Zelophehad’s Daughters

Halloween and Ritual Boundary Crossing

Posted by Kiskilili

Mormons tell more jokes about alcohol than anyone I know. There’s a simple reason for this, I think, and it’s not (in my reading of it) that many faithful Mormons are on the verge of losing their grips on the teetotalers’ wagon. Quite the contrary: the humor of such jokes derives specifically from the transgression […]

Nursery Etiquette, or, What I Wish Others Knew About My Calling

Posted by Eve

As Mormons we are theologically committed to experiential, bodily knowledge. And we all know there are some things you never really understand until you’re actually in the trenches, dealing with a situation as it unfolds on the ground. Here are a few of the things I’ve learned in the several times I’ve served as a […]

A Defining Moment

Posted by Seraphine

In the summer of 2004, I was preparing for my Ph.D. exams and panicking. I was feeling completely unprepared, worried about my ability to perform well (or even pass), and uncertain about whether or not I should postpone the exams. Generally, I was feeling highly anxious about my ability to be a successful academic. I asked my brother-in-law […]

The Paradox of God: Thinking about the Story of Job

Posted by Seraphine

Throughout much of the Book of Job, Job and his friends try to impose a logical structure upon God. Job asserts that he is sinless yet suffering (and that the suffering must be coming from God), which causes him to assume that God is punishing him unfairly. His friends question his premise of sinlessness. They […]

Predicting Who Will Be Church President

Posted by Ziff

Who among the current First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve is mostly likely to eventually become President of the Church?

Advice Needed (I Think I Lost my Sense of Humor)

Posted by Seraphine

I was watching a movie yesterday that I’ve watched many times in the past and that typically makes me laugh out loud pretty much every time I watch it. I think I laughed once. I didn’t find it that funny. And I stopped and realized I don’t really remember finding much of anything funny in the past few […]

The Anxieties of Faith

Posted by Seraphine

I’ve been thinking a lot this past year about how faith is a risk. When you take a leap of faith, you hope that things will work out and that your faith will be confirmed, but this doesn’t necessarily happen. When you walk blindly into darkness, sometimes you find a path or a light, but […]