How does a Polygamous Family File Their Tax Returns? #sisterwives

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Well, they don't. At least, not as a polygamous family.This morning, Kody, Meri, Janelle, Christine, and Robyn Brown spoke with me about a variety of issues.One thing I asked them about was taxes. No, not what they thought about taxes. But, as a polygamist family, how do they file their taxes? As Adam Alba, one of their attorneys, pointed out to Approaching Justice right after the Brown v. Buhman ruling, only Kody and Meri are legally married. As a result, Kody files … [Read more...]

What Would You Ask The #SisterWives Family?

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I will be interviewing Janelle, Christine, Meri, Robyn, and Kody later this week.I have written about them, and polygamy in general, quite a bit lately.What question or questions would you ask the family made famous by TLC's Sister Wives?I will ask as many questions submitted in the comment section below as time allows.Sorry, questions left on Facebook or Twitter do not count.What would you like to know? … [Read more...]

A Letter to My Young Mormon

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Todd,I just finished reading a book by Adam Miller. It is called Letters to a Young Mormon. Others have written books in this format, but this one struck me and I wanted to tell you about it...in a letter.Adam talks about two stories. The story that we want our lives to tell and the story of God's work in your life. The more we try to tell our own story, the more we resist Him. When we do this we are sinning.Todd, I admit...I sometimes try to influence the story of your life. I … [Read more...]

Dieter F. Uchtdorf: 2013 Mormon of the Year

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Approaching Justice is pleased to announce President Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as the 2013 Approaching Justice Mormon of the Year.President Uchtdorf, a native of Germany, stands as a symbol of many of the developments within Mormon culture during 2013.Following grand discussions about the "Mormon Moment" surrounding the 2012 presidential campaign of Mitt Romney, the question became "What is next for Mormonism?"As … [Read more...]

“Show me how big your brave is”

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I admit, I'm old, and my music tastes generally align with my age.  Most of what I listen to was recorded from the mid 1960's to the mid to early 1990's.  SO I had never heard of Sara Bareilles or her song "Brave" until a few weeks ago.  My daughter had just come home from a meeting at our Church where she was helping to plan the annual summer young women's camp out.  I asked her how it went and she said that the theme for this year's camp was going to be a song called "Brave."  I was curious so … [Read more...]

The Approaching Justice Top 10 for 2013

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Approaching Justice launched in February 2013, so this list is really the top 10 posts of all-time at Approaching Justice.It has been a great year. Thank you for your support.10. Progressive Polygamist: Polygamists Need to Change Their Ways9. I Am No Longer a Democrat.8. Ordain Women is Succeeding 7. Are Mormons Christians? Yes and No. 6. Have You Seen "My Five Wives" on TLC?5. Mary Knew! Stop Asking Stupid Questions!4. Why, Yes. I am a Liberal Mormon.3. Are Mormon … [Read more...]

Stille Nacht

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This is more of a “Performance of Social Justice” than it is a “Hymn of Social Justice.”  My first Christmas related post was about a fun take on the Christmas Truce of 1914.  Now I would like to end my Christmas posts for this year with a serious take on the same event. As a recap, On Christmas Eve, 1914, soldiers all along the Western Front laid down their weapons and, for an all too temporary time, they went against orders and refused to kill each other.  They proved that peace can be found a … [Read more...]


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