As a girl who grew up in the LDS Church, having friends who are part of religions that contradict my own is really uncommon.
When it comes to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint's involvement in the public sphere of social policy, I have to ask: Why is it OK to disagree with the Church's stance and policies on immigration but not on the issue of marriage equality?
In AMC's Mad Men, Don Draper's true origins were something of a mystery until he was revealed to be Richard "Dick" Whitman, a fellow who had assumed the identity of an officer he had served with in the Korean War. The origins of Jon Hamm, who portrays Draper, are less mysterious.
Theatregoers aren't asking, "Is it too American/British for the West End/Broadway?" Instead, they're saying, "I don't care where it's from, is it any damn good?" In the cases of both The Book of Mormon and Matilda, the answer is one word, regardless of accent: "Yes."
I know there will be a time in the not-so-distant future when the prospect of carving out time for a no-moms-allowed day will seem a bit nonsensical. When I consider the fact that my dad traveled a total of five hours to spend approximately that much time together, I wonder if some would say that time has already passed.
As guitarist of world-renowned electropop band Scissor Sisters, Derek Gruen (aka "Del Marquis") never truly let his voice be heard. But now with the Sisters on indefinite hiatus, Gruen has stepped up the spotlight with his new album Cosmos.
Without revealing too much of the plot of Sweet Land of Bigamy, I will say that it is a true blessing to live in a time, and a country, where a woman, even in fiction, could marry two men and when found out, not immediately led to the gallows.
Former Ms. Michigan, Christine Marie, was a single mother of four, a successful entrepreneur, Young Mother of the Year and deeply committed to her Mormon faith until she fell under the spell of a self-proclaimed religious prophet who debased and prostituted her in the name of religion.
I don't just want to accept people in spite of their faith -- I want to understand it. And that's why when my friend Maddie invited me to an event at her church, the Church of the Latter-Day Saints, better known as the Mormon church, I said yes.
The enormous increase in life expectancy that medical science has achieved in the past century has been a mixed blessing. Declining function has been a particular concern for three Christian churches whose top leaders had traditionally served until death.
Utah's LGBTQ community has faced a continual barrage of anti-gay attacks from our elected officials. Our attorneys would call it de jure denigration. I call it systematic discrimination.
In the afterglow of Romney's respectable showing, one finds unease among some in the ranks of Mormons. They ask: Is distinctness or integration the greater burden?
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."