Bio: Jerilyn Hassell Pool was born and raised in Southern Oregon, the eldest of 8 children. She is the mother of five children, ages 7 to 23. She has been married for nearly 25 years. She has a calling as the pianist in the local Spanish-speaking branch (although she speaks no Spanish) and is active in feminist and LGBTQ communities as a Mormon advocate for inclusion and acceptance. She works from home as a freelance web and print designer.

I Am Your Ally

Recently, I had a dream. (Warning, my subconscious is completely self-indulgent.) I dreamt I saw a lovely house local to me online and I wanted a closer look, so my husband and I took a drive to see it. We pulled up to the house and I looked at it from the outside. The house was indeed lovely. Located on a hill overlooking the...

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All Are Alike Unto God

Apr 30, 15 All Are Alike Unto God

Posted by in Featured, Homosexuality

  Over the last weekend, I attended the third annual All Arizona conference in Mesa, a conference for promoting greater love and understanding of LGBT/SSA Mormons. While I’ve been aware of the conference since its inception, this was the first year I was able to attend. Here’s the thing about these kind of Mormon conferences:...

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Why I Liked What Elders Oaks and Christofferson Said

Jan 31, 15 Why I Liked What Elders Oaks and Christofferson Said

Posted by in Featured, Homosexuality, Mormonism

A few weeks ago, in my continuing efforts to educate myself on LGBT issues, I started watching The L Word, a show that focuses primarily on the day-to-day lives of a Los Angeles-based community of lesbians. At first, I was taken aback because the glamorous lesbians depicted on the show weren’t anything like the lesbians I am lucky...

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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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A Disciple of the Lord

Aug 17, 14 A Disciple of the Lord

Posted by in Featured, Honesty, Radical Compassion, Truth

(Cross-posted at feminist Mormon housewives.) On Thursday, August 14, 2014, Elder Russell M. Nelson gave the commencement address at BYU. In it, he proclaimed that true disciples of Jesus Christ are those who defend traditional marriage. I am going to say a bold thing: Elder Nelson is wrong. His determination to draw hard lines...

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Radical Compassion: I Am All In

In May of this year, Oregon became one of the avalanche of states to open up marriage to all couples. I had signed up for text alerts from a news service so I’d know right away and the message came at noon—gay couples who wanted to be married could go to the courthouse and get a wedding license that very day. Shortly...

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Holy Saturday

Apr 20, 14 Holy Saturday

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HOLY SATURDAY by Jerilyn Hassell Pool Tonight, on the eve of Easter Sunday, our ward held a candle ceremony to observe of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. We gathered as a ward family in the parking lot of our ward building and waited for the darkness of night to fall.  Candles were distributed to everyone who wanted one. We...

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Celebrating Passover

Apr 20, 14 Celebrating Passover

Posted by in Featured, Old Testament, Theology

CELEBRATING PASSOVER by Jerilyn Hassell Pool On Thursday night, our ward held a Seder meal as part of our celebration of Holy Week performed by Ayala Sarah Zonnenschein, the Executive Director at Havurah Shir Hadash, a Jewish community in Ashland, Oregon. In the interest of full disclosure, I’d read several articles about the...

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Wrong Message – A Response to: FYI (if you’re a teenage girl)

Sep 04, 13 Wrong Message – A Response to: FYI (if you’re a teenage girl)

Posted by in Featured, Feminism, Modesty

This is a reply to an article that was published on No. Just no. First, when we tell boys that their thoughts and actions cannot be controlled unless girls behave or dress a particular way, we teach boys that they do not need to be responsible for their thoughts and actions. We teach them it’s okay to make...

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Conference Pong

Apr 06, 13 Conference Pong

Posted by in Featured, Mormon Humor, Mormonism

Before we introduce Conference Pong, a bit of news for you twitter peeps – RationalFaiths will be live tweeting General Conference this weekend. So if you are on Twitter follow us, here is our twitter handle @rationalfaiths. Conference Bingo is old and tired. It’s time for a new game and this time I’ve combined...

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