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Widening the Divide: Two Monks, The Mormon Church, and Moving Forward

I work with teens.  And sometimes they argue.  And I help them with conflict resolution.  And sometimes they just can’t get over whatever it was that originally pissed them off.  When that happens, I’ll sometimes tell this story about two monks.  They were travelling together, and during their travels, they came across a woman that … Continue reading

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Religious Experiences from an Agnostic View

So, to start off, I should admit that I’m a Mormon on paper, but in reality, I’m pretty agnostic. And by agnostic, I mean that I don’t believe in much (if anything) in particular, but I’m not opposed to much (if anything) in particular either.  I guess you could say that I’m a skeptic, but … Continue reading

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A Gay Mormon Missionary Falls In Love

I wish I had known I was gay before my mission. I think knowing would have changed a lot of things about my life.  I don’t think I would have gone on a mission. That’s not to say that I’m mad that I went.  I’m so glad that I did.  I learned so much about … Continue reading

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Pron (spelling, I know…), Jacking Off, and Gay Marriage

Alright… It’s time for some straight up honesty that might be awkward.  It’s cool though, because I don’t care if it’s awkward or not.  So let’s jump right in. I started jacking off when I was 13.  It quickly became something that happened almost daily, and sometimes multiple times a day.  I lied through my … Continue reading

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So Two Missionaries Walk Into a Gay Bar on Conference Weekend….

It’s the weekend of General Conference, which means my Facebook is blowing up with quotes from Mormon leaders.  I’ll be honest and say that I don’t really miss 10 hours of pajama church every 6 months, and I’m happy with my normal pajama church.  Speaking of which, I’m trying to start a new trend, #netflixchurch. … Continue reading

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The Other Side

Of course we’ve all heard the phrase “The grass is always greener on the other side”, right? Well, not so much when it comes to the Mormons and the gays. When I was Mormon, I thought a lot about the gays.  To me, their lawn looked plastic and glittery and colorful, but underneath, it was … Continue reading