We’re gonna need a bigger boat.

A couple of weeks ago when “the letter” was read in our ward, we stood up and walked out. We weren’t grandstanding or trying to cause trouble. But we are LGBT friends and allies, and having already read the letter, we knew it only served the cause of furthering divisiveness. We’re only interested in...

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If the Church came to me for therapy

In preparation for the 2nd annual Mormon Mental Health Conference (July 29, 2015), I’ve been reflecting on my work as a therapist within Mormon culture as I’m sure are many of my  colleagues who will be presenting to other mental health professionals at the conference. I’m looking forward to the conference and...

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How Shall We Continue in The Silencing?

Imagine how Mary Magdalene must have felt on the morning of the Resurrection, being the first person to see the risen Christ. Imagine too how she must have felt later on when she would be forever silenced for her testimony: “I have seen the Lord: such is the story of the Resurrection as told in the Gospel of John. With it begins...

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On being chosen

1 Peter 2:9 9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: We have been taught that we are a chosen people.  What does that really mean?  As Mormons we are rather proud of our...

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Evolution’s Straight and Narrow

Let me tell you a story of the Gods. They may not quite be the Gods you think of, but hopefully you will see a Mormon God in them. Imagine a universe where Nature rules. Gods have evolved with such understanding, power, and unity that they shape Nature, fostering generations of new Gods and inviting all that is to join their great...

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There is a Crack in Everything

There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in. [Leonard Cohen, Anthem] Although the stories of women in scripture are relatively few, they are “rays of light, hints, promises, glimpses of a greater reality.” [Julie Smith] Often I think of words as solid, the same way I think of mountains as solid, forgetting that...

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Elder Packer and Me

Elder Packer probably wouldn’t be too surprised to learn that I have a relationship with him, despite our never having met. It’s the price of being a public figure, I suppose. I know we are related, somehow, through my mom’s mom, who was a Packer, and I remember being told that when I was young. I’m not...

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The Bias is Strong With This One

May 05, 15 The Bias is Strong With This One

Posted by in Featured, Honesty, Priesthood, Racism

Confirmation Bias: Confirmation bias, also called myside bias, is the tendency to search for, interpret, or recall information in a way that confirms one’s beliefs or hypotheses. It is a type of cognitive bias and a systematic error of inductive reasoning. People display this bias when they gather or remember information...

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The Restoration of God’s Authority, a portion of a talk given on Sunday, February 20, 2033

The following is a talk I gave, but the computer file is somewhat corrupted, so some areas were lost as indicated by the bracketed text. Today I’ve been asked to speak about the restoration of God’s authority. I know that people like Sister [lost] or Brother [lost] could speak much more eloquently about this, but I guess that a...

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Spoken of for a Memorial of Her

“Symbolic language conceals certain doctrinal truths from the wicked and thereby protects sacred things from possible ridicule. At the same time, symbols reveal truth to the spiritually alert.” (1) Women are not allowed to preside over the Sacrament; yet the Sacred Feminine is ever-present in the Sacrament itself. You just have to...

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