What I found most interesting about this film was the frequent similarities between Islam, Orthodox Judaism, and other insular religions (including Mormonism), in terms of community, clothing, and marriage. While at the park, Rochel encourages her young brother to play with Nasira’s cousin. “But is he Jewish?” the brother asks, in the same unselfconscious way that I have heard many Mormon moms express concern about their neighbors. In another scene, Rochel’s mom demands that Nasira leave her home, threatening Rochel with what will happen if the neighbors see her. “You’re ruining your prospects!” she tells her, in reference to her marital chances.

via Arranged.

How to Date a Mormon Boy

eHow has the scoop on how to date a Mormon boy. I especially like that they declare the difficulty as “easy”.

From their list:

  • 5. Keep your breath fresh. Don’t drink or smoke around him as he’ll find that unattractive.
  • 6. Have fun with the old-fashioned courtesy. He’ll come to your door to pick you up, prepared to meet your parents. Wait for him to open all your doors for you. Stay in the car so he can come around and open the door. Let him pay for the entire evening’s activities.

I’m traditional, in that I like to open doors, but I’m not sure I’ve ever opened the door for a date when we’re already in the car and she’s ready to get out—that is just a bit much. Other than that, the list seems like fairly good advice.

Someone should write one on how to date ex-mormons.


Joseph Smith Papers

The publication of Joseph Smith’s papers two centuries after his birth opens a window on a life filled with what he called “marvilous experience.” General editors Richard Bushman and Dean Jessee trace Joseph Smith’s rise from obscurity to prominence as the founding prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and introduce the corpus of revelations, translations, letters, histories, journals, and other papers he created.

Joseph Smith Papers: Home.

The Muslims in your neighborhood

Every Friday around lunch time, a line of cars drives into the empty parking lot of an empty building. Around to the back lot, the men park and enter. Over speckled blue carpet, they walk into the gym, lay out their rugs and begin their prayers.

Mir Asif is among the men who come to this St. Charles chapel each Friday, like they have for the past three years.

This illustrated a mostly quiet, largely unknown relationship between the Muslim Community Center of St. Charles and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Old Highway 94.

via St. Louis Beacon – The Muslims in your neighborhood

Does science strengthen our faith or threaten it?

The conflict between science and religion is generally overstated. But it is certainly true that science is the matrix that most people of our day — believers or not — use as the basis for understanding the natural world we live in. Atheists and agnostics stop there; believers add a supplemental layer of faith to their view of the universe that includes a doctrine or idea of God and that reflects a view or theory of how God acts (or doesn’t act) in the natural world. So does science strengthen our faith or threaten it? Is it easier or tougher to be a believer in the age of modern science than, say, the time of Hellenistic philosophy and paganism or the early modern era of demonology and witch-hunts?

via Dave’s Mormon Inquiry: God and Science

An LDS View on Science and Religion

“[S]cholars today recognize that older descriptions of “conflict” or open “warfare” between science and Christianity are often mistaken. Nor could LDS thinking about science be described in this way. The Church is distinguished by its acceptance of ongoing revelation and the view that divine revelation underlies its scriptures and teachings. Consequently, Latter-day Saints assume that ultimate truths about religious matters and about God’s creations can never be in conflict, as God is the author of both. They look forward to a time when more complete knowledge in both areas will transcend all present perceptions of conflict.” I think it is correct that LDS commentators largely avoid a conflict approach and stress the ultimate reconciliation of religious and scientific truth.

via Dave’s Mormon Inquiry: An LDS View on Science and Religion