Dec 6, 2019
Why Don't I Feel Better About My Mormon Tithing?
’Tis the season, people! Today is Giving Tuesday, when we take stock of the needs around us and open our wallets to help. Giving Tuesday is a kickoff to the holiday month,...
Nov 21, 2019
Mormon Girls Acknowledge Heavenly Mother. Boys Don't.
The new theme for the Young Men organization of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been unveiled, to mixed reactions. Some good news: it’s not just young...
Nov 19, 2019
Why do Mormons Ignore the Pearl of Great Price?
A few weeks ago I was in a Deseret Book store in Utah and found the Scripture section predictably divided into four subsections: one bookshelf each for the Old Testament, the New...
Nov 12, 2019
The Little-Known History of Mormon Polygamy in Mexico
The horrific killing of three women and six children in Sonora, Mexico, this week has brought a little-known chapter of Mormon and Mexican history into the spotlight, one...
Nov 7, 2019
Mormons Criticize Curriculum's Treatment of Biblical Slavery
On Sunday (Nov. 3), Mormon social media came alive with criticism of the curriculum for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which for the week’s lesson...
Oct 17, 2019
Billy and Franklin Graham- Dangers of Mixing Religion & Politics
How will evangelist Billy Graham (1918–2018) be remembered? And is his son Franklin damaging the religious leader's legacy with his excessive politicizing for the Republican...
Oct 4, 2019
A Victory: Mormon Women Can Now Officially Witness Baptism
It seems like such a small thing: women and girls of a certain age can now act as official witnesses to baptisms and temple sealings in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day...
Sep 25, 2019
Religious Americans Overly Pessimistic About Family, Study Finds
Divorce has declined in America. Teen pregnancies are down. The rate of out-of-wedlock births is likely stagnant. But you might never guess that from the views of the most religious...
Sep 20, 2019
This is Your Brain on Mormon Facebook
Over the summer in a social media group, a woman commented that most ex-Mormons leave the faith because they have read the CES letter, begun exploring the underside of their...
Sep 11, 2019
Mormon Men are Groomed Not to Listen to Women
Last week, two seemingly unrelated stories appeared in my Facebook feed in rapid succession. The first was the unwelcome update that Lavina Fielding Anderson, who was excommunicated...
Aug 30, 2019
With New Gun Rule, Mormons Take a Step Away from GOP
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has just updated its policy on firearms, moving from a recommendation that lethal weapons, including guns, were considered...
Aug 13, 2019
Every Mormon Leader, Teacher, & Parent Should Read This Book
They got offended. They wanted to sin. They were too lazy to keep the commandments.Those are three of the most popular "reasons" that current members of the Church of Jesus Christ of...
Aug 8, 2019
Conservative Christians Have an Unexpected Porn Problem
Conservative Christians in the United States have a pornography problem, though it may not be the problem you think.It's not that they're all secretly using porn, at higher...
Aug 6, 2019
Why Mormons Don't Know What to Do With the Apostle Paul
Buckle up, Saints. We're about to spend the next few months with the Apostle Paul.The curriculum of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has its members around...
Jul 17, 2019
'Which Church is True?' Isn't the Right Question Anymore
I'm going to the Hill Cumorah pageant this weekend for the first time (follow-up post to come soon). The cast-of-hundreds pageant is going away after next summer, the victim of...
Jul 10, 2019
'Stranger Things' is Kind of Right About Latter-day Saints
Season 3 of the Netflix hit "Stranger Things" features a rare discussion of Mormonism — but not in a good way.Without spoiling any plot points beyond the first half-hour of the...
Jun 14, 2019
Jane Manning James Finally Gets Her Due
It has been quite a year for Jane Manning James—finally.
May 30, 2019
Did Mormon LGBT Exclusion Policy Cause Exodus from Church?
In April, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reversed an unpopular 2015 policy aimed at curbing the participation of LGBT church members and their children...
May 6, 2019
Will the BYU Honor Code Protests Make any Difference?
It's been nearly three weeks since hundreds of Brigham Young University (BYU) students gathered on campus to protest aspects of the university's honor code.BYU students...
Apr 22, 2019
Mormonism and LGBT Rights: Some Progress, More Questions
Gregory Prince's new book "Gay Rights and the Mormon Church" is the most comprehensive treatment available about the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on...
Apr 5, 2019
In Light of New Mormon LGBT Policy, What is Revelation?
In a stunning reversal, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced that it is walking back a controversial 2015 policy that affected members in same-sex...
Feb 19, 2019
Today's Mormon Missionaries: Clingy, Soft, and Immature?
The reaction to last week's announcement that Mormon missionaries will now be able to call home once a week—instead of twice a year, as was the former policy—has been...
Feb 13, 2019
Four Myths About Ex-Mormons
With more people leaving the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints than in past generations, it seems everyone has an explanation for why this is happening.But many of these...
Jan 23, 2019
GenX Mormons: The Forgotten Generation
This weekend, some righteous hell broke out over the Internet, as CBS News posted the Buzzfeed news story "Are Millennials the 'Burnout Generation'?"The backlash wasn't because...
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