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 Provo with a group of friends when the discussion turned to mission preparation in the context of this wave of new young things who are about to be unleashed, bright eyed, and bushy tailed onto the world. The thing about [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...]

LDS Church HQ announces its Relocation to New Zealand! (Well, not really but…..)

After a one month summer hiatus its time to hit the New Year with more unwanted opinion from the antipodes! What better way to kick 2013 off than with a bit of serious silliness? Sitting around our dinner table last night was our usual contingent of diminutive masculinity, but we were joined by three young [Read More...]

How Southpark changed Mormonism

A couple of weeks ago Joanna Brooks (via Skype)  and I gave a public lecture at the University of Canterbury entitled ‘What if Popular Culture Changed Religion?’ in the ‘What if Wednesday’ series.   While the title of this post is  slightly tongue in cheek,  we traced the relationship between Mormonism, the public, and the [Read More...]

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 had hundreds and hundreds of comments from readers.  On a regular basis I get messages from well meaning folk who have questions about my level of observance,  some gently call me to repent, some have  even urged me to leave [Read More...]

Talking Kiwi Mormonism with TV3

In anticipation of  a television interview I gave for TV3′s “The Nation” (airing this weekend),  I  prepared some answers to the reporters pre-interview questions.  Its likely that only a fraction of what  I said will make it into the segment so I thought I’d share some of my initial thoughts  here.  Its also remotely possible that they [Read More...]

Unlatching from the Amerimormon cultural teat

As I gaze on with admiration as my friend Joanna Brookes becomes Mormonism’s media darling in the US I’m both thrilled and excited about this moment in our religious history.  Joanna’s love of a faith that we share, combined with her take no prisoners honesty about its complexities, inconsistencies and fractures is a rare compound [Read More...]

Could this be a Kiwi Mormon Moment as well?

I remember the day I first wrote the word ‘girl’.  I was five years old and in Mrs Brunsden’s Primer Two class at Bamford Primary School.   Of course I always knew that I was a girl, but there was something in the writing of it that gripped me so much that to this day I [Read More...]

The Secret Life of Mormon Polygamy

Although controversial, in LDS circles there have been a few Mormon women I know who were utterly captivated by Big Love.  While it told us an outlandish story about a  clandestine fundamentalist polygamous underground playing happy families somewhere in The Valley it also outed polygamy as a modern possibility.  It was an intriguing narrative of [Read More...]


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