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.
Lately I have been seeing so many news articles and reports on this change in opinion on homosexuality in the Mormon church. Has anyone actually visited the new website before reporting on this so-called "change"? It's the same thing they have been preaching for years.
It's time for the Mormon community to stop simply talking about what our Savior would do, and roll up our sleeves and actually do it. In order for LGBT Mormons to truly begin to have a different experience inside our faith, we need to move beyond words -- and begin to do things differently.
Dear fundamentalist Christian readers: As per your advice, I am composing what could potentially become my online dating profile in my search for a wife, but I need your input. I need to know more about the gay people who have chosen to be in opposite-sex relationships.
Who would have thought that two guys who killed Kenny could give so much life to Mormonism? In fact, the musical even turned me back on to my own religion.
I have long believed that no one is beyond education and understanding; now, at our moment of greatest success, it may be time to expand the pool of future allies.
It may have been just Romney, not Mormonism, who enjoyed a brief moment. As Mormonism continues to gain in cultural, political and religious relevance, historians may one day be describing a Mormon millennium rather than a moment.