A Review of Thomas McConkie’s Navigating Mormon Faith Crisis

  A man, peering over the ledge of a precipice into nothingness; a woman, looking down in horror at the cracks blooming across her chest, only to see that they reveal a star-studded interior.These first two images of Thomas McConkie’s newly-released book, Navigating Mormon Faith Crisis: A Simple Developmental Map, juxtapose two conceptions of “faith crisis.” One is the binary clinging to safe ground or leaping into an abyss; the other, McConkie’s rendering, casts it as a tra … [Read more...]

Book Launch: Navigating Mormon Faith Crisis

On Friday, October 2nd, Thomas McConkie's book Navigating Mormon Faith Crisis: A Simple Developmental Map will be launched. Read on to find out what it's all about, and check back for a book review coming soon. Amazon copies will available tomorrow at 7pm MT. For as long as there has been faith, there has been faith crisis. This generation of Latter-day Saints is no exception to the rule.Generally, faith crisis points to a kind of falling apart, a disintegration of one’s former w … [Read more...]

Abortion as Seen in Young Adult Science Fiction

 Imagine a world where a civil war has been fought over abortion, and the compromise that ended the war was The Bill of Life, a document that essentially postpones abortion by making it illegal to tamper with life from the moment of conception up until age 13. In the teenage years, however, parents may choose to have a child “unwound” into parts used in organ transplants. Improbable as it sounds, this is the premise of Neal Shusterman’s Unwind series. If you can ignore how preposterous t … [Read more...]

Clearing the Air

Last week in this space, I wrote about what Latter-day Saints can learn from the Roman Catholic Mass. I did in an effort to 1) Show that we can learn from other faiths, which some Latter-day Saints vehemently disagree with 2) Talk about some of the shortcomings of our sacrament meetingsIn my writing I engaged in a bit of hyperbole;exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally. I said things like such as "I personally have never in my 6 years of church membership received … [Read more...]

It’s time to change the way we talk about faith

I remember one particularly humid day in Cluj-Napoca, Romania where I stepped onto a sweltering, smelly bus. I had been serving as a missionary for about four months and I was in no way used to the idea that standing next to sweaty, unkempt old men in an unventilated space was better than risking “curent”—the devious cause behind everything from muscle pain to brain cancer: aka a draft...of air.No air-conditioning, no open windows, just body odor and heat headaches on that bus ride.It had … [Read more...]

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 about Donald Trump. True, the Donald’s ridiculous xenophobia has set the tone for the race, but he’s not alone in sharing some outrageously racist opinions.Dr. Ben Carson’s campaign has been trudging along steadily. Recently, Carson topped the polls among Utah Republicans. Though his biggest news moment came this weekend when he expressed doubt in whether a Muslim would qualify for President. Carson … [Read more...]

What Mormons can learn from Catholic Mass

Sacrament meetings are boring. Lets just get it out there. Whether you are an active Mormon, a semi-active Mormon, or a less active or former Mormon, you probably agree: Sacrament meetings are not a thing to look forward to.A typical LDS Sacrament Meeting has the following segments : Opening Hymn, Opening Prayer, Ward Business, Sacramental Hymn, Blessing and Partaking of the Sacrament, Two or Three Talks (hopefully the former), Closing Hymn, and a Closing Prayer. Sacrament Meetings should … [Read more...]

“The Family” Won’t Save Us

[Preliminary note: This is the second of two posts (read the other here) offering reflections on Mormon ideas about salvation and family in light of Sam Brown’s study of early Mormonism, In Heaven as It Is on Earth: Joseph Smith and the Early Mormon Conquest of Death.]“Families are impractical!” This was the start of one of the more memorable conversations of my time as a missionary in India. The man who ardently asserted the claim was a father, and he appeared to take good care of his wife a … [Read more...]