Zelophehad’s Daughters

Bishops: A Thoroughly Unscientific Poll

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What does your current bishop do for a living? Bonus: What did your last bishop do for a living?

On Laughter

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More than ten years ago, now, I went through the most brutal emotional experience of my life—one that still haunts me on an almost daily basis. Under the circumstances, I was temporarily numb to almost any emotion. The next Sunday, before Sacrament Meeting, a friend of mine in the ward came over to say hi […]

January 24th

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How are you celebrating Convert’s Day?

How EFY Promotes Immodesty

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About a month ago, this comment was posted over at the 100 Hour Board (a BYU-sponsored student Q&A forum): When I was growing up, my family had very little money and new clothes were rarely in the budget.

A Post-Pioneer Day Manifesto

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Sunday was Pioneer Day, which got me to thinking about our cult of pioneer worship and how, even though we give lip service to the idea that any convert is a “pioneer,” of sorts, I get the impression that many people who don’t have pioneer ancestors (in the traditional sense of the word) don’t feel […]

The Damage of Mormon Mother’s Day Myths

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Last Sunday was Mother’s Day, which means that many (most?) American LDS women who attended Sacrament Meeting were told that they have a lot of innate qualities, such as being righteous, spiritual, pure, or nurturing. Let us take as self-evident that, in reality, not all women are naturally pure or spiritual. Let us also posit […]

Mormon Gays in Mormon Plays, Part III

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2009 Of the nine plays I (originally) found that met my criteria, I think it’s no accident that almost half of them have premiered since 2008. Whatever the tensions were between the LDS Church and the gay and lesbian community before that year, the heated battle over California’s Proposition 8 has increased them exponentially. Whether […]

Mormon Gays in Mormon Plays, Part II

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1999 Banging the Bishop: Latter Day Prophecy, by Dustin B. Goltz Goltz was raised as a Reformed Jew, but became Mormon as a young man when missionaries came to his door. As a Mormon, he felt that he could be a good person who had a mission in life and divine potential. Also, he was […]

Mormon Gays in Mormon Plays: How Mormon Playwrights Portray Gay and Lesbian Mormons, Part I

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Note: I originally intended to make this all one post, then realized that it was over 3,000 words long, so I’m splitting the topic into multiple posts. A few weeks ago, I learned that a friend of mine is raising money to stage a production of Melissa Leilani Larson’s Little Happy Secrets next year. The […]

Books, Mormons, and Statistics, part II

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Ziff, Ray, and Kent Larsen had it right — the Book of Mormon has the largest standard deviation in ratings of any book on the site. The stat is called “25 Books People Can’t Agree On” and you can see it at the bottom of this page. The Book of Mormon may be at the […]

Books, Mormons, and Statistics

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If you like books and statistics, you’ll love LibraryThing. They have 554,277 members who have cataloged 33,647,263 books of which 3,850,295 are unique works not shared by anyone else on the site. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s [Philosopher’s] Stone is owned by more people than anyone else (37,254 copies, 3 of which are mine), although […]

A Physics Parable

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In physics, one speaks of two kinds of balance, or equilibrium. Unstable equilibrium describes a system that is in balance, but that will become unbalanced at the slightest outside influence. Think of trying to balance a pencil on its point: it’s possible to do in theory, but in practice it will fall over every time […]