will pay off in future episodes — involve other characters. Vincent is greatly upset when he learns Rizzo has cleaned out the bank account holding loan money Vincent obtained to run the Tumbleweed. Rizzo brushes aside Vincent’s concerns, noting that it’s standard operational mob procedure to use such easily available cash for less-than-legit purposes. And if the banker who’s been doing business with Vincent complains, so what? Rizzo figures all he’ll have to do is none-too-subtly threaten the banker, and his family, and that will be the end of it. This is a big mistake: The banker, a Mormon, turns out to be in league with a group of Mormon vigilantes – tough customers who carry on traditions dating back to the days when similar vigilantes protected Mormon settlers from Paiute warriors. When the vigilantes waylay Vincent and Rizzo, a double execution appears to be in the offing. But Vincent manages to dodge a bullet — and save Rizzo as well — by offering to sign over all rights to the Tumbleweed to the vigilante group led by guest star Michael Ironside.


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Why Ryan Gosling’s going gangbusters

January 10, 2013

Herald Sun (Australia)

Gosling was raised as a Mormon and during his formative years he relocated several times throughout Ontario with his family due to his father’s work as a travelling salesman. His parents divorced and he and older sister Mandi were raised by their mother.


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Te’o’s ND career ends, legacy will live on

January 9, 2013


How much of it gets fabricated and ends up becoming legend will only become evident over time, but for now the skeleton is nationally known: The star Mormon recruit from Hawaii committing to a Catholic school in South Bend, Ind., overcoming the deaths of his grandmother and girlfriend to earn the most Heisman Trophy votes of any purely defensive player in college football history, lifting the sport’s most iconic program back to the championship picture once again.


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College football already has a national champion

January 9, 2013

Paragould Daily Press (Arkansas)

This year’s team has two Academic All-Americans: center Mike Golic Jr. — who, having earned his undergraduate degree in film, television and theater (with a 3.428 GPA), is taking graduate courses — and linebacker Manti Te’o, the nation’s outstanding defensive player, who is a devout Mormon of Samoan roots from Hawaii and, with a 3.324 GPA, will graduate from the College of Arts and Letters with a degree in design.


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Four priests, four friends: Bishops witness historic changes in Catholic life

January 9, 2013

Religion News Service

Though Niederauer defended his church’s anti-gay marriage stance and even enlisted Mormon leaders to help pass California’s Proposition 8 ban on gay marriage, the bishop hadn’t supported a similar Utah amendment. He pushed back when the Vatican tried to bar homosexuals from the seminary, allowed a short-lived Mass for gays and was the nation’s first Catholic bishop to praise the gay love story, “Brokeback Mountain.”


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ASU’s Bachynski emerges as game changer

January 9, 2013

Fox Sports Arizona

Jordan Bachynski was impatient, antsy — traits diametrically opposed to the ones that have made him the best shot-blocker in the Pac-12 and one of the best in the nation.

He had just returned from a two-year LDS mission to South Florida, which might as well have been Mars. He had been given the opportunity to shoot baskets maybe once a week, but that was not his purpose.

Austin Ainge and other Mormon friends advised Bachynski that it would take at least a year for him to regain the form that made him one of the top recruits in the hemisphere in 2007, when UConn was among the suitors who came to Calgary, Alberta, to check on Bachynski.


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