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Speaking Silence

Living Into Eternal Progression

Recognizing our humanity, they teach us that we can be more, and the "more" that we can be is an eternal more, qualitatively eternal now in the hope of post-mortal eternity.

Welcoming Two New Mormon Bloggers!

Patheos welcomes two new Mormon blogs—Ralph C. Hancock's The Soul and the City and David Mason's Aestheism.

Benjamin the Scribe

Gospel Doctrine Lesson 37: Isaiah 22, 24-26, 28-30.

First, to continue from last week, is Isaiah’s love of wordplay and pun, which drives much of Isaiah’s word choice. In today’s reading, for example, in 24:17 we read Isaiah speaking of “terror, a pit, and a snare.” These nouns are pachad, wa-pachat, wa-pach (wa meaning “and” here, a conjunction) See the Anchor Bible Dictionary article, Wordplay. The lesson [Read More...]

Home Waters

Why I Am A Mormon, Part II (Revelation)

To continue from my previous post, I want to focus on three areas of my belief that are central to why I am a Mormon. I want to clarify again that I am not interested in making arguments against other beliefs, nor am I trying to defend what I believe. I only intend this to [Read More...]

The Soul and the City

“Your Mind doth begin to Expand”

    [T]he word hath swelled your soul…  and your mind doth begin to expand. (Alma 32:34) To Launch this November: A new forum that will be a complement to the popular LDS magazine site, MERIDIAN. Here’s a brief mission statement.  (See the longer explanation in my earlier post on Moral Apologetics.) To EXPAND the role of [Read More...]

Peculiar People

What Is a “Mormon” Reading of Scripture? Thoughts on Michael Austin’s “Re-reading Job”

Every four years, every Sunday School in the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints turns its attention to the Old Testament. Only a single lesson over the course of that year is dedicated to Job, of which biblical book Victor Hugo said the following: “Tomorrow, if all literature was to be destroyed and [Read More...]


Cohabitating in Utah

When U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups determined that Utah’s constitutional ban on polygamy was unconstitutional last month, I thought my lifelong Mormon dream had finally come true. I jumped in my car and drove eight hours from Memphis to Atlanta, so I could catch a JetBlue flight to Salt Lake City (keep the money in the family, [Read More...]


Growing Bold Mormon Daughters: The Impossibility of Emma Watson and Jacinda Ardern

If I had a daughter I hope she would be Emma Watson.   I don’t have any daughters. I have always wanted daughters, but unfortunately I can’t make them and nobody has given me any. This is a shame because I think I would be quite a good girl mother. In the absence of a [Read More...]

Faith-Promoting Rumor

Pseudonyms Rule, Names Drool

Judith Donath, a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, has put forward an argument that we have been making for years: pseudonyms are better for online communication.  The Harvard Magazine article discusses the argument in more depth, but basically suggests that anonymity and pseudonymity are two different things. According to her new [Read More...]

The Welcome Table


Please come with me to Africa. We will visit Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo; Johannesburg, South Africa; Accra and Elmina, Ghana. Day one: Suitcases. Guess which one I chose to hold clothes for children in a poor school, a bridal gown, my own clothes, and a few gifts. Which would you have chosen? Danor Gerald [Read More...]

Mormon Therapist

Finding your ACE Score

The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study I recommend we familiarize ourselves with.  The reality that childhood trauma affects our health, social, and economic wellbeing is one that needs addressing.  Especially behavior that can often be seen through the religious lens of “sin” instead of seeing a larger picture that can often be much more complicated. Figuring out your [Read More...]