Reason #11 from Janis Hutchinson

Janis Hutchinson was a Mormon for 34 years, during which time she served two local missions. She is the author of Out of the Cults and Into the Church and The Mormon Missionaries — two excellent books and an informative Web site: www.janishutchinson.com Janis gives us reason #11 for why she won’t return to the Mormon Church: The Political Agenda of the Mormon Church (from her blog): . . .There has already been a comment on this blog about the LDS Church having a political agenda based on the old prophecy Brigham Young attributed to Joseph Smith, that one day the Constitution will hang by a thread and the Mormon elders will be called in to save it. However, what many members, as well as outsiders, do not know is about the existence of the Council of...

Review of Wives and Sisters

Wives and Sisters By Natalie Collins St. Martin’s Paperbacks (March 7, 2006) Review by Jana L. Perskie Allison Jensen, the principal character in “Wives And Sisters,” was raised in a Mormon household by parents who strictly adhered to the precepts of their religion, and to the practices of that extremely patriarchal and close-knit society. Allison, a child with a nimble, curious mind, learned by age six that there were many questions in life that should not be asked – because they would never be answered. When the Priesthood speaks on an issue, or more importantly when they do not speak, it is because there are some things congregants can never understand or be told. Members of the flock are expected to accept, without question, the word of...

Jesus’ Valentine

AWAITING THE SHOUT from THE SHOUT OF THE BRIDEGROOM (Covenant Publishing) By Glenn R. Greenwood and Latayne C. Scott This is a love story, pure and simple. It is the story of two lovers: Christ and His bride. We as the church see ourselves as that bride. But alongside that imagery in the New Testament is what seems to be a contradiction ““ for we know we are not only His spouse, but we are also His body. Is there a confusion of images? Not at all. In this marriage, as in all others, the great wonder is that of how two become one flesh. There is no confusion, only the great mystery of union. Jews call a wedding “a building of joy,” and the imagery fits our marriage with Christ, too. We can almost hear it ““ the hammering”‘s...

Romney’s out — for now

I feel ambivalence hearing that Mitt Romney has suspended his bid for the presidency. I have a picture of him in my freshman yearbook from BYU and believe that he shares many of the values that I also hold. I commend him for his strong family and his service to our country. I don’t believe we’ve seen the last of him — either as a possible vice president or in four more years in a new presidential bid. While I have no quarrel with what I see of his present character, I am still aware — and want to make others aware — of the overt, documented, and persistent political agenda of the LDS Church. I hate conspiracy theories. Did I tell you I hate conspiracy theories? But here’s a link you have to...

from a reader

Sometimes it’s hard for people to post comments on here so they send them directly to me. Here’s one from Wendy Leaumont: LaTayne, your posts about Romney have been eye-opening. (I don’t know HOW I’m going to vote in this election…Lord help us!) I just got a copy of “Mormon Mirage” in the mail today and can’t wait to start it. Just finished reading “Under the Banner of Heaven” by Charles Krakauer for my book club. It was well-written and informative, but I look forward to reading about Mormonism from the perspective of a Christian and former Mormon like yourself. Your work/ministry are FASCINATING to me and my husband, who is in the process of getting a Master of Divinity degree. (BTW, we just started an...