Childish Things

  It’s always fascinated me that Paul’s beautiful, if brief, treatise on charity includes a frank acknowledgement of the mystery and uncertainty inherent in mortality as well as a discussion of vision. It’s only occurred to me in recent years, just how closely linked these topics actually are and that, much like faith, hope [...]

To Those Who Oppose But Stay

Few Latter-day Saints are indifferent to the LDS Church’s new policies concerning same-sex couples, their children, and the ways in which they can or cannot participate in the church.  Thousands have resigned their church membership in protest of the policies, while others have adamantly defended the changes as the will of God and pointed to [...]

You started me back on the way to chu...

Yesterday, (Sunday, November 8) I did not want to go to church and feel in my bones that I’m a gay man living in apostasy. I love my church family, and I felt the weight of my separation from them as I prepared for the day. My friend, S., wrote me an email inquiring about how life was going for me. S. is a former church member who fina [...]

The Church, Seeking God’s Prese...

I have come to believe, as I have studied the scriptures, attended my meetings, and prayed for revelation, that the church, God’s people, and the individual are held to different standards. The church, as an organization, must be an inclusive place. It must be as the inn in the parable of the Good Samaritan—a resting place for all of God’s c [...]

Infused with Joy

I’ve decided to sign the membership book at my Unitarian Universalist church. It is not a decision that I have made lightly. In the process of coming to this decision, I’ve done the hard work of sorting out my reasons and making sure they are valid. I had to think about how to explain it to my Mormon friends and family. I’v [...]

Explaining Book of Mormon Styles

Editor’s Note: This is the twenty-second and last in a series of posts on Book of Mormon stylometry. For other entries in this series, see the links below. << First     <Previous It is very tempting for me to editorialize even more than I have as we compare competing hypotheses for Book of Mormon authorship. I have my favorite [...]

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