Dear God, Please keep America a Foreign Land

The best thing I heard on National Radio this morning was; “This is a wake-up call for the rest of the world. America is foreign. They may talk like us and look like us, but it’s foreign.” Except if you are New Zealand Mormon where America is present everywhere.  From our services to our dress, to [Read More…]

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The Spiritual Dilemma of the LDS Church’s Overblown Wealth

I’ve tried and tried over the years  to figure out why the LDS church needs so much money.  Estimates are that LDS Inc. owns about USD$375B, debt free.  That makes them a Fortune 5 company.  It feels  sketchy and inexplicably off to me.  I know, I know – I’ve heard all about the church’s rainy [Read More…]

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Moral Judgement and the Problem of Protecting the Church’s ‘Good Name’

Sadly, the church is the religious home of  both victims and perpetrators of crimes and abuses. I don’t expect to never see these kinds of abuses in the church.  Mormons are just as prone as anyone else to lapses in self-control and moral reasoning.  But what concerns me most is the sometimes unhealthy ways in which Mormon [Read More…]

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God is Silent on Same Sex Marriage – How Opinion Turns into Doctrine

Guest post by Ganesh Cherian of Wellington, New Zealand   As Mormons we pride ourselves on being led by a prophet. We believe we are in a privileged position to know the will of God. This is also stated in our scripture: “We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, [Read More…]

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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 [Read More…]

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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 to people about their thought, their questions and their doubt.  For that [Read More…]

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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 General conference, Elder Robert Hales gave [Read More…]

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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 Cooper who was jailed in 1994 for 10 counts [Read More…]

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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 [Read More…]

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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 [Read More…]

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