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Mormon Awakenings: 004: Playing The Lord Card

Jack Naneek tackles church culture and its origins in the story of Lehi and his family.  Laman and Lemuel and murmuring are explored and compared to the playing of the “Lord Card.” Two funerals are mentioned, but it isn’t all tears and sadness.  In the end, you’ll have a better sense of what your own personal authority, regardless of what is going on around you!


5 thoughts on “Mormon Awakenings: 004: Playing The Lord Card”

  1. Consistent with the other episodes before it, this episode was fantastic. It was uplifting, nuanced and it focuses on thinking and applying spiritual concepts (from whatever source) to life and faith journeys. I think people along almost any point on the spectrum of belief would find something here that speaks to them.

  2. Thank you for this podcast, the insight you share about personal authority is absolutely brilliant. I love the contrast between your father and your grandfather and it reminded me of personalities I’ve interacted with in my life, in both positive and negative ways. Clearly the attitude of your father is one that we can all aspire to. I also love the points you make about the destructiveness of murmuring. It’s an important distinction to recognize that pointing out things that are wrong is not bad in itself, neither is asking questions- but it’s the putting oneself into the position of victim and the downward spiral of negativity and anger that is harmful.

    The ideas shared in this podcast are very similar to those shared in a book I’m reading called “Boundaries” by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend. It’s a psychology book based on a Christian perspective that explains how to interact with others in healthy ways, using the example of Jesus and his teachings. It’s been incredibly helpful to me coming from a Mormon background, because Mormon church teachings and culture have a severe problem with understanding healthy boundaries. The main reason for that, I think, is the unhealthy focus on obedience and authority (discussed in this podcast) that causes people to give up their personal sovereignty and autonomy in a vain attempt to be righteous- making them into at times incapacitated victims, and put upon doormats. Or at the other extreme, authoritarian tyrants. This is not what Jesus taught us to do, so I recommend this book to anyone who struggles with these issues. Thanks again for a thought -provoking podcast!

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