Voices of Warning

Recently, there have been attacks on Wendy Montgomery and John Dehlin in their advocacy of the significant problem of suicide, depression and homelessness among LGBT Mormon youth.  One article concludes after an alleged exhaustive look at the data that, “The claim appears to be fabricated.”1 And yet, while targeting Wendy and...

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The Curse of the Amish and Mormonism’s Tool Box

The other day my wife asked me to do some, um, manly things around the house. First on the list was to tighten up the p-trap under the utility sink in the garage.  I loosened up the p-trap, lined up the threads of the tightening nut, and hand tightened it.   To make sure that things wouldn’t leak, I then grabbed my channel...

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43: Ask a Mormon Sex Therapist Part 5

In this episode of “Ask a Mormon Sex Therapist”, Laurel and Brian talk with  Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife on the topics of teaching young women about the Law of Chastity and the problem of pornography. CONTENT WARNING!!! During the pornography discussion we talk about demeaning pornography, and sex trafficking. Dr....

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“Even Fifty Six Years, Should Wind Up the Scene”

In 1876, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints published a revised edition of the Doctrine and Covenants which included, for the first time, section 130. This section includes the founding leader Joseph Smith’s prophecy that if Smith lived “until thou art eighty-five years old, thou shalt see the face of the Son of...

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Be ye therefore emotional

I was asked to do an “emotional kick off” for my relief society this week. I’d had my own emotional meltdown the night before giving my 20 minute workshop so I figured that made me a perfect candidate for teaching the concepts that I needed to use. And I felt a little bit like a hypocrite at the same time. So, as introverted...

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Two Crosses

It was not a friendship I would have expected– She, black. Me, not black. She, a PhD and now attending Divinity School. Me, not an academic. She, a woman. Me, a dork. But the friendship and the call came when I needed it most. She called as I was driving home one day shortly after the news had come. The news was shocking to...

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To Whom Are We Bound?

Jan 19, 15 To Whom Are We Bound?

Posted by in Faith, Featured, Racism, Theology

But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter. Romans 7:6 “To whom are we bound?” asked Dr. Wright. He looked to his left, then to his right. This question, in front of an audience of students, faculty and other members...

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Is God liberal or conservative? – We ultimately Worship a Christ that reflects our own agenda. Ganesh Cherian muses about Politics and Religion as we Start our study of Ezra Taft Benson

As we start a new year and focus on the teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, we will, despite the curriculum departments best efforts undoubtedly get into a bit of politics. President Benson had some strong conservative views and talking about them might lead to some lively debate. Discussions involving politics and religion are always...

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The desolation of the middle

I have been told in the past that I am something of an empath. I think that may be part of what drove me to my career. A lot of empathetic people go into medicine. A lot of them have it stamped and squashed right out of them by the pressures of the job for which empathy is simply a drag. Empathy, the capacity to feel in some small...

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A Mormon in the Dance Department

Jan 13, 15 A Mormon in the Dance Department

Posted by in Featured, Homosexuality

It was easy to hate homosexuals before I met one. And I met a homosexual for the first time on a city bus in Austin in the fall of 1982. I was a freshman in the dance department at the University of Texas, having recently returned from a mission to Japan. I was very nervous my first day in college in September of 1982, and can still...

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