Zelophehad’s Daughters

Every Bloggernacle Argument About Feminism, As Told in GIFs

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Trigger warning: feminism.

Charity on the Rocks

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This is a talk I gave in my ward at the end of January. **** My husband grew up backpacking, and it was one of the conditions of our marriage that I would learn to backpack too. I do it now, and occasionally even enjoy it, but it’s definitely a stretch to say that I’m […]

Answering the Temple Recommend Interview Questions, Part 2

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This the second part of a series in which my friend ajbc gives her personal, long-winded, and rambling answers to each LDS temple question, since the actual interviews do not allow for elaborate discussion. The first post is here. ***** It’s taken me a while to get to this second post, in part because I […]

Answering the Temple Recommend Interview Questions, Part 1

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My friend ajbc is writing a series of posts on how she would answer the temple recommend interview questions given unlimited nuance, honesty, reflection, and time. I thought these would be interesting to cross-post on ZD to start the conversation: how would you answer the questions if you were being fully transparent beyond your yes/no […]

They (Don’t) Need Me Every Hour

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Hi, my name is Petra and I’m not needed in the Church. No, seriously: I don’t have any special skills that no one else in my ward could provide; I’m not building the kingdom by bearing children; and I don’t contribute to the basic functions of the ward by performing ordinances or conducting or organizing […]

The Sermon On the Stand

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Matthew 5:28-30 for our times: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. And if her right thigh offend thee, police her hemlines and cast her from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of your sisters […]

What I wish I could tell the Young Women about careers

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First of all: that it’s fine to have them, that they don’t just have to be a backup plan, that work and motherhood can be compatible, and that there’s nothing wrong for a teenager to dream of having it all. (That’s a lot of things for a “first of all,” I know, but those have […]

The Sacrament Is Not a Solo

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This is an ever-so-slightly revised and edited version of a church talk I gave in 2009; I recently stumbled across it in my cluttered email inbox and felt the urge to share. Hat tip to a post at BCC (I think by Kevin Barney) that started me on this train of thought. Let’s start with […]

‘Tis a Far, Far Better Thing

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I have a job where I occasionally have to work on Sundays. When I do, I can work from anywhere, because all I need is my laptop and an internet connection. My weekend work is rote work that doesn’t take much thought; generally, I listen to books on tape or watch TV, and the work […]

Step 1: Be Mormon…and Male

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Or, What The Media Doesn’t Mention About Mormons in Business The Economist recently published an article about the prevalence of Mormons among successful businesspeople, and it’s certainly not the first publication to do so; there’s an entire book dedicated to the so-called “Mormon Way of Doing Business.” (Are we, as a people, really so prevalent […]

Why I Am Not A Mother (Yet)

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I’ve been married for a little over two years now and I don’t have any children yet. I realize that isn’t unusual, even in Mormonism, and no one around me has put any pressure on me to start, with the possible exception of my mother, who I am pretty sure is joking. Mostly. I’m sure […]

Confessions of a General Conference Skipper

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The first time I ever watched or listened to a session of General Conference was my freshman year at BYU. And no, I’m not a convert. Growing up, since we didn’t have cable TV and lived outside of Utah, our only option for watching conference was a TV at the stake center. I’m sure many […]

Why old LDS men are pushing marriage

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It’s not quite General Conference time yet, but the semi-annual marriage question has arisen early this fall. After last April’s Conference, the Salt Lake Tribune popped the question; this time, it’s in the Sacramento Bee, of all places. The Exponent has talked about it lately, and after a fireside with Elder Oaks on Sunday night, […]

Boys and Girls and God

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[My friend ajbc wrote this post for her personal blog earlier today, and I thought it was so interesting that I instantly begged her to let me steal it for discussion at ZD. Enjoy!]

The Fine Art of Spiritual Vaccines

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I was recently called as my ward’s early-morning seminary teacher. I’ll pause to let you all wince. There are many challenges to this calling, but, to my surprise, waking up at 5:15 AM is not the greatest challenge. (This isn’t to say it’s the smallest challenge, either; I’m not a morning person, at all, and […]