Zelophehad’s Daughters


Posted by Eve

It’s been nearly a decade since my husband and I left Utah. We visit regularly, since our families are both still centered there. I’ve made the drive across the plains of South Dakota, Nebraska, and Wyoming in both the dead of winter and the scorching heat of summer. And I’ve flown into Utah many, many […]

Hymns by Request in Sacrament Meeting

Posted by Ziff

Three times since I’ve lived in my current ward, we’ve had a sacrament meeting that might be called “hymns by request.” Like a testimony meeting, there are no scheduled speakers; people get up as moved by the Spirit or by boredom. But unlike testimony meeting, what they’re asked to do is to name a hymn […]

The Passions of Other Minds

Posted by Eve

We love the things we love for what they are. –Robert Frost, “Hyla Brook” A couple of weeks ago I started a summer directed reading in the English Romantic poets with a somewhat shy but extraordinarily intelligent and kind professor. I’ve never done a directed reading by myself before–last semester plodding through Ovid in my […]

My Favorite Doctrines

Posted by Ziff

(Sung to the tune of “My Favorite Things“.) Deification, pre-mortal existence Grace necessary, but so is persistence God is embodied, we’ll get ours back too These Mormon doctrines are my favorite few. Which Mormons doctrines are your favorites?

Sleeping with the Shrink

Posted by Eve

–inspired by Maria of Ex II. When my husband was a couple of years into his grad program in clinical psychology, a friend confessed to me that she had been horribly intimidated by him when she’d first met him. The reasons she gave: he sported a beard (post-BYU affectation; he started growing it precisely the […]

A Utah Mormon Manifesto

Posted by Eve

Hello! My name is Eve. I am a Utah Mormon. I am part of a group that is increasingly, and rightly, overshadowed in the Church at large. I’m a seventh-generation descendant of pioneers and polygamists (through Benjamin Franklin Johnson alone I’m probably cousin to every fourth person reading this post), and I was raised in […]

After Gonzales v. Carhart

Posted by Guest

This guest post comes to us from frequent ZD commenter and blogging veteran ECS. Much of the publicity surrounding the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent abortion decision has died down. The Court’s reasoning in Gonzales v. Carhart, however, deserves a closer look. Whether you believe a woman has a right to terminate her pregnancy is not […]