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"While the LDS Church is to be commended for making great strides in addressing its troubling racist past by directly confronting and denouncing old-fashioned racial attitudes and practices, it often continues to unintentionally perpetuate a variety of symbolic and implicit racial attitudes through its rhetoric, curricula, and leadership decisions." -- Benjamin Knoll discusses how the LDS Church is simultaneously helping to alleviate while unintentionally perpetuating various types of racial prejudice among its membership.

 Today, the Church disavows the theories advanced in the past that black skin is a sign of divine disfavor or curse, or that it reflects unrighteous actions in a premortal life; that mixed-race marriages are a sin; or that blacks or people of any other…
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"PLEASE HEAR ME. We need you! We need you to stay right here on the front lines, fighting for your life, for your right to be seen as valuable and immensely loved by your Creator and by many of your sisters and brothers." Carol Lynn Pearson has a tender message for gay Mormon youth.

(The text of the post was originally a post on Carol Lynn Pearson’s Facebook page on July 23, 2015.) I have been made aware of three new suicides within the last ten days–all of these in Utah, two young men and one young woman, all three known to be gay…
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"...Reading. . .that day left a pit in my stomach. It made me dizzy and nauseated. It was one of the most profoundly emotional moments of my life. For the first time in my life I said to myself, 'The Church might not be true'..." Fred Pages describes a profound encounter with cognitive dissonance.

If you were given a time machine and offered a one time “do-over” in life, would you take it? Would you fly back in time and ask the hot cheerleader to prom? Would you take back something you said to a parent or a friend that you have always regretted?…
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". . . The Gospel is simple. The purpose of life is clear: find the prophet. Once you’ve found the prophet, the thinking is done. Just do 100% of what he says. No more and no less. . ." Jeff Swift sets the record straight on prophetic priorities.

It has come to my attention that some Mormons have had “questions” regarding prophetic priorities. I’ll break it down so that even a child can understand: if the Prophets and Apostles are talking about something, it matters. If they aren’t talking about…
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"...There are days where I want to be the Church's therapist..."

In preparation for the 2nd annual Mormon Mental Health Conference (July 29, 2015), I’ve been reflecting on my work as a therapist within Mormon culture as I’m sure are many of my  colleagues who will be presenting to other mental health professionals at…
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"...The Mormon dating world is rife with expectations and standards. However, it’s important to know what kind of RM you’re dating. Below are some tell-tale signs to look out for..." ---- Laurel Sandberg-Armstrong's hot new list on ways to tell if your RM is from the 19th century.

The Mormon dating world is rife with expectations and standards. One of the most golden ones has been that women should seek out an RM (returned missionary) for any worthwhile long-term relationship. Apparently the longer the name-tag is worn, the more…
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"I am far from perfect, but I can help in that effort simply by being a person with a North and South heart. I cannot stop loving either of my tribes. And I cannot stop praying they will learn to love each other. The path forward is not always clear, so by necessity as well as by choice, I walk in faith." Tom Christofferson, a gay Mormon, explains his love for the church.

A dear friend, who I will call Jim, of my (former?) partner, and I, after the LDS church’s response to the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court on same-sex marriage and then the response to the decision by the Boy Scouts of America to allow inclusion of gay…
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"...In terms of religion another trend shows that religious sentiment seems to be waning, especially among the rising generation. Studies show that religiosity among youth has been decreasing for some time..." --- Brian Hauglid discusses how love is the key principle of the gospel.

Note: This was a high council talk given on July 19, 2015 We live in interesting times, times of distress and disorder. Social issues regularly top our headlines causing many to wonder whether or not the end of the world is at our doorstep. Indeed, on the…
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"...With as big a problem as mental health has become, and with the dire consequences of ignoring it, it seems that we, as a Church, with wealth and resources, could be doing more. We can do more..." Daniel Lewis revisits and updates an old post. What have YOU done about it since then?

Authors note: This is a re-post of a previous article with updates and updated resources.     “I have of late- but wherefore I know not- lost all my mirth, forgone all custom of exercises, and indeed it goes so heavily with my disposition that this goodly…
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"We discuss the ways in which our thinking and willingness to share our honest observations and thoughts are affected by the group dynamics in the world at large and in Mormonism, both at church and online." Brian, Michael, and Mica talk about Groupthink, Pluralistic Ignorance, and Cults

Continuing our series “The Human Mormon Mind,” I had a chance to talk with Michael Barker and Mica McGriggs about three related concepts of Groupthink, Pluralistic Ignorance  and Religious Cults (Dr. Sheldon Greaves chimed in on the last topic as a…
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Why does the testimony of a woman continue to be “less than” that of a man?..... In honor of July 22, St. Mary Magdalene’s Feast Day, Michelle Wiener dares to break the silence.

Imagine how Mary Magdalene must have felt on the morning of the Resurrection, being the first person to see the risen Christ. Imagine too how she must have felt later on when she would be forever silenced for her testimony: “I have seen the Lord: such is…
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"My suspicion is that the "strait and narrow" is not the "same and narrow-minded", but is as rich as all human goodness." Jonathan Cannon reasons that the way to exaltation must embrace a greater diversity of paths than we have often imagined within Mormonism, and that it is our Mormon view of Gods as a family that compels us to this logical position. Straight and Narrow not Same and Narrow-minded

My last post was supposed to be a one paragraph introduction to this idea: The exaltation of the Gods depends on allowing us–Gods in embryo–to travel as many paths to Godhood as possible. This conclusion follows closely the belief that Gods evolved.…
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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.