‘The only Power to Punish the Church has ever had’?

Aaron R. aka Rico Mormon 100 Comments

Hugh Nibley once said “Excommunication… [is] the only power to punish the Church has ever had”. Yet, what is the nature of this punishment and why does it need to be used at all? How does excommunicating someone fit with Christ’s message to seek out the lost sheep and carry them back?

Poly-What?, or, a Contemporary View of LDS Plural Marriage

Aaron R. aka Rico adultery, apostasy, love, marriage, Mormon, polygamy 34 Comments

Being from England, we do not really have a Polygamous Pioneer heritage like some from the US. However, we do have something a little more contemporary. I was speaking recently to a single woman who had a few children and had divorced been for some time and as we were speaking about the Church’s history in this area she explained to me a few of her recent experiences with people who wanted to practice Polygamy.

The Word made Flesh: Poetry, Spirituality and Scripture

Aaron R. aka Rico Bible, book of mormon, books, Culture, Mormon, scripture, spirituality 10 Comments

I find some poetry immensely moving and even spiritually satisfying. Even though I am not ‘well read’ I still sense that there is a vast reservoir of literature that could provide other channels of communication with God. For me poetry has been one of those channels, especially when it comes to considering my fear of death, I have found it helpful and liberating (check out ‘Aubade’ by Philip Larkin). In addition I have discovered a changing relationship with God through poetry.