Ask a Mormon Sex Therapist

Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife is a psychotherapist who focuses on issues surrounding female sexuality and feminism within the LDS framework. Questions are asked from listeners and answered on the podcast.

We Like Our Heaven Better

“…Heaven will be a place of love, not a place of longing. It will be a place of healing, not a place of hurting. It will be a place of well-being, not a place of wounding. It will be a place of peace, not a place of pain. It will be a place of tranquility, not a place of trauma. It will be a place of togetherness, not a place of terror. It will be a place of safety, not a place of separation. It will be a place of elation, not a place of encumbrance. It will be a place of goodness, not a place of grief…”

Who Else is Confused? Leaked Policy to Revelation to Revelation-Reversal-Revelation: The Ask a Mormon Lesbian Podcast With Laura Root (episode 40; 349)

Does anyone else out there in Mormondom have whiplash from the recent change in policy, I mean recent revelation changing a revelation from almost four years ago regarding LGBTQ Mormons and their children?
– Laura and Miguel discuss yesterday’s policy revelation in the latest episode of The Ask a Mormon Lesbian Podcast.

The Walls of Heaven

Russell M Nelson, in his Sunday morning general conference address had some pretty dangerous remarks that hurt me and many of my friends, and even more via their parents. No Empty Chairs One day we had a Family Home Evening. I was probably in my mid teens. The lesson...

When Victims Seek Justice From The Church, Mormon Women Speak (Episode 21, 348)

“…What happens when a victim pursues legal action or justice from the church or those associated with the church? Are there patterns of practice that take place within the litigation process with the church? What are some of the tactics used by attorney’s for the church to victim-shame, victim-blame, gas-light, and retaliate against victims who seek legal justice?…”

A Mother’s Blessing For My Daughters

It is impossible to be a mother of both sons and daughters and not notice external and even internal biases that are imposed upon our children. Blue for boys, pink for girls. Trucks for boys, dolls for girls. But there are also covert biases that exist. Recently, a...

Julian of Norwich and metaphors of the Divine

“Julian’s written revelations are rich in metaphorical language that she uses to try to convey in imperfect language the ineffable experiences that she had. What do Julian’s metaphors reveal of the nature of Divine Love? Why does it matter what metaphors we use to understand God and God’s love?”

Farewell, Rational Faiths

It’s bittersweet to share that this will be my last Rational Faiths blog post. I’m grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Rational Faiths team the last two and half years. It has been a very enlightening journey. I also want to express my gratitude to Leah...

Is Rational Faiths Shutting Down? (347)

Since 2012, Rational Faiths has been actively administered, managed, financed, and edited by the Barker brothers who built the blog and its community from the ground up. During that time Rational Faiths published nearly 2,000 blog posts from more than one hundred...

Does Mike Norton Shave With Gillette? Mormon Women Speak (Episode 20, 345)

Join Miguel, Lesley, and Sabra as they offer their own points of view on several issues that have impacted us this past week. We explore all the ethics in this episode! Everything from Gillette to NewNameNoah to R. Kelly and even Normandy. Listen in on our lively discussion and debate. 

Ten models of prophetic revelation in an LDS context

Through the course of my life I have met Latter-day Saints who believe some version of prophetic infallibility, despite the fact that most Latter-day Saints and leaders agree that prophetic infallibility is not an official teaching of the LDS Church. In other words,...

Are The Temple Changes Good? Mormon Women Speak (Episode 19, 342)

Join Miguel and Lesley as they speak with Bryndis and Norienne regarding the recent changes to the temple endowment. Are the recent temple changes good? What has the response been from the Mormon Feminist community? Are apologies necessary for this issue? Is there further marginalization that has occurred because of these changes? How do women of color feel about these temple changes? What do these changes tell us about possible future paths for the church? Does it pave the way for women’s ordination?

ISAIAH GOES STREAKING – The Weird and Wild Old Testament (episode 31; 337)

– Does Isaiah 7:14-15 really prophecy of the Virgin Birth of Jesus of Nazareth?

– Why do prophets almost always try to run away from their calling as prophet?

– What does HOLINESS mean within the context of Judaism and Early Christianity”

– Dr. Sheldon Greaves actually makes Isaiah interesting as he puts Isaiah’s writings in historical context in this episode of The Weird and Wild Old Testament

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LGBTQ Mormon Crisis

The Barker Brothers’ Projects

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

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.

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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)