Author Archives: EdwardJ

Farewell to the Mormon Church

[Note: Please consider visiting or joining this Facebook group I created for folks to post resignation letters and share their experiences leaving the Mormon church. ] I sent the … Continue reading

May 11, 2015 · 25 Comments

Goodbye For Now

I was baptized 30 years ago on this day. It is therefore with bittersweet feelings that I say I will—for the foreseeable future—not be attending Mormon church or engaging in … Continue reading

March 3, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Gospel of Pants

  The gospel of Jesus Christ is simple. It consists of an admonition to love God and love others, with ordinances designed to help individuals develop that love. The simplicity … Continue reading

December 7, 2013 · 6 Comments

We Without Them Cannot Be Made Perfect

(I wrote the following post for publication in the blog of Affirmation: LGBT Mormons. It represents my own opinion and not necessarily the view of Affirmation.) On the evening of … Continue reading

November 26, 2013 · 6 Comments

Why I Love Moderate Mormon Feminists

Following the Ordain Women event on October 5, 2013, John Dehlin interviewed—in his Mormon Stories podcast—Ordain Women leaders and participants (Episode 442) and then feminists with alternative approaches (Episodes 443-444). … Continue reading

October 25, 2013 · 8 Comments

This is my body

Last Sunday, I passed the sacrament for the first time in many years. Like Joseph of Arimathea, who carried Jesus’ body from the cross, I carried his body and blood … Continue reading

October 20, 2013 · 1 Comment

Edward’s Feminist/LGBT/Liberal Mormon Guide to Watching General Conference

Was this past General Conference a roller coaster for you?  Did you feel angels dancing on your love handles when Pres. Uchtdorf or Bishop Caussé talked?  But did you then … Continue reading

October 7, 2013 · 7 Comments

Helping God Create the Church

It is your responsibility to make your religious tradition . . . more truly religious by the time you are through with it. That’s the great challenge we face. — … Continue reading

October 4, 2013 · 9 Comments

Keeping My Covenants by Supporting Ordain Women

I was blessed last night to participate in the General Relief Society Meeting while sitting in the balcony of the historic Tabernacle on Temple Square.  I was particularly moved to … Continue reading

September 29, 2013 · 6 Comments

Satan’s Plan 2.0: Deseret Book Edition

Satan’s Plan 2.0: Deseret Book Edition I wrote this post for the Rational Faiths blog: One of Jesus’ most transformative insights is that spirituality is an inside job. At a … Continue reading

September 9, 2013 · 3 Comments