Mormon Matters Podcast


Terryl and Fiona




Last week, I had the privilege to chat with my dear friends Dan Wotherspoon and Terryl and Fiona Givens on Mormon Matters podcast about the nature of prophecy and scripture. I sort of want to shout hallelujah every time I think about the fact that I have friends like Dan and Fiona and Terryl! Sometimes I am just amazed at how cool it is that I am surrounded by wonderful friends who talk with such wisdom. I am blessed!Anyway. this discussion was fun. too. If you haven’t already, check it out here

And now that the spring semester is officially on the books, I’m open for another season of blogging. Who knows what the dead wood and rushing water can churn out over the summer!?


Pink for Boys and Blue for Girls: The Trouble with Gender Roles

I grew up in Provo, Utah—the traditional-values capital of the world—during the 1970s, an era characterized by radical social changes. Provo was more Leave It to Beaver than One Day at a Time, Three’s Company or Maude. Certainly it was not Modern Family. None of my friends’ mothers worked outside the home, none of their parents were divorced, and none of their siblings were doing drugs, listening to acid rock, or marching in peace protests. It was a Captain and Tennille kind of town in the middle of a Jefferson Airplane decade. Continue reading

In My Father’s House

I was just about to leave the care center when Dad took my hand and said with a sigh, words hardly audible, “I don’t want to live any longer.” Dad had fought prostate cancer for many years but this last month of his life—March of 2007—was the hardest. In order for him to receive daily radiation treatments, his doctor placed him across the street from the hospital in a care center. The center’s beige, cinder-block walls, dim lighting, and old-people sick smells were depressing. Dad was miserable but stoic. My mother, my sister, and I spent hours visiting him every day, watching television, and talking about mundane affairs. But Dad seemed distant, like he didn’t want to talk about the real issue: that he was dying. Continue reading

Fourteen Years Later: A Response to “The Priesthood: Men’s Last, Best Hope”

“Did you hear that!” asked Brother Smith, his face flushed with indignation. “I cannot believe that woman would talk that way about the Brethren.” We were gathered at a Washington, DC Sunstone symposium in the early 1990s and had just listened to Carol Lynn Pearson present “A Walk in Pink Moccasins” where she speaks to an imaginary audience of young men as if she is “one of the Presiding Sisters.” The talk attempts to simulate for men the type of discourse young women (and presumably all women) hear regularly from priesthood leaders. Neither my wife nor I were really surprised by Brother Smith’s outrage at Sister Pearson’s talk. After all, he was an institute teacher and one of the main bastions of Wasatch-front LDS orthodoxy in our Maryland area. Attending a Sunstone presentation was a major stretch for him.

It wasn’t five minutes after Brother Smith had moved on to mingle with other Sunstone attendees that his wife approached us. Continue reading

A Walk in Blue-State Moccasins: Imagining Life as a Utah Mormon Democrat

A Sandy, Utah stake president’s recent speech ignited a frenzy on Facebook and Twitter after it was posted on the internet by one of his stake members. President Matthew DeVisser’s words of warning about a general decline in values and admonition to prepare for turbulent times ahead was nothing revolutionary, but it soon morphed into a political rant that emphasized right-wing Republican talking points, lamenting, for example, that Americans had chosen “socialism over capitalism, entitlements over free enterprise, redistribution and regulation over self-reliance.” DeVisser said that he didn’t intend “to be controversial, political, or even dire” but simply to “state the facts” after “having been moved upon by the Holy Ghost”; however, left-leaning Mormons, including me, found the speech highly offensive, factually misleading, and theologically problematic. Continue reading


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