Category Archive: Love

Digging Through Trash: Symbols in Tyler Glenn’s (ex)Mormon Music Video

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This week, rockstar Tyler Glenn will launch his new solo album, “Excommunication.” As a teaser, he has already released two music videos, Shameless, and the highly symbolic and controversial exmormon coming-out video, Trash. You can take three minutes to watch it now. I recommend full screen. We exmormons have never had an anthem before. Not officially. …

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New Mormon LGBT Policy Promotes Child Abuse in God’s Name

Full text of the policy regarding children of same-sex couples.

This is perhaps the biggest moment in all the history of Mormonism. Most definitely in my lifetime. Whatever comes, however this is handled, the fallout from the news that leaked on Thursday will ripple down to generations to come. For those who don’t know, the Mormon Church changed their official policy for how to handle …

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An Atheist Spiritual Experience at Sunstone

Meet the Exmos

How can an atheist have a spiritual experience? It happens to me all the time, and it happens more often when I am true to myself and my sense of reality. First, let me be very clear. I am speaking only of my own journey, my own psychological and spiritual path, my own beliefs. I …

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Mormon Marriage Equality Is Next

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Within eight years or less, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will allow civil same-sex marriage to members. Another five years after that, the Church will allow same-sex temple marriage. I’ve been making this prediction for a couple of years now. With Friday’s SCOTUS ruling, it’s time for me to go on record. Seven …

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Feeling the Spirit as a Secular Mormon
Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Spirit

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Many of the highly-promoted interpretations of LDS doctrines are divisive, shame-inducing, and thought-stopping in nature, as I’ve described in my book, Recovering Agency. But what if there is a more loving, inclusive, mind-freeing, self-actualizing way to interpret some of those same doctrines that increases free agency rather than restricts it? Wouldn’t such an interpretation be …

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Returning to the Flock, But Not As a Sheep

Not all who wander are lost.

Last Sunday, I went back to Church for the first time in fifteen years. Yes, to Mormon church. I’ve been talking about doing this for awhile now, ever since the North Seattle Stake sent a letter inviting LGBT members back to a supposedly open and affirming atmosphere. I didn’t leave the Church because I am …

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Elder Pearson Asks Mormons To Stay By The Tree,
No Matter What!

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Pearson is a relative newbie who wasn’t a General Authority when I was still a member. He is charismatic, animated, and funny. While I liked his delivery style, the core of his message centered on thought reform. This message is, “Keep on believing no matter what.” Don’t let any trials, doubts, and questions steer you …

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General Conference: Scrambling to Close the Floodgates of Apostasy

April 2015 LDS General Conference seemed to have one major theme: Apostasy. The majority of talks were about bolstering personal faith in the face of doubt and dealing with wayward loved ones. This session seemed as reactionary as last fall’s. Then, in the context of legalized marriage equality, leadership emphasized family values. This conference, in …

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Dear Elder Oaks:
Loving Others is Easy When You Don’t Focus on Differences

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October 2014 LDS General Conference: Mind Control Overview Last weekend, the Mormon Church held its semi-annual General Conference, two days of religious talks that all members are expected to watch. I’ve listened to many Conference talks in my lifetime, both before I left the Church and since. This year, one talk stood out, because I saw …

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