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Can Christ Love Me In My Sins?

Mette Ivie Harrison | Posted 02.14.2017 | Religion
Mette Ivie Harrison

Mormons frequently talk about our need to do "as much as we can do" to improve ourselves, to repent of our sins and to perfect ourselves, before expec...

I'm A Salt Laker, And I'm Disappointed In The Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Elizabeth Love | Posted 01.03.2017 | Religion
Elizabeth Love

There’s not a lot involving Donald Trump that can surprise me anymore, but the fact that the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has agreed to perform at his in...

LGBT Center To Open Its Doors Across From Mormon Temple In Utah

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 12.08.2016 | Religion

LGBT Mormons have long struggled to gain acceptance in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But a new, inclusive family and youth center o...

New Mormon Website Says It's Okay To Be A Gay Mormon. Well, Sort Of.

Mitch Mayne | Posted 11.01.2016 | Queer Voices
Mitch Mayne

As Mormons, we don't really love LGBT people as ourselves. We love them as something less than us. Every article, video, and section of the website is underpinned with a single notion: LGBT people are, at their core, broken, afflicted, and a little bit less than whole.

Mormon Church's Baby Step Towards LGBTQ Reconciliation Isn't Enough For Many Queer Mormons

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.28.2016 | Religion

Mormon leaders have a message for lesbian and gay members of their religious community: You’re welcomed in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day ...

Verse That Linked Rape To Chastity Removed From Mormon Youth Book

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.29.2016 | Religion

A controversial verse from the Book of Mormon that describes rape as the loss of chastity has been removed from a workbook Mormon girls are required t...

Refusing To Choose: LGBT Mormons Boldly Claim Both Their Orientation And Their Faith

Mitch Mayne | Posted 09.19.2016 | Queer Voices
Mitch Mayne

My world was full of people who weren't shy about telling me how to live my life -- and on any given day, I couldn't be Mormon enough for my Latter-day Saint family and friends, and I couldn't be gay enough for my LGBT community. I felt like a man with a foot in two worlds, but I didn't fully belong in either. No matter which one I chose, I still lost part of myself.

Mormon Church Leaders: There's An Easy Fix To Prevent Mormon LGBT Teen Suicides

Fred Karger | Posted 09.17.2016 | Politics
Fred Karger

Come up with a new and welcoming policy for LGBT Mormons and present it at your General Conference in Salt Lake City next weekend.

Why Charity Isn't About Giving

Mette Ivie Harrison | Posted 08.26.2016 | Religion
Mette Ivie Harrison

Our church had a wonderful lesson about charity this week. Many told inspiring stories of times when they had seen someone in need and filled that need. Others talked about organizations to sign up with to help give to refugees or to the homeless. And there were also stories about helping those in our own church.

'Groundhog Day' For Mormon Bigotry: BYU's Exclusion From Big 12 Highlights Discriminatory Church Policies On LGBT

Mitch Mayne | Posted 08.10.2016 | Religion
Mitch Mayne

Let's consider BYU's likely exclusion from the Big 12 another tug on the sleeve of church leadership. Appealing to the moral goodness of our leadership to become more Christlike and change the anti-LGBT policy hasn't worked. Perhaps this will.

How Russia's New Anti-Extremism Law Affects Mormon Missionaries

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 01.03.2017 | Religion

A new anti-terrorism law in Russia includes measures that will limit religious work in the country, calling into question the fate of Mormon missionar...

Is The Recent Rise In Utah Youth Suicides Really Such A Mystery?

Benjamin Knoll | Posted 07.05.2016 | Religion
Benjamin Knoll

The Salt Lake Tribune recently reported that "Utah health officials are grappling with a rising youth suicide rate that's nearly tripled since 2007 an...

Marching With Mormons For Equality

Peter Harrison | Posted 06.28.2016 | Religion
Peter Harrison

I had my first experience with Mormons For Equality three years ago (2013) when I marched with the group in the Utah Pride Parade. I had just barely come out -- only a few months prior telling my Mormon parents that I was gay.

They're Just Like Us

Anthony Hatcher | Posted 06.09.2016 | Religion
Anthony Hatcher

One of the most important lessons I took from this experience was that religion does have so many positive things about it.

LGBT Pride Month Highlights Deepening Divide Between Mormon Leadership and Members

Mitch Mayne | Posted 06.11.2016 | Queer Voices
Mitch Mayne

Since November of last year, when the church announced a policy that mandates church discipline (the process that leads to excommunication) for LGBT individuals in same-sex marriages and bars their children from baptism, church leadership has engaged in a consistent drumbeat of bigoted messages aimed at the LGBT community.

Who Am I? Understanding Yourself, Loving Others

Allison Hale | Posted 03.07.2016 | Religion
Allison Hale

We live in a world that is obsessed with identity. We classify ourselves by the color of our skin, the color of our hair, our age, our weight, our hei...

Mormon Church Officials Condemn Oregon Anti-Government Occupation

The Huffington Post | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 12.29.2016 | Politics

Mormon church officials are distancing themselves from the anti-government militia that has taken over a building at a federal wildlife refuge in rur...

Holi Rollers: Religious Ecstasy in Spanish Fork/Appropriate Appropriating?

Deepak Sarma | Posted 11.25.2016 | Religion
Deepak Sarma

From one perspective, the undulating and gyrating masses (thousands upon thousands at any given time and throughout the weekend in March of this year) could have been observed at any number of places: a rock concert, a dance club, or a college party.

From Seeing to Understanding

Jack Vawdrey | Posted 11.21.2016 | Religion
Jack Vawdrey

I have a pretty enthusiastic American Literature professor here at the University of Southern California. Actually, enthusiastic might not be the right word for it; I think the words "intellectual agitator" best describe his personality. He's one of those guys that want you to question everything that you know and believe, but in a good way.

Mormon Church Punishes Children Of LGBT Parents for Parents' 'Transgressions'

John Halstead | Posted 11.10.2016 | Religion
John Halstead

In the Mormon view, children are not cursed by any "original sin" and children are not responsible for the sins of their parents -- until now. Despite of the Church's inept attempts to justify this policy, many Mormons and non-Mormons, are seeing it as punishing the children for the "sins" of their LGBT parents.

New Mormon Policy on LGBT: The Next Proposition 8

Mitch Mayne | Posted 11.07.2016 | Queer Voices
Mitch Mayne

Just seven years after Prop 8, it's "déjà vu all over again." This time it feels self-mutilating. Instead of campaigning to impose unconstitutional public policies on the rest of the world -- a battle that we lost when the U.S. Supreme court upheld appellate court rulings supporting same sex marriage -- we seem to be cutting off our proverbial nose to spite our face.

The Mormon Church Missed An Opportunity To Engage Race, International Diversity

Jana Riess | Posted 10.05.2016 | Religion
Jana Riess

All of our 12 apostles are white, our nine female auxiliary leaders are white, and most of the members of the Quorum of the Seventy are white.

We Are All Survivors

Kiley Smith | Posted 09.23.2016 | Healthy Living
Kiley Smith

This article was originally posted via Cherry Blossoms The Blog Few moments of my life have brought so much pain to me that I struggle to breath...

Inmates Indexing Genealogy Records

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 08.13.2015 | Impact
Megan Smolenyak

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.

God Is Not Dead: Google's Ngram Viewer Reveals Two Centuries of Religious Trends

David Briggs | Posted 07.21.2016 | Religion
David Briggs

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.