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Radio Free Mormon: 072: The Pharisee Phenomenon Pt 2

Today Radio Free Mormon share with us the “Pharisee Phenomenon” as found in the LDS Church.   Running through 12 examples where all the fun lies.  RFM shows us what it means to be pharisaical in the LDS Church.  Its not everyday you get to explore LDS Leaders practicing or advocating strict observance of external forms and ceremonies of religion or conduct without regard to the spirit.


10 thoughts on “Radio Free Mormon: 072: The Pharisee Phenomenon Pt 2”

  1. Ugh! I had just gotten my second piercing done for my 13th birthday in February 2000, and in April was saddened that Hinckley announced that I was being unrighteous. I took the earrings out and let them close up as part of a deal with my guy friends that they’d stop watching rated R movies. My piercing closed up, and they didn’t stop watching rated R movies 🙄. I used that as an example of my righteousness and commitment to the prophets, because “If you can’t be obedient in the little things, it’ll be harder to be obedient in the big things when adversity comes”. I also didn’t drink any caffeine after that time (with very very few exceptions) until I started drinking coffee last year, haha.

    My favorite local talk from my youth was during stake conference during my senior year and was entitled “President Hinckley is Right, and You’re Wrong”, and I took that to heart 100%. It was clear cut, Oaks-style, black and white, easy to understand.

    I also had a seminary teacher who talked about uncrossing his legs during prayers, so I took that on also and always uncrossed my legs during a prayer. Thankfully I didn’t impose that on others, but I definitely felt somewhat self-righteous for my extra observance.

  2. I was in Kobe and remember PRES Stout saying Jesus doesn’t like neckties…

    Love your podcast!

    Out for 15 years

    Thanks for your work

    Larsen Choro.

    Randy Larsen

  3. Oaks also got the baptismal prayer wrong because he quoted the altered version found in the D&C, not in the Book of Mormon or the original BoC. Still waiting for them to explain that change.

  4. Great podcast but also infuriating. I have long thought, even as an active, believing member, that the church’s demand of adherence to stupid rules was so much “straining at gnats” that I couldn’t stand most of it.

    I remember getting “training” from the Stake RS president when called to be in our ward RS presidency and being taught it was inappropriate to wear denim or open-toed shoes to our Sunday meetings and that nylons were required attire. SO, so, so stupid.

    I found the church was ALWAYs doing some weird version of this and when the institutional church didn’t come up with a weird rule, local leaders would, just to be extra righteous.

  5. I see others have let you know that coca cola products are now available on the byu campus, caffeine included. What I don’t see is the fact that around the time the petition was circulated there were some enterprising students using the lack of caffeine in campus as an opportunity to create a black market. If you knew one of the phone numbers, you could have a cold can of caffeine of choice (soda only) in your hand within minutes for a couple bucks. I wouldn’t be surprised if these individuals were easily paying for their housing and living costs with this business. I knew plenty of students, and some faculty and staff, using them regularly.

    Also, the podcast is a pleasure to listen to. I’ve been catching up on episodes I wouldn’t have been able to listen to when they aired.

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