In the Face of Diversity

I’m going to share a couple of impressions of the opening night of the Democratic National Convention, but first I want to share a little personal context. I have avoided overtly political posts on Rational Faiths. I’ve tried to stick with Mormon theology,...

The Day Heavenly Mother Lost Her Temple Recommend

A couple years ago, I began assisting as a moderator for the Finding Heavenly Mother Project, a Facebook group devoted to seeking out Heavenly Mother. It was an honor to have this special “calling” extended to me by my friend who founded the group. Over time, however,...

Why Mormons and Trump Just Don’t Get Along

This post originally appeared on MormonPress. There are so many reasons Donald Trump should not be president. In fact, this list outlines in brutally efficient fashion a few of the ways Mr. Trump is entirely unfit to be President of the United States. Polls show that...

BEING A NUDIST

Twenty years ago today, the only grown woman to ever see my grown, naked body saw it for the first time and she didn’t run away (I’m a hairy dude). There is evidence that this occurred at least two other times as we now have two brilliant daughters....

FAITH CRISIS: A MOUNTAIN BIKER’S GUIDE

I like to mountain bike – a lot. That is an understatement; a huge understatement. Our youngest daughter recently outgrew her hand-me-down BMX bike and wanted a new bike – a mountain bike! In order for her to get a mountain bike, she had to meet the same requirement...

BLEACHING MUHAMMAD ALI

Trigger Warning: use of the N-word by Muhammad Ali.     My daughters and I, and occasionally my wife, box.  We wanted our daughters to know how do defend themselves if the time ever presented itself.  So we asked around what kind of martial arts would be...

Excommunication: What I Learned

I was eleven years old the day I saw them from my bedroom window walk up to our front door. My mother informed them the man they were looking for was in the backyard. I raced from the front of my childhood home to the back window. With my nose pressed up against the...

The world is wide enough for Hamilton and me

I read the Federalist Papers for the first time when I was 18 years old. What else should a college-bound aspiring political science major be reading? I left for my mission after my first year at Utah State University. My version of missionary “apostasy” was...

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Quote of the Month

"It is not as a child that I believe and confess Jesus Christ. My hosanna is born of a furnace of doubt." (Fyodor Dostoevsky)