Isn't that what we need in our country right now -- some kind of breakthrough through the stalemates all around us? What exactly would it take to widen our own perspective enough to gain new insights about ourselves? My own experience suggests that answers may be closer than we realize.
I spent several years of my children's early years as a Mormon "Prepper" and while it may well have been a manifestation of the years-long depression I had suffered, I thought it would be useful to explain why I now think I did what I did.
I know all the clichés. We Mormons sometimes make fun of them ourselves. But as a mother whose daughter recently returned from the Houston, Texas mission, I've found that I have new insights about what is the best thing to do in various situations.
God doesn't do what He does for his own purposes. He does what He does to help us move farther along the path to happiness in an eternal sense.
As an active Mormon who has battled addiction throughout my life, I found these videos to be both powerful and beautiful. The Mormon Church isn't holding back -- it is making a concerted effort to tackle addiction head-on. These videos are raw, and in some cases, quite heartbreaking.
I thought I smelled a rat. Turns out six years later I was correct. NOM repeatedly broke Maine's election law, and its president Brian Brown lied about it all the way up to the United States Supreme Court.
While I think that being excommunicated from the Mormon church would not mean being excommunicated from God, it certainly made me feel that I was unworthy and I feared it would cause a relapse of the depression that began my faith crisis 10 years ago.
Perhaps what a lot of Christians mean when they say that Mormons don't count as Christians is that they don't like our version of Christianity. Perhaps what they mean is that they think we make them look bad with our wild and sweeping ideas.
For me, one of the most important days of my life was when I held my first newborn daughter in my arms. I was just so happy. I could not even begin to imagine what it would be like watching her traded for a handful of garden tools.
Running is where I feel God because running is where I find myself. It is also where I break down and can't go any farther and need help most desperately. It's where I focus on my own body and the reality of mortality, that I'm going to live in this world for a little while, and if I want to really live, I'm going to take risks and sometimes fail.
Many religious people have been through events of different kinds that have led them to a crisis of faith for whatever reason, and I suspect that I can speak for at least some of us about what goes wrong in the process
By allowing the religiously-affiliated troops to still ban gay adults, the BSA is making a religious exemption seem like a reasonable compromise when in fact it is allowing the very people who would discriminate to keep discriminating.
Witches are the eternal outsiders, and so they must learn to be fearless and brave. Rejection by society teaches them strength, and they become self-made, self-reliant, self-confident. They're like Beyonce but with a broom.
Look, it isn't that I think that the prophets of the Mormon church are bad men or that they intend to take power to themselves. But they do have that power, and women do not. In my opinion, this diminishes us as a group.
God is not dead. Fundamentalists are seemingly creeping up everywhere. And despite their spectacular growth, Mormons were never more in the public eye than when they were being targeted in the 19th century.
We both go to church. We both believe in Jesus. I am a Christian. You are something else. Such is the message I often hear from organized religion, and as a gay man and ex-fundamentalist, I find it divisive and presumptuous.