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January 17, 2018
Dear First Presidency: We are not your flavours
Dear First Presidency, I refer you to just one of the many conclusions...
September 08, 2017
Gospel Doctrine Commentary: The Martyrdom of Joseph Smith
Guest post by Ganesh Cherian. Wellington, New Zealand One of the greatest murder mysteries...
November 10, 2016
Dear God, Please keep America a Foreign Land
The best thing I heard on National Radio this morning was; "This is a wake-up...
October 22, 2016
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...
August 29, 2016
Holding on to those in Faith Crisis: A Sacrament Talk
Guest Post by Nathan McCluskey. What follows is an extract from a 15 minute...
August 18, 2016
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...
August 10, 2016
Our Divided Community: American Mormonism, New Zealand Mormonism and the Question of War
The Book of Mormon is full of war. However, how this is interpreted by many...
March 25, 2016
How I Failed My Mormon Sabbatical
At the end of last year I tearfully thrust my Temple Recommend into my Bishop’s...
January 27, 2016
‘Gospel’ Culture Shock
I grew up in New Zealand hearing a term that was frequently deployed in order...
January 25, 2016
What will it mean to be Maori and Mormon in 2050?
In November 2014 I was privileged to be asked to be the closing speaker at...
January 11, 2016
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...
June 02, 2015
Polygamy – It’s in our bones
Ganesh Cherian, a former bishop from Wellington, New Zealand joins KiwiMormon once again as a...
May 09, 2015
Freedom for all, except people who disagree with me
This guest post is by Nicola Ward Petty, a convert from Catholicism, a returned missionary...
May 03, 2015
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...
February 15, 2015
Digesting the Dehlin Drama: Thoughts in the wake
I've spent the last couple of days percolating the latest excommunication drama, waiting for the...
January 01, 2015
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...
December 07, 2014
Why Leaving the Church Often Means Leaving God
This guest post is by New Zealander Mike Cammock who is originally from Christchurch. Mike has...
November 23, 2014
Anguished Musings on a Frayed Testimony
What is the Atonement? I asked my elder foster brother Jeff. I was 16. During...
October 14, 2014
The Temple View Saga: A Podcast
Temple View is a small Mormon village on the outskirts of Hamilton New Zealand and...
August 02, 2014
Church Leadership and the Dilemma of Dementia
Towards the end of Ezra Taft Benson’s life I recall him being very unwell. I...
July 08, 2014
Saving Zion from America: Theorizing in the aftermath
I've been thinking about Zion. I am one of a few fortunate Mormon feminists,...
June 26, 2014
Burying Shirley, Unexcommunicating Kate
My mother-in-law, Shirley, died a week ago. At the same time as we have been...
May 18, 2014
Reflections on the New Zealand Regional Broadcast: Why Censorship is Sometimes Necessary
In the October 2010 General Conference Boyd K. Packer made some controversial remarks. Firstly he...
April 16, 2014
Reflections after Temple Square: Furious musings from the periphery
Two nights ago there was a men’s dinner at our home. It was Nathan’s birthday...
January 12, 2014
“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...
July 28, 2013
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...
June 10, 2013
So you’ve been called to serve a mission in New Zealand! Some insider tips for the Americans
I've been travelling over the last three weeks and last night I found myself in...
October 08, 2012
Embodying the Mormon Cultural Turn: A personal reflection
I’ve only been blogging since the beginning of the year but in that time I’ve...
August 24, 2012
Romney’s tithing and the case of the Mormon Blue Blood
Seriously? So Romney doesn’t want to disclose his financial returns because he feels that the...
August 21, 2012
Talking Kiwi Mormonism with TV3
In anticipation of a television interview I gave for TV3's "The Nation" (airing this weekend), I prepared...
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