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...]

TLC’s My Husband’s not Gay…

Natasha, I’m curious.  Josh Weed’s story is similar to what the new TLC show “My Husband’s Gay” is portraying.  Do you feel like Josh and Lolly’s decisions are a mistake or is there room for each gay LDS person to choose the kind of life and relationship they feel brings them the most happiness?  In [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...]

Differentiate: not Excommunicate!!

Today I received the news that both a brother and sister of my church community are being threatened with the process of excommunication.  The reason stated: apostasy. Attempting to put aside my own personal feelings of sadness, confusion and distress, I would like to address this issue from the lens of family systems.  After all, [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...]

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...]

My spouse wants a divorce but I don’t…

I’ve been married 32+ years to a wonderful woman.  We married early, she was 20 and I was 24.  We were both in college but her family was critical and unsupportive when she was baptized (prior to dating me): she felt very alone.  When we began dating, I was in heaven; she was [is] so beautiful and I felt so lucky that [Read More...]

Be Anxiously Engaged

My Relief Society Lesson for tomorrow. Taken from Elder M Russell Ballard’s talk: Be Anxiously Engaged. Verily I say, women should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness; for the power is in them…  Doctrine & Covenants 58: 27-28 My [Read More...]


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