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"...There are LGBTQ Mormons out there... killing themselves...Yet, because we fear the comparatively small consequences that MIGHT ensue for doing something about [the policies], we are willing to let people suffer and even die. …We have to do better.,." —James Jones calls out member inaction over policies

What I Learned From Fighting When I was a kindergartner, there was a tough kid in my class named Tavaris. We had beef. My family knew about Tavaris and often times the teachers did enough to keep us from verbally and physically accosting each other. My…
"Because we fear... what MIGHT ensue for challenging [the policies], we will let people suffer and die." ---James Jones calls out member inaction on policy
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"The 'Beatitudes'...to be poor in spirit, to mourn, to be meek, to hunger and thirst for righteousness...are all markers along the journey of the prophetic imagination, envisioning and professing a reality for others that is beyond the ordinary. This journey, however, can be a lonely one." --Janan Graham-Russell discusses the path of the prophet

In light of the ongoing efforts of activism and inclusivity within and outside the LDS church, I wanted to share some thoughts from last month regarding Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and what it means to be a prophet or more specifically, have a prophetic…
In light of the ongoing efforts of activism and inclusivity within and outside the LDS church, I wanted to share some thoughts from last month regarding Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and what it means to be a prophet or more specifically, have a prophetic vision for one's community.
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"Mormons are less likely than members of any other religious tradition to be worried about organized religion’s focus on money, power, rules, and involvement in politics. What is going on here?" -- Benjamin Knoll examines some interesting survey data from the 2014 Pew Religious Landscape Survey

The 2014 Pew Religious Landscape Survey recently asked 35,000 Americans a host of questions about their religious attitudes and behaviors. The survey results contain a goldmine of information on religion in contemporary American society. One portion of…
The 2014 Pew Religious Landscape Survey recently asked 35000 Americans a host of questions about their religious attitudes and behaviors. The survey results contain a goldmine of information on religion in contemporary American society. One portion of the survey asked respondents about their ...
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"...Some people claim to have seen Bigfoot rip the door off a Jeep; others have claimed that Mormons have horns growing under their hair. Both claims, we would hope, are fantastical..." --- Join Justin Anfinsen's exploration of the weird, mythical, and forgotten pathways of Mormonism's folk doctrine.

I couldn’t think of a better starting point for this series than the meeting of two great pieces of Americana: Mormonism and Bigfoot. The two are similar in a lot of ways; both seem to have taken deep roots in occult folklore. Some people claim to have…
I couldn't think of a better starting point for this series than the meeting of two great pieces of Americana: Mormonism and Bigfoot. The two are similar in a lot of ways; both seem to have taken deep roots in occult folklore. Some people claim to have seen Bigfoot rip the door off a Jeep; ...
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Guest Post by McKenna WIlliams, who shares her experiences as an asexual Mormon and how that shapes her views on the new church policy.

Guest Post by McKenna WIlliams, who shares her experiences as an asexual Mormon and how that shapes her views on the new church policy.
Guest Post by McKenna WIlliams, who shares her experiences as an asexual Mormon and how that shapes her views on the new church policy. There were two things I dreaded most about getting married: the idea that I'd have to make dinner every night for the rest of my life, and having sex, ...
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"Something about Trump's obvious 'panderizing' does not set right with me."....Michelle Wiener offers a critique of Trump's recent speech at Liberty University.

….in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump” –One Corinthians 15:52 Donald Trump was recently invited to speak at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia by Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr., and his delivery wasn’t all that convincing, at least from a…
….in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump” –One Corinthians 15:52. Donald Trump was recently invited to speak at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia by Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr., and his delivery wasn't all that convincing, at least from a scriptural standpoint.
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"There are people on either side of you that are going to take the all or nothing approach. They will want you to deny any problem blindly, or they will encourage you to disavow it all." A letter from Leah Marie to struggling members of the church.

My dear friend, People underestimate how hard it can be to see both sides of an issue. When you can see something good intermingled with something bad, it places a burden on your shoulders. Everyone around you is choosing sides, and you’re unable.  I see…
My dear friend,. People underestimate how hard it can be to see both sides of an issue. When you can see something good intermingled with something bad, it places a burden on your shoulders. Everyone around you is choosing sides, and you're unable. I see you as you struggle and wrestle with this ...
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"Does it matter who your bishop is?" -- Jason L. argues for new types of local leaders to care for members facing new challenges

Does it matter who your bishop is? In my experience, many types of people can be good bishops. But they are not identical. They bring their personalities and experience with them to the calling and no ‘mantle of priesthood authority’ completely erases…
Does it matter who your bishop is? In my experience, many types of people can be good bishops. But they are not identical. They bring their personalities and experience with them to the calling and no 'mantle of priesthood authority' completely erases that. When Brother X is released as the ...
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In this 13th installment of the “Ask a Mormon Sex Therapist” series Brian and Laurel talk with Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife about ways to spice up your sex life, managing older children in the home and a sex life, and coping with physical ailments that…
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Why is it that here in Canada (and other countries for that matter; we weren't the first) marriage equality has been in place for over a decade and it has never been a problem for gay couples to have their children baptized? Gay marriage becomes legal in the United States and all of a sudden, God decides it's time for children of gay parents to no longer be baptized?

There is one thing that been bugging me about the new LDS policy regarding children of gay parents being baptized (well, lots of things really). Why is it that here in Canada (and other countries for that matter; we weren’t the first) marriage equality…
There is one thing that been bugging me about the new LDS policy regarding children of gay parents being baptized (well, lots of things really). Why is it that here in Canada (and other countries for that matter; we weren't the first) marriage equality has been in place for over a decade and it ...
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"...We often talk about our pioneers and early members of the church and the great sacrifices they made as evidence to the truth of the gospel. The same mentality runs deep in my family. I had always heard this story and thought of it as a reason to believe in the church. It HAS to be true if Peter was willing to give up his wife of 18 years and his only surviving child. It had to be. ..." Carrie Marsh tells about her Great Great Grandfather's choice to join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and immigrate to Utah.

For Christmas this year, we got a Christmas picture book set in Norway, called The Reindeer Wish, from my parents. In the back of the book they included the story of my great-great-grandfather, Peter. Over the past month I have spent more time reading…
For Christmas this year, we got a Christmas picture book set in Norway, called The Reindeer Wish, from my parents. In the back of the book they included the story of my great-great-grandfather, Peter. peter carlson. Over the past month I have spent more time reading about Norway, immigration, ...
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"...Many people will find it easy to inhabit he generally accepted culture, but if you fall outside of that culture, or on the fringes, you will need a unique space and I’m not sure I can make it for you...." Daniel needs your help to build the kingdom.

I recently attended a round table discussion, hosted by Deseret Book, to discuss Patrick Q. Mason’s book “Planted: belief and belonging in an age of doubt”, which was reviewed on Sunday by Benjamin Knoll. The book, in general, is about making Mormonism…
I recently attended a round table discussion, hosted by Deseret Book, to discuss Patrick Q. Mason's book “Planted: belief and belonging in an age of doubt”, which was reviewed on Sunday by Benjamin Knoll. The book, in general, is about making Mormonism work in the face of cognitive dissonance ...
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"[Brigham], it is my church as much as it is yours" - Robert Gardner to Brigham Young
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The three Barker brothers would often engage in private e-mails  and phone calls with each other and their friends about Mormonism. The three decided it would be more fun to create a blog where all their friends and family could get  together and hammer out some of the idiosyncrasies of Mormonism. Here they hope to provide a safe, fair, and balanced space to discuss the complexities, difficulties, and beauty of their Mormon tradition.