181: Moana The Film – A Critique: Kalani Tonga & Moana Uluave-Hafoka

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints boasts a large Pasifika membership, both in the United States and throughout the Pacific Islands.   So when ‘Moana’, Disney’s first major motion picture based in the Pacific was released, there was…

180: Mormon Women and the Challenge of Assertiveness: Julie de Azevedo Hanks

Mormon women, particularly those from Utah, aren’t necessarily known for their assertiveness. Raised in a heavy patriarchy, too many women are socialized to accept that surrender to the authority of masculinity is necessary for their salvation.     Drawing from her extensive…

178 & 179: The Truths About Marital Intimacy: A Critique of Wendy Nelson’s Sex Talk: Helfer-Parker and de Azevedo-Hanks

Natasha Helfer-Parker and Julie de Azevedo-Hanks about Wendy Watson Nelson’s speech at the January 2017 Worldwide Devotional for Young Adults. Nelson’s address garnered some criticism for the unhealthy, purity-centred and confusing expectations that she constructed around sex.  She argued that…

177: The Mormon Tabernacle Choir at Trump’s Inauguration: International Voices Speak Up

Mormons from Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, the UK, Finland, Canada and Sweden share their objections to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s forthcoming appearance at President-Elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, in January 2017.

176: In Faithful Defiance: Peter Bleakley

Peter Bleakley has had an intriguing journey in Mormonism.  Born at BYU to British parents he grew up in England loving Mormon theology and enjoying an early life in the church that he treasures. Of late he’s less pleased with…

175: A 16-Year-Old’s Questions to a Sunday School Teacher: Abel Nelson

Recently 16-Year-Old Abel Nelson of Casstleton, North Dakota was asked by his teacher to submit a list of questions that he and her other students might have about the church, its history and its doctrine.  Abel took this opportunity to send…

174: Richard Ostler: A Bishop Ministering to the Fringes of the Ward

Richard Ostler is a recently released bishop of a Young Single Adult Ward in Magna, Utah.  He reflects on his three years ministering to and seeking to be inclusive of the hundreds of young people who struggled to be fully…

173: LDS Finances: What happens to our donations? Chris Mace

In the United States LDS Church finances are not transparent because of its legal status as a corporation sole. This is not the case in certain Commonwealth nations where the church is generally registered as a charitable trust.  As a charitable…

172: When Young Mormons Question: Isabella Parker

When 17-year-old Isabella Parker was a Mia Maid she submitted a profile to Ordain Women because she noticed gender inequality in the church.  She had also  joined her school’s Gay Straight Alliance Club and was very active in social advocacy.…