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 […]

Some Questions for Ordain Women

Joanna Brooks recently expressed some of her concerns about the potential fallout over Kate Kelly’s disciplinary counsel in a column at Religion Dispatches. Progressive Mormons have used the internet to connect with other members who share the same political views, and some of the same questions and concerns about the Church. In light of the […]

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. […]

Why Don’t We Follow the Instructions?

I can’t help it. I cannot keep quiet. But I should preface this post with something reaffirming in an attempt to protect myself from some kind of backlash. I have a solid testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ, which fullness I believe one finds in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I […]

Where Do the Tyler Glenns Go?

I am an emotional person. In fact, I sometimes allow my emotions to control me, and that often leads me in the wrong direction, leaving me with regrets great and small. One emotion I keep to myself in most company (close family the only exceptions) is sadness. While I cry, and I have cried often, […]

If Mormons ordained women…would Jimmy Carter join the LDS Church?

Jimmy Carter discussed religion, violence, and the role of women in Christianity on the Colbert Report last night. Check it out: Part One: Part Two: If Mormons ordained women…would Jimmy Carter join the LDS Church? See the start of the first video is you do not understand why I am asking. This interview might be […]

We Are Already Seeing An Exodus of the Faithful

Churches face an exodus of the faithful – precisely because of the Christian ideal of equality, says @DamonLinker: http://t.co/GFV414FgNN — The Week (@TheWeek) March 24, 2014 Damon Linker, a Catholic writer at The Week, is a former visiting assistant professor of political science at Brigham Young University who interacts with many LDS thinkers and writers. […]

For or Against Female Ordination…Watch This!

In the following video, Kate Kelly of Ordain Women, blogger and author Julie M. Smith, and Neylan McBaine of the Mormon Women Project, discuss female ordination, Ordain Women, and recent events. These three women each present amazing perspectives. In a conversation that often gets got up in memes, straw men (and women), and trolls (see […]

There should be a Buzzfeed Quiz called “What Type of Religious Feminist are You?”

Feminism In Faith: Four Women Who Are Revolutionizing Organized Religion http://t.co/Jh51KoyLQV — BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) March 7, 2014 No, not really. There should not be anymore Buzzfeed quizzes. However, I just read the profile of Kate Kelly by Laura Marostica in Buzzfeed from last week. Kelly is the DC-area human rights lawyer who heads Ordain Women. […]