14: “Seek ye out of the best [podc...

14: “Seek ye out of the best [podcasts]“: Parenting 101 Posted by on Jul 20, 2014

Bible Scholarship

Of Sustaining, Dissent, and Missing Para...

Of Sustaining, Dissent, and Missing Paradigms Posted by on Jul 14, 2014

Ask the Mormon Sex Therapist

008: Ask a Mormon Sex Therapist Part I

008: Ask a Mormon Sex Therapist Part I Posted by on Jun 8, 2014

Sunday School

Drowning at church

Drowning at church Posted by on Jun 30, 2014


How Continuing Revelation Prevents Chang...

How Continuing Revelation Prevents Change in Mormonism Posted by on Jul 29, 2014


Repurposing Sunday School

Repurposing Sunday School Posted by on Jun 27, 2014


Can you see what I’m saying?

Can you see what I’m saying? Posted by on Jul 22, 2014


American Crucifixion

American Crucifixion Posted by on Jun 17, 2014

Why I Am Mormon

Humor: The Balm of Gilead, or the Bomb o...

Humor: The Balm of Gilead, or the Bomb of Kill-ead? Posted by on Jul 1, 2014


How Continuing Revelation Prevents Chang...

How Continuing Revelation Prevents Change in Mormonism Posted by on Jul 29, 2014


No Soup for You! Why Women Can’t H...

No Soup for You! Why Women Can’t Have the Priesthood Posted by on Jul 31, 2014

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_Never Let Me Go_ by Kazuo Ishiguro: An Analogy for How I Feel at Church

Never Let Me Go is a novel that follows the life of a group of kids in a boarding school.  It’s a weird school.  They don’t learn stuff.  They mostly just play around and do artwork. You eventually learn that these kids are actually clones, and they were created so that their organs could be harvested for transplants. The...

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You Can’t Handle the Truth!

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has long had three missions: Perfecting the Saints, Proclaiming the Gospel, Redeeming the Dead. A fourth was recently added: Caring for the Poor and Needy. But all along, the LDS Church has had a fifth mission–Suppressing the Truth. What truth is it the LDS Church actively...

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Harmful Truths

Jul 10, 14 Harmful Truths

Posted by in Featured, Truth

“Many things can be true and yet still harmful to man. Not all truth is useful.”–Immanuel Kant “Some things that are true are not very useful”–Boyd K. Packer I typed Boyd K. Packer’s (in)famous quip: “Some things that are true are not very useful” into Google–it brought up...

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Ask EOR Part IV

You know what time it is. Time for the fourth installment of “Ask EOR”! The previous 3 installments can be found here here and here. I just want to remind you all that you can e-mail your questions to me at and I will do my very best to shed light on any and all Mormon (and Mormon adjacent) queries you might...

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Why I Left

Jul 07, 14 Why I Left

Posted by in Faith Crisis, Featured, Mormonism

My decision to leave was made a few weeks before Kate Kelly was excommunicated. My priesthood leaders know and have expressed their love and understanding. I will not ask to have my name removed from Church records, I will simply go inactive. My 15 year old daughter has chosen to leave with me. My sharing this decision is self...

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Do the Right Thing

Jul 02, 14 Do the Right Thing

Posted by in Compassion, Featured

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; - Isaiah 61:1 “I am many things to many people: Civil Rights leader,...

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Humor: The Balm of Gilead, or the Bomb of Kill-ead?

I realized that I have been blogging for the good people at Rational Faiths for over a year now. It has been a wonderful exercise for me. I have been really grateful to the Barker brothers and other bloggers for their continual support of my writing, and for the platform to share humor with others.  I have wanted, for a while, to...

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Joseph: The Keystone of Canonizable Revelation

By my count Joseph Smith has added 868 pages to the LDS canon by means of the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. All other prophets since Joseph have accumulated a grand total of 13 pages by means of the Doctrine and Covenants and Official Declarations. Perhaps the drought of canonized...

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012: “Seek ye out of the best [podcasts]“: Moral Psychology 101

Jun 29, 14 012: “Seek ye out of the best [podcasts]“: Moral Psychology 101

Posted by in Education, Humanity, Podcast

As human beings we are subject to a variety of influences that direct us in our lives. Our instinctual passions and reason often battle for control. As a species we have divided ourselves into groups such as conservative, liberal, vegan, bacon-eater, believer, and atheist among others. The different groups that we identify with make...

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Answering the Hard Questions

Just in case you haven’t noticed, the bloggernacle has been reeling to and fro like a drunken man these last few weeks. People are asking hard questions, and getting lots of answers and opinions to consider. However, I would like to bring to your attention some questions and suggestions that not even the likes of the PRethren,...

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#Yes All Mormon Women Too

Jun 28, 14 #Yes All Mormon Women Too

Posted by in Featured, Feminism, Sexual Abuse

Neither the Ordain Women movement or that surrounding the #yesALLwomen hashtag had particularly struck home in my life. Ordainwomen’s request that priesthood leaders ask if women should be included in the priesthood seemed superfluous in a community where the inequality was so much more integral. I didn’t want priesthood, I...

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Repurposing Sunday School

This post must begin by acknowledging the current events regarding the excommunication of Kate Kelly. Regardless of how you feel about the excommunication, we should all be mourning together. We should all be grieving. We should all follow our baptismal covenant to comfort each other and bear each other’s burdens. We need to...

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Parenting Parallels

Recently, my husband and I attended a Love and Logic parenting course.  Ever since, it’s been interesting to notice the parent/child roles that occur in society. One that came to mind almost immediately while taking the class, was the role of the LDS Church. I think it’s important to first lay out the four styles of...

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Did Kate Kelly Tell the Truth?

Jun 26, 14 Did Kate Kelly Tell the Truth?

Posted by in Featured

  Since Kate Kelly’s excommunication was announced last Monday, the internet has been abuzz not only with the substance of Bishop Harrison’s letter excommunicating Kate Kelly, but also with the question of whether Kate Kelly has been completely forthright in her account of the circumstances leading up to her disciplinary...

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OOOOOH!!!! It Feels So Good To Be Soooo Right!!!!

Jun 25, 14 OOOOOH!!!!  It Feels So Good To Be Soooo Right!!!!

Posted by in Charity, Featured

OOOOH!!!!  IT FEELS SO GOOD TO BE SOOOO RIGHT!!!! by Michael Barker I learned yesterday that my dear, less-active LDS friend’s wife died two days ago so I decided to call him. I told him, “Too bad you and your wife weren’t keeping your temple covenants.  Now you won’t be together after the...

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Talking to my Father

Jun 24, 14 Talking to my Father

Posted by in Featured, parenting, prayer

I am the oldest of seven. That means that I have spent more time with my parents than any of my siblings. I should know them best, right? I mean, since I’ve spent more time in their presence I should have a clearer understanding of them shouldn’t I? We came from solid Mormon stock through several generations, down all...

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