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July 03, 2017
A Letter for My Someday-Teenage Children
I write all of this to you, my kids-who-are-probably-too-young-to-make-it-through-this-entire-letter, to explain my commitment to Mormonism,...
June 15, 2017
Confederate Symbols and the Black Flag of ISIS: Two Sides of the Same Coin
A terrorist symbol looms over my hometown. It stands for an intolerant, un-American ideology, one...
April 06, 2017
Trump Should Learn from Andrew Jackson: Keep Church Out of State
Trump can learn from his hero and reject a fusion of Church and State. Among...
April 02, 2017
The Anti-Trump General Conference
Like many Mormons around the world, I’ve spent this weekend watching the Church’s General Conference,...
March 20, 2017
A Hillbilly, a Professor, and a Mormon Mayor Walk into a (Dry) Bar . . .
The experience Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams gained on his Mormon mission helped him...
March 05, 2017
If Thomas Friedman were Mormon . . .
The New York Times columnist would love the Church's Global Education Initiative, but Donald Trump...
June 17, 2016
Stop Praying for us, and Acknowledge That You Helped Create Omar Mateen
Let me give you a run down: 2015 was the deadliest year on record for...
May 13, 2016
Trans Win: Federal Government to Sue North Carolina
The Department of Justice recently announced it will be suing North Carolina for House Bill...
March 22, 2016
Ted Cruz’s Weak Islamaphobia
In the aftermath of this morning's tragic terrorist attack in Brussels, each presidential candidate is...
February 17, 2016
How has Obamacare Helped Queer People?
The Affordable Care Act (ACA or colloquially termed ‘Obamacare’) has now defied the odds within...
November 20, 2015
Finding Hope From The Westboro Baptist Church
For years, the Westboro Baptist Church have been synonymous with bigotry. I learned this when...
November 07, 2015
Why Didn’t We Do This By Common Consent?
Reactions to the recent church policy changes concerning the children of married homosexual couples (which...
November 07, 2015
I Won’t Go to Church Unless Everyone is Welcome
There is a lot yet to be said about the Church's recent policy changes to...
November 06, 2015
How I choose to see the revisions
I write this as a heterosexual person, one who is not directly affected by the...
September 22, 2015
Ben Carson’s Islamophobia Could Cost His Mormon Support
The 2016 Republican nomination is turning into quite a spectacle, even when we’re not talking...
September 21, 2015
Celebrating Samuel W. Taylor, a Peculiar Person
Samuel W. Taylor was born, as we all were at one time or another, on...
September 18, 2015
Ahmed Mohamed, and The Need For A New Narrative
Ahmed Mohamed, a high school student in Irving, Texas, had a rude awakening this...
August 27, 2015
There’s’ something religious about ‘political correctness’
Editor's note: This expression of ideas is way too long and meanders a bit. The...
August 25, 2015
With the Mormon Church’s Backlash Against Boy Scouts, Gay Leaders Are Merely Scapegoats
Young men in the Mormon faith are almost guaranteed to be automatically enrolled with the...
April 02, 2014
I am excited to read the new collection of essays on food and religion in...
February 19, 2014
Missionary Work in the Pre-Correlation Age, My Grandfather’s “Mormon Doctrine,” and Mormonism’s (Un)Systematic Theology
My grandfather took a train to Toronto, Canada, to start his LDS mission in 1948....
February 03, 2014
Community of Christ Sings: A New Hymnal for a Divided Global Church
“You hold in your hands a vital mission tool!” proclaims the foreword of the Community...
October 30, 2013
There’s So Much to Do, Outside the Ivory Tower!
I am an independent scholar. Not independently wealthy unfortunately – I have to earn my...
October 14, 2013
Beyond Family: Women’s Leadership in the LDS Church
A recent flurry of debate and discussion over the issue of women’s roles in...
August 28, 2013
A Plea for Identity on the Internet
I recently watched a preview for The Fifth Estate, the new film about WikiLeaks co-founder...
May 06, 2013
Put Your Mormon Where Your Mouth Is: Gender, Sexuality, and The Second Great Commandment
During Conference in October 2007, at the end of General Relief Society President Julie Beck’s...
April 24, 2013
“Matt and Me (But Mostly Me)”*: A Conversation about _The Book of Mormon_ on Broadway
The Book of Mormon, the musical comedy co-written by South Park creators Trey Parker and...
March 04, 2013
How Conference Comes to Hong Kong
In one month, General Conference will come again to the red brick building with the...
February 20, 2013
*Angels in America* at 20: Revisiting Tony Kushner’s Millennium — and His Mormons — in the 21st Century
2013 is the 20th anniversary of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize for his groundbreaking play Angels...
February 04, 2013
“It’s like Methodism, only more”: Mormon Conversion and Narratives of the Great Apostasy
A couple of weeks ago in Sunday School, a middle-aged woman shared her conversion story...
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