A Gentle Farewell to the Mormon Church

May 19, 15 A Gentle Farewell to the Mormon Church

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This essay was originally posted on the GailyMormon Blog Edward Jones III * ***** *** **** ***** Salt Lake City, UT 84101 May 11, 2015 Member Records Division, LDS Church 50 E. North Temple, Room 1372 Salt Lake City, UT 84150-5310 Dear Mormon leaders, I am writing you this letter to notify you of my resignation from the LDS Church....

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I Am Your Ally

Recently, I had a dream. (Warning, my subconscious is completely self-indulgent.) I dreamt I saw a lovely house local to me online and I wanted a closer look, so my husband and I took a drive to see it. We pulled up to the house and I looked at it from the outside. The house was indeed lovely. Located on a hill overlooking the...

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From Amici to ’Ohana: The Hawaiian Roots of the Family Proclamation

“Sherman, set the Wayback Machine to September 3, 1991; location, Honolulu, Hawaii, where a local court is hearing the state’s first same-sex marriage case, Baehr v. Lewin.” As we join Mr. Peabody and Sherman on their journey back in time, we remind ourselves what was happening in the Mormon American West in the early 1990s. Ezra...

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All Are Alike Unto God

Apr 30, 15 All Are Alike Unto God

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  Over the last weekend, I attended the third annual All Arizona conference in Mesa, a conference for promoting greater love and understanding of LGBT/SSA Mormons. While I’ve been aware of the conference since its inception, this was the first year I was able to attend. Here’s the thing about these kind of Mormon conferences:...

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Mob Rule in Provo

Update: April 23, 2015. Further research has revealed new details in this case. Police reports, dispatch notes, and particularly statements authored by White and his roommates confirm the tense and hostile atmosphere White had to navigate on the evening of January 12, an atmosphere that included threats of violence directed at...

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Defending the Family

Mar 16, 15 Defending the Family

Posted by in Family, Featured, Homosexuality, News

Meridian Magazine (ldsmag.com) recently started a column inviting scholarly discussion of significant cultural and moral topics. More explicitly: Meridian EXPAND will be anxiously engaged in the good cause of defending core teachings of the Church concerning morality and the family, even though, indeed precisely because, these...

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Public Announcement

Mar 08, 15 Public Announcement

Posted by in Featured, Homosexuality, Mormon Humor

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT: I’ve decided to take a stand for religious freedom in my business! My Mormon religion loves the gays, really we do, but we believe that sexual relations between two people of the same gender are sinful, and frankly a bit icky. Elder D. Todd Christofferson has recently stated that these standards of morality...

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Mixed Messages and Missing Doctrine

This post was co-authored by Jake Abhau and Lori Burkman. After having many discussions on the current events and press conferences of late, we wanted to put our thoughts into an essay that describes the lack of clarity on so many things. Where did we come from? Who are we? Why are we here? Where are we going? It’s the set of...

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Here Is Our Apology

Feb 02, 15 Here Is Our Apology

Posted by in Featured, Homosexuality, Repentance

Dear Queer Mormons, We are So So Sorry. We realize that it is not within our stewardship to apologize for or in behalf of the institution that is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, however institutions are cold things bogged down in bureaucracy. Our Mormonism is not cold or distant, it is alive inside each of us, it...

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Why I Liked What Elders Oaks and Christofferson Said

Jan 31, 15 Why I Liked What Elders Oaks and Christofferson Said

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A few weeks ago, in my continuing efforts to educate myself on LGBT issues, I started watching The L Word, a show that focuses primarily on the day-to-day lives of a Los Angeles-based community of lesbians. At first, I was taken aback because the glamorous lesbians depicted on the show weren’t anything like the lesbians I am lucky...

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