Category: culture

Christmas Letters

Every year about this time I start thinking about writing the ...

Vignettes from Earth’s Oldest Records

It's been a while since I looked forward to a book's ...

Mormon Women’s Involvement with the Sacred: Reflections on Kris Wright’s Lecture on Bread, Water, Oil, and Cloth

On Thursday, September 12th I had the opportunity to hear Kris ...

Gender Roles in the Plan of Salvation

This is a theory, a try at understanding. It is my ...

A Word of Wisdom: Now, With Even More Promise!

Often, we consider the benefits of following the Word of Wisdom ...

Entertained or Devoted?

My husband and I went to see the movie, Man ...

Diet and Agency

I have two stories that I wish to share as illustration ...

My Father, an Enigma

My father is an enigma amongst men. Growing up, I didn't realize ...

Truth Eternal Tells Me I’ve a Mother There

From our Separating Culture from Doctrine series, an ongoing series addressing ...

What Would Marjorie Do?

Published long ago in a galaxy far, far away... A week or ...

Consecration Question

First Confession: I'm a consecration story junkie. I have a soft spot ...

Mormon Corridor Traditions and the Pioneers Who Started Them

This essay is part of our Questions and Insight section. We welcome guest ...

Separating Culture from Doctrine

This series is part of our Questions and Insight section. We ...

See The Spirit Before The Life-Worn Face

I recently attended a Church-sponsored class on how to help the ...

What Do You Contribute to Mormon Culture?

We all agree that there's a difference between the gospel and ...

Not Pertinent to My Eternal Salvation

A few weeks ago I overheard a comment that has become ...

Equal Opportunity Prayer, For only $5!!

I am not sure how many of you have heard of ...

A House of Learning

... Seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; ...

Covenant Motherhood: A Review

Our friend Stephanie has written a beautiful, accessible treatise on the ...

Easter Beyond the Basket

I sometimes hesitate to admit a few things about myself, because ...

Modesty & Breastfeeding

Like many Mormons I grew up in a very modesty-minded family. ...

On Commentary and Conduct

One of our core principles at Real Intent is to refrain ...

Apostle Fan Protocol: Is there one?

Rock stars, pop stars, and even some sports figures garner attention ...

Equality without Unity?

“I am a feminist.” What does that mean? Apparently no one really knows. At ...

What’s The Good Word?

Many of the subcultures that one can find in the world ...

Three questions from the 1964 Freedom Summer

A few days ago, my brother made the observation that Americans ...

Does Exaltation Mean Polygamy?

Does Mormon doctrine teach that in order to obtain exaltation, men must ...

Growing Sin

I don’t like the word repent. Short and chopped at the ...

Keeping Christmas

Karen Austin at Segullah has a post up about her celebration ...

Handling the Glut

A few days ago my husband and I watched BYUTV’s collection ...

Dia de Los Muertos

Halloween coincides with the Mexican festival Dia de Los Muertos (Nov ...

Understanding Commandments

Too often commandments look like a crazy quilt of random historical ...

The President’s Ward

Not long ago I read an article in The Washington Post ...

Sleep Is Over-Rated

No, this post is not about early-morning seminary.  Just thought I ...

Does God Need Me?

I sat doubled over in the temple dressing room stall sobbing ...

Peoria Tree of Life

with Richard Shook, artist This year I’ve had the opportunity to watch my ...

Four Centuries Contest Discussion: “Ruby’s Gift”

What has Mormon life looked like over the past two hundred ...

The War of Animal Instincts

Recently, I remarked to my sister that I attract people with difficult ...

The Simple Pleasures of Home

His hand grips the glass of cool, creamy milk. ...

Ghazal

My grandfather, Gurcharan Singh Gill, is the kind of grounded, giving ...

Cognitive Dissonance For a More Perfect Understanding

Parenting doesn’t make people happier, according to a fairly recent study ...

Living Faith in an Age of Like

My friends Like (according to a website I visit at least ...