Posts by Catherine Larsen

Driving Out Demons

Driving Out Demons
In a bizarre but meaningful paradox, Luke 9 juxtaposes three fascinating scenes that have been on my mind this afternoon. In the first, Jesus endows his disciples with the power and authority to act in his name. He tells them to cast out demons, cure diseases, and to preach the Kingdom of God. For Mormons, these verses come across as a valid [...]

Selling My Tokens for Money: A New Ye...

Let me give you a definition in brief. Your endowment is, to receive all those ordinances in the house of the Lord, which are necessary for you, after you have departed this life, to enable you to walk back to the presence of the Father, passing the angels who stand as sentinels (DBY, 416) There is a scene in the temple endowment that haun [...]

Why I take Communion

Every Sunday, all over the world, Latter-day Saints gather to participate in a brief ritual during which scripted prayers are rehearsed and bread and water is distributed in a symbolic representation of the Last Supper. We refer to that act as “the sacrament,” a term I’ve replaced in my own heart with the word “commun [...]

What I Wish I’d Said Instead

What I Wish I’d Said Instead
For those of us who have experienced a faith transition or have had a radical expansion in our knowledge about the history of Mormonism and its development, it can be easy to get so caught up in our newly acquired knowledge that we forget how abrasive and painful those first exposures to Mormonism’s “warts ” were for us. I& [...]

Abandoning Sainthood with Billy Joel

  The Sinners are much more fun. There. I said it. I’d rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the Saints.  Given the drinking and feasting He did with them, I’m betting Jesus felt the same. I never realized how prophetic Billy Joel was until I was sitting in the living room guffawing with my family to an old comedy and [...]

East of Eden – Marriage and Fai...

East of Eden – Marriage and Faith Crisis
We always refer to Eve’s partaking of the fruit as a sin or, to soften the blow, a transgression. It was not just a violation of God’s commands but the violation. It set the whole plan into motion. But maybe, just maybe, that’s a stage 3 reading of the text. Maybe Eve was plunged into faith crisis. There in the garden of he [...]

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