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Unpacking the Vitriol Behind the 2004 and 2008 Gay Marriage Bans After the state of Utah made its defense of Amendment 3 (gay marriage ban) to the federal appeals court this month, the Utah Attorney General told the gay couples who are suing for the right to marry, “it’s not personal by any means.”1 I…

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Conference Hopes

On Saturday morning my thirteen-year-old sister snap-chatted me a cute, if dorky, picture of her and my dad in Sunday best with goofy grins and the caption, “Going to General Conference.” It’s that time again. No matter how long it has been since I stopped practicing Mormonism, I can’t seem to miss conference. Between my family, my…

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Happiness is.

A significant and oft-quoted axiom in the Book of Mormon is “wickedness never was happiness.” In context, the passage explains why sinners inherit the Kingdom of the Devil after they die and are resurrected, but the saying is more popularly applied to the present. “The way of the Lord is the way of happiness. Wickedness…

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Winter Solstice

Shortly after Michael and I got married, we decided we would celebrate the solstices. The decision had very little to do with any New Age beliefs or anything like that, although I have long been interested in the cosmic and archetypal origins of modern holidays. It was more about starting something new. Our marriage was…

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That Time on the Mission When I Embarrassed Myself.

I am, by nature, a pleaser. I have always been uncomfortable around conflict, and I tend to compensate by being extra polite to avoid conflict in any form. It’s a personality trait that was especially on display when I was a Mormon missionary in LA. In keeping with the Book of Mormon scripture, “He that…

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Eternal Gender and the Plan of Salvation II

NPR put out a new video short called TransMormon about a girl named Eri Hayward. I met Eri back when I was a BYU student in 2008. I didn’t know her well, so it was nice to hear about her journey through this documentary. I think Eri’s story unveils some of the issues I mentioned…

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On Sipping.

My husband didn’t grow up Mormon, and so his family is very different from mine. The first time I went to stay with them in Washington, I experienced coffee for the first time. I woke up early because I wasn’t used to the time change, and went into the kitchen for a cup of orange…