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Radical Compassion: I Am All In

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Book Review: Ezra and Hadassah: A Portrait of American Royalty

Ezra and Hadassah: A Portrait of American Royalty is the gripping account of author Heather Young’s tumultuous childhood at the abusive hands of those into whose care she was entrusted, both her foster and Latter-day Saint adoptive parents. With remarkable courage, wit and honesty, Heather tells of how she and her special-needs...

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The Changing Nature of (somewhat recent) popular LDS art

So growing up, I’d never been a big fan of most mainstream LDS art and music. I mean, sure, there was Minerva Teichert and a few choice others, but by and large our most culturally popular art and media tended to be pretty superficial or one-dimensional. Examples I think of are Greg Olson paintings, Michael Mclean songs,...

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Reluctant Mormon Activist

Since my Ordain Women profile went up, recently, I’m now a Mormon activist for gender equality in the LDS church. The following is a very bald summary of a long personal essay. If all you care about is the main ideas, you can read and judge this. If you want to understand how I arrived where I am, I’ve linked to the...

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My Road to Here

A brief summary of this post can be found here. I recommend it if you aren’t up for a long or emotional post. Long Day 1998 It left me as I dug, and cut, and pulled, and pedaled, and wore out the day, Yet I wait for sleep to come. I burn to move, to dance, to love, as my body strains, frozen in anxiety, Yet I wait for...

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22: Voices That Can Be Found At Sunstone Part 1

Sep 14, 14 22: Voices That Can Be Found At Sunstone Part 1

Posted by in Featured, Podcast

What comes to your mind when you hear the words “Sunstone Symposium?” It has been 5-6 years that I have been attending Sunstone, and I absolutely love it. At this year’s conference I had the opportunity to interview about 34 individuals, in order to provide a demonstration of some of the amazing people that were also attending...

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Ezra Taft Benson and Politics

Sep 14, 14 Ezra Taft Benson and Politics

Posted by in Featured, Obedience, Politics

Discussions exploded as people learned that the 2015 Relief Society/Priesthood manual will be teachings of Ezra Taft Benson. One lesson is even on the infamous “14 Fundamentals of Following the Prophet.” In anticipation of the many discussions which will ensue, we are posting this resource. (Cross-posted with permission...

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A Life-Saving Paradigm Shift

Sep 10, 14 A Life-Saving Paradigm Shift

Posted by in Compassion, Featured, Homosexuality

Last week, I had the opportunity to meet with several other Mormon and Mormon-esque friends to talk about the relationship between our LGBT brothers and sisters and the Mormon church. HRC sponsored the meeting in an effort to understand how they can better support those of us who are trying so desperately to see full equality...

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Scientific Evidence for the Atonement

Sep 10, 14 Scientific Evidence for the Atonement

Posted by in Apologetics, Atonement, Featured, Repentance

I’ve wrestled with many questions about the Atonement: “Does the Atonement work?” “Is it real?” “Can it work for me?” Obviously I cannot prove (or disprove) that the Atonement works in any kind of eternal or “cosmic” way. However, there is an area of research in psychology about...

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Unlocking Temple Symbolism

Sep 09, 14 Unlocking Temple Symbolism

Posted by in Featured, Mormonism, Symbolism, Temple

  Introduction Mormons don’t tend to do symbolism well. This is largely because they grow up in a symbolically arid religious environment where literalism is the order of the day. Scriptures and teachers mean what they say and say what they mean. No interpretation required. Then Mormons go to the temple, where they are...

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Jubilee

A few months ago I wrote a post about making a hole in the roof because I felt that that the doors and windows of church have been cemented over and walled off.    So imagine my surprise when I was on a tour or the Vatican this summer and the tour guide starts talking about a cemented over door. So instead of taking pictures...

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Dramatic Questions: A Conversation with Playwright Melissa Leilani Larson

Sep 07, 14 Dramatic Questions: A Conversation with Playwright Melissa Leilani Larson

Posted by in Featured, Interviews, Podcast

Melissa Leilani Larson is an award-winning writer from Provo, Utah. MARTYRS’ CROSSING (IRAM Best New Play) debuted at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe, and PRIDE AND PREJUDICE enjoyed a sold-out run at Brigham Young University last March. Her screenplay FREETOWN, presently filming in Ghana, will be in theaters next April. Other plays...

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Thoughts on Mormon Exclusivity

Sep 07, 14 Thoughts on Mormon Exclusivity

Posted by in Compassion, Featured, Mormonism, Theology

Admittedly, I’ve cherry-picked a few passages from others on the nacle. Their thoughts are my thoughts. To the woman healed from disease, without any physical ministration whatsoever, Jesus simply said “thy faith hath made thee whole.” However, to the blind men, instead of simply healing them with his words, he actually spit...

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Ask Dr. Finlayson-Fife

GREAT NEWS EVERYBODY!   We will once more be interviewing the amazing and brilliant Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife.  As we mentioned before, Dr. Finlayson-Fife is an intimacy-therapist. And by intimacy we mean sex, but we couldn’t shock our predominately LDS audience in the second sentence, so we waited for the third. If...

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Have you tried turning it off and on again?

So… let’s be honest. Being a Mormon can be kinda hard at times. Perhaps you differ politically or culturally from most other members of your ward or even your family. Maybe you feel neglected, or worse, abused by your local (or not so local) leaders. Or maybe you’re exhausted by the corporate structure of the...

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Have You Had The Ordain Women Conversation?

Sep 02, 14 Have You Had The Ordain Women Conversation?

Posted by in Featured, Feminism, Priesthood

On May 15th of this year, Ordain Women launched their Conversations project.  Throughout the summer, new segments were released that encouraged discussion about the issue of women’s ordination in the LDS church.  For anyone who is interested, these are a great tool for exploring the issues, concerns, and possibilities on this...

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Atonement Theory

For years I’ve struggled to understand what the atonement is and how it works. This post is the byproduct of those mental and spiritual struggles. The short length of this post is intentional and took an incredible amount of humility and restraint. What I’ve written here is the very essence of my spiritual being. I see...

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