I think I’m going through a faith crisis…

I think I’m going through what I hear is a ‘faith crisis.’  I’ve been struggling with some of the new essays the church came out with and the fact that what we are taught in Sunday School often doesn’t line up with historical records and even what apologetics seem to try to explain away.  I [Read More...]

FYI: Missionary Health

I just saw this article, Sick and Far From Home, posted on Slate and I’ve been noticing that the topic of missionary health is getting more attention these days.  Dr. Kris Doty of Utah Valley University has been conducting research so that we can be better equipped as an LDS community to address the needs of [Read More...]

General’s Women Session Oct 2015 – A Mental Health Perspective

Around each General Conference I try to share my thoughts about the messages we receive.  I don’t usually get around to comment on all the talks – just from a time perspective.  But I will do my best to cover a majority before our next conference. I have found that these General Conference messages go [Read More...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Common Sex Taboos within a Mormon Marriage Workshop

Common Sex Taboos within a Mormon Marriage Natasha Helfer Parker, LCMFT and Alisha Worthington Tuesday, July 29, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT) Salt Lake City, UT Ticket Information Registration per person: $35 Event Details Natasha Helfer Parker, LCMFT and Alisha Worthington will broach common taboo sexual topics many LDS couples do not [Read More...]

Is gender inequality bad for mental health?

Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Public Square 2014 Summer Series: Conversations on Religious Trends. Read other perspectives from the Mormon community here.   I know this is a difficult subject to dialogue about in our current state within Mormonism – where things can seem pretty polarized in light of the recent excommunication of Kate Kelly.  [Read More...]

Room For All In This Church

This is a statement many of us who are involved on the Mormon-themed internet have come up with in response to the possible disciplinary actions facing Kate Kelly and John Dehlin.   We face a difficult and pivotal moment in Mormonism as LDS leaders and church members wrestle more openly with complicated aspects of our faith, [Read More...]