Priesthood, Patriarchy, Power, and the Penis

I am reposting this re-edited article from June 2013 in response to the recent release of the church’s essay on Women and the Priesthood.   The Lord said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites: ‘A woman who becomes pregnant and gives birth to a son will be ceremonially unclean for seven days, just as she is unclean during [Read More…]

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The Leper-ization of the Mormon Doubter

In case you ever wondered what its like to be LDS and to want racial, gender or social equality  in the church  and have attempted to  express it vocally – this is  indicative of the kind of response  that  is regularly hurled at us:   Of course these kinds of remarks aren’t  excommunication but I have to wonder [Read More…]

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Three White Utah Males Called to Fill Vacancies in the Twelve

In an unusual move by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints three white males from Utah have been  called to fill the vacancies in the highest council of the church – the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Ronald Rasband from Salt Lake City, Utah;  Dale Renlund from Salt Lake City, Utah, and Gary [Read More…]

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Polygamy – It’s in our bones

Ganesh Cherian, a former bishop from Wellington, New Zealand joins KiwiMormon once again as a guest blogger. Any good sculptor will tell you that if you want to replicate the human form you have to know the skeletal framework, how muscles attach and how that lays the ground work for the skin. But when you [Read More…]

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Freedom for all, except people who disagree with me

This guest post is by Nicola Ward Petty, a convert from Catholicism, a returned missionary and a former Stake Relief Society President.  Nicola and her husband Mark are the parents of two sons and the grandparents of one grandson.  They live in Christchurch, New Zealand.   At the recent General conference, Elder Robert Hales gave [Read More…]

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Mormon Internet Trolls, Cyberbullies and Doxing

I’ve been in the blogging game for three years now.  I’m used to trolls and comment preachers who call me to repentance for my wickedly evil ways, blah blah blah.  I don’t really mind if they name themselves, even though the use of ad hominem is irksome I somewhat respect the fact that they stand [Read More…]

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Uncritical Lovers: Mormonism’s problem children

A friend recently shared an observation with me about lovers and critics of the church.  Hers was a reflection on a commencement speech at Cornell by John W. Gardner in 1968.  Gardner mused astutely: Pity the leader caught between unloving critics and uncritical lovers.   Following the ‘Any Opposed’ action at General Conference this weekend wherein [Read More…]

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Dear President; Dear Bishop

Dear President, Dear Bishop   It has come to my attention that there are some members in your Stake who have been openly expressing their concerns, their doubts, and their critiques of the church. One of them even has a blog and has shared their posts with other members in their ward.  I understand you [Read More…]

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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…]

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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…]

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