We are not the authorities on “counterfeit marriage”….

I wrote a post at the beginning of the week celebrating a video the church released showing a family being affirmative of their gay son and owning the many ways their ignorance and bias had harmed him and their family system. I was so moved and genuinely celebrated this step in the right direction that [Read More…]

Faith Transitions Pain

I have permission to share the following poem anonymously written by someone who has experienced a faith transition (changes in belief) for many years. This was written towards the beginning of their process while this person was still a student at Brigham Young University. Is it destiny That’s making me? Am I breaking down? Or [Read More…]

Church Releases Affirmative Family Video of Gay Son!

Yesterday, the Church released a video that shows a family who deals with the coming out of their adult gay son. This video is phenomenal in several regards… specifically that the parents can admit that they did not respond affirmatively to begin with and communicate some of the misperceptions that they had. For example… that [Read More…]

Utah’s Escalating Suicide Rates

Two articles were released this week that deal with the growing and alarming number of suicide rates in Utah.  One is written by Daniel Parkinson, a Mormon psychiatrist who identifies as gay and has done much advocacy work around LGBT+ issues. Utah’s Escalating Suicide Crisis and LDS LGBTQ Despair The second is written by Thomas [Read More…]

Mormon Women March and Stand for Virtue

I had the amazing honor and privilege to be able to attend the Women’s March in Washington DC in January with a wonderful group of Mormon women (women who ranged from fully active in our church community to those who have resigned or no longer attend but still honor their Mormon roots and heritage). We [Read More…]

Mother and son bridge the void of faith transition…

The following excerpt is from an anonymous guest. With the spirit of Christmas all around us… I am particularly touched by the love and understanding this mother is able to freely offer her grown son. Many family systems within our midst are suffering with members going through transitions in faith journeys. And regardless of which [Read More…]

Book Review: God Told Me to Hate You

I was asked by Patheos to do the following book review: In God Told Me to Hate You: An Evangelical Minister’s Escape from the Clerical Closet, Tom Muzzio describes his journey as an Evangelical Christian convert who became a prominent clergyman but eventually loses his faith due to a combination of facing his homosexual orientation [Read More…]

How are we a “light” to the world?

Most relationships are complicated… not all good… not all bad…  My relationship with my religion and Christian people in general (especially after this election season and some of the trends we saw from the “religious right”) definitely falls into this category. The gospel messages and basic principles are so beautiful, helpful and true. Love one [Read More…]

Count Your Many Blessings

Happier Human Did you know that being grateful actually improves overall well-being?  On this Thanksgiving eve I thought I would remind us of the great research being done in the field of Positive Psychology, where the focus stays centered on how people successfully find contentment and meaning in their lives.  Small things like keeping a gratitude journal, [Read More…]

Anniversary of Nov 5th Abusive Policy Leak

It’s difficult to believe that it’s only been a year since the leak of the policy changes in regards to LGBTQ+ members in our church. I remember having a guest in our home I had never met before — one of the wonderful things of LDS communities… she needed a place to stay since she [Read More…]