The Excommunication of Those Who Love...

The Excommunication of Those Who Love Too Much: From Satan to Today
by Michael Vinson   Most readers of the Bible consider the fall of Lucifer to be due to rebellion, but in the Qur’an the excommunication of Iblis (Lucifer or Satan in our Christian tradition) from God’s presence can be read two ways. Most conservative commentators see Iblis’ excommunication as an imposed consequence of his rebellion, bu [...]

Observations and Reflections of a Mor...

Observations and Reflections of a Mormon Yogi
I’m excited to bring to you this interview with Phil McLemore. Phil is a former Institute of Religion Director, a retired Air Force chaplain, and a retired hospice chaplain. He started using yogic meditation as a method to control pain after a car accident left him with a back injury. Phil has been interviewed several times on differen [...]

Church History: A Journey (Not a Dest...

Church History: A Journey (Not a Destination)
A couple of years ago this July, I took a trip with my family to visit Church history sites across the country, from Utah to New York and back. We planned it carefully, before my oldest daughter left home for college and when my youngest would be old enough to appreciate it. It also happened that I was experiencing a transition in my faith a [...]

Kate Kelly: Where is the Apostasy?

Kate Kelly: Where is the Apostasy?
by Cory Hurrle   Kate Kelly, the founder of Ordain Women, is being called in by her former bishop for a Church disciplinary hearing “on the grounds of apostasy.” I believe that Kate is not guilty of apostasy. There are two cases that can reasonably be made for these charges. The first is that Kate has turned away from the Gospel: https: [...]

I Am a Gay Supporter, Despite Abuse

I Am a Gay Supporter, Despite Abuse
Father’s Day is approaching. Father’s Day is always hard for me. Always has been. I feel scared, and confused, and inadequate. I grew up with an emotionally abusive father. It took me a long time to realize that. Not until I was in college, talking to an on-campus therapist about the incredible fears I was having about possibly getting into [...]

On Blessing a Baby: How a Private Fam...

On Blessing a Baby: How a Private Family Prayer Healed My Concerns
by Deja Earley   I knew when I married a Catholic what I was signing up for: when it came time to bless our babies, someone else would have to do it. But once our daughter had actually arrived, I felt frantic and sad about it. How could she be given a name and a blessing without either of her parents involved? I was glad to have my fath [...]

On Obedience

On Obedience
by Brad Jones   [This is a slightly abridged version of a talk that I gave in sacrament meeting a few years ago. Now that I think about it, I haven't been asked to speak since . . .] Introduction My topic is 1 Nephi 3:7. The scripture reads: “And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: I will go and do the things which the L [...]

Vocabulary Richness and Joseph Smith&...

Vocabulary Richness and Joseph Smith’s Writings
Editor’s Note: this is the second in a series of posts on Book of Mormon stylometry. For other entries in this series, see the links below. First Post Next Post The following link will take you to the paper being reviewed. A Stylometric Analysis of Mormon Scripture and Related Texts D. I. Holmes Summary: Holmes’s data best support the [...]

A Faith Crisis is Actually Normal

A Faith Crisis is Actually Normal
by Michael Vinson   You might be asking yourself, how can a faith crisis be normal when it is the most mind-bending thing you have ever experienced? One moment you are secure in everything you have believed and been taught in the Church, and the next you find yourself with no moorings and wondering what, if anything, you can believe any [...]

A True-Believing Atheist Mormon

A True-Believing Atheist Mormon
by Mike Berkey   For you, the existence of God is so unlikely and runs so counter to common sense that even an earnest kind of wishful thinking is more than you can credibly muster. God is just not given to you as part of how things are. . . . Though this common sense godlessness can make things harder, it too can open a path to faith. [...]