Reluctant Mormon Activist

Since my Ordain Women profile went up, recently, I’m now a Mormon activist for gender equality in the LDS church. The following is a very bald summary of a long personal essay. If all you care about is the main ideas, you can read and judge this. If you want to understand how I arrived where I am, I’ve linked to the...

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My Road to Here

A brief summary of this post can be found here. I recommend it if you aren’t up for a long or emotional post. Long Day 1998 It left me as I dug, and cut, and pulled, and pedaled, and wore out the day, Yet I wait for sleep to come. I burn to move, to dance, to love, as my body strains, frozen in anxiety, Yet I wait for...

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Ezra Taft Benson and Politics

Sep 14, 14 Ezra Taft Benson and Politics

Posted by in Featured, Obedience, Politics

Discussions exploded as people learned that the 2015 Relief Society/Priesthood manual will be teachings of Ezra Taft Benson. One lesson is even on the infamous “14 Fundamentals of Following the Prophet.” In anticipation of the many discussions which will ensue, we are posting this resource. (Cross-posted with permission...

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The Authorship of Isaiah and Its Bearing on the Book of Mormon

Scholars today recognize that the full text of Isaiah was not written by a single individual named Isaiah in the latter half of the eighth century BCE, but rather that the text was written by at least two, and more probably three, individual authors spanning a period of about four centuries. Generally scholars identify chapters 1-39...

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Interview with a Former Bishop

This interview with former Bishop John Davis* should not be interpreted as necessarily representative of the doctrine or policies of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1. When you became bishop, how did what you experience compare and contrast with what you expected? Bishop Davis: I suppose growing up I always had an...

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Scientific Evidence for the Atonement

Sep 10, 14 Scientific Evidence for the Atonement

Posted by in Apologetics, Atonement, Featured, Repentance

I’ve wrestled with many questions about the Atonement: “Does the Atonement work?” “Is it real?” “Can it work for me?” Obviously I cannot prove (or disprove) that the Atonement works in any kind of eternal or “cosmic” way. However, there is an area of research in psychology about...

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A few months ago I wrote a post about making a hole in the roof because I felt that that the doors and windows of church have been cemented over and walled off.    So imagine my surprise when I was on a tour or the Vatican this summer and the tour guide starts talking about a cemented over door. So instead of taking pictures...

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Thoughts on Mormon Exclusivity

Sep 07, 14 Thoughts on Mormon Exclusivity

Posted by in Compassion, Featured, Mormonism, Theology

Admittedly, I’ve cherry-picked a few passages from others on the nacle. Their thoughts are my thoughts. To the woman healed from disease, without any physical ministration whatsoever, Jesus simply said “thy faith hath made thee whole.” However, to the blind men, instead of simply healing them with his words, he actually spit...

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Ask Dr. Finlayson-Fife

GREAT NEWS EVERYBODY!   We will once more be interviewing the amazing and brilliant Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife.  As we mentioned before, Dr. Finlayson-Fife is an intimacy-therapist. And by intimacy we mean sex, but we couldn’t shock our predominately LDS audience in the second sentence, so we waited for the third. If...

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Have you tried turning it off and on again?

So… let’s be honest. Being a Mormon can be kinda hard at times. Perhaps you differ politically or culturally from most other members of your ward or even your family. Maybe you feel neglected, or worse, abused by your local (or not so local) leaders. Or maybe you’re exhausted by the corporate structure of the...

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