34: LDS LGBT Suicide/Homelessness Awareness Action

Join Cami and Meg as they discuss this bold new action in which active, inactive and non-members can participate this Christmas Season. The first step for many is awareness. Cami and Meg walk through the statistics of the crisis afflicting the youth in Zion. Then they plan out the ways in which we can become more educated, educate...

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LDS Marriage in 2112

There has been a lot of coverage about the new polygamy essays in the news. If you have not read them, there is one on Kirtland/Nauvoo polygamy/polyandry, one on Utah era polygamy (up to 1890), and one on “post-manifesto” polygamy. There have also been a lot of apologetics blossoming around the essays. They’re...

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The Doctrine of Celibacy

Oct 18, 14 The Doctrine of Celibacy

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When Mormons speak of the Law of Chastity, they often define it as remaining celibate until marriage.  In actuality, it would be more properly defined as remaining abstinent until marriage.  Today, the words abstinent and celibate are frequently used interchangeably, but in practice they are quite different.  Abstinence, as...

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When Religion Creates Dragons

     Last February I wrote my first piece for Rational Faiths called When it Comes to Equality, Which Side of History Are You On? I have been very proud of my writing for Rational Faiths as a whole, but there’s something about that piece that makes it my favorite; the one I’m most proud of. It explains my transition...

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Meet the, um…Gay Mormons?

Oct 06, 14 Meet the, um…Gay Mormons?

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Sitting in Sacrament meeting last Sunday, I was surprised to hear … AGAIN … a letter read by our Bishop promoting the Church’s new movie, “Meet the Mormons.” In this letter, we were strongly encouraged to go see the movie, to bring our non-member friends, and to buy extra tickets even if we didn’t need them so that the...

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Modern Mormon Conservatism: A Critical View

In 2008, Pew Research released a comprehensive report on religious demographics in the United States. Not surprisingly, when it came to questions about politics, a significant majority of Latter-day Saints identified as Republican or Leaning Republican.(1) In 2010, Gallup found that Mormons were the most conservative religious group...

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A Life-Saving Paradigm Shift

Sep 10, 14 A Life-Saving Paradigm Shift

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Last week, I had the opportunity to meet with several other Mormon and Mormon-esque friends to talk about the relationship between our LGBT brothers and sisters and the Mormon church. HRC sponsored the meeting in an effort to understand how they can better support those of us who are trying so desperately to see full equality...

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A God Is Born–Nature’s Plan of Salvation

Here is my Back to School gift for you to share with your kids (or parents) in Family Home Evening. Hopefully it adds some fun to the old Primary Plan of Salvation Diagram. I’ve provided links to documents you can download or print out yourselves, as posters or as figures to cut out and lay out on your living room floor as you...

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If You Like the Gays, Then You Aren’t a Disciple of Jesus : Am I in Crazy-Town?

Aug 16, 14 If You Like the Gays, Then You Aren’t a Disciple of Jesus : Am I in Crazy-Town?

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If You Like the Gays, Then You Aren’t a Disciple of Jesus : Am I in Crazy-Town? Yesterday I read in Deseret News that Elder Russell M. Nelson, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, spoke at the BYU Summer Commencement in Provo, Utah on Thursday, August 14.   You can listen to Elder Nelson’s commencement speech here (it...

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Gay Mormons: Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Jun 18, 14 Gay Mormons: Out of Sight, Out of Mind

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“Out of sight, out of mind. The absent are always in the wrong.”    – Thomas Kempis “They don’t listen to me, they don’t hear me, they don’t see me.”   – Nikolai Gogol, Diary of a Madman and Other Stories The first person I came out to was my bishop when I was 16 years old. I was terrified to...

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