In his early years before founding the Mormon church, Joseph Smith admitted that he sought after gold through magical means. Some might argue that his search for "magic" never ended, that the "golden plates" which he translated by use of seer stones in a hat were an extension of the same search.
I have begun to wonder if it might not be useful for Mormons to understand more clearly why so many people think of Mormonism as a cult. Are these reasons that are true and are things we embrace? Are they true and things we might want to change? Are they simply not true and things we need to correct people about?
Growing up in a very conservative religious environment, it turned our world upside down when our 13-year-old son came out to us. The learning curve was steep since we were coming from a place of almost total ignorance about all things LGBT-related.
I want to find every struggling gay Mormon child and cup their faces in my hands, and tell them how loved they are, AS they are.
As the Supreme Court is set to rule next month on the Constitutionality of same-sex marriage, many political and religious leaders continue to seek a balance between LGBT rights and religious freedom.
Always intrigued by the traditions of others, I wanted to find out how Family Home Evening affected Mormon life.
As a practicing Mormon, I applaud the makers of this FREETOWN for bringing poignant questions to the screen in a powerful, faith-promoting way.
I saw The Book of Mormon at SHN Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco. I am not a South Park fan but throughly enjoyed the production. It is playing now th...
In the name of progress and compromise, we may be setting ourselves up to be pawns in a global strategy of placing religious rights over all other constitutional and civil liberties.
What brings people to the theater? I talk a lot about that each day with various producers and press agents. Of course, if anyone really knew an exact answer, many more shows would be successful. Instead we all try our best to guess.
I'm not sure what "Christian principles" the committee is referring to, but when it comes to the collected works and thoughts of Madison and Jefferson, I move that we go with the Bill of Rights over some nebulous, assumed principles. But that's just me.
The Mormon Church wants laws on the books that would allow a Mormon apartment building owner who doesn't want to rent a unit to a gay couple, the "religious freedom" not to do so. Or a Mormon business owner the right to fire a lesbian worker simply because of whom she is, not because of the quality of her work.
The Mormon Church is more aggressively signaling to its members what is and is not acceptable behavior for members who wish to remain in good standing. The actions of Kelly and now Dehlin, apparently, are being defined by church leaders as beyond the boundaries of what is expected of loyal members in good standing.
"We didn't all walk away jumping on board with the fight for marriage equality, but by the end of the evening, I think we all saw how this world can be a better place if we can open up our ears and really listen."
After reading Timothy Liu's latest book of poetry, Don't Go Back to Sleep, I knew I had to interview him immediately. We met for soup in Chinatown and talked about poetry, coming out as a Mormon, and non-possessive love.
Conservatives just love the Constitution -- or at least they say they do. The thing is that they don't seem to have any idea how it works. At least that's a more charitable explanation than saying they don't care how the Constitution works and merely use it as a fig leaf while they undermine the rights it guarantees.