“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...]

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...]

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...]


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