On Hell, Aliens, and a Near Death Experience

On Hell, Aliens, and a Near Death Experience

Back in 1985, Rev. Howard Storm had a Near Death Experience (NDE) in which he was first taken to hell and dramatically rescued by Jesus. In 2000, Storm published a book entitled My Descent into Death recounting his NDE. He was featured on Oprah twice in the 1980’s,...
The Day Heavenly Mother Lost Her Temple Recommend

The Day Heavenly Mother Lost Her Temple Recommend

A couple years ago, I began assisting as a moderator for the Finding Heavenly Mother Project, a Facebook group devoted to seeking out Heavenly Mother. It was an honor to have this special “calling” extended to me by my friend who founded the group. Over time, however,...
Using the Priesthood I Don’t Have

Using the Priesthood I Don’t Have

Recently, I got called “Pastor” at work, and since I teach religious studies at the local community college, it makes perfect sense. Sadly, I had to correct my colleague and explain to him that women in my denomination cannot be ordained, but I thanked him for the...
No Longer Quivering Before the Patriarchy

No Longer Quivering Before the Patriarchy

Imagine having to submit yourself to a form of Christian Patriarchy minus “the Priesthood,” and you have the beginnings of Vyckie Garrison’s story. “I am not really good at submission,” Garrison explained to the Charlotte Atheists and Agnostics group at the Concord...
Tis So Sweet to Drink My Coffee

Tis So Sweet to Drink My Coffee

I have a confession to make…. I’m a Mormon convert and I drink coffee. Lots of it. I guess that makes me the worst sinner on the face of the planet because I don’t keep “the commandments” – or rather one of the commandments. Other than that I’m a pretty good person....