Mormon Matters Retreat THIS Weekend!

Three hours left to my drive from the bread basket to the Rocky Mountains. Making it right in time to get our retreat started this evening for which I’m so excited! I know we are going to meet phenomenal people, hear amazing stories and share useful resources. We still have a few slots open! Can’t [Read More…]

Faith Transition Seen Through the Lens of Trauma

Why do faith transitions hurt so badly? Many of my non-Mormon friends don’t seem to understand why a shift in my beliefs is leaving me so depressed and broken? What is wrong with me? Is it normal to take what I feel like is a huge, painful betrayal so hard? This is absolutely normal. It [Read More…]

2 Upcoming Retreats for Faith Transition Folks

I will be a co-presenter at two upcoming retreats (Dallas July 7-8 and Salt Lake City July 14-16) meant to help those who have or are going through what we call a “faith transition.” This can mean those who have left their religion all together, those who are facing doubts or questions about their religion [Read More…]

Sabbath Delight

As I contemplate the many principles we try to live as Latter-day Saints… I often think of how these principles (the ones that would actually originate from divinity)… would be meant for our benefit. And how often I have messed up this basic principle about principles — where I use them as a measuring stick [Read More…]

Forced to Look at Our Straight Privilege

A 12-year old young woman forced us, as an LDS membership this past week, to look at our privilege as heterosexual members straight in the face. [Read more…]

We Are Not the Authorities on “Counterfeit Marriage”….

I wrote a post at the beginning of the week celebrating a video the church released showing a family being affirmative of their gay son and owning the many ways their ignorance and bias had harmed him and their family system. I was so moved and genuinely celebrated this step in the right direction that [Read More…]

Faith Transitions Pain

I have permission to share the following poem anonymously written by someone who has experienced a faith transition (changes in belief) for many years. This was written towards the beginning of their process while this person was still a student at Brigham Young University. Is it destiny That’s making me? Am I breaking down? Or [Read More…]

Church Releases Affirmative Family Video of Gay Son!

Yesterday, the Church released a video that shows a family who deals with the coming out of their adult gay son. This video is phenomenal in several regards… specifically that the parents can admit that they did not respond affirmatively to begin with and communicate some of the misperceptions that they had. For example… that [Read More…]

Research Study on LDS Members & Mental Health Counseling

I received this request today from a masters level student doing research on LDS members and how they approach mental health counseling for emotional and/or relational concerns. Let’s help a research student out by filling out the short survey attached. My name is Dane Abegg, and I am a master’s student under the direction of [Read More…]

Utah’s Escalating Suicide Rates

Two articles were released this week that deal with the growing and alarming number of suicide rates in Utah.  One is written by Daniel Parkinson, a Mormon psychiatrist who identifies as gay and has done much advocacy work around LGBT+ issues. Utah’s Escalating Suicide Crisis and LDS LGBTQ Despair The second is written by Thomas [Read More…]