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Cultural, Demographic, and Judicial Trends Leading Toward the Popular Acceptance and Eventual Legalization of Polygamy: A Libertarian Polemic

By George R. Compton George R. Compton Ph.D. (economics, UCLA, 1976) writes on various controversial subjects ranging from U.S. Middle Eastern policy to immigration and education reforms. A frequent presenter at the Salt Lake Sunstone Symposium, he has served in a variety of Church callings and carries a current temple recommend.   Legalized polygamy is …

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Fallen Bodies, Eternal Genders

By Ted Lee Ted Lee blogs at The Religiously Sanctioned Co-Habitation Chronicles, raises a family, and is a graduate student at the University of British Columbia studying archives and records management.     Or download the audio here: “Fallen Bodies, Eternal Genders”     Recently, my elders quorum had a lesson on “The Family: A …

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Single in the Borderlands

by Kristine Haglund Kristine Haglund is a former editor of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought and a blogger at By Common Consent.     Or right-click here to download audio.     The topic of being single and Mormon seems huge and difficult, probably because “single” is in no way a unitary category; my …

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Single Men in 19th-century Mormonism

By Jeffery Ogden Johnson Jeffery Ogden Johnson is retired from the LDS Church Historical Department and was a member of the staff of the Utah State Archives, serving as director. He has published historical articles; taught classes and workshops; and been a speaker at archival, library and historical meetings.     Or right-click here to …

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An LGBTQ Borderlander

By D. Jeff Burton D. Jeff Burton is the author of For Those Who Wonder and a former member of the Sunstone board of directors.       In this column I share the story of a gay/bisexual man I’ve become acquainted with over email. Names and details are changed to protect his privacy (and …

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The Stubborn Ounces of My Weight

By Dana Haight Cattani     Or right-click here to download the audio file: The Stubborn Ounces of My Weight   …But I am prejudiced beyond debate in favor of my right to choose which side shall feel the stubborn ounces of my weight. —Bonaro W. Overstreet   THE TRIGGER MIGHT have been the cancer center …

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Review of Planted: Belief and Belonging in an Age of Doubt

by Patrick Q. Mason Reviewed by Stephen Carter   Doubt has two unique definitions in Mormon culture. In church meetings, we’re most likely to use the word in a negative sense to describe the state of someone who is breaking themselves against—or ignoring—an obvious gospel truth. (Except when we are talking about someone who is …

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Paul’s Wisdom for the Body of Our Divided Church

By Frances Lee Menlove     RECENTLY, BLOGGERS, PODCASTERS, and newspapers—even the New York Times—have been taking note of prominent figures being excommunicated from the Mormon Church, of the debate around the ordination of women, and the acceptance and inclusion of our lesbian, gay, and transgender sisters and brothers. The big disputes of today seem …

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Adoption: A Triangle of Shame

By Christy Crowe Hughes   THE CONCEPT OF adoption is very old—it is part of our earliest Judeo-Christian myths (Moses for example). Although it is an essential social mechanism for taking care of vulnerable populations of children, adoption is fraught with deep shame and trauma that affects all three parties in the adoption “triangle”: the birth …

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