62 episodes

LDS Miscellany through a Berkeley Lens

Face in Hat Aaron Brewster & Eric Jepson

    • Religion & Spirituality
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LDS Miscellany through a Berkeley Lens

    6.8 Jarom and living in the middle

    6.8 Jarom and living in the middle

    Today we chat about prophecy, the book of Jarom, and what it means for us to be living in the middle.  We draw especially on Sharon J. Harris’s brief theological introduction to Enos, Jarom, Omni.  Check it out!
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    Dialogue Podcast Network
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    The Book of Jarom
    https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/bofm/jarom/1
    Enos, Jarom, Omni: A Brief Theological Introduction, by Sharon J. Harris
    https://www.amazon.com/Enos-Jarom-Omni-theological-introduction/dp/0842500154
    Wiki: patriarchal blessing
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patriarchal_blessing
    Irreantum: Stories from the Blue Cherubim
    https://irreantum.associationmormonletters.org/21-2-top/
    D&C 51:16-17, “…act upon this land as for years…”:
    https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/51?id=p16-17#16
    Tales from Pleasant Grove, by Steven L. Peck
    https://www.amazon.com/Tales-Pleasant-Grove-Steven-Peck/dp/1986604233
    No link to the Elder Holland story, it’s something Eric heard on the radio.  If someone has a better reference, send it in!
    The Hugh B. Brown story can be found in From the East: The History of the Latter-Day Saints in Asia, 1851-1996, by R. Lanier Britsch
    https://www.amazon.com/East-History-Latter-Day-Saints-1851-1996/dp/1573452688
    Living “as Though” God’s Promises Have Been Fulfilled, by Lori Newbold
    https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/liahona/2022/02/living-as-though-gods-promises-have-been-fulfilled
    The Path and the Gate: Mormon Short Fiction, edited by Andrew Hall, Robert Raleigh, with contribution from Eric Jepson
    https://www.amazon.com/Path-Gate-Mormon-Short-Fiction/dp/1560854677
    $1 in 1844 money is $41.64!
    The Moneyball connection!  Retroactively, Aaron remembered the song In Moneyball sung by Kerris Dorsey is a Lenka song, "The Show", which includes the line “I'm just a little bit caught in the middle”.  Eh?  Totally works!

    • 1 hr 2 min
    6.7 Women and Priesthood, Part 3

    6.7 Women and Priesthood, Part 3

    The recent Worldwide Relief Society Devotional was awesome!  One quote caused a bit of a kerfuffle, which sets the stage for part 3 of our series on women and priesthood. But the devotional really was great!  Go watch it!  And also listen to this episode :)
    Link to our Face in Hat discord server!
    https://discord.gg/MnSMvKHvwh
    YouTube channel!  Thanks Eric!
    https://www.youtube.com/@FaceinHat
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    Dialogue Podcast Network
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    Worldwide Relief Society Devotional
    https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/event/worldwide-relief-society-devotional-2024
    Accessing God’s Power through Covenants, by J. Anette Dennis, First Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency
    https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/broadcasts/language-recording/2024/02/14dennis
    Midwife of The Wild Frontier, by Melissa Tyler (Author) and Luciana Maruca (Illustrator)
    https://amzn.to/3PO0RUh
    Instagram post with quote on women, power, and authority
    https://www.instagram.com/churchofjesuschrist/p/C4oZ-otMOVL/
    Twitter thread on YW fundraiser
    https://twitter.com/sunday_southern/status/1770885870847250553
    LDS Church gives more power to women than any other religious organization, leader declares, by Tamarra Kemsley
    https://www.sltrib.com/religion/2024/03/17/lds-church-gives-more-power-women/
    The Emotional and Priestly Logic of Plural Marriage" (2009), by Kathleen Flake.  Utah State University Press, Arrington Annual Lecture. Paper 15
    https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/arrington_lecture/15
    The Book of Mormon: Brief Theological Introductions Boxed Set, including Jacob: A Brief Theological Introduction, by Deidre Nicole Green
    https://amzn.to/49rsnhp
    Barred by Congress: How a Mormon, a Socialist, and an African American Elected by the People Were Excluded from Office, by Robert M. Lichtman
    https://amzn.to/3Ufp3Sh

    • 54 min
    6.6 Women and Priesthood, Part 2

    6.6 Women and Priesthood, Part 2

    Credit, authority, the danger of hierarchies, and how Jewish whiskey relates to fiction, equity, and legislation.  Join us in our second of a multipart series on women and the priesthood.
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    YouTube channel!  Thanks Eric!
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    Dialogue Podcast Network
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    A Society Meet For Male Priesthood, by Fiona Givens
    https://web.archive.org/web/20140223100456/https://difficultrun.nathanielgivens.com/2014/01/20/a-companion-meet-for-male-priesthood/
    Buying Jewish Whiskey, by Nate Oman
    https://www.wayfaremagazine.org/p/buying-jewish-whiskey
    The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy, by David Graeber
    https://www.amazon.com/Utopia-Rules-Technology-Stupidity-Bureaucracy/dp/1612195180
    Pop culture on the apricot tree, ep 39 - Indiana Jones, Lapsed Latter-day Saint?, hosts  Liz Busby and Carl Cranney, guests Matt Bowman and Megan Harris 
    https://www.popcultureapricottree.com/post/indianajones

    • 57 min
    6.5 Women and Priesthood, Part I

    6.5 Women and Priesthood, Part I

    Our first of a multi-part series on women and the Priesthood of the Church.  Themes for this part include defining terms, Priesthood vs. religious office, and Priesthood in the past.  Join us!
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    https://discord.gg/MnSMvKHvwh
    YouTube channel!  Thanks Eric!
    https://www.youtube.com/@FaceinHat
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    Dialogue Podcast Network
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    Men and Women and Priesthood Power, by Elder M. Russell Ballard
    https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/ensign/2014/09/men-and-women-and-priesthood-power
    Wiki: Mormonism and women
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mormonism_and_women
    LDS website: Women and Priesthood
    https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/callings/relief-society-organization/work-and-purpose/women-and-priesthood
    Joseph Smith’s Teachings about Priesthood, Temple, and Women
    https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/gospel-topics-essays/joseph-smiths-teachings-about-priesthood-temple-and-women
    Women Are Not Better at Multitasking. They Just Do More Work, Studies Show, by Leah Ruppanner
    https://www.sciencealert.com/women-aren-t-better-multitaskers-than-men-they-re-just-doing-more-work
    Paul Among the People: The Apostle Reinterpreted and Reimagined in His Own Time, by Sarah Ruden
    https://www.amazon.com/Paul-Among-People-Reinterpreted-Reimagined/dp/0385522576
    Eric’s initial take on Sarah Ruden: We got mysteries, we got apples, we got St. Paul. . . .
    https://thmazing.substack.com/p/we-got-mysteries-we-got-apples
    Stapley, Jonathan A. and Wright, Kristine, Female Ritual Healing in Mormonism (January 1, 2011). Journal of Mormon History, Vol. 37, pp. 1-85, Winter 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1754069
    A Society Meet For Male Priesthood, by Fiona Givens
    https://web.archive.org/web/20140223100456/https://difficultrun.nathanielgivens.com/2014/01/20/a-companion-meet-for-male-priesthood/
    D&C 25:7: Emma Smith being “ordained” but footnote 7a says “set apart”
    https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/25#p7
    History of the Young Women’s Organization Timeline Infographic, by Deborah Owen.  Laurels used to be Junior Gleaners!
    https://makingprogresspersonal.com/2015/03/history-of-young-women-organization/
    Frigid Offices Might Be Killing Women’s Productivity, by Olga Khazan
    https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2019/05/warm-offices-women-productivity/589966/
    Original study: Tom Y. Chang ,Agne Kajackaite (2019). “Battle for the thermostat: Gender and the effect of temperature on cognitive performance.” PLoS ONE 14(5): e0216362. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0216362
    2 Ne 2:25
    https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/bofm/2-ne/2#p25
    How Rare a Possession
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIhAsifEMFs
    The Book of Mormon: Brief Theological Introductions, by Joseph M. Spencer et. al.
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B085HJWGSQ
    Family Proclamations, by Blair Hodges
    https://www.familyproclamations.org/

    • 1 hr 25 min
    6.4 Taking the Stand

    6.4 Taking the Stand

    Women LDS Relief Society leaders are no longer allowed on the stand in the Bay Area, as covered in Peggy Fletcher Stack’s SL Tribune’s article.  On this show, we talk about activism in general, our reaction to this change (not great) and discuss how we think our personal responsibility for revelation needs to be balanced with our need for change to come top down from the Church.
    ‘A slap in the face’: LDS Relief Society leaders ordered off the stand, by Peggy Fletcher Stack
    https://www.sltrib.com/religion/2023/11/24/slap-face-lds-relief-society/
    Link to our Face in Hat discord server!
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    Why I write, by George Orwell
    https://www.orwellfoundation.com/the-orwell-foundation/orwell/essays-and-other-works/why-i-write/
    Lukewarm and getting spewed
    https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/nt/rev/3?lang=eng&id=p15-p16#p15
    Eric thinks Peggy Fletcher Stack original art story might not have been written about, if someone had a link let us know and we’ll update the notes here :)
    The Star Chamber
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Chamber
    Un-American activities committee from the 50s
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_Un-American_Activities_Committee
    Franklin/Peanuts articles:
    Black Isn’t a Personality Type, by John H. McWhorter
    https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2002-may-12-op-mcwhorter-story.html
    The sweet story behind Peanuts’ groundbreaking first black character, by 
    Thu-Huong Ha
    https://qz.com/571393/the-sweet-story-behind-peanuts-groundbreaking-first-black-character
    'Peanuts' First Black Character Franklin Turns 50, by Cecilia Lei and James Delahoussaye
    https://www.npr.org/2018/07/29/633544308/peanuts-character-franklin-turns-50
    Women at Church: Magnifying LDS Women's Local Impact, by Neylan McBaine
    https://www.amazon.com/Women-Church-Magnifying-Womens-Impact/dp/1589586883
    Will You Engage in the Wrestle?, by Sheri Dew
    https://ing.byui.edu/devotionals/sheri-dew
    Jacob wrestling with the angel
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacob_wrestling_with_the_angel
    Enos’s wrestle before God
    https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/bofm/enos/1#p2
    Cool stuff from Eric we didn’t get to:
    Theric Jepson, Danny Nelson and Steven L. Peck: The Path and the Gate
    https://www.dialoguejournal.com/podcasts/theric-jepson-danny-nelson-and-steven-l-peck-the-path-and-the-gate/
    Humor in Mormon Literature with Theric Jepson and Stephen Carter
    https://www.dialoguejournal.com/podcasts/humor-in-mormon-literature-with-theric-jepson-and-stephen-carter/
    Faci in Hat Podcast episodes referred to in this episode:
    2.10 The Columbian Exchange, Wilford Woodruff, and #BlackLivesMatter
    https://faceinhat.podbean.com/e/ep-210-the-columbian-exchange-wilford-woodruff-and-blacklivesmatter/
    3.12 Minerva Teichert and the Manti Temple
    https://faceinhat.podbean.com/e/312-minerva-teichert-and-the-manti-temple/
    3.13 Close to home: the Church Building Program
    https://faceinhat.podbean.com/e/313-close-to-home-the-church-building-program/
    3.14 Paul, the Oakland Temple, and Pride
    https://faceinhat.podbean.com/e/314-paul-the-oakland-temple-and-pride/

    • 1 hr 14 min
    6.3 Revelate!

    6.3 Revelate!

    Did you know that we as members of the Church believe in the Book of Revelation?  Let’s have some fun and open some seals!
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    This is the link for the Seven Seals wiki!
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_seals
    The Hofmann Wobble, by Ben Lerner
    https://harpers.org/archive/2023/12/the-hofmann-wobble-wikipedia-and-the-problem-of-historical-memory 
    Eric’s commentary on The Hatred of Poetry by Ben Lerner
    https://thmazing.blogspot.com/2022/05/books-extralong-edition.html#047 
    Wikipedia and the danger of trusting its facts, with Scott Tong and Ben Lerner
    https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2023/12/18/wikipedia-facts-danger
    Book of Revelation: Canonical History
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_of_Revelation#Canonical_history
    Ussher chronology
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ussher_chronology
    D&C 77
    https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/77
    Historical Context and Background of D&C 77, Brief Synopsis by Steven C. Harper
    https://doctrineandcovenantscentral.org/historical-context/dc-77/
    Steven C. Harper
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_C._Harper
    Interpretations of the Book of Revelations (wiki!)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_of_Revelation#Interpretations
    Found one bit to answer Eric’s question on Jehova’s Witnesses: “ The visions apply to “the Lord’s day,” which began when God’s Kingdom was set up in 1914 and Jesus began ruling as King. (Revelation 1:​10) We can therefore expect the main fulfillment of Revelation to be in our time.”
    https://www.jw.org/en/bible-teachings/questions/the-book-of-revelation/
    Cleon Skousen.  Note the description: “American conservative author with the John Birch Society and a faith-based conspiracy theorist.”
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._Cleon_Skousen
    Face in Hat: 3.4 David O. McKay and the confrontation with communism
    https://faceinhat.podbean.com/e/34-david-o-mckay-and-the-confrontation-with-communism/
    This is the movie I saw as a kid: Visit Israel with Dr. W. Cleon Skousen: Prophecy
    https://www.amazon.com/Visit-Israel-Dr-Cleon-Skousen/dp/B000EHIL7I
    Source for LDS 1st seal quote in wiki: McConkie, Bruce R. (1981). Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, Vol. III. Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft Publishers. pp. 476–497.
    Seminary lesson referenced:
    https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/new-testament-seminary-teacher-manual-2023/revelation-6-7?lang=eng
    New Testament Student Manual: Chapter 54: Revelation 4–11: Revelation 6. The First Six Seals
    https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/new-testament-student-manual/revelation/chapter-54-revelation-4-11?lang=eng&para=title17-figure5_35#title17
    Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
    https://www.amazon.com/Good-Omens-Accurate-Prophecies-Nutter/dp/0060853980
    World Happiness Report
    https://worldhappiness.report/
    Face in Hat: 2.1 Millennial musings
    https://faceinhat.podbean.com/e/21-millennial-musings/
    12 billionth person citation: Overpopulation – The Human Explosion Explained, by Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsBT5EQt348
    Mormon Transfigurism
    https://www.transfigurism.org/
    https://www.transfigurism.org/library/primers/1-what-is-mormon-transhumanism
    The Immortality Upgrade, by Dawn Chan
    https://www.newyorker.com/tech/annals-of-technology/mormon-transhumanism-and-the-immortality-upgrade
    Face in Hat: 1.10 Translation and the Book of Abraham
    https://faceinhat.podbean.com/e/episode-10-translation-and-the-book-of-abraham/

    • 1 hr 2 min

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