“Suffer the Little Ones”: The LDS Church’s Recent Policy Updates Regarding Same-Sex Families

Ease back from the ledge. Like many who follow developments within the LDS Church online, I too felt as if the wind were taken out of my sails following the recent news of policy shifts regarding same-sex couples and children in … Continue reading

Family Breakdown, the Welfare State, and the Family Proclamation: An Alternative History*

Laura Compton at Rational Faiths has an enlightening and informative post on the origins of the Family Proclamation. She effectively demonstrates that the controversy surrounding Baehr v. Lewin–the first major victory for same-sex marriage proponents–gave birth to the quasi-canonical document. … Continue reading

Ezra Taft Benson Chronology: Continued fight against communism (through McKay administration)

Ezra Taft Benson Chronology (Part IV): Oct 18, 1963 to January 18, 1970 (Apostle; 2nd European Mission; promotion of Birch Society; exploration of U.S. presidential bids) Overview Ezra Taft Benson’s Mission call to Europe was viewed by some apostles, and … Continue reading

Elder Packer and the Danger of Homosexuality, 20 Years Later

Elder Packer declared homosexuality to be one of the three dangers facing the church

Twenty years ago this week, Elder Boyd K. Packer gave a talk[1] to the All-Church Coordinating Counsel[2] opening with some advice he received about which direction church administrators should face.  “Either you represent the teachers and students and champion their causes or … Continue reading