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...]

On tuning into another LGBT drama in ‘Murica

30 Minutes ago the Mormon Newsroom concluded a rare press conference.   Let me be clear, for senior leaders in the church to front up to the media outside of General Conference wherein they make an announcement  to an international audience is a pretty big deal.  So even though it occurred as the sun was just coming up [Read More...]

How loving the church can get you hated by the church

On the 10th of January 2014 a group of commissioners from the Hamilton District Council released their report after hearing an application from the LDS church to demolish buildings on  the recently closed  Church College of New Zealand. It had been a heart breaking affair particularly for the Temple View Heritage Society who opposed the church’s [Read More...]

The Temple Recommend Series: The Interview Guidelines

In this first substantive edition of the Temple Recommend Series I will consider the guidelines for the administration of the Temple Recommend interview. I will however preface my approach to this series of essays with a bit of theorizing. My approach will be largely discourse analytical. That is, I will be analyzing the Temple Recommend [Read More...]

Speaking Confidently of Motherhood Memes

This  week some geniuses from the LDS.org meme department published  advice to women about how we  can better relate with each other.  It was in the form of a graphic featuring very young women sustaining three religious directives with their happy smiles:  ‘Speak Confidently of Motherhood, Speak More Often about Nurturing, Expand your Circle of [Read More...]

Mormon mystics and managers: The traces of Joseph and Brigham in us

I love the idea that our church had its roots in the spiritual raptures and visions of a mystic.     Mystics have a vast spiritual intuition and are truly gifted in working out the tangle of cosmic threads in a way that ultimately reveals paths to individual and community spiritual enlightenment.   But they don’t [Read More...]

Its Time to Overhaul the Church Bureaucracy!

Years and years ago I was the Stake Librarian.  My first job was to bring order to the Christchurch Stake Library which was  straining under the weight of decades of junk.  In order to make sense of what I was to do with a dusty room full of layers of stuff I cracked open the [Read More...]

The Allegory of the Sinus

  Firstly, let me point out that this post isn’t really about my husband or his snoring – its allegorical – which means I’m talking about something else. Let me preface this essay by saying that I am confident that  many Mormon men are quietly aware  that a change is on the wind.   Not that [Read More...]

Mormon Culture Wars: Samoan Members Take on the Corporation!

I belong to a very diverse ward which includes Maori, Pakehā (Haolies or Palagi), Canadian, Tongan, Samoan, American, English, Zimbabwean,  Iranian, Nepalese, and Ghanaian to name a few. Yesterday at church we were offered the chance to take Samoan language lessons.  Quite a few members of the congregation registered their interest with some enthusiasm  in [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...]


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