An Open Letter to My Ward

Dear Ward Family   You have probably noticed I haven’t been to church lately. Nathan told me that a few of you have asked about my absence. I know it’s hard when one of your own doesn’t show up – particularly when you think they are choosing not to come. So, I’ll be honest – I have been choosing not to come and I think you deserve an explanation.   It’s not because I don’t care for you. It’s mostly… Read more

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 her monthly period…If she gives birth to a daughter, for two weeks the woman will be unclean, as during her period. Then she must wait… Read more

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 if the cumulative effect of this kind of social vitriol has some bearing on how questioners, doubters and Mormon progressives are ultimately ‘Leperized’ and sent… Read more

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 Stevenson from Ogden Utah were sustained at the October 2015 Semi-Annual General Conference to replace positions previously held by the now deceased Elders Packer, Scott… Read more

50 Shades of Grey: Mormonism’s Accidental Allegory

The truth is we can thank the Mormons for 50 Shades of Grey.   Stephanie Meyer’s sexually frustrated adolescent romp that saw her brooding ancient vampire hero hold onto his virtue long enough to virginally marry his teen first love seemed swoony enough to spawn a generation of (probably now embarrassed) Twihards. But it wasn’t enough for the libidinous masses.   Twilight got the juices flowing but EL James’ Twilight fan fiction threw all marginal sense of decorum out the… Read more

Intellectual Honesty and the Dance of Fear

Religion at its best should be biblically responsible, intellectually honest, emotionally satisfying, and socially significant.  Robin Meyers (2009) I was added to a Facebook group some months ago. I surveyed the discussion and realized quickly  that my contributions wouldn’t be entirely welcome.   But I’ve been feeling impatient recently. Impatient for change, impatient with the smallness and the meanness that can sometime characterize Mormonism, and so I was unguarded in my one and only comment knowing full well that I… Read more

The Letter from the Office of the First Presidency that Never Came

The Office of the First Presidency Somewhere on Temple Square Salt Lake City, Utah USA   19 June 2015   President Everywhere Stake All continents   To be read at Sacrament Meetings Worldwide:   On the 12th of August 2013 the Office of the First Presidency approved the publication of an essay ‘Race and the Priesthood’  to be included in the Gospel Topics section of the church’s official website The intention of this essay was to provide an explanation for the church’s… Read more

Choosing NOT to Serve a Mission

This guest post is by 21 year old Isaac McCluskey – my son.  Raising children to be LDS is always difficult,  particularly if they are male.  To go on a mission is the epitome, the crowning glory of ones parental efforts.  We had hoped that he would serve a mission because we know how profound and important it can be in a young man’s life – but it is also a matter of Mormon parental  pride.  Our parenting virtues are extolled… Read more

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 are looking at another human being, although we know the bones are there, we seldom consider their importance. When it comes to understanding the modern… Read more

The Foolishness of the Calderwood Excommunications

Last night Marisa and Carson Calderwood were excommunicated at a Church Discipline held at their Maple Valley, Washington stake. Marisa and Carson are cradle Mormons who had done everything they were required to do;  missions, temple marriage, children, church service. Their sin? They talked to people about their thought, their questions and their doubt.  For that they have been dubbed ‘APOSTATE’ and expelled. This sort of stuff always sends up a cheer from the certain and the unquestioningly embedded.  As it might…. Read more