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Joanna Brooks

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Welcome to "Ask Mormon Girl"! Are you a Mormon with a real-life question burning in your bosom? Are you a non-Mormon with a question about Mormonism? This column is for you.  My name is Joanna Brooks.  I'm a Mormon, an award-winning religion scholar, and a frequent commentator on contemporary Mormon experience.  (Find my books and articles here.)  The "Ask Mormon Girl" column offers unorthodox and imperfect answers to real-life questions from Mormon and non-Mormon readers around the world.  What makes AMG truly special is the shared wisdom of our online readers and commenters.  I hope you'll join us here every week.  Send your query to askmormongirl@gmail.com. Follow askmormongirl on Twitter, or visit the Ask Mormon Girl Facebook fanpage.

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Santa Claus Free? Maybe Not

Despite the holiday non-aggression pact carefully negotiated by the Mormon and Jewish adults in my family, my interfaith children absolutely have had a relationship with Santa Claus all on their own. Read More »

Religion? Ethnicity?

We are a family of religious movements. A culture? Yes. At least three or four distinct strands of Mormon culture -- with probably hundreds of regional Mormon subcultures to boot. Read More »

Family First?

Is it okay to skip stake conference because you'd like to avoid fielding negativity from the family of your daughter's abuser? Read More »

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Raised Mormon, moving Quaker -- is it possible to be an interfaith person? Read More »

Mormon Happiness?

Mormonism is a religious culture that assigns tremendous social, cultural, and religious value to happiness. Read More »

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