Tag: Sunstone Talk

The Surprising Way 2 Nephi 29:11 Defines a Prophet

This brief scriptural passage succinctly summarizes the content and spirit of both the Old and New Testament teachings about the availability of divine contact and assistance to all human beings and nations. This scripture also suggests that the definition of prophecy, and the related concept of prophethood, has been perhaps too narrowly understood. Prophets are …

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Mindfully Navigating Grief & Loss Within Faith Awakenings

A faith awakening/transition can usher in unique experiences with grief and loss. At times a loss of identity, certainty, and connection to a community can occur. In this session, we’ll utilize the latest grief and loss research to explore how faith transitions can help us more mindfully manage the cyclical nature and non-finite aspect of …

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Learning to Better Support our Loved-one’s Faith Transition (Using recently published Church-approved Resources!)

For many people, navigating a faith crisis, transition, or transformation is a solo proposition with minimal support. Some recent books, including Bridges: Ministering to Those Who Question, can help people better support, engage with, understand, and maintain healthy connections to the one making such a transition. This session will discuss ways to help those within …

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Married to My Faith Crisis

In 2014, I did something stupid and wonderful. Despite being woefully under-qualified, I started a blog about marriage. Due to a lot of work and a lot of luck, it picked up traction and became my job. Around 2017, a faith crisis tornado-ed into my life, leaving a lot of grief and little gratitude in …

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Spiritual Bypassing in the Bishop’s Office: When Help Turns to Harm

Take a trip down the rabbit hole! This presentation discusses spiritual bypassing using an Alice in Wonderland analogy. Don’t know what spiritual bypassing is? You may not know the term, but you’ve probably encountered the phenomenon. Spiritual bypassing occurs when people use spiritual ideas or practices to avoid facing painful psychological or emotional wounds. This …

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Mormonism and Community

The Mormon Church can be a very comfortable community for many people. Some people stay in the church because of the community. Many who leave struggle to find a new community. This panel explores the topic of community in the broader spectrum of Mormonism, whether in or out of the Church.

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Thriving Through a Faith Transition

What kind of experiences lead people to transition out of the Church? How do these transitions evolve? How possible is it to maintain a relationship with the Church or with still-active friends and family? Three panelists will draw on their own experiences and research as they explore these questions.

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How We Wrote Mormon History

Every great book has a great backstory. The recently published book Writing Mormon History allows the reader to enter into the historian’s world. Each chapter is written by a well-known historian describing the journey of writing books that have shaped our understanding of the Mormon past, offering an unprecedented glimpse into why they wrote these …

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Marriage and Polygamy

This session argues that a scriptural look at the history of marriage in the LDS Church since its beginning shows that a man should have only one wife and that polygamy has never been a commandment from God.

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