Zelophehad’s Daughters

Comparative Polygamy

Posted by Galdralag

I was sitting in the lobby of a hotel in Cairo when a man came up to me. He commented on what I was wearing, suggesting that I wear red more often. I was used to this. Egyptian culture, unlike the culture that I grew up in, encourages men to have opinions about things like […]

On Faith Transitions and Rejecting the Binary

Posted by Galdralag

Ever since the new essays dealing with more complex bits of Mormon history appeared on lds.org, almost daily I encounter facebook statuses and posts in private groups of people reeling, overwhelmed and disoriented, unsure of what to do. These are good people, people who have devoted their lives and their talents and their faith to […]

More On Modesty

Posted by Petra

By all appearances, I was a modesty success story as a teenager. For whatever reason, I was naturally inclined to cover up, squeamish even about changing in front of friends, and by 16 I was, without much prodding, essentially dressing for BYU and, later, garments. I owned no skirts above the knee, nothing too tight, […]

Toward a Relational Understanding of Salvation

Posted by Lynnette

In his popular book Believing Christ, Stephen Robinson relates a parable which at least in my experience has become quite influential in LDS discussions of grace. In this story, Robinson’s young daughter asks if she can have a bicycle. Robinson replies, save your pennies until you have enough. Some time later, he discovers that his […]

The Problem of Evil, Church Edition

Posted by Lynnette

The classic formulation is of the problem of evil is that (1) God is all-powerful, (2) God is good, and (3) evil exists. How is it possible that (3) is the case if both (1) and (2) are true? Mormons, I think, tend to question (1), to posit a God who is not all-powerful, and […]

Feminism, Pain, and the Atonement

Posted by Lynnette

I’ve recently come across the troubling accusation that LDS feminists deny the atonement, expressed both in this post, and in comments in various places. A few thoughts in response. First of all, I note that this discussion primarily focuses on negative encounters with individuals. LDS feminists are upset, it is so often assumed, because they’ve […]

Tuesday’s Twice-Baked ZD: Please, Don’t Love Me

Posted by ZD Past

In today’s edition of that good ol’ Bloggernacle comfort food, Twice-Baked ZD, Lynnette makes the startling assertion that she doesn’t want to be loved. I’ve had various encounters throughout my life with anti-Mormons who were out to save me from this terrible cult in which I am a member. Needless to say, this is an attitude […]

Monty Python’s The Meaning of Mormon Feminist Life

Posted by Petra

Did you spend your weekend on General Conference? ****

Tired of Pep Talks

Posted by Pandora

Because I was born and raised a Mormon, it seems only right to begin this post with a definition: Pep Talk n. Informal 1. A speech of exhortation, as to a team or staff, meant to instill enthusiasm or bolster morale. 2. An enthusiastic talk designed to increase confidence, production, cooperation, etc. Now  watch this video. […]

The Commenting Olympics

Posted by Petra

The Bloggernacle has always been a competitive place—witness the fiercely contested Niblets—so it’s about time we added some formality to our favorite way of proving we’re better than everyone else: the comments section. Want to compete, but specialize in a particular style of obnoxious commenting? Never fear; with multiple events, the Comment Olympics offer a […]

For the Ones Who Never Wanted a Fight

Posted by Apame

I’m a rare presence around these here parts.  But I guess I’ve been thinking a lot about something particular for a few months now–enough that I thought perhaps I could write something little (and by little I mean personal and rambling) about it. The thing is that, well, I’m a person with some pretty solid […]

CFP for the Fifth Biennial Faith and Knowledge Conference

Posted by ZD

The Faith and Knowledge Conference has just issued its Call for Papers. If you’re in a relevant discipline, you should definitely consider participating; it’s an awesome conference. —————————————– The Faith and Knowledge Conference was established in 2007 to bring together LDS graduate students in religious studies and related disciplines in order to explore the interactions […]

Taking Ally Isom at Her Word

Posted by Mike C

On Sunday I decided to bear my testimony in sacrament meeting and talk about my involvement with Ordain Women. I’ve transcribed below approximately what I said. In case you were wondering, in my opinion it was only the third strangest testimony of the meeting. Yay for Mormon weirdness! Next post I’ll share the response so far from […]

Of Persecution, Polygamy, and Youth Treks

Posted by Guest

This guest post comes to us from Greg Nelson. Greg lives in Allen, Texas, with his wife and three kids, and has business degrees from both BYU and BYU-Idaho. “In many ways, I feel about the Church the same way I feel about my family…I and my siblings might go on for hours about what’s […]

Returning

Posted by Seraphine

I’ve been inactive for a few years now. In some regards, it was a conscious decision. 3-4 years ago, my life got really complicated, and those complications included God and religion. I needed a break to find my center and figure out how to be okay with who I was, and I needed to do […]

For Kate

Posted by Galdralag

“Excommunication in our church is akin to spiritual death. The life-saving ordinances you have participated in like baptism, confirmation, and temple sealing are moot.  In effect, you are being forcibly evicted from your forever family. Given the gravity of the situation, I feel like being invited to a council of this sort is akin to […]

Communities

Posted by Lynnette

I don’t remember where I was when I first heard about the September Six. However, I do know that I didn’t talk to anyone about it. I read about it obsessively, trying to make sense of what was happening with my church. But there was only so much to read. There was no internet, no […]

“Apostasy,” Part I: What Kate Kelly’s Apostasy Means to People Like Me

Posted by Melyngoch

I loved my mission. It was by far the time in my life when I felt the happiest and most confident in the Church, most certain of its truth, most integrated into its community. Swedish Mormonism seemed an idyllic and open-hearted version of its American cousin, where the utter weirdness of the Church relative to […]

LDS Church Leadership Agrees to Meet with Kate Kelly

Posted by The Bouncer

In a surprising turn of events, LDS Church leaders have finally agreed to meet with female ordination activist and human rights attorney, Kate Kelly. After ignoring or rebuffing her requests for over a year, Church leaders have invited her to a meeting in her former ward building in Virginia on June 22nd. According to the […]

Room for All in this Church

Posted by ZD

A collective statement from a number of bloggers, podcasters, and other online publishers, in support of clemency and openness. We face a difficult and pivotal moment in Mormonism as LDS leaders and church members wrestle more openly with complicated aspects of our faith, its doctrine, and its history—often in spaces afforded by the Internet. In […]