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

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  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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The Lost Christmas Letter

Unbeknownst to many, one of the ancient texts in the lost 116 pages of the Book of Lehi is a very small sub-section called “The Christmas Letters of Sariah.” However, we have recently unearthed one of them, believed to have been written around the time the family was about to sail to the promised land, and are publishing...

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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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