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Aestheism
by David Mason

Toxic Theology: Learning Doesn’t Matter

Another installment of “Toxic Theology”. Some things are just too poisonous to leave alone. By remarkably effective PR, the LDS church still projects into the very mainstream media that it is The Mormon Church. The LDS church’s size contributes to the illusion that the LDS church constitutes all that is Mormon-dom. A very quick glance [Read More...]

Benjamin the Scribe
by Ben Spackman

Podcast post

I was interviewed last year for the LDS Perspectives podcast, which I recommend. Therein, I allude to a lot of different books and papers, linked below. I also cited John Widtsoe on genre, from his 1930 book In Search of Truth available online here.  Widtsoe said, “As in all good books every literary device is used in the Bible [Read More...]

Civil Nations
by Blair Van Dyke

Mother’s Day & Mother in Heaven

            Being a man, perhaps I should not even touch this subject (I’m cautious enough to have waited 60 days past Mother’s Day to write this). A woman could more effectively go where this brief essay is about to go. But perhaps the following may strike chords and promote dialogue.             From a leadership perspective, [Read More...]

KiwiMormon
by Gina Colvin

How to Be a Mormon in Good Standing: Keep Your Mouth Shut

Dirty laundry In 2012 I received a distraught phone call from a local church leader. He was concerned about my first few blog posts at KiwiMormon. “You are airing our dirty laundry,” he complained. “We don’t do that.” He’s right. Good Mormons don’t air the church’s dirty laundry. This habit of keeping our mouths shut [Read More...]

Mormon Fundamentals
by Lindsay Hansen Park

Polygamy is in my DNA

Guest post by Lizza Jacobs Nelson A few weeks ago after a long day of freeway and hours of listening to the Year of Polygamy podcast, the Boise temple unexpectedly appeared in my windshield, a literal beacon of light in the starless night as it was so often metaphorically explained. Except this time I didn’t feel [Read More...]

The Mormon Therapist
by Natasha Helfer Parker

The Wisdom Within Us

I am currently hosting a Mormon Matters Retreat… and one of my favorite parts is when we give time for each attendee to introduce themselves and share some of their story, their relationship with Mormonism, what they are currently struggling with and what they hope to get out of the experience. I am always humbled [Read More...]

Peculiar People
by Multiple authors

Why that Peaceful Feeling?

When I was younger, I developed a paradoxical fear of the Holy Ghost. You see, it wasn’t uncommon for me to feel a strong sense of peace just before receiving bad news. Unexpected bad news. The intellectual and academic in me of course looks back and interrogates those experiences. Did I subconsciously respond to some [Read More...]

Sic et Non
by Daniel Peterson

“An Unnecessary Attack on Faithful LDS Scholars: Does Prophetic Fallibility Matter?”

    The redoubtable Jeff Lindsay, a member of the executive board of the Interpreter Foundation, takes issue with an article published in Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture:   http://mormanity.blogspot.com/2017/07/an-unnecessary-attack-on-faithful-lds.html   There is no hive mind at the Interpreter Foundation.   I’m happy about that.   Posted from Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii    

The Welcome Table
by Margaret Young

My Name is Albert Kashala Nzolo

 Oral History My name is Albert KASHALA Nzolo. I was born on December 24th, 1962.  I was born normally like any other child. However, shortly after my birth, I got ill.  It was not just a fever, no. There was swelling everywhere on my face, at the cheeks, at the neck and at the head. [Read More...]