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Braving the Forks in the Road

By Margo Catts Faith and religion are hard topics to discuss across differences of belief. We’re tender and vulnerable there, and hold our beliefs with terrible care. It feels safe to talk with people who we believe share our beliefs—or at least with those upon whom we find it easy to project our beliefs—when we can relax that grip just a li [...]

That Ye Be Not Judged

By Annikka Burns When my husband left the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he talked about how Mormons often shun people and are not very Christ-like to people who disagree with them or who don’t fit the Mormon mold. But how could shunning be the norm? Shunning, shaming, criticizing, excluding, ignoring, disowning, or marginalizin [...]

Second to Murder

by Elizabeth Siler Moore It’s been a hard couple years to be a progressive Mormon. It’s entirely possible it’s because I’ve been paying more attention, but really, the number of things that have happened in the last year and a half or so have been difficult to deal with. The excommunications. The lies about the Ordain Women movement. Million [...]

You Are Wanted

by Brian Kissell I felt lost. I didn’t know what I was going to do. I was struggling with my faith and had been for many years. I had been lucky enough to find a number of communities where individuals like me were trying to wrestle with and better understand their place in the world of Mormonism. There was an incredible feeling of val [...]

Spiritual Gun to the Head: Coercion i...

by P. “Satan’s plan was to take away the agency of man.” If you’ve been an active member for any amount of time in the LDS Church, then you’ve undoubtedly heard some iteration of this concept before, whether in Gospel Doctrine class or Seminary.  When it is brought up, it’s usually in contrast to the plan of salvation, which allows humankind [...]

Who Are You Calling Prodigal?

by P. In general conference this last April, Elder Brent H. Nielson of the Quorum of the Seventy gave a talk in which he referenced the experiences that his family has had with his doubting sister. He recounts that because “she was persuaded by those who mocked and criticized the early leaders of the Church,” she decided to leave the Church, [...]

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