How I Choose to Understand Elder Bednar’s Words

Yesterday a video clip from Elder Bednar was making the rounds on social media in which he stated that “there are no homosexual members of the church” and that “we are not defined by sexual attraction.” Most of the comments I have read were negative, that Elder Bednar was denying gay Church members’ existence. I sympathize with … More How I Choose to Understand Elder Bednar’s Words

What To Do If Someone You Know Is Going Through A Faith Crisis

  I teach religious and Mormon studies courses at a public university. In the classroom, we deal with all kinds of difficult issues—some specific to Mormonism like polygamy and the Mountain Meadows Massacre, others more universal like the problem of evil and the nature of God. Since I’m at a state university, I cannot bear … More What To Do If Someone You Know Is Going Through A Faith Crisis

My Other Father: A Tribute to Milton V. Backman, Jr.

My father was never comfortable going to church. In a ward of full of gregarious professors and businessmen, Dad was colossally shy, self-conscious of the fact that he didn’t have a college education, and uncomfortable with his blue-collar profession. He didn’t feel comfortable talking about religion either. If I ever brought up a question about … More My Other Father: A Tribute to Milton V. Backman, Jr.