37: Ask a Mormon Sex Therapist Part 4

37: Ask a Mormon Sex Therapist Part 4 Posted by on Dec 12, 2014

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Christmas Reflections: The Three Wise Me...

Christmas Reflections: The Three Wise Men Posted by on Nov 30, 2014

Ask the Mormon Sex Therapist

37: Ask a Mormon Sex Therapist Part 4

37: Ask a Mormon Sex Therapist Part 4 Posted by on Dec 12, 2014

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The Question of the Sermon on the Mount

The Question of the Sermon on the Mount Posted by on Nov 14, 2014


14 Fundamentals in Falsifying the Prophe...

14 Fundamentals in Falsifying the Prophet Posted by on Dec 9, 2014


26: General Conference Compressed

26: General Conference Compressed Posted by on Oct 5, 2014


Christ is Not Leading a Petty Church

Christ is Not Leading a Petty Church Posted by on Dec 8, 2014


The Answer to All the Hard Questions: U...

The Answer to All the Hard Questions:  Um…Maybe Not. Posted by on Dec 2, 2014

Why I Am Mormon

By Goddess, I Will Not Be Left Behind!

By Goddess, I Will Not Be Left Behind! Posted by on Sep 27, 2014


Nature’s Law of Agency

Nature’s Law of Agency Posted by on Dec 15, 2014


A Christmas Search for the Divine Femini...

A Christmas Search for the Divine Feminine Posted by on Dec 20, 2014

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A Christmas Search for the Divine Feminine

By Michael Barker Note: This is an expansion of a testimony I gave at my Fast and Testimony Meeting on December 7, 2014   Scripture is male-centric. That is a fact. It is that way because it was written by men. History, in general, has been written by men, so it too is male-centric. That is a fact. As a father of two...

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Disgracing God to Save a Prophet

Dec 19, 14 Disgracing God to Save a Prophet

Posted by in Featured, Lying, Polygamy, Sexual Abuse, Truth

After the explosion of polygamy news and dialogue that followed the most recent essays put out by the church, the most common thing I have seen said by members of the church defending the practice is 1: they have known this since they were very young (this sidesteps the issue of acceptability by implying that since they knew it, it...

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Mormo Comics: The God Who Weeps

Dec 18, 14 Mormo Comics: The God Who Weeps

Posted by in Featured, Mormon Humor

  Moses 7: 28-32  28 And it came to pass that the God of heaven looked upon the blog post on the internet, and he read the comments section,  and he wept; and Enoch bore record of it, saying: How is it that the heavens weep, and shed forth their tears as the rain upon the mountains?  29 And Enoch said unto the Lord: How...

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Seeking Liberation

Dec 17, 14 Seeking Liberation

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A Gospel of Liberation. A Gospel about liberation. That’s what I need. That’s what I seek. That’s why Church is hard for me sometimes. It can be so individualistic in ways that feel imprisoning to me. I need a gospel that is collective… in voice and in action. I need a collectively liberating Gospel after the tsunamis,...

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Nature’s Law of Agency

Most of us are already thinking about Christmas and the birth of the God who made our universe. What I offer you, today, is the thought that our gentle and loving God called out, and our universe responded, choosing to follow God’s will and become what we experience today. Let me begin. I say begin, but this is the final major...

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Torture and Violence

Dec 14, 14 Torture and Violence

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My Dad only spanked me once. It was either with a shoe or a belt, I can’t remember, but as I cried he teased me and said my singing (crying) sounded pretty. I was 14 when a male authority figure held my head against a wall and punched me in the face so hard it knocked me out. I remember once being whipped with a vacuum cord by...

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37: Ask a Mormon Sex Therapist Part 4

In this episode of “Ask a Mormon Sex Therapist”, Laurel and Brian interview Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife on the topics of sexual trauma, managing nudity with children, and developing sexuality as a single. Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife is a psychotherapist who focuses on issues surrounding female sexuality and feminism...

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From Whom Do Your Blessings Come?

By Michael Barker I once heard a provocative question: When you feel God’s presence, or have an answer to your prayer, to whom do you acknowledge the comfort or the blessing came? God the Father? Mother in Heaven? Jesus Christ? The Holy Ghost? In non-mainline-Evangelical Christianity, one often hears of having, “A...

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The Single Stigma

Dec 11, 14 The Single Stigma

Posted by in Family, Featured

“Are you married?” my non-Mormon friend asked. “No, sir. Flying solo.” “Oh, sorry. Well, I tell you, I want to become a Mormon sometimes,” he said, pinging my latent missionary impulse. “And why is that?” “Mormon men have the prettiest, most put-together wives. It’s seriously a draw.” Mormonism throughout the...

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Mormonism is Not Book of Mormon Christianity

With the new BYU curiculum change, one of the classes that will be required is “Teachings and Doctrine of the Book of Mormon.” It made me think about doctrinal similarities and differences between the Book of Mormon and modern Mormonism. Since I can’t write a blog post about every doctrinal comparison, I tried to...

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Thank You Dad

Dec 09, 14 Thank You Dad

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Today marks 9 years that my father passed away. Nine years is a long time. When you’re talking about missing someone, 9 years is a very long time. At the time, I was serving a mission in Salta, Argentina. One of my biggest regrets in life is not coming home from my mission to see him buried and to mourn with my family. This...

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14 Fundamentals in Falsifying the Prophet

A bomb went off in Salt Lake City in the 1980’s. But this bomb wasn’t set by Mark Hofmann. It was set by Ezra Taft Benson, the President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. The trigger was his famous speech, The Fourteen Fundamentals in Following the Prophet, which he delivered to a packed house at BYU’s Marriott Center on...

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Christ is Not Leading a Petty Church

There is a common cautionary tale I hear retold within Mormon circles. This tale goes something like this: Once upon a time the LDS Church was going to do something progressive, and amazing. However, these measures were abandoned when some person or group (often unknowingly) decided that they would engage the media regarding a...

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Christmas Wishing

As a new father, I have spent a lot of time thinking about how my daughter will experience Christmas. My own family was pretty light on holiday traditions. Honestly, there were a few years the lights never went up on the house and we didn’t get around to doing a tree. One year the lights just stayed on the house for the whole...

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36: Liahona Children’s Foundation Cofounder Robert Rees

Irreversible stunting of child brain development results from the chronic undernourishment of children between birth and age 5. The Liahona Children’s Foundation targets helping children in this age range by providing critical nourishment in order to minimize the effects of poverty in the developing world. In this episode I...

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I Am The Little Drummer Boy

My favorite Christmas song has, for years, been “The Little Drummer Boy.” It is the one which most closely resembles my relationship to my Savior. There are probably other choices that would seem more obvious. “O Holy Night”? “Oh Come All Ye Faithful”? “Joy to the World”? Those are all songs I love, and they to speak...

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