Covenant Is Atonement

09 January 2022
This is a transcript of a talk that I gave to my ward, my local congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, earlier today. Ward leaders asked me to talk about making and keeping covenants. So I’ve been thinking and praying about the topic. And I hope my comments will also be helpful for you. Of course, the topic of covenants is always relevant at Church. But, to me, the topic ... (More)

Young Gods

10 December 2021
Slipping off a Sunday dress—hoping you’ll join me and undress.No more dark slacks and white shirts,corruption of innocence tends to hurt.It’s worship too irreverent for pews,forgive my transgression against a holy muse, but, trust me, crisis leads to transition.Take your time. Steady your volition.Have a bite of this forbidden fruit and seenothing you knew is what it seems.Come with me and I ... (More)

Leaving the Graveyard

31 October 2021
I knelt in the graveyard just east of the temple built by my ancestors. Unlike the temple, the graveyard always welcomed me with impartiality. Death is truly no respecter of persons. The graveyard cradled patriarchs and wives, along with generations of their posterity. The air was thick with fog and dripping with memories. I took comfort in the concealment the haze provided. It enveloped me like a ... (More)

The Economy of Godhood

26 October 2021
Godhood is the ultimate conceptualization of power. From many Gods through one God, human minds evolved. We knew many. We knew one. Now the apocalypse is here: whether there’s one God or many Gods, all are being revealed. And as they appear, we are seeing that we are like them. For theosis, it will never be enough simply to think or pray or even love harder — unless “harder” implies concret ... (More)

As We, in Turn, Become the Limits of Humanity

10 October 2021
Our living ancestors are shelter from the limits of humanity. Within their walls, much is well lit. Much is visible. Much is familiar. But there’s an outside. Beyond their lives, none of us has yet ventured. But we know it’s there, if “there” is the right word to describe it. It’s at least “there” relative to us. We tell each other stories about light and darkness beyond. Some of us k ... (More)

The Apotheosis of Pity

20 September 2021
Pulled from the crowd into the light, I stumbled blindly. But my friends supported me by both arms. They guided me some distance, whispering comfort to my ears. And they lowered me carefully to the ground. As soon as they had released my left arm and before I could thank them, some of my friends turned and rushed away. “We will avenge you!” With eyes adjusting to the light, I finally saw them. ... (More)

Book Club Discussion Questions

12 September 2021
I am flattered and honored to hear that people are reading Queer Mormon Theology at various book clubs and that folks are reaching out for a list of discussion questions. I’m thrilled to share this short list of questions to spur discussion at book clubs. Thank you everyone for your interest, support and love!How have your perceptions of the word “queer” changed if at all? (Ch 1)As a Latter-d ... (More)

General Conference Changes, the False Belief that Everything is God’s Will, and How it Contributes to Mass Faith Crises

10 September 2021
As members of the church, we are often forced into cognitive dissonance. We hit that place again this year. Much of it seems to come from the untenable deification of leadership that seems widespread in our ranks. Catholics claim that the pope is infallible But no one believes is. Mormons claim the prophet is fallible […] ... (More)

Only Truth

25 August 2021
Real kindness is our closest approximation of truth. And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32 Some people choose a word to inspire them in the New Year. Last year, as I pondered that idea, I instead chose a word to direct my entire life. My foundational life goal is to find truth. The […] ... (More)

NFT Memorial to Mormon Transhumanist Leaders

13 July 2021
In April of this year, I completed my fifth and final term as a board member of the Mormon Transhumanist Association. During those fifteen years, it was my privilege and pleasure to share in service on the board with 24 of the finest people that I know personally: Andrew West, Ben Blair, Blaire Ostler, Brad Carmack, Brent Allsop, Bryant Smith, Caleb Jones, Carl Youngblood, Christopher Bradford, Con ... (More)
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