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Rainbow Mormon Initiative: “All about love, saving lives”

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I cannot say with enough conviction how important Rainbow Mormon Initiative is and how important it is for everyone to participate in it.

Christians: All One, Like It or Not

One of my favorite scriptural phrases comes from Philippians 2:12, where Paul counsels the saints to “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” For me, Paul’s counsel provides one of the most fundamental reasons not to judge others: we have our own problems to worry about. In my previous post, I referenced a […]

The First Actual Women’s Session of Conference

The Approaching Justice liveblog for the first official Women’s Session of General Conference begins here with the session at 6:00 pm MDT. All women age 8 and older are invited to watch the session, although I won’t say anything if you participate without meeting the requirements. First things first: A female voice over replaces the […]

Why, Yes, My Faith Does Sway My Politics

I would like to know what is so liberating about leaving people sick, naked, and hungry. That is precisely what government entitlement programs address: feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, and taking care of the sick. If conservative Christians really are disciples of Christ, then I would like each one of them to ask, “What would Jesus do?”

A Balance Between LGBT Rights and Religious Liberty Misses the Point

This article has been making the social media rounds for the last twenty-four hours. A doctor in Michigan told a lesbian couple she prayed about it, and felt she could not be their infant daughter’s physician. That is plainly horrible. It is tragic that people still let their discomfort with homosexuality to cloud their moral […]

The Magdalene Laundries: An Extreme But Horrible Example of a Religious Free Pass

When LDS leaders talk about religious liberty, the examples they share almost exclusively deal with an institution’s liberty to discriminate against individuals, which is really the thing that irks me most. The tension between the church and LGBT groups is really a tension between religious liberty and civil liberty, which, frankly, when those two are at […]

LDS News Conference on Religious Freedom and Nondiscrimination

Transcript from the LDS Newsroom: Welcome and introductions by Elder D. Todd Christofferson Good morning and thank you for coming. I am Elder D. Todd Christofferson, and I’m here to introduce this news conference in my capacity as one of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Sister Neill Marriott, […]

Don’t Persecute Us, We’ll Persecute You: Mormon Pride

In my previous post, I began a conversation about Mormon pride. I would like to continue from a different angle. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was born into persecution. From the moment its founder Joseph Smith, Jr. claimed to have received a vision from God, a wall of persecution stood in his […]

Building Rameumptons: Mormons and Pride

An acquaintance of mine recently shared the following nightmare: “I had gone to the stake centre because I was supposed to teach the youth a folk dance at their leadership conference. But when I got there I couldn’t find anything to do with the church. The chapel was a movie theatre, the gym a hockey […]

10 Questions About Spiritual Abuse: Mormon Edition

David Hayward at nakedpastor.com wrote a short blog post a few weeks ago that hit home. I have read several things Hayward has written. He provides a wonderful religious perspective on a host of issues, and I think we could all learn something from him, regardless of our spirituality or religious affiliation. As a member […]

Modern Mormonism: A Kingdom Divided?

When one stake president takes a temple recommend from a member of the church for the same thing that another stake president finds no problem with, it begs the question, “Who is really in charge?” But it’s not just stake presidents; many bishops have gone one way or the other, too. For the last several […]

Don’t Shoot the Messenger: Interpreting Ordain Women’s Motivation

  It has been a rough week for many church members in the Mormon community. Even attempts to control my passion when posting links to articles seem to have failed. One person called me anti-Mormon. I have never once spewed hate toward the Church that I love. I have never uttered a single anti-Mormon sentiment. […]