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...]

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...]

Families Post #4

These stories are very personal and can be emotionally and psychologically triggering. Alyssa Carlson Paquette I’m at work today, and barely able to concentrate. This is the first day our 12yo son is *finally* back at our home, after his usual week at his (gay) mom’s home. He made it halfway through school before he [Read More...]

Families Post #3

These stories are very personal and can be emotionally and psychologically triggering. Posted Anonymously My ex has decided to take me to court to take my kids away. This all came about after the policy change. I’m gay and we divorced several years ago.  Up until this past weekend, we were getting along well.   [Read More...]

Churches that Abuse

Ronald Enroth is a Christian sociologist who has written much about religious movements – in particular when churches cross the line into what would be considered cult-like behavior.  In Churches That Abuse Enroth identifies five categories: Authority and Power – abusive groups misuse and distort the concept of spiritual authority. Abuse arises when leaders of a [Read More...]

Families Affected by New Policy

I received permission from both Devon & Ashley Gibby  and Kate (who I’m leaving last name off for confidentiality reasons for the adolescents) to include their personal posts regarding how they are reacting to the news about the new LDS policy and how it will affect their family.  This is a good, yet tragic, example [Read More...]