Making Sense of the Research on Homosexuality

I was recently invited to be one of the panelists on a Mormon Matters Podcast episode where I am joined by the host Dan Wotherspoon, and his other guests Dr. Daniel Parkinson (founder of the I’ll Walk With You Project) and retired BYU professor Dr. William Bradshaw (microbiologist).  It is a fascinating interview that covers so [Read More...]

Spiritual Thoughts for the Day

I find all of these inspirational quotes very applicable to how I’m feeling about the policy changes the Church made earlier this month affecting LGBTQ members and their families. “The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word ‘crisis.’ One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware [Read More...]

I’m dating and my kids saw us kissing…

I’m a widow and have started dating this great guy who my kids just adore. We’ve been dating since the summer and my kids see our affection – holding hands, hugging, rubbing backs. One of the kids caught us giving a quick peck on the lips. The word got out among the kids and they [Read More...]

Addressing Rural Mental Health

Today is National Rural Health Day.  Rural communities in the United States face unique challenges that are different from those in more urban areas.  And many LDS members live in rural areas. I had the opportunity to interview Nisha Patel, the director of the community based division in the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy [Read More...]

When What is Normal is Declared Sin

I have made many points as to why I take the stances I do in regards to the LDS positions around LGBTQ issues.  But at some level it really boils down to the following: when a religion takes a normal part of someone’s life – in this case, who they fall in love with and [Read More...]

Spiritual Thought

It is sad to see so many of our fold officially resigning from the Church in response to the recent policy changes in regards to LGBTQ members. I understand and respect that for many this is a move towards boundaries and safety that are necessary for their relational, spiritual and mental health.  I also see [Read More...]

Now We’re Blaming the Victims?

Michael Otterson recently wrote an article for LDS Newsroom, Understanding the Handbook where he states: The episode demonstrates clearly the dangers of drawing conclusions based on incomplete news reports, tweets and Facebook posts without necessary context and accurate information. The Church quickly responded to many of those concerns with a video interview with Elder D. Todd Christofferson, a member of the [Read More...]

Clarification is Deficient

The First Presidency came out with a ‘clarification’ letter today regarding the policies that were released last week. I see only two slight positives. 1. Less families/children will be affected. 2. Local authority will have more leeway to act (hopefully) appropriately by ignoring these policies all together.  But the fact remains that the policies are still [Read More...]

Families Post #5

These stories are very personal and can be emotionally and psychologically triggering. Anonymous Last night I wrote my bishop explaining that my family would be taking a break from church due to the new policy. I then began to sob. I couldn’t push send, I made my husband do it. This hurts more and more [Read More...]

Working for Change Inside our Church

A new national Ted Talk was released today featuring Chelsea Shields, an anthropologist who grew up Mormon and has been a long-time advocate within the church for issues of gender equality.  The timing of this release is uncanny.  So many of the things she points to are completely relevant to the circumstances we find ourselves [Read More...]