Uncorrelated tips for how NOT to be a terrible Bishop

A few years ago, seeking a temple recommend from the Stake Presidency (in a Stake in which  I don’t currently reside) I was refused an interview.   Despite the fact that I had an unswerving love of Christ and God, and despite the fact that I have an abiding belief in the power of the scriptures, [Read More...]

Becoming Like Goddess

The latest Gospel Topics statement ‘Becoming Like God’ is a wonderful affirmation of one of the most compelling doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  The notion that God was once like us, and we can one-day become a God, is an exhilarating and thrilling thought.  Indeed Mormonism places a lot of [Read More...]

A Former Bishop’s Doctrinal Dilemmas

GUEST POST:  Ganesh Cherian of Wellington, New Zealand is currently a Stake High Counsellor and has served as a bishop for five and a half years.  Feel free to address comments to Ganesh on this site or visit his own blog LDS Essays. Last month our Stake Presidency selected President Uchtdorf’s renowned talk ‘Come join [Read More...]

“Church Instructs Leaders on Same-Sex Marriage” – or did it just make a bad situation worse?

Once again the church releases an ‘Official Statement’ that makes the hearts sink.  My first thought when I read the latest was, ‘lets  watch and see how many members will bail’, and then over the ensuing hours the exit narratives in the social media began; ‘I’ve had enough’,  ‘I can’t do this anymore’, ‘I’m out’.  [Read More...]

On giving a Sacrament Meeting Talk about Official Declaration Two

On Sunday I was asked to give a sacrament talk on Official Declaration Two, which is the Church’s 1978 statement extending the Priesthood do all ‘worthy males’.  The subtext of this declaration was obviously  that at one time not all worthy males were eligible for the priesthood with the restriction being placed on those with [Read More...]

Blood and Horror on this Earth

Thousands and thousands of Mormons all over the world attend temple services on a daily basis, and thousands and thousands will watch a metaphorical reenactment of the creation story.   Included in this drama is an exchange between God and Satan. In a rage with God for cursing him, Satan threatens to overcome the will of [Read More...]

I’d Like to Bear my Testimony that I Know Family Home Evening is True.

I only recently became sold on the importance of Family Home Evening.  Orthodox husband  has always been a stickler, and I can’t think of a single week in our entire 20 years of marriage when we haven’t had Family Home Evening.  It’s been the scene of our funniest moments, such as this four years ago: [Read More...]

The Future of the Church IS the ‘International’ Church

It’s a beautiful Winter’s day in Christchurch today.  Clear blue skies, cool temperatures in the shade but warm in the distant sun.  Travelling past Travis Wetlands on our way to church this morning our son Finn asked, “Mum, why do Pukekos have red beaks?” We’d been observing the flocks of Canada geese and pukeko congregating, [Read More...]

Today church made me sad

I woke up this morning with a sigh.  I don’t every morning.  But today I did because it’s Sunday, and on Sunday I go to church, and sometimes church makes me sad.   But I do recall one wonderful Sunday, when I was about 23.  I was volunteering with a local disability support service and [Read More...]

The New Introduction to Official Declaration Two: It’s just not that satisfying…

I once belonged to a ward where the personality of said ward was defined by a long standing rift between two women, then in their 80’s, who had, decades before, determined that they couldn’t stand the sight of each other.  I shall henceforth refer to one of the women as Sister Stick (who was my [Read More...]


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