It requires little stretch of the imagination to see the benefits of an online relationship for someone in Te'o's position. Most importantly, a relationship conducted over the phone and Internet could move at a pace suitable for a shy Mormon young man.
The Presidential Inaugural Committee billed the National Prayer Service as a celebration of "the values and diversity that make us strong." But if it was meant to celebrate diversity then it was difficult to see how.
Please, before my generation is gone, let's find a rescue -- some thoughtful, humane, balanced changes by the good guys, gun lovers or otherwise, to harness the death-dealing bad ones.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is sending Mormons to the inauguration, but the guest list doesn't include Mitt Romney. Meanwhile, the role of faith in Obama's inauguration has reportedly become a game of "hot potato."
I don't know if Manti Te'o is gay. I won't even speculate or guess. But whether he is or is not, to me, isn't the question here at the moment as we await more answers from Te'o.
Are you a gay Mormon who is single and looking for love? Then a forthcoming website is here to answer your prayers.
As the nation continues to grow more diverse, Lobna Ismail believes "that as Americans we will come back to our foundational principles around pluralism" and accept not only Mormons and Muslims, but everyone that contributes to the country's social fabric.
This certainly isn't an exhaustive list, and it certainly isn't perfect, but given the Mormon faith's painful history with the LGBT community, I think it's a pretty good year when we can look back and come up with any reasons to be hopeful, let alone half a dozen.
Every public opinion poll now shows marriage equality enjoying well over 50 percent and gaining every day. Seems like the limb that Maggie Gallagher has been standing on is about to break.
One Oscar Les Miserables won't be nominated for is "Best Original Musical." Wait a minute, you're thinking, that's crazy talk -- there's no category called "Best Original Musical." As a matter of fact, there is such a category, but it's just never been activated.
The idea that God created me and my life perfectly but would ask me not to live it according to its reality isn't something that makes much sense to me.
I hate musicals, so why did I get a two-CD set of Andrea Bocelli crooning show tunes? Does my grandmother really think I will ever be caught dead wearing a hot pink V-necked sweater?
The theatrical year in Chicago has ended in full gallop with two highly anticipated shows receiving full-scale, top-notch productions, playing through the new year.
Their call-to-trousers has drawn strongly positive and negative (even vicious) reactions from LDS Church members. And it's made it clear how deeply thoughtful, civil conversation about gender is needed in Mormon communities.
Believing in a certain religion doesn't predestine a person to be great at any profession. But it is interesting to see how a religion's focus on certain areas and attributes of its members can create an environment that is conducive to cultivating strong leaders.