Snakes Alive!

by Michelle Wiener I am thoroughly convinced that if Disney ever came out with their own version of the biblical creation story, the snake would come out swinging its hips and singing, “I ain’t so bad after all.” Recently my husband and I watched the new Noah movie starring Russell Crowe (*this blog post contains a spoiler...

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Heavenly Mother Walks With Me

Trigger Warning: miscarriage, brief mention of D&C (surgery, not scriptures). I have always loved the concept of Heavenly Mother and the idea of a divine female source but this used to be a knowledge that was only in my brain, not one that was internalized due to personal relationship and communion with Her. Earlier this year,...

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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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Why are Mormon Feminists upset by the temple?

“We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression.” -Articles of Faith, 2 The second article of faith allegedly makes a bold and clear statement of doctrine. It is a doctrine Mormons are pretty proud of and has never been (unlike some of our doctrine) subject to any kind...

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Sinners in the Hands of an Angry Goddess

I yelled in church today.  I have never yelled in church before.  And I have been going to church for over 35-years.  Maybe it was about time.  Maybe it was bound to happen.  But nobody was more surprised than I when my simple question during Priesthood meeting became heated, and then became boiling, and then became a...

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Two Lampstands: Two Branches

      Two Lampstands: Two Branches Women and the Restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood by Michelle G. Wiener, M.A., M. Ecum. Studies         And I will give power unto my two witnesses and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees, and...

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FROM THE LIFE OF JOSEPH FIELDING SMITH, CHAPTER 2: OUR SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST

Note: I teach Elder’s Quorum every other week.  These are my lesson notes from today’s discussion.  In general, the material presented in italics, are things I said or questions asked by me; but not always!!  Also, you will notice that there is a ton of material here.  I did not get through all of it, but picked and...

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Heavenly Mother: Divine Body and Priesthood

  Heavenly Mother: Divine Body and Priesthood   By Nancy Ross All of my life I have believed that Celestial Kingdom is a place of equality. In the last ten years, I have become aware that some women do not believe that they have the opportunity to become like Heavenly Father and that they are limited by their sex. I think...

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For our daughter.

I have identified as a feminist since roughly my junior year of high school, but, for a long time (probably longer than I’d like to believe), I had an emotionally-based reaction to the concept of women’s ordination. While I can honestly say I’ve never been intimidated or felt threatened by the idea of women holding the...

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Where Does My Story Really End?

This is the second post in a two-part series about narrative structures in the Church as they relate to women.  You can read the first post here. “The 3 Lessons” When I was serving my mission, I had a very feminist trainer. I’m pretty feminist too, but I think she had to be extra-feminist because she grew up in Utah...

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