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 [Read More...]

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...]

Gloriavale and the Mormons: What New Zealand’s latest religious drama has to teach us

Nestled against the Western range of the Southern Alps in New Zealand is a Christian commune known as Gloriavale. It has always attracted attention largely due to its inauspicious beginnings surrounding the aberrant sexual ideologies espoused and at one time practiced by the central figure Neville Cooper who was jailed in 1994 for 10 counts [Read More...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Monogamous Mormon Threatened for Rejection of Polygamy

On the 2nd February  Kirk van Allen wrote a critique of Section 132 of the Doctrine and Covenants.  In his analysis he concluded that as far as he could see polygamy was morally wrong.  For this assertion he recently reported that he has been asked by his church leaders to revise the blog removing all suggestion that [Read More...]

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 15 Ailments of the LDS Church (With a hat tip to Pope Francis)

While Mormons are asked to, required to, strong-armed into ‘sustaining’, not questioning, obeying etc. every male above their own station (including it would seem the invisible worker bees in Church Administration), in the Vatican Pope Francis recently delivered a stinging rebuke to those who govern, administer and manage the Catholic Church. And everyone but the [Read More...]

Why Leaving the Church Often Means Leaving God

This guest post is by New Zealander Mike Cammock who is originally from Christchurch.  Mike has served a mission in Taiwan, and currently resides in Windsor, Vermont.  He and his wife Chris are the parents of two children.   My name is Mike Cammock. I am a Kiwi. I am also Mormon. I grew up on the [Read More...]

Anguished Musings on a Frayed Testimony

What is the Atonement? I asked my elder foster brother Jeff. I was 16. During the preceding six years I had been on an enforced hiatus from church activity. I had been trapped, the child and stepchild of a failing mixed faith marriage where my step-father was on a crusade to rid the world of [Read More...]

On Despising Mormon Polygamy

This is my response to the Plural Marriage in Kirkland and Nauvoo essay posted last week to LDS.org. A couple of years ago I was talking to my 16-17 year old Sunday School class about polygamy. They raised it – not me.   Our conversation was about the early practice of Mormon polygamy and how it came [Read More...]


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