This year (2020) I was invited to share my thoughts in Sunstone's “Why I Stay” plenary session for their conference.
Welcome to Navigating Discipleship
Sharing our thoughts from our life of discipleship
Recent events should cause everyone to reflect on the hard realities of racism and our collective responsibility in naming and dismantling it individually and in our institutions.
I created a presentation to teach about the introductory texts of the Book of Mormon as well as its origins.
We feel that the societal, scientific, and religious understanding of LGBTQ people through time is complex and on-going and we’ve felt an overwhelming need for greater understanding.
I had the opportunity to chat with Richard Ostler on his Listen Learn & Love podcast. We focused on the gospel/mission of Jesus Christ and how it can help inform topics including doubt and ministering to LGBTQ people.
Doctrinal certainties to “know” are the blunt instruments in the toolbox of faith. And while they serve a purpose, they aren’t very good at addressing the specific, intimate evils and pains we all grapple with in life.
If we are to follow the Mormon creed to seek out “anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy” or to accept “one of the grand fundamental principles of 'Mormonism'... to receive truth, let it come from whence it may” then we'll need to develop the ability to prayerfully cherry-pick.
I'm learning that conversion is not a one-time event. It's cyclical. Season by season, hour by hour, I have to let go of what I'm holding on to.
I participated in a Mormon Matters discussion on the wrestle between obedience and conscience with Mormon Matters host Dan Wotherspoon, Jana Riess, and Eric D. Huntsman. It was a pleasure to discuss with them the challenges and opportunities we have to engage in this wrestle as we seek to follow the spirit while also engaging in the church.