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You Can Give Him a Kiss

By Alison Maeser Brimley     Or right-click to download the audio here: You Can Give Him a Kiss   Alison Maeser Brimley is the winner of the 2017 and 2018 Association of Mormon Letters Short Fiction Awards and the 2017 Mountain West Writers Contest. She lives in Utah with her husband and daughter. This …

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Confessions of an Aging, Hypocritical Ex-missionary

By Wayne C. Booth   Can it be good—even spiritually essential—to be a hypocrite? This professor of rhetoric thinks so. Wayne Booth shares the fruits of his life-long interior discussion between his boyhood Mormon religion fundamentalism and his adult “faith.” All of it, the direct result of his two years as a conflicted, intellectual LDS …

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The Broken Chord

By Dana Haight Cattani     I’ve heard there was a secret chord That David played and it pleased the Lord But you don’t really care for music, do ya? It goes like this The fourth, the fifth The minor fall, the major lift The baffled king composing Hallelujah —Leonard Cohen “Hallelujah”     Today …

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Leeds: Personal Essay

By Tom Kimball CINDY NEVER PLANNED to put an actual blade on the old weathered axe handle that she kept behind her front door. To folks in Leeds, Alabama, an axe handle was more like a weapon, and I felt a tad bit safer with it clutched in my hands as Stubby and I walked home …

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Davinho

By Ryan McIlvain Art by Chad Danger Lindsay My first missionary companion was named Willer, a squat, wide-faced Brazilian from the south of the country. One morning he spread the map of our area on the apartment floor, swept his hand across the populous heart, and said, “I’ve tracted all this with other companions. Pretty …

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Adam and Steve and the Empty Sea: A Play

By Matthew Greene Adam & Steve and the Empty Sea by Matthew Greene received its world premiere at Plan-B Theatre Company (Salt Lake City, Utah) 31 January–10 February, 2013, directed by Jason Bowcutt, starring Logan Tarantino as Steve and Topher Rasmussen as Adam.   AUTHOR’S NOTE   The aphorism goes that you should “write what …

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Update: Issue 170

“Wear Pants to Church” Sunday Brings Attention to Women’s Issues   At a time when LDS leaders affirm that God created men and women with “complementary relationships and functions” (Ensign, Oct 2004, 84), a new wave of Mormon feminists seem ready to challenge LDS traditions and policies that they interpret as signs of institutional inequality. …

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