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, UTTicket InformationRegistration per person: $35Event DetailsNatasha Helfer Parker, LCMFT and Alisha Worthington will broach common taboo sexual topics many LDS couples do not know how to discuss or bring up within their relationships.  There are many sexual messages found … [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.  However, I think this is an important question for all of us to consider.  And whether or not the answer at the end of the day is women’s ord … [Read more...]

Sexuality Workshop in New York

For those of you who might be in the New York area:Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife will be giving two presentations on marital sexuality.  She's an excellent presenter and I highly recommend her workshops. Get more information on her blog.Women's Sexuality Workshop Come and learn about the art of desire ---(a key aspect of our strength and authenticity as women)--and how our capacity for and comfort with desire relates to our sexual selves.  This workshop will explore elements of our LDS c … [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 Administration, a public health agency within the Department of Health and Human Services.  They discuss a variety of me … [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 the critique of a standing General Authority's position lightly - but I cannot stand silent on what I see as an extremely harmful approach to the sexual education of our members.  Here are some … [Read more...]

Anal Sex Revisited

I'd like to take responsibility and apologize for the original post I wrote in March of 2009 regarding the act of anal sex: Are Oral and/or Anal Sex Wrong?.  I was asked if it was appropriate behavior within the bounds of marriage.  Although I normalized why many find this practice enjoyable, I made a reference to it being "harmful to your body." I was also aware that in the bishop's handbook it states, "unholy, unnatural, or impure practices are sinful" which I'm sure influenced my answer.  I ma … [Read more...]

Relationship and Sexuality Courses available at discount

Jennifer Finlayson Fife is a colleague whom I esteem greatly.  I have had the opportunity to interview her for a podcast regarding Mormon Female Sexuality as well as present with her regarding the management of successful faith transitions within relational dynamics.  I highly recommend her work and am glad to help her advertise her current offer:For a limited time, I am offering the 2013 Relationship and Sexuality Courses for LDS Couples at a 20% discount!* You can purchase these cou … [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 relationship with Christ, our personal relationship with self, and our personal relationships with spouse and/or dating partners.She offers clear reasons as to why the “law of cha … [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 state referendum that overturned the ruling that allowed same-sex couples to marry in California.  They did so not knowing that their oldest son Jordan was gay and that he was s … [Read more...]

Is oral sex wrong before marriage?

Is it wrong to partake in sexual acts like oral sex, fingering and handjobs before marriage? If so, what can go wrong? I’m a firm believer that sexual intercourse should be reserved for marriage due to scientific evidence, but whether the same applies to other sexual acts is a point of conflict for me.I believe the church makes it clear on its position being that the sexual acts you mention are not deemed appropriate outside of marriage.However, I would like to look a little deeper into w … [Read more...]


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