“Questions are good. Doubt is not the opposite of faith, but absolute, antiseptic certainty is the opposite of faith.” (Phillip Barlow, professor and holder of the Leonard J. Arrington Chair of Mormon History and Culture at Utah State University, Mormon Matters podcast; episode 73, “And the survey says”)

Can you see what I’m saying?

Jul 22, 14 Can you see what I’m saying?

Posted by in art, Faith, Featured, sculpture, Uncategorized

I am an artist because I can’t not be one. The creative process is part of my personal identity. It’s also been a part of my family culture for generations. I understand the World through poetry, painting, and sculpture and I find expression for my own feelings and ideas as I create.   I know this is weird in a...

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Reason to Believe

When I was taking Wilfred Griggs and Alan Keele’s history of civilization class (The Pen and the Sword, for anyone else who might have taken it), I thought about the idea of formal arguments to prove the existence of God for the first time in my life. I tried, for a while, to construct a proof for myself based on Lehi’s...

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Of Sustaining, Dissent, and Missing Paradigms

  Guest Post- Matt Stearmer One of the most difficult tasks any believing individual will face is how to navigate the murky waters of faith and change at the exact same time. In the LDS church, how do we advocate for change while remaining faithful? I have turned to the scriptures, what my leaders have said, and personal...

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Ask EOR Part IV

You know what time it is. Time for the fourth installment of “Ask EOR”! The previous 3 installments can be found here here and here. I just want to remind you all that you can e-mail your questions to me at askeor.rf@gmail.com and I will do my very best to shed light on any and all Mormon (and Mormon adjacent) queries you might...

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If ye are not one

First Post Previous Post Next Post Author’s Note: Reviewing the revision history I found that this post was completed in essentially this finished form on April 2nd, prior to General Conference and to my other posts published since that time. My thoughts since April 2nd remain essentially unchanged despite an intervening...

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An Interview With RockStarr Ministries

I am extremely grateful to have had an opportunity to interview Laurin Crosson, the founder of RockStarr Ministries and discuss this incredibly important work. EOR: To start out with, for those who aren’t familiar with the important work you are doing why don’t you tell us a little bit about RockStarr Ministries (mission...

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Affirmation and the Gay Mormon Revival

There was a time when I utterly rejected the notion that it was possible to be gay and Mormon. I defined being Mormon as being a baptized member of the Church in good standing, and during the years I was coming of age, it was not uncommon for individuals to be excommunicated from the Church for the simple fact of acknowledging...

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Well Done, Thou Good and Faithful Servant: The Legacy Of The Priesthood-Temple Ban

Jun 04, 14 Well Done, Thou Good and Faithful Servant: The Legacy Of The Priesthood-Temple Ban

Posted by in Faith, Featured, Mormonism, Racism

This month marks the 36th anniversary of the lifting of the Priesthood-Temple Ban and in this, I wanted to revisit an anonymous informal survey that I sent out last year to women of black African descent who identify as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In this survey, participants were asked a series of...

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Balancing the Scales of Obedience and Free Thought: A Reminder and a Call

This is a call to balance the scales of obedience and free thought in our religious community. Recently, I listened to an intelligent discussion on the Mormon Matters podcast on the topic of Wrestling with Prophets and Scripture. I highly recommend the podcast in that it is inspiring, enlightening, and it has Terryl and Fiona...

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Biblical Inerrancy and the Book of Mormon

Biblical Inerrancy and the Book of Mormon: Creating a Platform for LDS/Evangelical Dialogue by Michelle G. Wiener Question: Is there room for the Book of Mormon within the theological framework of “biblical inerrancy”? Recently the following paragraph from my essay “Two Lampstands: Two Branches” featured in Rational Faiths...

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