Three White Utah Males Called to Fill Vacancies in the Twelve

In an unusual move by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints three white males from Utah have been  called to fill the vacancies in the highest council of the church - the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.Ronald Rasband from Salt Lake City, Utah;  Dale Renlund from Salt Lake City, Utah, and Gary Stevenson from Ogden Utah were sustained at the October 2015 Semi-Annual General Conference to replace positions previously held by the now deceased Elders Packer, Scott and Perry.Over the l … [Read More...]

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50 Shades of Grey: Mormonism’s Accidental Allegory

The truth is we can thank the Mormons for 50 Shades of Grey. Stephanie Meyer’s sexually frustrated adolescent romp that saw her brooding ancient vampire hero hold onto his virtue long enough to virginally marry his teen first love seemed swoony enough to spawn a generation of (probably now embarrassed) Twihards. But it wasn’t enough for the libidinous masses. Twilight got the juices flowing but EL James’ Twilight fan fiction threw all marginal sense of decorum out the wi … [Read More...]

Intellectual Honesty and the Dance of Fear

Religion at its best should be biblically responsible, intellectually honest, emotionally satisfying, and socially significant.  Robin Meyers (2009) I was added to a Facebook group some months ago. I surveyed the discussion and realized quickly  that my contributions wouldn’t be entirely wel … [Read More...]

The Letter from the Office of the First Presidency that Never Came

The Office of the First PresidencySomewhere on Temple SquareSalt Lake City, UtahUSA 19 June 2015 PresidentEverywhere StakeAll continents To be read at Sacrament Meetings Worldwide: On the 12th of August 2013 the Office of the F … [Read More...]

Choosing NOT to Serve a Mission

This guest post is by 21 year old Isaac McCluskey - my son.  Raising children to be LDS is always difficult,  particularly if they are male.  To go on a mission is the epitome, the crowning glory of ones parental efforts.  We had hoped that he would serve a mission because we know how profound and im … [Read More...]

Polygamy – It’s in our bones

Ganesh Cherian, a former bishop from Wellington, New Zealand joins KiwiMormon once again as a guest blogger.Any good sculptor will tell you that if you want to replicate the human form you have to know the skeletal framework, how muscles attach and how that lays the ground work for the skin. But … [Read More...]

The Foolishness of the Calderwood Excommunications

Last night Marisa and Carson Calderwood were excommunicated at a Church Discipline held at their Maple Valley, Washington stake.Marisa and Carson are cradle Mormons who had done everything they were required to do;  missions, temple marriage, children, church service.Their sin? They talked t … [Read More...]

Freedom for all, except people who disagree with me

This guest post is by Nicola Ward Petty, a convert from Catholicism, a returned missionary and a former Stake Relief Society President.  Nicola and her husband Mark are the parents of two sons and the grandparents of one grandson.  They live in Christchurch, New Zealand. At the recent G … [Read More...]

Gloriavale and the Mormons: What New Zealand’s latest religious drama has to teach us

Nestled against the Western range of the Southern Alps in New Zealand is a Christian commune known as Gloriavale. It has always attracted attention largely due to its inauspicious beginnings surrounding the aberrant sexual ideologies espoused and at one time practiced by the central figure Neville … [Read More...]

Mormon Internet Trolls, Cyberbullies and Doxing

I've been in the blogging game for three years now.  I'm used to trolls and comment preachers who call me to repentance for my wickedly evil ways, blah blah blah.  I don't really mind if they name themselves, even though the use of ad hominem is irksome I somewhat respect the fact that they stand by … [Read More...]

Uncritical Lovers: Mormonism’s problem children

A friend recently shared an observation with me about lovers and critics of the church.  Hers was a reflection on a commencement speech at Cornell by John W. Gardner in 1968.  Gardner mused astutely: Pity the leader caught between unloving critics and uncritical lovers.  Following the 'A … [Read More...]

Dear President; Dear Bishop

Dear President, Dear Bishop It has come to my attention that there are some members in your Stake who have been openly expressing their concerns, their doubts, and their critiques of the church. One of them even has a blog and has shared their posts with other members in their ward.  I … [Read More...]

Monogamous Mormon Threatened for Rejection of Polygamy

On the 2nd February  Kirk van Allen wrote a critique of Section 132 of the Doctrine and Covenants.  In his analysis he concluded that as far as he could see polygamy was morally wrong.  For this assertion he recently reported that he has been asked by his church leaders to revise the blog removing al … [Read More...]

Digesting the Dehlin Drama: Thoughts in the wake

I've spent the last couple of days percolating the latest excommunication drama, waiting for the heavy weight of it on my heart to lighten somewhat.  It hasn't.  It was sadly inevitable that John was excommunicated.  Not because John did anything different to what he usually does - tell all, scrap it … [Read More...]