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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 out to the last, and do it with characteristic noise.    My heart is heavy because there are no winners in religious warfare. Between the triumphant and the embittered there is a vast canyon of resen … [Read More...]

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On tuning into another LGBT drama in ‘Murica

30 Minutes ago the Mormon Newsroom concluded a rare press conference.   Let me be clear, for senior leaders in the church to front up to the media outside of General Conference wherein they make an announcement  to an international audience is a pretty big deal.  So even though it occurred as the sun was just coming up in Aotearoa/New Zealand, I tuned in.The subject was religious freedom, and in a nutshell  the purpose was to reaffirm the church's right to oppose same gender marriage while at … [Read More...]

How loving the church can get you hated by the church

On the 10th of January 2014 a group of commissioners from the Hamilton District Council released their report after hearing an application from the LDS church to demolish buildings on  the recently closed  Church College of New Zealand. It had been a heart breaking affair particularly for the Temple … [Read More...]

The 15 Ailments of the LDS Church (With a hat tip to Pope Francis)

While Mormons are asked to, required to, strong-armed into ‘sustaining’, not questioning, obeying etc. every male above their own station (including it would seem the invisible worker bees in Church Administration), in the Vatican Pope Francis recently delivered a stinging rebuke to those who gov … [Read More...]

Why Leaving the Church Often Means Leaving God

This guest post is by New Zealander Mike Cammock who is originally from Christchurch.  Mike has served a mission in Taiwan, and currently resides in Windsor, Vermont.  He and his wife Chris are the parents of two children. My name is Mike Cammock.I am a Kiwi. I am also Mor … [Read More...]

Anguished Musings on a Frayed Testimony

What is the Atonement? I asked my elder foster brother Jeff.I was 16. During the preceding six years I had been on an enforced hiatus from church activity. I had been trapped, the child and stepchild of a failing mixed faith marriage where my step-father was on a crusade to rid the world of … [Read More...]

On Despising Mormon Polygamy

This is my response to the Plural Marriage in Kirkland and Nauvoo essay posted last week to LDS.org.A couple of years ago I was talking to my 16-17 year old Sunday School class about polygamy. They raised it - not me.   Our conversation was about the early practice of Mormon polygamy and how it c … [Read More...]

The Temple View Saga: A Podcast

Temple View is a small Mormon village on the outskirts of Hamilton New Zealand and lies at the foot of the temple. The village grew up around both the temple and Church College of New Zealand, a school that was built by labour missionaries in the 1950’s. After 60 years of service the school closed i … [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 daughter I am sad … [Read More...]

The Temple Recommend Series: The Interview Guidelines

In this first substantive edition of the Temple Recommend Series I will consider the guidelines for the administration of the Temple Recommend interview. I will however preface my approach to this series of essays with a bit of theorizing. My approach will be largely discourse analytical. That is, I … [Read More...]

The Temple Recommend Series: An Introduction

I had my first temple recommend in 1987. For the next 25 years these interviews were straightforward affairs wherein I answered the questions truthfully and I was issued my recommend without complication. For most of that time the Temple was on another island, a 956 km journey usually … [Read More...]

Church Leadership and the Dilemma of Dementia

Towards the end of Ezra Taft Benson’s life I recall him being very unwell.   I have a lasting image of his being seated in General Conference wide-eyed, bewildered and confused. I thought at the time, ‘He has dementia.’   But there were no announcements to confirm this. It was no secret that he was s … [Read More...]

A Conversation with Kate Kelly: Feminist and Optimist

Kate Kelly, a recently excommunicated Mormon feminist, is the founder of Ordain Women. Though she has attracted significant media attention she still remains a bit of an enigma. A staunch apologist for the fundamentals of Mormon theology she holds doggedly to the doctrines of continuing revelation … [Read More...]

Saving Zion from America: Theorizing in the aftermath

I've been thinking about Zion. I am one of a few fortunate Mormon feminists,   I have a bishop and a Stake President who are first and foremost disposed toward love and mercy before judgment and punishment.   They don’t agree with me on several points, but what defines their ministry is … [Read More...]


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