General Conf. – a Mental Health Perspective (Saturday Morning)

We find ourselves once again gathered like the people of Benjamin to listen to the spiritual leaders of our day.  I have found that these General Conference messages go on to color our spiritual lens in a variety of ways for the foreseeable future – in family, church, internet and many other settings.  And as [Read More...]

New Podcasts

Please check out the latest podcasts over at Mormon Mental Health which share some extremely important messages and have guests who were willing to speak to our LDS community from some really important organizations. SAMHSA on Mormon Mental Health : Natasha Helfer Parker interviews Administrator Pam Hyde, J.D. from SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services [Read More...]

Morality? We can do much better than this…

I was shocked to read the most recent article on sexual morality that was just published in the March 2014 issue of the Ensign by Elder Tad R. Callister regarding a recent fireside he gave at BYU-Idaho, and have spoken with several other LDS professional therapists who were shocked as well.  I do not take [Read More...]

New Podcasts Available

There are two new podcasts up on Mormon Mental Health: Powerful Puberty: How Self-Care of Mothers Impacts their Adolescent Daughters featuring an interview with Lilian Starling, CMT and Depression and LDS Women featuring Dr. Kris Doty. [Read more...]

Book Review: Sex and the Single Christian Girl

I was asked by Patheos to do the following book review: In Sex and the Single Christian Girl: Fighting for Purity in a Rom-com World, Marian Jordan Ellis takes a Christian stand for sexual purity in her delivery to other Christian women.   She speaks of the importance of sexual morality as related to our personal [Read More...]

Advocating for Your Gay Mormon Family Member

I recently had the opportunity to interview Wendy and Tom Montgomery and their two children, Jordan (15) and Susannah (14).  They are devout Mormons from California who have five children in total.  They were part of the movement of many LDS members who pounded on doors in 2008 to support the passage of Proposition 8, the [Read More...]

Teaching Chastity to the Relief Society

Lesson I will be giving in Relief Society on September 22, 2013. Based on the talk given by Elder David A. Bednar: We Believe in Being Chaste from the April 2013 General Conference My Favorite Quotes from the Lesson: All human beings—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son [Read More...]

Teaching about Chastity to the Youth

This is an email I wrote in reply to the Young Women’s presidency in my ward wanting some feedback as to good quotes/resources for teaching about chastity – which is the theme this month.  So this is the quick email I responded with: sorry it’s written in a somewhat discombobulated way: I know which scripture [Read More...]

Relief Society: True Charity & Pure Religion

Here is the Relief Society lesson I’ve prepared for Sunday, July 14th. My favorite quotes and scriptures from the lesson: I was hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye [Read More...]

Conversions by Craig Harline

I was recently part of this great bookclub discussion. Very interesting and well written book about the conversion process for individuals and its effects on family systems. Conversions: Two Family Stories from the Reformation and Modern America with Craig Harline Craig Harline, a native of California, is a cultural historian and a professor of history at [Read More...]


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