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  • “Natural” Order

    Aug 29, 14 • Faith, Feminism, MormonismNo Comments
    “Natural” Order

    I encounter so many people who readily argue against things on the basis of God’s “natural” order of life – we are created a certain way and we take this as evidence that we’re supposed to be this way. If God wanted women to be in charge, he would have made them more comparable in [&hellip...

  • A Meeting with my Stake President

    Aug 29, 14 • Faith, Feminism, Mormonism, WomandomNo Comments
    A Meeting with my Stake President

    A while ago I told you about the letter I sent my Stake President, so here’s my report on the meeting that resulted from it! First, I’ll tell you that my SP is a really neat, humble, friendly guy who I know for myself has been called by God to be MY Stake President. I [&hellip...

  • A plea to my ward

    Jun 30, 14 • Faith, MormonismNo Comments
    A plea to my ward

    I’ve felt prompted to bear my testimony this upcoming Sunday, so in order to avoid emotional outbursts, I figured I’d organize my thoughts here: I’d like to share an experience I’ve had over the past couple of years, as well as the things I’ve learned from it. Some people call it a crisis of faith, [&hellip...

  • On handling things well…

    Jun 27, 14 • Faith, Feminism, MormonismNo Comments
    On handling things well…

    … I’m not at the moment. I see a lot of posts out there about forgiving and building bridges and being mature and taking the high road, but for the first time, this pacifistic, bridge-building moderate feminist is ready to throw in the towel. I won’t yet, but I want to. For all our reason [&hellip...

  • Letter to my Stake President

    Jun 19, 14 • Faith, Feminism, Mormonism1 Comment
    Letter to my Stake President

    I sent the following email on an almost-whim to my awesome stake president, who I’ve been blessed via spiritual confirmation to know is called of God and loves the members of my stake dearly. At the time I had that spiritual confirmation, I had no idea why I was having it. Now I do.   [&hellip...

  • Because they say so

    Because they say so

    Did you catch the RadioWest interview of Ally Isom of the church public affairs office? It was alternately amusing, frustrating, and confusing. My favorite part was the following that begins at approximately 11:25 in that interview (listen to the whole thing here) right after she talked a bunch about keeping the doctrine pure and unadulterated, [&hellip...

  • Counterfeit: a Poem

    Counterfeit: a Poem

    I wrote this, inspired by the prompt from the A Mother Here contest, but without any real intention of submitting it. I thought I’d share it here instead! Go check out the winners, they’re magnificent. Counterfeit She’s in there, somewhere blockaded ‘neath 18 years of not enough time, money, food, mom. 18 years of second [&hellip...

  • A Talk on Mindful Obedience

    May 10, 14 • Faith, MormonismNo Comments
    A Talk on Mindful Obedience

    The following is a Sacrament Meeting talk I gave several weeks ago on the subject of obedience. More specifically, it was supposed to be based on Elder Hales’ talk titled “If Ye Love Me, Keep My Commandments” which I didn’t like very much. Too judgey. (I wasn’t sure how much of a jab was intended [&hellip...

  • Fruits of Feminism

    Fruits of Feminism

    This week I was confronted by a dear friend who, faced with the revelation that I’m a Mormon Feminist, reacted with shock and horror. Unlike most, however, she actually heard me out and listened thoughtfully while I told my story. She was still troubled though, and made an interesting point: “By their fruits ye shall [&hellip...

  • Messages of Hope

    Messages of Hope

    My favorite tool against sudden, acute bouts of depression is meditative gratitude. It’s the only thing that keeps me from spiraling completely out of control, and the only thing that brings me back once I’ve crossed that line. It’s not some abstract feeling of thankfulness; I actually sit there and, out loud, express sincere gratitude [&hellip...