Compassion Called For Please while Reading of the “Letter”

This has been a historical week for those in the United States – with the Supreme Court ruling on what constitutes civil rights regarding marriage in our country. We now are left as a church to decide how we are going to respond to our own reactions, other’s reactions and official church reactions that are [Read More...]

The Effects of Excommunication on All of Us: Healing Perspectives

This week the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has once again been in the news in regards to the excommunication of one of our own: this time it’s John Dehlin of Mormon Stories – only months after the excommunication of Kate Kelly of Ordain Women.  There have been lesser, yet still painful ramifications (losing callings, not being able [Read More...]

Respecting Agency in Parenting

I love the following from Chieko N. Okazaki.  What wise wisdom from one of our endeared leaders: Perhaps because I was a teacher, I knew that children had their own individuality. Whenever I saw a parent trying too hard to make one child fit the family mold, I flinched a little. I knew there would [Read More...]

Support for LGBTQ Rights? Not convinced…

Due to the repercussions for public health and safety, I feel it is important to comment on yesterday’s LDS press conference.   Our leaders spoke of the church’s support for some civil rights for LGBTQ citizens: such as housing and employment protection. This is good (and many in our church, land and abroad need to [Read More...]

TLC’s My Husband’s not Gay…

Natasha, I’m curious.  Josh Weed’s story is similar to what the new TLC show “My Husband’s Gay” is portraying.  Do you feel like Josh and Lolly’s decisions are a mistake or is there room for each gay LDS person to choose the kind of life and relationship they feel brings them the most happiness?  In [Read More...]

Mixed-Faith Workshop

I am looking into the possibility of hosting a full-day workshop (9am to 5 or 6 pm) for Mormon mixed-faith couples in the Salt Lake City/Park City, Utah area on December 27, 2014. I will be in town visiting family and I thought others might also be in Utah for the holidays who normally are [Read More...]

Advocacy against Female Circumcision

As our church becomes more and more of a global entity – we are bound to come across cultural and ethical dynamics that run drastically counter to our beliefs and values as Latter-day Saints.  Gender inequality is a problem that occurs in many different situations – including our own church.  However, today I’d like to [Read More...]

New Podcasts

I have some new podcasts over at Mormon Mental Health Podcast I want to draw your attention to: Carol Boyer on Disabilities and Domestic Violence I interview Carol Boyer of the Department of Labor: Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).  They discuss a myriad of issues: from Carol surviving polio as a child, the importance of [Read More...]

Finding your ACE Score

The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study I recommend we familiarize ourselves with.  The reality that childhood trauma affects our health, social, and economic wellbeing is one that needs addressing.  Especially behavior that can often be seen through the religious lens of “sin” instead of seeing a larger picture that can often be much more complicated. Figuring out your [Read More...]

How do I teach my kids about pornography?

How do you teach your kids about the bad that pornography can do but not teach them they will spiritually die if they look at it?  In other words, teach the dangers without over exaggerating them?   This is a great question.  Especially since the trend I have seen within our culture is that the [Read More...]


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