Reason #201: Guest Post– “At First Glance”

At First Glance The flowers adorning her pale cotton church dress shown through the clear water of the sacrament cup.  At first glance, one could not tell if the small plastic vessel was empty or full. It was empty. The puffy white clouds moved by the wind’s hand above the tall, newly-built, brick ward. The steeple pointed to a heaven, but not to Christ. At first glance, one could not tell if the cross-less church was empty or full. It was empty. The beautiful gold-bound journal sat upon the desk, its pages waiting for the dressing of words that would be strung together to give testimony.  At first glance, one could not tell if the journal was empty or full. It was empty. The blue leather-bound holy scriptures looked down from the high shelf. Within their...

Reason #200: Guest Post –“Like Chewing Plastic”

Research confirms that we return to toxic relationships an average of 4 times before we finally call it quits.  Why do many return when they know it’s unhealthy?  And why won’t I ever return to the LDS church? Ten years ago I never would have dreamed that I would be writing about Mormonism as a cult.  We were the good guys, the well educated, happy, productive givers with shining faces in our proper places.  We had the truth while other struggled with fragments of it.  Yet… Why was LDS culture so judgmental?  Why would the Bishop tell me God wanted me to volunteer when I didn’t feel God confirming this to me?   Why was the temple so weird, oddly creepy and my inner alarm bells wouldn’t stop ringing? Two years before I left, I studied the...

Saccharine Saints: Is it defamation to “add to” a Bible character?

One of the challenges of writing Biblical fiction is that, in order to make sure that people mentioned in the Bible don’t come across as “saccharine saints.” Even though the protagonist of my biblical historical fiction book, A Conspiracy of Breath, could be identified solely from the Bible as Pristine Priscilla, I portrayed her with very human characteristics:  envy, stubbornness, depression, and even anger. I recently read an interesting article about the legal implications of writing about actual people. (Do you know what constitutes defamation? According to this article, you should!) Of course, Priscilla isn’t around to counter any way I portrayed her. Here is an excerpt from A Conspiracy of Breath. What are your thoughts on...

Reason #199: Damning Documentation: LDS Clergy Abuse

If you can read this document all the way to the end without becoming really, really angry, you have either mastered your emotions completely or you are dead. Deb Diener has provided links and information from public documents. Wow, just wow. (For more information, see The Mormon Mirage or other entries on 365 Reasons Why I Won’t Return to Mormonism

The Woman Who Would Carry God

Many women loved Jesus. Some followed Him around and cooked for Him, just to be near Him. At least one didn’t cook for Him, on purpose, just to be near Him. But one woman loved Him enough to carry Him around. Literally, to carry Him around. When He rose from the dead, Mary Magdalene, the gospel of John tells us, remained outside the trampled tomb. The disciples had believed her about the vacated gravesite but once they saw for themselves, they went back home. Mary’s grief, though, couldn’t be contained. She stood outside the door – did her tears spatter its threshold? She stared at the two angels, headboard and footboard, with their questions; but couldn’t meet the eyes of the man who’d silently approached behind her. He asked questions, too; but...