Addiction through an LDS lens

This is an article I posted Mormon Mommy blogs several years ago now, but not sure I ever posted it here: Addiction can be a difficult topic to understand. Most of what the scientific community has uncovered about addiction can seem to go against LDS beliefs regarding “free agency.” However, it is true that addictive behavior [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...]

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 [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 [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...]

Respectful Commenting

I just want to remind everyone that I have a “no tolerance” policy for harsh or unkind comments.  There are plenty of places we can have those types of conversations on the web – and I really try hard to keep this a respectful space where everyone can feel safe and supported – even when [Read More...]

Survey for Return Missionaries

For those of you who have served an LDS mission, the following survey is currently being taken: Purple Heart RMs  They are a group trying to address medical issues which occur on missions and are planning to meet with an emeritus general authority to present their data by the end of this month.  Please take [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 [Read More...]


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