What Is a Prophet?

It's General Conference weekend, which for many of my marginal Mormon and post-Mormon friends brings up trauma, anxiety, and pain. I'm so sorry for that. Please take care of yourselves. Gather support around you; eat something delicious; take a walk; take a bath; do what you need to do. If it helps, give yourself permission... Continue Reading →

God, Make Me Brave

Invocation/Benediction Father, Mother, help me piece together the contradictions of my life: White cotton, red satin, brown polka dot; torn Sunday dress, Navajo rug, frayed baby blanket. Make me insistent on every lonely shred, willing to sacrifice no one. Where there is no pattern, God, give me courage to organize a fearsome beauty. Where there... Continue Reading →

What Is the Church of Jesus Christ?

The internet is abuzz with the announcement that the Mormon church has once again requested that people stop calling it the Mormon church. Instead, the new style guide on the now-ironically-named Mormon Newsroom suggests that if one seeks to shorten the name of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (because let's be real,... Continue Reading →

On Lament and the Cross

In the Mormon tradition of my youth, being a faithful person was supposed to bring happiness—no matter what was going on. To be a believer meant that you possessed a special knowledge of God’s plan of happiness that other people weren’t fortunate enough to understand. The best way to share your knowledge was to develop... Continue Reading →

Growing Up in a Church without the Cross

This post was originally published at the Salt Collective, after I read it at House of Mercy's Easter service in 2015. The picture of the resurrected Lord that I remember from childhood isn’t a picture of an empty tomb, but of Christ returning triumphantly to the Earth for his Second Coming. Angels surround him, playing... Continue Reading →

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