Leah Marie Silverman

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.

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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The Temple Recommend: Admission to the House of the Lord

Nov 12, 14 The Temple Recommend: Admission to the House of the Lord

Posted by in Featured, Temple

Since the days of the Exodus, the people of God have been instructed to seek divine audience on holy ground. From the first mentions of it in the Bible, we learn that this temple communion is so important that the House of the Lord was made portable. Moses led the people through the desert with tabernacle in hand so that this...

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Oh Wretched Woman That I Am

Oct 03, 14 Oh Wretched Woman That I Am

Posted by in Featured, Feminism, Priesthood

I have a lot of conversations about the priesthood. Most of these are about women’s ordination to the priesthood. I can’t tell you how many times in these conversations that people have reverted back to the old trope that women are more spiritual/service oriented/closer to God and so they don’t *need* to exercise 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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Book Review:_Touching His Robe_ by Leslie G. Nelson

Touching His Robe: Reaching Past the Shame and Anger of Abuse by Leslie G. Nelson focuses on the path back to peace and a relationship to Christ, after suffering abuse.  First and foremost the book—and probably this post—should come with a big fat trigger warning.  I think Nelson actually does a pretty good job of addressing...

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_Never Let Me Go_ by Kazuo Ishiguro: An Analogy for How I Feel at Church

Never Let Me Go is a novel that follows the life of a group of kids in a boarding school.  It’s a weird school.  They don’t learn stuff.  They mostly just play around and do artwork. You eventually learn that these kids are actually clones, and they were created so that their organs could be harvested for transplants. The...

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A Father’s Day Plea

Jun 06, 14 A Father’s Day Plea

Posted by in Featured, Feminism, Mormonism

There are many reasons why motherhood rhetoric is harmful for women.  It doesn’t matter how you dress up this mold, many of us simply do not fit into it.  But that’s not my point today; what I want to focus on now is how harmful motherhood rhetoric is for men. I’m tired of the image of a bumbling father who becomes easily...

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Leaving the Church, but Finding Faith

May 02, 14 Leaving the Church, but Finding Faith

Posted by in Faith Crisis, Featured, News

A hot button issue in religious dialogue lately has been the hemorrhaging of millennials from their institutional religions.  The general hypothesis for the reasons why center around social issues.  I don’t qualify as a millennial, but this prevailing progressive attitude is something I identify with.  It seems like what young...

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Attending the Priesthood Session like I’m the Queen of Persia

Apr 04, 14 Attending the Priesthood Session like I’m the Queen of Persia

Posted by in Featured, Feminism, Priesthood

Tomorrow evening I will walk with my sisters… or more accurately stand in line with my sisters—and seek admittance into the priesthood session of general conference. Many are calling it a protest. I’m inclined to dismiss the complaint, because it would seem these days that when anyone does something that others find...

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Love, Love, Love

Mar 07, 14 Love, Love, Love

Posted by in Charity, Compassion, Featured

I’ve recently gotten pretty excited about Ash Beckham’s latest TED talk.  I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it.  Her message was twofold, and so there are two important lessons I took from it. She talks about closets and how we all have them.  I think it is fair to say that most people have something that they...

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