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Utah Baby Names (That distinctive name that says, "I'm Mormon.")
The Utah Baby Namer ^ | Wes and Cari Clark

Posted on 01/24/2003 4:41:20 PM PST by A.J.Armitage

What's In a (Utah) Name?

by Cari Bilyeu Clark

When my husband and I moved from Utah to the Washington, D.C. area seventeen years ago, we knew nothing of the inadvertent legacy we carried from our four years in Utah. Shortly after we arrived in our new home, we saw a television commercial for a local grocery store chain. The spokeswoman's name was the unusual "Odonna." "She's gotta be from Utah," I said to my husband. "That's a Utah name if I ever heard one."

We eventually learned that Odonna was, indeed, Utah born and bred.

It dawned on us that many names we'd heard during our college careers, and found only mildly remarkable, were indeed unique to the Utah Mormon culture. Thus began our quest to define what makes some names singularly Utahn, and what sets them apart from ethnic names with roots in other cultures, such as Juanita or Shoshanna; or African-American names such as Tawanda and Shaquille; or the newly common, soap-operaesque handles such as Skylar, Tiffany, Raven, and Adrienne. There's a difference, and it's not just the obviously Mormon scriptural names like Mahonri or Nephi or Moroni. Often identifying a Utah name is a gut feeling akin to Justice Potter Stewart's definition of pornography: you know it when you see it.

The quintessential Utah name often has a French-sounding prefix such as Le-, La-, Ne-, or Va-. Often names appear to have genesis in the combined names of the parents--Veradeane or GlenDora, for example. Related is the practice of feminizing the father's name--as in Vonda (dad is Vaughan) or Danetta. Others, such as Snell or Houser, appear to be surnames called into service as first names.

Related is the curious tendency, more common in Utah than elsewhere, for men (women do not seem to do this) to use the first initial, then the full middle name as the given name, such as L. Flake Roberts, who ran for office in Utah County when we lived there. (Come on, you've noticed this habit among the general authorities of the LDS church!) Besides puzzling over why someone would want to be known as "Flake," it makes one wonder just what the "L" stands for.

[Hmmmm. Where have we heard about that before? --A.J.]

So my husband and I entertained ourselves by collecting the often bizarre names we found in Utah publications (including the obituaries, which indicates that this is not a recent fad) and of Utah natives we met. We compiled a list and shared it with our friends, who often as not had a few more to add. We really hit a bonanza when one woman shared our observations with her mother, who worked at a Utah bank and had access to lots of names. She started her own list and began sending the names to us. (My personal favorite, LaNondus, came from this source.) Another friend told us of a set of sisters, all of whose names began with "Ja."

Once my husband had Internet access, he collected more names and corresponded with another couple who amused themselves the same way. They made cleverly categorized lists: "The ward choir director's daughters: LaVoice, Choral, Audia."

It makes you wonder what some parents were thinking when, for instance, they named their baby girl Lanae (la-nay)--and she unfortunately ended up with a big nose (le nez [la-nay] in French means "the nose"). Or the girl named M'Lu--are clever wags endlessly asking her to skip to it? And how the heck do people with apostrophes in their names fill out computerized forms? There's no apostrophe space. The guy I really pity, though, is the one saddled with the unfortunate moniker, Rube.

Of course, parents cannot predict what new interpretations the marketplace will bring to the names they lovingly bestow on their offspring. I once worked at a company which had dealings with a woman named LaPriel (pronounced la-prell). When I told my former roommate about this inexplicable first name, she sardonically replied, "What's her sister's name--LaTegrin?"

With the generally larger-than-average family, often saddled with the very ordinary surnames Smith, Johnson, or Young, it's not surprising that many Utah parents look for unique given names for their children. When you throw in the reverence for family and ancestors forwarded by the LDS Church, it seems inevitable that someone would end up with LaEarl, KDell, Arnolene or Hariella.

Some names, though, seem to defy description--if not pronunciation. While pride of place may have spawned Utahna, how did somebody come up with Wealtha? And while Lloydine's genesis seems plausible, how on earth were Printha or Noy coined? And I have no idea what constitutes the correct pronunciation for Kairle or Tawhnye. (I suspect they may be wildly creative spellings of Carol and Tonya.)

Perhaps the following list (by no means comprehensive) will amuse you. Perhaps it will offend you. Perhaps you will find your name, or the name of a relative, on it. Or perhaps you will be so enchanted by a particular name that you'll want to bestow it upon one of your own offspring. If that is your plan, first do this: go to the back door, fling it open and yell the name at the top of your lungs six or eight times, because that's how it's going to be heard for the next eighteen years. And remember, when little Wynante (boy or girl, you choose) grows up, you'll have to live with the consequences.

The Cream of the Crop

The Clarks' Favorite Utah Names

Updated 24 January 2003

The new parents couldn't be happier: Gladell & Delightra (sisters), Luvit, Delecta, Delite, Joyette, Joi, Joyia, Joyellen, Joycell, Hallah Lujah [How about Hallah Back Y'all? --A.J.], Bliss, Joyanne

Cleanliness is next to Godliness: Zestpoole, Sparkle

The Ward Choir Director's Daughters: Aria, Audia, Aurel, Choral, LaVoice, Tonilee, Capella, Chime, Rocksan Violin

Jewels every one: Amulet, Pearlette, Pearlene, Emerald, JewlyAnn, Ahmre Jade, Treasure Tonya, Turquoise Nova, Sequin, Amethist.

Girls you just know have big, floofy hair: Blondeen, Rayette, Faundaree, Shazette, Shasheena, Honilynn, Najestica, Teasa, Shazzanna, Pluma, Bobbette, Blonda, Breezy, Wenderella, Aquanetta, Brinderella, Dazzlyn

Maybe they're in the Klingon Ward: Tchae, Xko, Corx, G'ni, Vvhs, Garn, Ka, Deauxti, Xymoya, Sha'Kira [Her older sister is called Macare'na.], Zy, Xela, Tscharna, Nivek, Zon'tl, Zagg, Xan, Judziah Datz (a female, named after a character in Star Trek), K'lar (ditto), Jarna Nazhalena, Chod, Xarek, Grik, Stod, T'Shara, Tral, Sherik, Curg

[I am Krang the Merciless!! And I'm a Mormon!]

The Worth of a Soul: Cashley

Astronomical: LeVoid, Sunan, Moonyene, Starlene, Sunelly, Luna, Lunia, Solinda, Sunirae, Staryl, Marandastarr, Season, Aries, Starlyn, Cressent, Celestial Starr, Summerlyn, Astrolena

Could only be LDS: Cumorah Hill, Liahonna, Ensign, Nauvoo, Kirtland, Templa, Templer, Tempella, Tempalia, Ziona, Deseret (and Desereta), Tabernacle, Woodruff, Pratt, Tithing, Quorum, Helamans Warrior, Iron Rod, Morona, Manti, Stripling, Nephi Courage, Celestial Glory, Celestian, Brighaminie, Zion, Xione (pronounced "zion")

Parents were BYU math majors: Alpha Mae, Seven, Seavenly, Twenty, Prime, Omega Lee, Jennyfivetina, Tenna [Mormon porn star: Tenna Tameson.], Elevena, Ninea, Eighta

[How would you like to be named after your birth order?]

You can name a kid this, but you shouldn't ingest it: Cola, Vinyl, Orlon, Chlorine, Clorene, Florene, Florine, Lexann, Dow, Tide, Downy, Codiene, Daquari, DeCon, Starbuck, Crayon, Treasure Cocaine

[Classy. Real classy.]

Names inspired by the family car: Audi, Fairlene, Celecta, Pontiac, Vonda, Vonza, Auto, Cherokee, Lexus, Porsche, Skylark, Truckston, Avis, Chevrollette, Chevonne, Caprice, Dodge

["Honey, nothing says class like Lexus. Now go make some jello."]

Wishful thinking: Darlin', Courage, Winsome, Justan Tru, Pictorianna, Paradise Sunrise, Sage, Angelic, Breed, Godlove, Myrth, LaVirgin, DeFonda Virtue, Chastice, Normalene, Lovie Angel, Precious Blessing, Heavenly Melanie, Glee, Mormon Beauty, Pledger, Jentill, Devota, Coy, Fondd, Bridella, Verna Noall, Vervine, Viva, Golden Noble, MarVel, MemRee, Brunette, Merrily, Merry Ann, Celestial, Cherrish, Kash, Cashelle, Teton, Forever, Luvit, Mystiq, Worthy, Truly, Pleasant, Speedy, Hereditary, Shrudilee, Halo, Gentry, Truthanne, Finita, Mavryck, Amen, Merrijane, Marvelous Man.

Dad's hobby is obvious: Justa Cowgirl, Rode O, Hazer, Durango, Rifle, Laker, Jazz, Truck. Granite, Garnet, Gneiss (and other sisters with rock names beginning with “G.”)

Conversational: Whisper, Chat

Indications of possible birthplace: Arizonia, Floria, Montania, Utah, Utahna, Idahana, Idaho, Mauntana [Flunk spelling, name you kid Mauntana. Study hard!], Michigan, Nevadna, Okla, Vermont, Wyoming, Wyoma, Cache, Jordana, Payson, Vernal, Boise, Brookelynn, Lexington, Demoyn, Fredonia, Leremy, Platte, Salina, Seattle, Takoma, Tulsa, Tustin, Vail, Lundyn, Londyn, Irelynd, Irelan, Madrid, Manila, Cairo, Damascus, Tyre, Desert, Shahara, Trinidad, Houston, Cachelyn, D'Asia, Edon, Takoda, Orem, Shannon doah, Davenport Shore

No man (or woman) is an island - exceptions: Oahu, Irlanda, Tonga, SeaBreaze, Tiki Lou

Possible conception placenames: Hilton, Nafeteria, Bridges, Castle

Indications of possible birthdates: Juneth, Junola, LaJune, Julyn, Halloween, Novella, Summerisa, Winnter, Christmas Holiday, Merrienoel, Kris Miss, Tuesdee, Aprella

The day dawn is breaking: Dawnae, Dawnia, Dawnel, Dawnelle, Dawnene, Dawnalyn, Dawnette, Karadawn, RaDawn, Keturah Dawn, SheriDawn, LuDawn, LaDawn, Le Dawn, El Dawn, Dawnetta, Dawnese, Mistidawn, Berva Dawn, Celestial Dawn, Bodawn, Honey Dawn, Sunrise, Dawny, Yodawn, Dawnika, Dawnray, Denverly Dawn, Sunni Dawn, Dusty Dawn, Taradawn, Twyla Dawn, Georgia Dawn, Iva Dawn, Marva Dawn

Dad was a plumber: Valva, BeDae, Latrina, La Jonne, Digger

Dad worked for the postal service: Mailene

Dad's a lawyer: Justicia

Dad had a hernia: Truss

Less is more: La, Oa, NB, T, M, Q, JJ

I hope the computer will accept apostrophes in the name fields: D'Ann, D'Aun, D'Bora, D'Dee, D'Elise, D'Loaf, D'Shara, E'all, L'Deane, L'orL, Ja'mon, J'Costa, J'dean, J'Leen, J'net, J'Shara, J'Vonna, La'Donis, Me'shell, M'Jean, M'Kaaylie, M'Kenna, Mi'Lara, M'Lisa, M'Liss, M'Lu, M'Recia, O'lea, R'dell, R'lene, Shan'l, Young'n, B'andra, De'lys, D'Dree

["And the called her... O'Lestra. She had the runs a lot."]

Future names of prescriptions: Lyravin, Monalaine, Nyleen, Merlaine, Monease, Naquel, Ronalene, Nylan, Rolayne, Tyron, Lexine, Lyrin, Mikatin, Artax, Xtrin, Tylene, Qedrin, Tamrin, Denilyn, Kevrin, Nicolin, Xylan, Tolex, Zylan, Daycal, Falycid, Zerin, Davon, Sydal

Wow! What a Babe!: Wavie, Zhalore, LaTanna, Tressa, LaDreama, Amourette

Fluid-related: Thermos, Soda, Logan River, Jordan River, Susquehannah, Canteen

When simple alphabetic characters aren't enough: K-8 (pronounced "Kate," I guess)

[Kids: that's happens when you're illiterate. Stay in school!]

Politically incorrect: Sambo, Aryion

[Maybe they weren't thinking "Aryan", but "Arian". Heretics gotta stick together!]

Heard chanted in the Salt Lake airport: Ara-Om

Has food connotations: Dianarea, Dicey, Vindalu, Blenda, Strawberry, Sugarlee, Beena, Pork Chop, Sesami, Jar, Karmel, Kresent, TaffiLyn, Chipo

Had breathing problems in the hospital nursery: Azure, Syrullean

You might find in a forest: Wrendie, Jilbear, Timber, Oaks, Pixie, LaFawnduh, Fawn-Dew, Ember, Bird, Magpie, Serenity Fawn, Paradi, L'Aire, Brookelle, Sylvan, Fawna, Lawn, Rain, Gazelle, El Fawn ["El" makes it masculine, "Fawn" makes it girly-poofy. El Fawn: expressing pride from Salt Lake City to San Francisco.], Aspen, Acacia, Panda, Briar, Rhodendra, Fernnola, Birdene, Hummingbird, Disney, Chinchilla Zest, Haven, Glade

No doubt about it, this kid's in charge: Rexina, Rexine, Queenola, Dominee, Ruger, Messiah Angel, Oden, RexDee, Navy, Jentry, Czar, LeeMaster, Quintessa, Marquessa, Leviathan, Captain.

Smells: Cachet, Reaka, Violeet, Avon, Budla

Faux ethnic: Laddie, Walkasheaqua, Bsjonet, Hishla, Chilnecha, Forthilda, Kaltighanna, Alainka, Chip-wa, Pawnece America, Zem Saxon, O'Ann, WaThene, Sheighlagh, Valliere

Commemorating something or another: Welcome Exile, Confederate American, Southern Justice, Liberty Lulu, Young Elizabeth, Genesis, MistiNoele, Imagine, Thankful Flood, Friends Forsaken, Joyous Noel, Tennyson, Knight Train, Miracles Precious One, Sunday's Hoseana, Disney, Blessing Ream, Stormy Shepherd, Denim Levi, Vernal Independence, Sincere Devotion, Mothers, Elvoid, Noah-Lot, Mormon Miracles, MyLae, Nightrain Lane, Zion Anakin, Jeopardee, Statehood, Denim Levi

Let's hope not: Rube, Sleeza, Nymphus, Golden P., Burns, Hydra, Non, Malis, Talon, Beefea, Patches, Storm, Slayer, Sterile, Slaughter, Jynx, Hyde, Prynne, StormiAnn, Sham, Apathy, DeRail, Dull, Gamble

In a class of their own (In fact, I'm not sure I believe these but we asked for details and a confirmation and got convincing replies, so here they are): NaLa'DeLuhRay, Phakelikaydenicia, Zaragrunudgeyon ("Zarg," for short), Jennyfivetina, Tiarrhea, Nudity, VulvaMae, DaLinda LaDale, Tugdick, Saunsceneyouray, and, yes... Clitoris.

["Well, it sounded pretty when the doctor said it, and my wife Placenta likes it."]

Teletubbies: Laalaa

Guaranteed to get last place on our list (or anyone else's): ZZkora

I can't think of anything clever to write but these must be mentioned: Barbeli, Revo Cram, Feramorz, Glint, LaNondus, Wynante, Camera, Lecoya, AureJudd, NaNon, Bimberly, DavidO, Leumas ("Samuel" backwards), Ralphene, Shimber, T-vive, Synthi, CoJane, Nona-rene, Gaylawn, Txanton, LaZello, Daycal, Sancie D'Wan, RaVoe, Zenus, Gatobon, LaEarl, Trystal, AndiOdette, Serenity-Tabitha-Ann, Alexavier, X Y Zella, Bonquisha, Musser Cenia, Jubeltine, Oryeon, Shlori, Danlonaga, Zedwain, Casualeen, Young'n, Shambertine Crille, Canon, Malique, LeeWitt, Jazzeri, DeRaunz, Teru, Aaro, Divid, Cimemthymia, LaDonnaJosephrania, LaDeeDee, deRalph, MaddLynAlain, Vyquetoriya, Falycid, Rophis, Mick BonScott, Kaysional Tempest, Darianlelo, DeLaVerne, BoChe', Minnet, Kandle, Seena Tawnya, Dwodger, J Thoral, Xanderrick, Abcde, KNikkol, Demeatrice, LLean Shanalyn, Scytha Solena, HiDee

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To: restornu
Hi Sweetie!

What are YOU doing up this late??

141 posted on 01/26/2003 11:05:23 PM PST by Elsie (I trust in Jesus.... THOUSANDS OF EXISTING MANUSCRIPTS speak of Him!)
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To: Elsie
what about you your out late! did you win?
142 posted on 01/26/2003 11:17:52 PM PST by restornu
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To: restornu
Did you see my thread on Easier Thread Search?
143 posted on 01/26/2003 11:21:37 PM PST by restornu
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To: Elsie
forgot to flag
144 posted on 01/26/2003 11:25:10 PM PST by restornu
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To: restornu
sign off!
145 posted on 01/26/2003 11:26:57 PM PST by restornu
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To: Grig
Come on you guys, could you ALL just for one thread put the animosity aside? Sheesh.

But the animosity is the whole reason I posted the thread. Or do you think I wanted to celebrate Mormon "culture"?

146 posted on 01/27/2003 12:15:24 AM PST by A.J.Armitage
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To: Illbay
Ignorance personified. That's you. There is no such thing as a "Harem" in "Mormonism." Do a little research before you open your friggin' yap.
har·em   Audio pronunciation of "harem" ( P )  Pronunciation Key  (hârm, hr-)
  1. A house or a section of a house reserved for women members of a Muslim household.
  2. The wives, concubines, female relatives, and servants occupying such a place.
  3. A group of women sexual partners for one man.

[Turkish, from Arabic arm, forbidden place, from arama, to prohibit. See rm in Semitic Roots.]

No such thing in Mormonism, eh?

147 posted on 01/27/2003 12:29:54 AM PST by A.J.Armitage
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To: Illbay
Who's the one saying God was once a mere human on another world ruled by another god?

Mormonism is blasphemy any way you cut it.
148 posted on 01/27/2003 12:49:36 AM PST by A.J.Armitage
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To: Elsie; restornu
Your #139: What WAS the product that Donnie & Marie were advertising during the game tonight?

Pepsi Twist. (There was also a Diet Pepsi commercial.) Seems to be the favorite commercial of the news recaps and of the online poll below.

Did you notice how young Donny and Marie looked and how old Ozzy Osbourne looked? Must be that clean living.

Which ad that aired during Super Bowl XXXVII was your favorite?

30% Pepsi Twist: Ozzy & the Osmonds 68,809
15% Reebok: Terry Tate, office linebacker 35,651
10% Budweiser: Clydesdales play football 23,024
8% Sierra Mist: monkey 19,190
6% Budweiser: Clown 14,703
5% Fedex: 'Desert Island' 12,265
3% Gatorade: Michael Jordan vs. himself 7,336
3% Visa: Yao Ming 6,491
3% Dodge: choking co-worker 6,338
2% 'The Matrix' sequels 5,553
2% H&R Block: Willie Nelson 3,695
2% Trident: squirrel and dentist 3,662
1% Diet Pepsi: mud festival 2,875
1% Budweiser: Tim McGraw drives 2,798
1% Visa: the Barber twins 2,411
1% White House National Drug. Control: teen pregnancy 2,309
1% 'The Hulk' trailer 1,603
1% Sony: moon trip 1,529
1% Chrysler: Celine Dion 1,415
1% McDonalds: father and son 1,413
1% Monster: truck driver 1,259
1% Pizza Hut: Stuffed Crust Gold Pizza 1,232
1% 'Terminator 3' trailer 1,202
0% Cadillac: time traveler 745
0% AT&T Wireless: 'mLife' 670
0% KFC: ice fishermen 471
0% Quiznos: Chef Jimmy 468
0% 'Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle' 440
0% HotJobs: rainbow connection 406
0% White House National Drug. Control: subway 393
0% 'Daredevil' trailer 371
0% Levi's: Type 1 stampede 309
0% Subway: shrinking Jared 274
0% George Forman Grill 237
0% Cadillac: running of the bulls 186
Total votes: 231,733

NOTE: Poll results are not scientific and reflect the opinions of only those users who chose to participate.

149 posted on 01/27/2003 4:32:56 AM PST by White Mountain (Jesus said, "... come, follow me." Luke 18:22)
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To: White Mountain
Does clean living include divorces?

150 posted on 01/27/2003 4:42:15 AM PST by Wrigley
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To: restornu
Win? No.....

I had no dog in that fight, but the Great God of Sports required a time sacrifice, so I had my munchies, my pop, my remote and I was set!

Until the score was tied 3-3 and it was BORING and shoveling lots of snow earlier in the day kicked in, and I dozed off. I awoke in time for the evening news and found out that them guys had awakened while I slept and run up a big scoring game!

So, since I'd just had this long nap, I checked out the WEB.

(That's my story and I'm stickin' to it!!)

151 posted on 01/27/2003 6:49:21 AM PST by Elsie (I trust in Jesus.... THOUSANDS OF EXISTING MANUSCRIPTS speak of Him!)
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To: A.J.Armitage
No such thing in Mormonism, eh?

But...... was it "'SCRIPTURAL'"?

152 posted on 01/27/2003 6:54:16 AM PST by Elsie (I trust in Jesus.... THOUSANDS OF EXISTING MANUSCRIPTS speak of Him!)
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To: A.J.Armitage; Illbay; White Mountain; CubicleGuy; Utah Girl; rising tide; Grig; Rad_J
No such thing in Mormonism, eh?

Only in your impure demented rancor mind could carry these fruits of satan!

You can try to place your incompatible gift at the LDS door step, but it is you who manifest foulness.

That property belongs to you A.J.Armitage:)

153 posted on 01/27/2003 7:02:13 AM PST by restornu
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To: Wrigley
Does clean living include divorces?


Now if the LDS would just become part of the unwashed we could be comfortable with them:)

154 posted on 01/27/2003 7:09:00 AM PST by restornu
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To: Elsie
I had my munchies, my pop, my remote and I was set

You better get a sugar test after that Carbo feast!:)

155 posted on 01/27/2003 7:12:30 AM PST by restornu
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To: A.J.Armitage
"animosity is the whole reason I posted the thread. Or do you think I wanted to celebrate Mormon "culture"?"

I though you wanted to take a light hearted poke at Utah Mormon culture, something we non-Utah Mormons do all the time as well as non Mormons.

Silly me, thinking you could feel anything other than animosity towards anything connected to the LDS.
156 posted on 01/27/2003 8:57:35 AM PST by Grig
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To: White Mountain
Anyone know where the Superbowl commercials are online?
157 posted on 01/27/2003 8:59:00 AM PST by Grig
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To: BibChr
"Well, it's your opinion that it's his opinion."

No, it really is his opinion. It is my opinion that his opinion is incorrect, and his that mine is incorrect.

"It's my opinion that he's just stating the facts"

I'm glad you got that part right.

"You up to that sort of honesty?"

That would not be honesty. You cling to your distorted view and call those who try and point out the distortion liars. Straw Man 101.

LDS doctrine is not contridicted by the LDS understanding of the Bible, it DOES contridict YOUR understanding of the Bible. If you want to say we understand the Bible wrongly, or that our doctrine contridicts your view of the Bible, go right ahead, but 'you don't agree with me so you are not being honest' crap is childish. And not having your personal respect is no great hardship for me.
158 posted on 01/27/2003 9:42:56 AM PST by Grig
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To: Grig; drstevej
It's your opinion that it's not your opinion that it's your opinion.

So now we know loyalty to your cult has requires you to be dishonest and lazy. You've picked the laziest "out" in the world (everything's "just your opinion" to the person who doesn't want to hear it). I was going to say, "Let me show you how it works" -- but the truth is that I *did* just show you, and it sailed right over your head.

One day you will face facts, as you refuse to do now. That is a certainty. I pray God it won't be too late.

159 posted on 01/27/2003 9:59:16 AM PST by BibChr
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To: BibChr
"You've picked the laziest "out" in the world "

No, the laziest "out" in the world is declare that your opinion is a fact and anyone who has a different opinion is a liar. If you can't at least get the point where you realize other people can honestly hold opinions you do not agree with then you will never be able to have a meaningful conversation with anyone but yes men (which wouldn't really be a meaningful conservation). There is nothing dishonest or lazy about calling an opinion and opinion no matter how much you dislike my doing so.

"I *did* just show you, and it sailed right over your head."

Wrong again. All you did was prepare to drag out a handfull of old straw men. I see no reason to go into debunking any of the specific straw men when you can't even tell what an opinion is in the more general case.
160 posted on 01/27/2003 10:53:38 AM PST by Grig
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