“A People Apart”

"... With attractive edifices on Brattle Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and in many other cities and suburbs, and with a reputation for conservatism in both personal ethics and social policy, Mormons sometimes appear to have become another white middle­-class denomination with obvious Yankee origins. Yet they remain a people apart, bound to a very distinctive tradition that was brought into the world by a most unusual man..."

A Mormon By Any Other Name

A poem written during my mission, reflecting on the existential questions raised in the shift away from actively identifying as "Mormon" as directed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The Excommunicated Prophet

Who are the "Lamanites" of our time? Who do we as individuals, as communities, as faith traditions and institutions relegate to that of the "Other"? Whose voices have we excluded from our records and histories? Whose voices aren't present in scripture? These are all questions which Samuel the Lamanite should cause us to pause and consider.

Earthquake-Proofing the Restoration: A Note on the “Three Tentpoles of Radical Orthodoxy”

Rather than a paradigm of absolute demolition and historical dishonoring, we should instead embrace a paradigm of renovation and earthquake-proofing as observable in the case of the Salt Lake Temple. Such earthquake-proofing may not be possible from the guiding framework of Radical Orthodoxy. The Restoration deserves greater boldness and confidence. Joseph Smith is among our best examples in this regard.

Tabernacles, Temples, and Transgender Saints

The example of the Provo City Center Temple highlights the often unrecognized ways in which transgender individuals have been a wonderful blessing to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and are an essential part of the Body of Christ.

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