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Adrienne Rivetti Jensen is a homeschooling mom of three in Reston, Virginia. She is an openly agnostic Mormon, making her way back to activity after a six-year absence. Adrienne blogs in a shamelessly honest fashion about her faith issues, her desire to be active in the church, and her reconciliation of it all at AgnosticMormonMom.blogspot.com.
About Alan Vail: Alan's wife, Sara, recently introduced him as a competitive pistol shooting feminist. That pretty well sums up his current hobbies, interests, and activism. Alan grew up in Hyde Park, Utah with five older sisters and one younger brother. He learned to speak Spanish with a lisp as a missionary in Barcelona, Spain, and has has held a variety of jobs including: stuffing candy and snacks into a box, putting $500 bottles of fetal bovine serum into UV proof Ziploc bags, operating a forklift in a subzero industrial freezer, installing underground sprinkler systems, and has spent time as an accountant, a lawyer, then accountant again, and currently back to a lawyer. Alan and Sara are raising their three children near Boston. Alan is an Elder's Quorum instructor in his ward.
Allison Jensen is currently completing her undergrad degree in the English Honours program at the University of Calgary; She is going to be doing a Master's in Contemporary Literary Studies at Lancaster University in the Fall and can hardly contain her nerdy excitement.
Amy Grigg is an engineer by profession, a writer by inclination, and a teacher by disposition. She lives with her husband in southern Maryland, and she blogs regularly about gospel topics at toeveryonethatbelieveth.blogspot.com
Andrea is a professor at BYU - Idaho
Ashley Raymond is a wife and mother and lives in Southern Utah. She has degrees in Sociology and Nursing and currently works as a nurse for cardiac patients. Her interest in humanitarian work has led her to support the Liahona Children's Foundation. She is a lifelong Mormon.
Cody - was born and raised in Utah. He received his bachelors of science from BYU and later his DDS from the University of Maryland. He is a dentist in Park City, Utah and is busy saving the world one tooth at a time. He and his wife Lisa have four wild and crazy kids. He served his LDS Mission in the Mexico Hermosillo Mission. He has served in various capacities in his ward as scout master, ward mission leader, gospel doctrine teacher, and now in the elders quorum presidency. Paul - Born and raised in Northern California, Paul received his education at Ricks College and BYU with a BA in Spanish, minor in PE Coaching. Paul served his LDS mission during the years 94-96 in Rosario, Argentina. He now runs his own businesses from home in Utah County. He's married and has 3 boys. He is currently the ward cub master. Michael - was born and raised in Northern California. He received his education from Ricks College, Portland State University, and Oregon Health and Sciences University. He presently lives in Southern Oregon with his wife and two daughters working as a Physician Assistant in Orthopedic Surgery. He served his LDS Mission in Dallas Texas, Spanish Speaking. He is presently the Young Mens President in his ward.
Blair Dee Hodges is the Maxwell Institute’s public communications specialist. Blair received his bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication with a minor in Religious Studies at the University of Utah in 2010. He recently completed a master’s degree in religious studies at Georgetown University.
Bob graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy and spent twelve years in the Marine Corps. Bob joined the LDS church as an adult convert and spent twenty years as a fully active and participating member. Due to a wave of historical and doctrinal concerns Bob spent about eight years on hiatus from full participation in the LDS church, although they still attended and kept in touch. As a result of the experiences shared in the blog Bob has a more nuanced perspective on some of these issues and am transitioning back towards a fuller involvement again. I work as a computer programmer in the Raleigh NC area.
Born and raised in Northern California, Brad served his LDS mission from 1997-1999 in Culiacan, Mexico. He received his education at Ricks College and BYU with a BA in International Studies and a minor in Latin American Studies; then got a J.D. from William & Mary. Brad lives in Wyoming with his wife and three children. In the past he blogged under the name Atticus.
Brant A. Gardner (M.A. State University of New York Albany) is the author of Second Witness: Analytical and Contextual Commentary on the Book of Mormon and The Gift and Power: Translating the Book of Mormon, both published through Greg Kofford Books. He has contributed articles to Estudios de Cultura Nahuatl and Symbol and Meaning Beyond the Closed Community. He has presented papers at the Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research conference as well as at Sunstone.
Brian C. Hales is a Utah-based anesthesiologist and author. Perhaps his most prominent work, thus far, is the three-volume series, Joseph Smith's Polygamy: History and Theology, published by Kofford Books. He received his medical degree from the University of Utah and did his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Hales served a mission for the church The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has been a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir . His other books include: Modern Polygamy and Mormon Fundamentalism: The Generations after the Manifesto, The Priesthood of Modern Polygamy: An LDS Perspective (with J. Max Anderson), The Doctrines of Mormon Fundamentalism (with J. Max Anderson), Is Fundamentalism Fundamental?, Light: The Physical and Spiritual Nature of Light, The Veil, and Trials: Understanding and Overcoming. He also operates a web site at mormonfundamentalism.com.
Brian M. Hauglid is a Senior Research Fellow at the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, BYU.
Brittney is a recent graduate of Utah Valley University where she completed a Bachelors of Science in Speech Communication. Along with her various theatrical performing engagements around the Salt Lake valley, Brittney is also an avid writer who recently took a break from her popular blog Confessions of a Anxious White Mormon Virgin (www.anxiouswhitevirgin.blogspot.com) in order to pursue her goal of becoming a published author. Along with performing and writing, Brittney can also be found co-hosting on The Cultural Hall Podcast. Brittney is a self-proclaimed backyard philosopher and a self-admitted seeker of truth and knowledge. She often jokes that if she had a nickle for every time someone asked her if she has ever tried "Not thinking so much about things," she could retire and do what she really wants to do, namely, have more time to devote to thinking.
Brother Jake is the baby of a big Mormon family. He enjoys playing video games and making videos. After serving a mission in Peru, he married a violinist, transferred schools, and finished his undergrad at Indiana University. He is currently pursuing a Master's degree in analytics (a dumb word for "statistics") at NC State. He has extremely stretchy elbow skin.
Cami is a native Texan with Southern Utah heritage as well. Although married for 18 years, she is now a single mom, living in Northern Nevada outside of Tahoe. with a budding-feminist daughter in Young Women. Cami has a bachelor's in Psychology from Southern Utah University and is applying for her Masters in Counseling at University of Nevada in Reno. Cami writes short stories and poetry, loves getting her fitness routine & yoga in every day, revels in substitute teaching the adorable elementary-aged kids and can't get enough of her "ladie's night outs".
Camille grew up all over the country. She calls Oklahoma and Wyoming her home places. She received her education at Ricks College and the University of Wyoming where she earned her BS in Mathematics. She currently lives in Castle Rock, CO.
Carson Calderwood, Born in Idaho, grew up in Utah to red neck father and TBM mother. Served mission in Argentina. Married smartest and most attractive woman at BYU. Raising four kids and three chickens in Maple Valley, Washington.
Carl serves as director and CIO of the Mormon Transhumanist Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting greater understanding between secular and religious people, as well as radical human flourishing in creativity and compassion through the charitable use of science and technology. Carl has worked as a software engineer for over fifteen years, and is currently employed by Cisco Systems in England. He served a mission in Brazil from 1994-96, afterwards receiving a BA in Portuguese with a music minor from Brigham Young University and an MS in computer science from the University of Washington. He and his wife, Kami, have four children. Carl enjoys woodworking, reading, history, religion, armchair philosophy, singing, and playing various musical instruments.
Caroline is completing her coursework for her Ph.D. in religion with a focus on women’s studies in religion. Her areas of interest revolve around the intersections of Mormon and feminist theology and the study of contemporary Mormon feminist communities. She is the co-founder of the Mormon feminist blog, The Exponent.
Carrie is a stay at home mom to 3 young children and is being watched over by twin boys. When she isn't making chicken nuggets and rocking babies to sleep, she likes to endulge her creative side, where she dabbles in a bit of everything. She has been married to her husband, Jon, for eight years and they enjoy working on house and yard projects together.
CARY CRALL is a 2nd year medical student at Harvard Medical School where he is Co-president of the LGBTQ student group. In 2012, he was named a Point Scholar by the Point Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting promising LGBTQ students through financial aid, leadership training, and mentorship. In 2011, Cary was honored as one of the Forty Under 40 LGBT Activists by The Advocate news magazine for his work in challenging the LDS church’s stance on California’s Prop. 8 while a student at BYU. He served an LDS mission in South Carolina from 2006-2008 and graduated from BYU in 2011 with a B.S. in Neuroscience. His favorite hymn can be found on page 142.
Christopher Bradford is a co-founder and vice-president of the Mormon Transhumanist Association. A software engineer by trade (now in management), he has wide-ranging interests, including philosophy, science fiction & fantasy, sports, and the performing arts. He and his wife, Lucy, have eight children, some of whom actually have an interest in their dad's crazy ideas.
Ceejay was born in southern California and raised in central Texas. Ceejay holds a BS in Applied Physics and also a JD. CeeJay currently lives in the Mid-Atlantic region with his family.
Chris Brewer is an illustrator and active Latter Day Saint living in Herriman, UT with an awesome little family of 3 boys and one sassy matriarch. He is interested in new ideas, and everything that falls under the Arts. Chris has been following and contributing to Mormon discussion forums for several years. He will shortly begin contributing as a regular poster on the A Thoughtful Faith Blog.
Clara is a young heterodox mormon, and a vegetarian feminist, who was born and raised in Madrid, Spain. She is currently studying English Language and Literature, but also went through almost three years of Law School, before realizing studying and teaching literature is what she would love to do the rest of her life. She is a second generation LDS that grew up in an environment closely tied to catholicism (either through family or education, for she attended a Catholic high school), a religious tradition that respects and has profoundly enriched her life.
Cody was born and raised in Utah. He received his bachelors of science from BYU and later his DDS from the University of Maryland. He is a dentist in Park City, Utah and is busy saving the world one tooth at a time. He and his wife Lisa have four wild and crazy kids. He served his LDS Mission in the Mexico Hermosillo Mission. He has served in various capacities in his ward as scout master, ward mission leader, gospel doctrine teacher, and now in the elders quorum presidency.
Colby was born in Bountiful, Utah and has studied at Brigham Young, Weber State, and is now currently at the University of Utah. He is pursuing degrees in Comparative Literature and Religious Studies, focusing his attention on the Hebrew Bible. He is currently writing his Honors thesis on the J source of the Pentateuch's influence on the writing of the Book of Mormon, and a book project locating all of the places of dependence in the Book of Mormon on the King James Version of the Bible for Greg Kofford Books. This book will be a reference for scholars and laymen alike for future studies in comparing the Bible and the Book of Mormon. Colby served his LDS mission in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is now living in Morgan, Utah with his wife and child.
Connell O’Donovan is currently residing in Salt Lake City and works as a private contract genealogist. His publications include: “’The Abominable and Detestable Crime Against Nature’: A Brief History of Homosexuality and Mormonism, 1840- 1980," in Brent Corcoran (ed.), Multiply and Replenish, Essays on Mormon Sex and Family (Signature Books: Salt Lake City, 1994), now expanded online at connellodonovan.com; “The Mormon Priesthood Ban and Elder Q. Walker Lewis: ‘An example for his more whiter brethren to follow’”, John Whitmer Historical Association Journal (2006) no. 26, pp. 47-99; “The Earliest Written Account of the Mountain Meadows Masscre?” Journal of Mormon History, 39:4 (Fall 2013); and “Plural Marriage and African Americans: Race, Schism, and the Beginnings of Priesthood & Temple Denial in 1847,” in Newell G. Bringhurst and Craig L. Foster (eds.), The Persistence of Polygamy, vol. 2, (Independence MO: John Whitmer Books, 2014).
Corbin Volluz lives in the beautiful foothills of the Cascade Mountains in western Washington state. He has been practicing law for 25-years with a focus on criminal defense and personal injury. Corbin joined the LDS Church in June of 1978, shortly after the lifting of the priesthood ban, and has been studying Mormonism ever since. He has been published in several venues, including the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies and BYU-Studies.
Douglas resides in Utah County and loves his home teaching assignments and wears white shirts to church, most of the time. But he rarely buttons the top collar, so let's face it, is he really there for the right reasons? He can be reached at cdc1043 at gmail, you know the rest...
Dan Wotherspoon hosts the Mormon Matters podcast (http://mormonmatters.org/). He is a freelance writer and editor, who recently edited the 2013 volume from Signature Books, The Challenge of Honesty: Essays for Latter-day Saints by Frances Lee Menlove. A former editor of Sunstone magazine (2001–2008), Dan has a Ph.D. in religion from Claremont Graduate University. He currently lives in Bountiful, Utah, with his wife, Lorri. They have two grown children, Alex and Hope.
Daniel Bride is a graduate student in Clinical Psychology at the University of Utah who spends more time thinking about Mormon things than his research advisor would like. Daniel teaches in his ward's Primary with his wife, who is much more beautiful, practical, and capable than he is.
Daniel is a Priests Quorum Adviser who enjoys punk rock and skateboarding.
Danielle Mooney is an active Latter-day Saint living in Boston with her husband. She is a student at Wellesley College and will graduate this spring with a degree in French cultural studies. She is one of the co-founders of the Mormon Feminist Action Board--a group that seeks to build community and advocates for equality in the LDS church. You can find the group on Facebook. In her free time, Danielle reads too many books and watches too much tv. She desperately wants a puppy.
David Baker grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah. He spent the better part of 3 years struggling to accept his sexuality as a part of his life instead of continually repressing it. The repression took the form of Evergreen-supported counseling to try to change his orientation, deep depression, and a suicide attempt. Graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of Utah, David moved out to Washington DC. He now serves as a digital strategist to political campaigns and interest groups and enjoys every gut-wrenching moment of it because of the joy it brings. In the little spare time he has you can find David reading a biography, playing video games, volunteering, or following the Savior’s personal call to search for a husband.
Dayle and June have been married for 19 years and have three children. We are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We live in Charlotte, North Carolina. June is a school teacher of 20 years and teaches literacy to emergent readers who struggle. Dayle is a School Psychologist of 25 years who evaluates students with special needs. They formed Eliza's Quest Foods, LLC and have a business partner, Thomas Luallen who is a food scientist. Tom's expertise has been significant in re-introducing Postum to consumers.
When Drew isn’t digging through the jeans at the D.I. he’s trying to get into the BYU Advertising program. Born in Los Angeles, raised in El Paso, he now calls Springville, Utah home. He served a mission in Recife, Brazil. His dream is to own a VW camper van and live in it.
Dave Dixon is the co-founder of No Poor Among Them, an LDS-humanitarian-themed blog and podcast geared toward raising awareness of poverty and suffering in the world, and inspiring action among the Saints to build Zion. He currently works as a GIS consultant in Northern Nevada. He and his wife, Jana, have two wonderful boys.
Derek Lee was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He graduated from BYU in 2008. He currently resides in Calgary with his wife and daughter, where he works as an engineer in the petroleum refining industry.
David Nicolay is the man and does man things. Also, he was born and raised in Kansas where he attended a community college almost long enough to obtain an Associates Degree. Almost. He and his wife have 2 children so far and live in Salt Lake City where he works for an internet service provider.
DANIEL PARKINSON was born and raised in Utah to a Mormon family with a thick Mormon Heritage. He comes to this issue as a psychiatrist, with a strong sense of activism, and a desire to help the two communities that he inherited as his birthright: the Mormon community, and the gay community. He administrates the GayMormonStories.org podcast and the NoMoreStrangers.org blog.
Dr. Sheldon Greaves received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 1996. He is currently teaching a course on the Dead Sea Scrolls at Stanford University. Dr. Denise Greaves holds a Ph.D. in Classics from Stanford University. Currently she teaches courses on the history of intelligence and espionage in antiquity for Henley-Putnam University in Santa Clara, CA.
Tom Roberts holds a bachelor’s degree in theology from Triune Biblical University, a M.Th. from Covenant Bible College and Seminary, Federal Way, Washington as well as an M. Div. and Ph.D. in Theology from the Hellenic Orthodox University in Athens, Greece. He believes that his mission is to make biblical knowledge more widely known among the general public. Formerly, Tom has been a professional singer, a lay pastor and a D.J. He is currently an ordained Priest for Christ’s Catholic Church and Academic Dean of St Elias Seminary and Graduate School. Tom resides with his wife and son in Weiser, Idaho.
Derek was raised Mormon in Utah. He is currently a stay-at-home-parent of one who blogs with Feminist Mormon Housewives.
Daniel is a medical student who has a passion for nutrition. He is the ward gospel doctrine teacher and he thoroughly enjoys teaching. His gigantic family is very important to him and he loves them very much. If you ever meet him, he’ll buy you ice cream and ask for a good conversation about books, politics, and Doctor Who.
Emilee Cluff grew up in Utah, but calls Washington, D.C. home. She graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor’s in Journalism and a minor in Holocaust Studies and from Southern Utah University with a Master’s in Public Administration. She’s a performance measurement auditor and photographer. Before serving her mission to Northern California from 2011-2012, she worked at the Holocaust Museum in D.C. and as one of singer Matisyahu’s photographers. She actively decries all things Mormon pop culture and is a really slow runner.
Esther Dale is an unabashed bookworm, Army wife, mother to three precocious and adorable children, and a Christian by way of Mainstream Protestant-turned Roman Catholic-turned Mormon. She is a college student with a double major in English and Photography. She is a Postpartum Depression survivor and awareness/education/support advocate.
EdwardJ is an attorney and amateur musician living in Washington, DC. His interests range from Buddhist meditation and minimalist art to Mozart's music, the poetry of Walt Whitman, and Catherine Deneuve's films. He studied classics with Margaret Toscano, for whom he wrote a small volume of poetry. He is working on a theological project called The Mystical Body of God the Mother. EdwardJ blogs at www.gailymormon.com.
Emily Spencer is a professional musician, freelance writer, and mother of four. She resides in Dubuque, IA with her husband and children.
EOR is a convert and a divorcee. She is the 2013 Wheaties award winning author in the category: "Funniest Thread", and has a B.S. in Business Management and Economics. In addition to being a permablogger at Rational Faiths, she also is a permablogger at Expert Textperts. She lives in NY, has 2 cats, and enjoys brevity, deli sandwiches, and laughing.
Liz is a drama teacher and theatre director. She has a degree in theatre arts from Brigham Young University. She's also a rabid feminist, and blogs with Exponent II. In her free time, she loves to read fantasy novels and feminist theory, collect jewelry and watch movies with her husband.
Esther Caron is French Canadian and lives in Quebec. She was born to parents who are converts to the church. Esther has always shown great love and passion for her religion. She served a mission in Madagascar and was married in the Montreal temple. Her husband and three young children have helped her continue to thrive in her faith. Esther is a former professional ballet dancer, and currently teaches dance and runs her own business that specializes in dance classes for moms and their babies. In her ward she is an instructor in Sunday School and regularly teaches dance to her sisters in the Relief Society.
I am a stay-at-home Mom to three sons and one daughter. I am married to a self-professed Viking and the love of my life. I graduated from Utah State University with a degree in History. I received a Master's degree from Syracuse University in Newspaper Journalism and a Ph.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill in Mass Communication. I start Duke Divinity School in the Fall. I served a mission in Campinas, Brazil. I like to steal time for naps, the giggle of my babies, and I absolutely loathe laundry.
Francis was born and brought up in England where his parents were converted and became members of the LDS church long before he was old enough to be baptised. He is no longer personally affiliated with any religious denomination.
Ganesh lives in Wellington, New Zealand, with his American spouse and 5 boys. He grew up in the gospel, and served a mission in Auckland. He is a former Bishop, Seminary teacher and has served in most areas of the church. Ganesh holds degrees in Psychology, Commercial Law and Accounting but is particularly interested in Philosophy and the power of story telling. Ganesh travels extensively exploring the world and its amazing people.
Garrett was raised in Wyoming. He graduated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in Spanish after serving a mission in the Chile Santiago West Mission. He married Tamara and they have 3 children together. They moved to Medford Oregon where Garrett owns a State Farm Agency. He is currently the Stake Young Men's Second Counselor.
Gina lives with her husband Nathan and their six boys amidst the earthquake rubble of Christchurch New Zealand. She has a PhD in journalism and lectures at the University of Canterbury in the College of Education. She has called herself to be the Stake heretic, but on her off days she conservatively performs the job of the Gospel Doctrine teacher.
Greg lives in Texas and likes In-N-Out Burger.
Dr. Gregory A. Hudnall is a former high school principal, student service director and associate superintendent with the Provo City School District (ninth largest district in Utah with 14,000 students). Greg has been involved with suicide prevention for the past twenty years and personally involved with over twenty-five suicides as a first responder or consultant. He was invited to testify before the United States Surgeon General on suicide in Utah. He has also been invited to testify before the Utah legislature numerous times. He has trained over 20,000 people in Utah, including students, educators, mental health workers, judges, church leaders and law enforcement officers. He is considered one of the Utah’s leading experts in school based suicide prevention, intervention and postvention. His program, “HOPE Squads” has been responsible for saving over seventy-five student lives. Greg travels the globe working with educators, parents and students including recent trips to Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Greg is the currently the executive director of “Hope4Utah” a non-profit organization dedicated to suicide prevention, intervention and postvention
Gregory A. Prince is an American pathology researcher, businessman, author, and historian of the Latter Day Saint movement. He was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. After graduating as valedictorian from Dixie College (St. George, Utah), he served a two-year mission in Brazil. Upon returning to the United States, Prince attended graduate school at the University of California, Los Angeles. In 1975 he and his wife, JaLynn Rasmussen, moved to Washington D.C., for a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. Prince was one of several leading figures in Mormon studies interviewed for the PBS documentary The Mormons.
Jonathan is a dedicated bike commuter and former dog musher. When he isn't spending time under the fluorescent glow of office lights, he and his wife spend as much time as possible playing in the mountains. He is an Elder's Quorum instructor in his ward.
Gwen Hutchings is a compulsive reader by day and a musician by night masquerading as a stay at home mother of four.
Hannah is a 20 year old BYU student majoring in political science and minoring in women's studies, set to graduate in April 2014. Besides running Young Mormon Feminists and dabbling in the bloggernacle, Hannah likes watching documentaries on Netflix, debating anything and everything with her cohorts in Provo, and making incredibly delicious sandwiches.
Heber Longhurst is from the LDS colonies in Northern Mexico, served a mission in Sao Paulo Brazil and currently lives in Mexico City where he works as an equity analyst. Heber Longhurst has an MBA from Thunderbird, is a CFA Charterholder and is studying a PhD in Finance from The International School of Management, where he will write about Impact Investing. Heber teaches portfolio management and securities analysis at some of the top ranked schools in Mexico. Heber is a member of his stake’s High Council and a Sunday School instructor. He enjoys playing jazz on the saxophone, reading philosophy, history, biographies and philosophical novels. Heber is married to Edlira who works as a psychologist and they have three kids.
Heidi Doggett graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theater and a minor in Anthropology. She dedicates much of her time to research and writing on the women's topics and the LDS church, as well as running her blog No Dead Beetles and leading forums and workshops to discuss parenting and life balance issues. She lives in California with her spouse and two children.
Jacob is a fifth generation Mormon who grew up in Rexburg, Idaho. He works in Minnesota as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. Most of his time outside of work is spent helping his wife care for and home school their four young children. Jacob served a mission for the LDS church in Haiti from 2002 to 2004. Some of his most valued experiences have been returning yearly to provide volunteer anesthesia at a small hospital in Haiti.
Jenne Erigero Alderks is a convert from Unitarian Universalism, a BYU graduate, wife, mother and professional birth attendant and parent educator. A panelist on the podcast Daughters of Mormonism, Jenne has shared extensively about her faith in Heavenly Mother.
James Patterson lives with his wife and two children near Washington, D.C., where he teaches primary and invents new ways to make his wife roll her eyes.
James is a member of the board of directors for the the Mormon Transhumanist Association. He has a PhD in computer science, and a minor in Ancient Near Eastern history. As a graduate student he taught Pearl of Great Price, Isaiah, and the Book of Mormon in the BYU Ancient Scripture department. He is currently working at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, doing ensemble machine learning research and computer assisted radiographic analysis for nuclear stockpile stewardship. His interests include machine learning, statistics, linguistics, consciousness, comparative ritual, and photography.
Janan Graham is an independent researcher of Africana Women's Studies. Her writing focuses on culture, society, politics, and religion through intersectional, Black feminist, Womanist and Mormon feminist lenses. Janan's current research topic is Black/Womanist theology in Mormonism. She writes for her personal blog, A Life Diasporatic as well as contributes monthly to the Young Mormon Feminists blog.
Jason LaBau grew up in Arizona as a Mormon Democrat with a lawyer father – and heard all the jokes. He arrived in Southern California as an undergraduate and, except for a mission in Ohio, never left. Now he’s got a Ph.D. in history, is married to a sugar sorceress, and enjoys raising their sweet son
Jacob is in a doctoral program in Philosophy of Religion and Theology at Claremont Graduate University.
Jonathan lives in rural Georgia with his wife and two boys, teaching Chemistry and learning the local culture. He studied Molecular Biology at Brigham Young University, and Biophysics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Jonathan is passionate about fatherhood, teaching and learning, Mormonism, and dance (he's much better at the first three), and dabbles in home repairs, various crafts, poetry, music, gardening, and Transhumanism. He has enjoyed working in Primary and with Young Adults in various capacities since he finished High School, and enjoys serving in his ward and community however he is able. He posts on whatever interests him at the moment at http://theyogrehunt.blogspot.com/
Jean was born in 1944 in England. I’m a mother of 5 children, grandmother to 13, have 1 great grandchild with another due in August. I joined the Church in 1967 and the rest is history. She served in the Edmonton temple in two separate callings as an ordinance worker and as a cleaning supervisor. She also served a faithful mission to South Africa with Jim in 2002 to 2003. After fund raising, we returned in 2005 to 2006 to set up micro credit loans so that the members could start businesses to support their families. Jean is still a fund raiser with the Grandmothers to Grandmother’s Campaign under the Stephen Lewis Foundation. NGO effort to combat poverty and support African grandmothers raising their AIDS orphaned grandchildren.
Jeff Swift is married to a registered nurse, and with her and their two boys is finishing up a graduate degree studying digital activism and online deliberation. He has lived in Provo, New York City, Bulgaria, North Carolina, and California. He's into politics, the interwebs, good debates, and soccer. He also blogs at mormonliberals.org.
Jeff Cimmino is a high school senior from New England who loves to study the history of the United States, Latter-day Saints, and communal societies. He hopes to earn a PhD in History as well as major in anthropology. He enjoys reading in a diverse array of subjects, from the American Revolution to radical theology. He converted to the LDS church in 2009, but now considers himself a student of all religious traditions. He also periodically blogs at Saints Herald.
Jennifer grew up in Burlington Vermont in a Mormon family of ten. She did her undergraduate at BYU, MA and PhD at Boston College in Counseling Psychology. She wrote her dissertation on Mormon women and sexuality. She runs a private practice in Chicago IL working with primarily with LDS couples on marital and sexual issues.
Jenne Erigero Alderks is a convert from the Unitarian Universalist tradition. She is a wife and mother of three, a birth and postpartum doula, ward missionary and Primary teacher.
Jennifer Maruri lives in Provo, Utah, and is a wife and mother of 3 young children. She works full time as an RN, and is an active member of her church. She considers herself an aficionado of news and talk radio, and enjoys fitness and outdoor activities.
Jeralee was born and raised in Northern California, and now lives in beautiful Alpine Utah. She and her husband Lance, are the parents of four grown children, and grandparents to 5 amazing grandchildren, and are hopeful for more to come. Jeralee loves people, family, travel, laughter and her husband Lance. Her life motto is "I am far from what I once was, but not yet what I am going to be."
A native of Southern California, Jeremy was born in the covenant. A 6th generation Mormon of Pioneer heritage, Jeremy reached every Mormon youth milestone. An Eagle Scout, Returned Missionary, and BYU alumnus, Jeremy was married in the San Diego Temple with expectations and plans of living Mormonism for the rest of his life. In February 2012, Jeremy experienced a crisis of faith, which subsequently led to a faith transition in the summer of 2012. In the spring of 2013, Jeremy was approached and asked by a CES Director to share his concerns and questions about the LDS Church's origins, history, and current practices. In response, Jeremy wrote what later became publicly known as Letter to a CES Director.
Jessica is a Master's Student at King's College London, where she studies religion in the contemporary world. She recently completed an advanced Diploma in Religious Studies at the University of Cambridge. She earned a Bachelors from BYU in Marriage, Family, and Human Development. She is married to her best friend, and they have 4 daughters.
Jamie Gilbert grew up in Colorado by way of Utah and California. She took a hiatus from college to serve a mission in the Uruguay Montevideo Mission. After graduating from BYU, she headed to Washington, DC to put her Public Health degree to good use. After spending a few years trying to do her part to save the world, she settled down and got married. She now resides in the Blugrass State and is a mother to two sweet children. She stays at home, doing her best to raise them properly, but she will completely understand if they seek counseling down the road. She currently serves in her ward's Primary Presidency, although she was demoted from first counselor to second last year.
John C. Hamer is a historian, map-maker, illustrator, and publisher. He has created maps for dozens of books and articles in Latter Day Saint studies, including the LDS Church's Joseph Smith Paper's Project, and Mark Scherer's new history of Community of Christ, the first two volumes of which were published April 2013. A former president of the John Whitmer Historical Association, John is co-editor of “Scattering of the Saints: Schism within Mormonism” and co-author of “Community of Christ: An Illustrated History.” He is currently writing a book on Restoration scripture entitled, “The River of Revelation: Community of Christ Scripture in Context.” John lives in Toronto, Canada, where he's the Outreach Coordinator for the downtown congregation of Community of Christ.
Jason Husk grew up in both Northern California and Phoenix Arizona and has lived in the Fort Worth Texas area since 2006. He and his wife are the parents of 4 children and he works as a financial advisor for a small wealth management firm in Arlington, TX. He is currently serving as a counselor in the Elder's Quorum and is passionate about politics and fantasy football.
Married to Carrie for 8 years they have 3 young children and are being watched over by twin boys. Jon currently serves in the Young Mens
JOSEPH GEISNER, together with his wife of more than thirty years, lives in northern California, where they provide residential services for people with developmental disabilities. He has published in the Journal of Mormon History, Sunstone magazine, John Whitmer Historical Journal, Irreantum, and on various LDS-oriented web sites. He has been an avid collector, reader, and researcher of Mormon history for most of his adult life.
Joel Kotkin is executive editor of NewGeography.com and is a distinguished presidential fellow in urban futures at Chapman University, and contributing editor to the City Journal in New York. He is author of The City: A Global History. His newest book is The Next Hundred Million: America in 2050, released in February, 2010.
In addition to serving as Senior Vice-President of Affirmation: LGBT Mormons, Families & Friends, John Gustav-Wrathall teaches American Religious History at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, is the author of Take the Young Stranger by the Hand: Same-Sex Dynamics and the YMCA (University of Chicago Press, 1998). He attends the Lake Nokomis Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and lives in south Minneapolis with his husband of over two decades.
John Burton was born and raised in London, England. He served a mission in Canada and spent nine years in Church employment as Manager of Training at the England MTC. He now lives in west Wales where he and his wife have raised their blended family of eleven children. He graduated with a first class honours degree in English, and has submitted his PhD dissertation in Early Modern religious poetry at the University of Wales.
Jon received his master's degree in writing and rhetoric from BYU.
Joseph is a pubic relations consultant in Washington, D.C. and a freelance writer/erratic blogger for the Huffington Post and other publications. Fond of non-profits and community service, he also is very involved with the up and coming LDS-themed blog and podcast, No Poor Among Them.
Josh Mangelson grew up in a small farm town outside of Tooele, Utah. He decided to serve a mission a bit later than most at 21 and went to the Mexico Tampico mission from 2003-2005. Once back he went to Utah State University where he met his wife Brittany there and majored in English, professional and technical writing, and minored in Spanish. While in Logan, Utah he and his wife had twin girls. They are now located in Saratoga Springs and he works as a lab tech for the Kennecott concentrator near the copper mine. Since they've had a boy. Josh has had an ongoing interest in the restoration movement and moderates a the Facebook group Mormon Historians.
Bishop Wallace is currently serving as the bishop of the Medford 4th Ward, Central Point, Oregon Stake. He is a high school Spanish teacher and is the high school cross country coach.
Born in Provo and raised in Sugar City, Idaho, Jeremy received his education at Utah State University and attended Medical School at St. Louis University receiving his MD. He then specialized in Pediatric Neurology. While he admits he likes and worked very hard for the title of doctor, he is also rather fond of the titles husband, father, brother, son and child of God, which tend to be a bit less distancing from other people. He has been married to the love of his life now over 15 years and has 3 wonderful children. Years ago, he blogged as "Doc" at mormonmd.wordpress.com. He has been coaxed out of retirement and anonymity.
Julie M. Smith is the author of Search, Ponder, and Pray: A Guide to the Gospels, which will be released this month. She has a graduate degree in Biblical Studies from the GTU in Berkeley, CA. She writes for Times & Seasons and lives near Austin, Texas, where she homeschools her children. She is on the executive board of the Mormon Theology Seminar and the steering committee of the BYU New Testament Commentary, for which she is writing the volume on the Gospel of Mark.
Kate Jeffries is novelist living in the Los Angeles area with her husband and children. Her published works include Darkness Comprehended and her upcoming Stranglehold series.
Katey is a student at BYU Hawaii. She studies marketing.
Kathryn Ricks lives in Colorado with her dog, Sandy. She has no qualifications whatsoever beyond an exceptionally loud mouth.
Kimberly is a book publicist, a mother of three children and stepmother of two, and a wife to a man she loves so much that she married him twice. She lives with her family in North Carolina.
Kelly Andersen is a friend of rationalfaiths' Mike Barker.
Konden Smith has degrees in both history and Religious Studies, earning his PhD from Arizona State University in American religious history. He now teaches Modern Christianity at Northern Arizona University and American Religion as Arizona State University. He has two books, one an edited volume on Reed Smoot and American religion, and the other detailing the co-evolution of the Mormon and Protestant kingdom of God in America. Having published on topics such as Islam, national culture, politics and Mormonism, Konden’s primary interests are on identity formations and religious conflict on a national level.
Kris Doty is a graduate of Utah Valley University, having received her bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science. She earned a Master of Social Work degree from Brigham Young University and a doctorate in social work from the University of Utah. Her research interests include cultural considerations surrounding Mormonism, welfare reform, and program evaluation. Kris is a licensed clinical social worker with a specialty in crisis intervention. Her practice experience includes crisis counseling in the emergency room at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, and conducting individual and group therapy at a residential treatment facility for adults with learning disabilities. She is currently a disaster mental health volunteer with the American Red Cross and maintains a small private practice. She is also a popular speaker and trainer on topics related to depression and early returning missionaries. Kris is currently the Chair of the Department of Behavioral Science at Utah Valley University where she is also the BSW Field Director. She has been married to Bill Doty for 33 years and they have five children and three grandchildren.
Kylan Rice is pursuing an MFA in creative writing at Colorado State University. He blogs at kylanrice.tumblr.com.
LaShawn is a mental health professional in Utah, USA. She is a lifelong member of the LDS Church and sees the Gospel as an invitation to live a full and authentic life.
Laura lives and works in the New York City area, which is a silly place. Don't go there. She sometimes fantasizes about asking her Sunday School teacher questions like, "If Nephi is an unreliable narrator and he was actually a massive tool, would that mean the church isn't true?" She doesn't do that, though. That would be mean. Potentially hilarious, but really mean.
Laura Hales is an independent historian, copyeditor, and co-author of two forthcoming books on Mormon history. She and her husband, Brian Hales, are co-webmasters of JosephSmithsPolygamy.com.
Laurel is an actress and voice-over artist who lives with her husband and toddler in a soon-to-be-lovely little duplex (we're working on it) just outside Minneapolis. Like many Mormons her age, she enjoys stuff and doing things, and hopes that she can get even better at stuff so she can be a professional doer of things. She also thinks she maybe should not have written her bio when she was so tired.
Leah Marie has lived all over the country, and currently resides in Virginia, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. She earned a BA in Political Science at BYU, and a Masters in Public Administration at Boise State. She is currently working towards her PhD in Public Policy through Walden University. She is wife to an English professor, and mother to 3 beautiful boys.
Leslie Nelson works and lives near Seattle, WA, with 5 great kids, 1 husband and 1 dog. If she had any spare time she would knit, read, or play chess (and lose to her teenage sons). She blogs at lesliesillusions.blogspot.com
Lincoln Cannon serves as President of the Mormon Transhumanist Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting greater understanding between secular and religious people, as well as radical human flourishing in creativity and compassion through the charitable use of science and technology. He has over fifteen years of professional experience as a software engineer, Internet marketer, information technologist, and leader of technical teams in development and integration of web, mobile and management information systems. Lincoln holds a masters degree in business and a bachelors degree in philosophy. He is married with Dorothée Vankrieckenge, a French national, and is father to three bilingual children.
Lori grew up in the Pacific Northwest. She received a BA in English from Brigham Young University and also served a mission for the LDS church. She was married in the Portland temple in 2005 and has three young children. She was a web designer during college, then went on to be a technical writer and editor for 3 years until she went on hiatus to take care of her kids full-time. She loves photography, music, recreational sports, reading, and studying. She's incredibly passionate about Mormonism and is excited to share her story with others.
Mr. Thomas is an Engineering graduate student. He lives with his wife and son in Colorado where he is a ward organist.
Marian is the Executive Director of OUTreach Resource Center, located in Ogden Utah. Where she works to "save lives of LGBT individuals and transform communities" - which means that her days are filled with challenges and joys as she tries to keep all youth safe with their families and not victims of suicide or homelessness. Marian has a Masters of Divinity Degree from Eden Theological Seminary, and has worked as a pastor and chaplain. Her background also includes degrees in marketing and organizational leadership and she has been involved in church and not-for-profit work for the past 20 years. Marian grew up in Southern Maine, and spent most of her adult life in New York's Hudson Valley. She now lives in Pleasant View, Utah and has four children.
Mark Schneider graduated from American University with a bachelor's degree in international relations and currently lives and works in Washington, D.C. He learned French as an exchange student in Belgium and Haitian Creole on his LDS mission in Florida. Mark also volunteers for Affirmation, an organization for LGBT Mormons and their allies. An idealist at heart, he hopes for a day when LGBT families will feel at home in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Mark Staker was awarded a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Florida after completing a dissertation that looked at religion and health issues among the Nengre (Creole) people in the Republic of Suriname. Escaped slaves in Suriname were the first people in the Americas to win their independence from a European nation. Mark has had a long interest in the African American experience, and has worked in the LDS Church History Department for 20 years. He is currently Lead Curator in the Historic Sites Division.
Matthew Martinich is a behavioral psychotherapist and an independent church growth researcher from Colorado. He graduated from high school with the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma and studied psychology and geography at the University of Colorado at Boulder, completing his double major in less than four years. He has practiced psychotherapy for several years with families and troubled youth and is currently studying clinical psychology as a graduate student at the University of the Rockies. Mr. Martinich served a full-time LDS mission in Seoul, South Korea from 2004 to 2006 and later returned to South Korea to teach English for a year. He speaks Korean fluently and has an interest in languages. He has studied missionary work and church growth since 2002 and has maintained a blog analyzing and writing on these topics at ldschurchgrowth.blogspot.com since 2007. Mr. Martinich has performed thousands of hours of online missionary research and has been interviewed by the Associated Press, Salt Lake Tribute, Reuters, Mormon Stories Podcast, and other media organizations. He is married and lives with his wife and two daughters in Colorado Springs.
Matt Kern was born in Provo, grew up in Orem, and moved way out to American Fork, Utah. He is a new father and has been married and sealed for over 5 years. He served a mission in McAllen, Texas, 2005-2007, on the frontera with Mexico where he gained an addiction to gospel study and theological reasoning. Thanks to awesome resources like Rational Faiths, Matt went through Fowler's stages of faith 3-5 in right around 6 months. He is currently serving as 2nd counselor in his ward's bishopric.
Melissa Wei-Tsing Inouye is a lecturer in the School of Cultures, Languages and Linguistics at the University of Auckland and an expert on modern Chinese history and Asian religion. She earned her Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University in 2011. Her first foray into Mormon studies was in 2003 when she participated in the summer seminar at BYU’s Joseph Fielding Smith Institute under the direction of Claudia Bushman. Inouye subsequently worked as an Archival Acquisitions Specialist for the Church History Department, where she interviewed Asian American Latter-day Saints in North America and began participating more generally in scholarly conversations. Melissa has taught history of American religion at the University of Hong Kong and Chinese history at Loyola Marymount University and California State University Los Angeles. She has recently relocated to Auckland, New Zealand, with her husband and four children after three years in Hong Kong.
Melody earns a living as a registered nurse, grows a respectable garden, and writes when she's not building sheet forts with her grandkids. Her poetry has appeared in on-line journals, Segullah, Irreantum and small press along the Wasatch Front.
Merina Smith graduated from the University of Colorado, raised five children, then returned to graduate school, earning a PhD from the University of California at San Diego in 2011. She currently researches and writes as an independent historian. She currently resides in San Diego with her husband, legal scholar Steven Smith.
Michael Haycock is an MA student in Religion, including Mormon Studies, at Claremont Graduate University. He is interested in the intersections of religion with political culture, the development of social norms, and questions of sex and gender.
Michael Reed earned his BA and MA from California State University, Sacramento. While at CSUS he wrote his MA thesis on “The Development of the LDS Church’s Attitude Toward the Cross,” and has published an expanded revision of that thesis through John Whitmer Books entitled Banishing the Cross: The Emergence of a Mormon Taboo. Michael is now finishing his doctorate in the History/Christianity program at Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, where he is focusing much of his research on American religious history, ritual studies, and esoteric studies. Michael’s research interests further include Mormonism, freemasonry, folk magic, universalism, treasure seeking, theosophy, material culture, and American transcendentalism.
Milayna is a twelve year old that recently started attending Young Women's. She enjoys baking, mt. biking, playing piano, and playing with her cousins.
Seattle Jon is a family man, little league coach, urban farmer and businessman living in Seattle. He currently gets up early with the markets to trade securitized products for a living. In his spare time he enjoys movies, thrifting and is an avid reader. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University and the Japan Fukuoka mission field. He has one wife, four kids and six chickens. Scott Heffernan is an artist, designer, and photographer living in Seattle. He works on the creative team at Archie McPhee, doing all manner of strange things. He grew up a child of the 80s in Salt Lake City and loves skateboarding, toys, and thrifting. He served a mission in England/Wales and has a degree in American Sign Language from the University of Utah. He has one wife and two kids.
Molly’s life was changed one fateful day when she was hanging her laundry in her back yard and she heard sounds of loud laughter coming from the neighbor’s yard. She tried to peer over the fence to see what wickedness was afoot, but was too short. Saying a prayer in her heart, she cast about with her eyes until she saw a chair, a box, and a stepping stool. Moved upon by the spirit, she placed the box upon the chair and the stool upon the box. Ascending this tower of righteous judgment, she looked into her neighbor’s back yard and witnessing their sin, she knew she had to look down on them both literally and figuratively as she pointed out their sins. This, she knew, was to be her life’s calling.
Melissa graduated from Brigham Young University with a BS in Zoology and Composite Teaching. She grew up in the Western US and South Korea and currently lives in Provo, UT. She served her mission in Busan, South Korea. Melissa is currently the 1st counselor in the Primary Presidency.
Michelle Wiener (aka Michelle Mormon) runs Agitating Faithfully and assists with the Finding Heavenly Mother Project. She holds a Master of Arts in Theology from Lexington Theological Seminary in Kentucky and a Master of Ecumenical Studies from the University of Geneva in Switzerland where she studied for a year with the World Council of Churches. A convert from the Bible Belt, she has served as Relief Society Chorister for the past four years since joining the LDS Church. She is married to Robert and they have a beautiful blue budgie named Judson.
Nancy Ross is an assistant professor in art history at Dixie State University. She's blogging the Book of Mormon chapter by chapter at nickelonthenacle.blogspot.com
Neal is an active, single, gay Mormon from the South. He is a computer nerd and works for a computer programming company, but he loves wildlife, travel, and the outdoors. And chocolate. Dark chocolate! He served a mission to Idaho sometime before the last ice-age. He believes in Unicorns.
Nick Galieti is the host of the Articles of Faith Podcast, The Good Word Podcast, Good Thinking Podcast and records with the Mormon History Guy Show with Russell Stevenson. Nick is the author of Tree of Sacrament and director and producer of the documentaries Picturing Joseph and Murder of the Mormon Prophet.
Nik Rasheta was born in Dallas Texas and moved to Mexico at age 14. H served a Mission in Bolivia. Nick is an army veteran (counter intelligence agent). He is married and has 3 kids, currently works as a detective with the Special Victims Unit and a hostage negotiator in AZ.
J. Nathan Kline is an Active Duty Army Chaplain serving in Fort Sill, OK. The Army recently selected him for a graduate fellowship; upon completion, he will teach conflict management and world religions at the US Army Chaplain Center and School. Nathan is a sixth-generation Latter-day Saint and currently serves as a branch president. He and his wife, Dawn, have been married for 18 years, and have three children.
Patricia was born and raised in Idaho. She attended BYU where she met her husband. They have five children, and twelve grandchildren. She and her husband live in Southern Oregon near their daughter and her family, Cathy and Mike Barker. She is currently a Primary teacher, and works part time in a pediatric dental office.
Patrick Mason is Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies and associate professor of Religion at Claremont Graduate University. He and co-author David Pulsipher are currently writing a book articulating a Mormon theology and ethic of peace and nonviolence.
Peter Danielson is neither a doctor, nor a Hebrew scholar.
Rachel is a Ph.D. student in philosophy of religion and theology at Claremont Graduate University. While her true academic love is Søren Kierkegaard, she also shares affection for feminist theology (particularly of the Mormon variety). She has a bachelors in philosophy and a masters in library science (from Brigham Young University and Simmons College respectively). Rachel served her mission in Sacramento, California. Rachel is a permanent blogger at the-exponent.com
Russell currently resides in the red hills of Southern Utah with his wife and four daughters. He is the CEO of a Nevada based superfood company. He served a full time mission in Texas and has enjoyed various church leadership positions including YM President, High Priest Group Leader, and Bishopric counselor. He is now serving the primary children.
Bob Rees received his undergraduate education at Brigham Young University. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He was for many years a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. He was also a bishop of the Los Angeles 1st Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Rees served for a time as a Fulbright Professor of Vytautas Magnus University in Lithuania. Bob and his wife Ruth served as education, humanitarian, and service missionaries in the Saint Petersburg, Russia and Baltic States Missions of the LDS Church. In October 1992, Rees and his wife became the first LDS Church missionaries to work in Lithuania since the fall of the Soviet Union. Bob has taught at a number of universities, including the University of Wisconsin, UCLA (for twenty-five years), UC Santa Cruz, Vytautaus Magnus University (Kaunas, Lithuania), and California State Universities at Northridge and Los Angeles. He has taught thirty different courses in the Arts and Humanities and has taught at the undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education levels. Rees has lectured at universities in China, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Kaliningrad. Recently he held the position of visiting scholar at the Centers for Arts and Humanities at Claremont Graduate University (1994-95). Currently he teaches religion at Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.
Rock Waterman lives in Carmichael, California with his wife, Connie. He describes himself as a devout latter-day Saint with an obsessive interest in LDS history and theology.
Rodric completed an undergraduate in psychology and a graduate in education. His hobbies includes singing and writing--topics mostly about religion and politics, the two taboo conversational topics. He is married with seven children, six still living. The answer is yes, they are all with the same woman! He lives in Phoenix, AZ and is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served as a missionary for the church in the South Africa Cape Town Mission.
Ronda Roberts Callister is a professor of Organizational Behavior at Utah State University where her research has focused on both gender and conflict in organizations. She and her husband have four daughters who have flown the nest and scattered across the country.
Russell Stevenson is an independent researcher who also moonlights as an instructor at Salt Lake Community College. He has been studying Mormon history online and in the archives for nearly twenty years. He learned his first lesson of historical analysis from his father: if you're going to drink water from a river, drink it from the source, not after all the cows have waded in it.
Ryan Freeman attends BYU and is majoring in English. He currently lives at home in Springville, Ut, making sure he takes advantage of free rent. He is an active member and loves exploring early Church history.
I'm from Hurricane, Utah, where I currently live with my wife Brenda and two boys. I studied the Bible and ancient Near East at Harvard Divinity School and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. One of my favorite things to do is hike with my family in beautiful southern Utah!
About the team: Chris Has always loved comic books and telling fun stories. Salt City Strangers came about because with the convergence of an old comic idea, his desire to draw Utah locations, and a fascination with local urban legends. A Utah native, Chris loves the state’s culture with all its quirks and strangeness. Chris received his MBA from Westminster College in 2012 and is also working for his alma mater in the Division of New Learning. ____________________________________ Josh is also a Utah native and though his path has sometimes taken him beyond the boarders of the beehive state, he keeps coming back. He is a talented poet and writer. Suffice to say: He has a gift with words. When he’s not working on Chris’ silly comics, Josh designs high-end board games for the company he co-created: Touch Paper Press. Josh raises a small family of 3 dogs and 2 cats with his beautiful wife in their Utah home. ____________________________________________ Jeremy is the newest member of the Salt City Strangers creative team, living across the United States he now claims Utah as his home. Jeremy is a published author, his book The Rise and Fall of Eric Hamilton made it to the 2007 Semi-Finals and The Serenity of Chaos took second place in the 2010 Readers Views Literary Book Awards. He is the author/co-author of 4 other books. He is also a talented artist whose “SteamPunk” art has been featured on online galleries and stores as well as multiple Steampunk Forums across the inter-webs. Jeremy is the Co-Founder of the Paranormal Illumination Society…a local paranormal investigation team, who is out to find ‘The Truth”….He is also the owner of Salt City Home Designs, a local custom residential design firm. When Jeremy is not writing-drawing-or creating he enjoys building outlandish contraptions such as his wind powered generator and solar furnaces (all made from recycled junk, glue, and chewing gum) _____________________________________ Hailing from Norwalk, California, Sam is a talented artist in many ways. His gritty and sharp inking brings an element of dangerous reality to the art of Salt City Strangers. His art has been compared to Ben Templesmith and Ashley Wood. When Sam is waiting for Chris’ next big comic idea, he plays for the local punk band Discoid A.
Elder Sam Tomlinson is serving in the Sao Paulo Interlagos, Brazil Mission
CrazyWomanCreek is the online name of Sara Burlingame, Sara has been a blogger at feministMormonhousewives.org since 2009 when she wiled her way into Lisa Butterworth's heart with her atheist charm, love of Mormon feminism and bribes of home canned pickles. When she isn't blogging, canning, thrifting/dumpster- diving, parenting her three heathen boys or kissing her wildly handsome partner, Jason, she works at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Cheyenne as their Director of Religious Education. (It's like being Primary and YW's president only they pay you.) Sara has never been a Mormon, it is unlikely that she will ever be one but she considers herself a heartfelt ally to Mormon feminism.
Sara Katherine Staheli Hanks grew up in southwest Utah. She is a writer, reader, and researcher. She lives with her husband, a cat, and a rapidly-growing fetus in Bothell, Washington and serves as a Sunday School teacher for the 16-18 age group in her ward.
Sarah Collett has a BA in English from BYU. She podcasts for A Thoughtful Faith and Exploring Sainthood. Although she loves to write she rarely finds the time for it. Her parenting skills include trying hard not to physically harm her four children and usually convincing them to brush their teeth. She served a mission to Montevideo, Uruguay. Currently she serves as a Relief Society teacher.
Scarlett Strange has spent the better part of her life in study of humans and their behaviors. Having been raised LDS, her favorite studies were that of Mormon Culture. After graduating college she began to pursue her writing career. Scarlett's ultimate goal is to help find common ground among the many minds.
Seth Payne is a life-long member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a proud theological liberal. In 2008, Seth graduated Magna Cum Laude from Yale University with an M.A. in Religion. At Yale, Seth focused his studies on theological and political ethics as well as Mormon Studies. Seth’s academic interest remains centered on practical ethics and their real-world application and, as a member of the American Academy of Religion, Seth has presented several papers on these topics at regional meetings over the past several years.
Sharon has liven in England all her life and brought up in the Mormon faith. She's had a long career in the insurance industry and married her husband at age 25. The two have been happily married for 28 years . They have two children (one with downs syndrome) ages 17 and 14. The girls came along 10 and 12 years after Sharon and her husband were married; so not your typical Mormon. Sharon is a stay at home mum with a painting and decorating business on the side . She loves waliking , reading and playing golf .
Shawn is a graduate of Southern Oregon University with a BS in Bio-medical Sciences. He is currently pursuing post graduate schools to become a Nurse Practitioner. He is married to a beautiful wife and has three kids that he loves very much and spends much of his free time with. His current day-job is spent as a Medical Assistant for a local clinic.Shawn is an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Ladder-Day Saints holding the callings of 2nd counselor in the Young Men's Presidency and Scout Master for the Boy Scouts of America. He served the church in the Mexico Monterrey West Mission. Shawn's hobbies include sports, hunting, and music just to name a few.
Shawn grew up with amazing parents and five younger, wonderful siblings. He served as a missionary in Chile during the Plebiscite and the first post-dictatorship election. After his mission, he attended BYU, where he married ... you guessed it ... his wife. They both graduated, with Shawn earning a BA in Humanities. Fearing that his BA in Humanities, which is essentially a degree in Jeopardy, would not be sufficient, Shawn completed graduate work in the same ... stuff ... at Florida State University. He currently teaches at Elon University in North Carolina. He also teaches Institute (because clearly they will let anyone do it!) in North Carolina. He and ... you guessed it ... his wife have four great children
Scott H. is a straight ally and was a co-founder of Mormons for Marriage Equality. He lives with his wife and three kids in Washington state.
Spencer is the proud husband of Sara (Probert) Lake and father of five (including twins.) Born and raised in Eugene, Oregon, he's passionate about history (particularly American and Mormon history), football, and good singing. He currently serves as his San Antonio ward's choir director and ward historian. Spencer received a BS from Brigham Young University and an MPA from the University of Texas San Antonio. Always seeking after truth, he strives to pack his handcart with the precious things and throw away the rest.
Stephanie Lauritzen is a high school English teacher and sewing enthusiast. She is a freelance writer and author of The Mormon Child Bride Blog.
Stephen is the author of What of the Night?, an award-winning collection of personal essays on Mormon themes; The Hand of Glory, a young adult horror novel; and iPlates Volume I, a graphic novel based on the Book of Mormon. The Kickstarter campaign for iPlates Volume II starts November 5, 2013.
Stephen O. Smoot is an undergraduate student at Brigham Young University pursuing bachelor’s degrees in Ancient Near Eastern Studies and German Studies. He is a writer for the Student Review, an independent BYU student newspaper, a volunteer with FairMormon, and an Editorial Consultant for Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture. He blogs at the FairMormon Blog (http://blog.fairmormon.org/) and Ploni Almoni: Mr. So-and-So's Mormon Blog (http://plonialmonimormon.blogspot.com/).
Steven Hopkins studies Rhetoric and Composition at Arizona State University where he is a Graduate Teaching Assistant and also Assistant Director of Writing Programs. He has a wife and three kids, and he makes videos of them and puts them on YouTube.
Born and raised in Southern Oregon to goodish parents, Tana has read more books than most people will ever own. Tana also loves the outdoors, staying active, and enjoying friends. When not coaxing her daughter out of her bedroom for some light, she can be found playing volleyball, basketball, or taking pictures. If she ever disappears don't go looking in Costa Rica *wink*.
Thomas has lived all over the place, but calls Kentucky his home. He served as a missionary in the Dominican Republic West Mission. He graduated from Transylvania University with a degree in Spanish and Latin American/ Caribbean Studies, and currently works with migrant families and children in southeastern Kentucky as an educational administrator. He is father to a beautiful boy and a precious girl, and the husband of an amazing, wonderful wife. In his free time, Thomas loves to read, draw pictures in MS Paint, and sing heavy metal from the 80's.
TOM MONTGOMERY is an active member of the LDS Church who has recently traveled the road from going door-to-door in support of Prop 8 in California to having a great love for the LGBT Mormon community. He says that his single qualification to be in this esteemed company of authors is the privilege of being the father of a wonderful gay son, while his wife would probably note that he has an annoying sense of hope, optimism and blind faith that the Savior is pulling some mighty strings in our day. He has no political or activist agendas other than to be 100% supportive of the health and well being of LGBT Mormon youth and finding a place within the LDS Church for them.
Tresa Edmunds blogs at feministmormonhousewives.org as Reese Dixon. ReeseDixon.com as herself, and everywhere else as a mouthy broad.
I'm a heterodox Mormon who's lived my whole life in northern Utah, apart from a mission in Spain. I love exploring our theology and finding in it new ways to bring meaning to my life. In the church I'm a Sunday School teacher for the teenagers, which is a very fun and challenging calling. I have been married four years and my wife and I have a daughter who's almost a year old.
Viliami is married with 4 daughters and currently resides in South Jordan Utah. I love Bob Marley more than Brigham Young but not as much as Joseph.
Walter van Beek has held many positions outside and inside the church. He was president of the Dutch Anthropological Association twice (1975-1978, 1984-1987), and, following his lifelong fascination with the mind sport of draughts, from 1992 – 2003 was president of the World Draughts and Checkers Federation (FMJD), and, from 2003-2007 even president of the African Draughts Confederation (Africa is very strong in draughts), and is now ‘president for life’ of the FMJD. In that sports arena he was surprised to see very few Mormons in international sports bodies. In the church he has served in many functions and capacities, among which are his three times as branch president. He was stake president of the Rotterdam Stake, and is presently on the high council of that stake, while also teaching Institute and Sunday School. He is also member of the national Public Affairs Committee of the church in the Netherlands, and often translates for General Conference. In 2008 he received an official royal distinction for his various services, as ‘Ridder in the Orde van Oranje Nassau’ (‘Ridder’ means ‘knight’, a distinction comparable in the USA with a Congressional Medal).
William is an assistant professor of English at a small liberal arts college nestled in the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains. He has his dream job in a dream location without the dream pay. (Two out of three ain’t bad.) He is the current vice president for Mormon Scholars in the Humanities. He is also a fitness fanatic who used to weigh over 400 pounds, but traded his addiction to eating for an addiction to working out and training for the next race. He loves to discuss literature, film, politics, and food. He is married, with two children and one on the way.
WENDY MONTGOMERY was born and raised in Southern California. She has always been a member of the LDS Church and is currently the Sunday School teacher to the 16-18 year-olds in her ward. She and her husband Tom Montgomery were married in the Los Angeles Temple in 1995. They had 5 children in 7 years – not recommended. They found out in January of 2012 that their oldest son (13 years old at the time) was gay. It has at times been unbearably painful. But it has also been an enlightening, spiritual and joyful journey. Wendy has many new heroes, many of which are writers on this blog. She and her husband and children live in Central California. Wendy is a voracious reader and is currently working on her fictional degree in Gay Mormon Studies.
Born into a deeply religious family, Zilpha enjoys discussing faith and traveling.
Zina Petersen teaches courses in early British literature and language. She received her graduate degrees from The Catholic University of America in 1992 and 1997. Her research interests include the literary history of Christianity, mysticism, women's religious and spiritual writings, Chaucer, Malory and King Arthur traditions. She also follows developments in popular Medievalism, which, as distinct from Medieval Studies, is the exploration of the uses and interpretation of the Middle Ages (for instance, the pre-Raphaelites or twentieth-century fantasy as a "medievalistic" genre). She is the faculty advisor for the Quill and the Sword medieval club.
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The Barker Brothers’ Projects
So let us, as a culture, reassess this aversion we have to hair- facial hair, leg hair, hair in general. If our perfect Heavenly Parents are hairy, then growing out our beards and leg hair will just bring us closer to them. To celebrate hair as a group, a number of blogs have assembled for a beard growing contest for men, and a Pioneer Woman (leg hair) contest for women.
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Rational Faiths is taking a step to help those who cannot help themselves. We have pledged to “Adopt a Stake” through the Liahona Children’s Foundation. Join with us!
"...we are asking our Church leaders to inquire of the Lord if the one year wait on the temple sealing can be changed..."
"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." Martin Luther King Jr.
We’re putting our stories and the stories of those who have chosen to share out there. We hope you come away with a better understanding of what those who are injured or sick during their missions go through.
These videos were created for Latter-day Saint parents and allies to voice their love for their LGBT brothers and sisters, sons and daughters. They want to give a message of comfort and support to other parents who are navigating the difficult conflicts that can arise in families around this issue.
- Spin is a Sin
- Erosion of Religious Liberty?
- How to Teach About Mother in Heaven and Not Be Excommunicated.
- Voices of Warning
- Steve Evans and Nathaniel Givens on John Dehlin — When Logical Fallacies Attack
- Parking in Zion: Don’t forget where you left your car.
- The Curse of the Amish and Mormonism’s Tool Box
Quote of the Month
"I believe in the God of Israel, even when He has done everything to make me cease to believe in Him. I believe in His laws even when I cannot justify His deeds. My relationship to Him is no longer that of a servant to his master, but of a student to his rabbi. I bow my head before His greatness, but I will not kiss the rod with which He chastises me" (Zvi Kolitz, Yosl Rakover Talks to God, 17-18).