Cafeteria Morality

For some reason, it seems that conservatives tend to send “Thoughts and Prayers” for issues of morality that can be helped with liberal approaches, but actually get to work whenever they think an issue can be alleviated by conservative policy.

We Are Just Not That Friendly

I’ve come to a surprising realization recently. Mormons, it turns out, may not be very good at making friends. I know you’re already thinking of plenty of objections right now. You have lots of friends. Your kids have lots of friends. You live in a super-friendly...

New Temple Recommend Questions

Before conducting my first baptismal interview on my mission, I sought the advice of my mission president. I knew what the right answers to the questions were but felt there must be something more to the interview – something ineffable that I was nonetheless...

The Horror of the Empty Tomb

“But what if we imagine that a slice of those fears–just a tiny fraction, buried deep enough in their psyches that even they aren’t conscious of it–is the fear that Jesus’ empty tomb is the sum total of the most unspeakable horror that humankind could ever be confronted with? Something so horrible that we have taught ourselves over many millennia to desire it above all other things in order to avoid a truth so terrifying that truly contemplating it could drive us mad? Which is: Life will go on.”

What Logic Is This? Men, Sex, and Sexual Assault

Since men are the primary builders, maintainers, and supporters of these institutions–and particularly because men are overwhelmingly those who sexually assault–what they believe about rape and rapists is particularly important. I think these often include false beliefs about the equivalency of rape with sex, which allows responsibility to be imputed to victims, having the effect of both traumatizing victims further but also in softening responses to rapists.


With the advent of June comes LGBT pride month. It’s a time of celebration, of scantily clad bodies, of liberation, and of rainbows. This tradition has penetrated even into the heart of Mormondom, so that the spires of the great Salt Lake Temple can observe the...

What is Prayer?

I’m not arrogant enough to believe that I’m the first person to ask this kind of question. I’m sure everyone reading this has had these same thoughts. So, help me out here. Help me pin this practice down. I don’t understand why we claim there is power in prayer when...

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The Barker Brothers’ Projects

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"...we are asking our Church leaders to inquire of the Lord if the one year wait on the temple sealing can be changed..."

"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." Martin Luther King Jr.

We’re putting our stories and the stories of those who have chosen to share out there. We hope you come away with a better understanding of what those who are injured or sick during their missions go through.

These videos were created for Latter-day Saint parents and allies to voice their love for their LGBT brothers and sisters, sons and daughters. They want to give a message of comfort and support to other parents who are navigating the difficult conflicts that can arise in families around this issue.

Quote of the Month

"It is not as a child that I believe and confess Jesus Christ. My hosanna is born of a furnace of doubt." (Fyodor Dostoevsky)

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