Mother’s Milk: Poems in Search of Heavenly Mother

Come, brothers, everyone—Mormon or not, come, sisters, kindred—and take these words. Out of her hunger for a mother God, she has made food for us all. It's what women's bodies know how to do, of course. In this stunning new collection of poems, rachel Hunt Steenblik Mormon Feminism: Essential Writings explores the deep, human longing for a divine mother to complement the male God that has long dominated our culture.

Bushman, delicious, author of contemporary Mormonism "The warm, delicate and strong poems in Mother’s Milk moved and delighted me. Using her own experience and revelation as well as her wide research, a woman not unlike our own mothers, Rachel recreates the Heavenly Mother many dream of knowing, one who shares our own experience of motherhood.

Claudia L. Praise for mother's milk “in these brief and moving poems, Rachel Hunt Steenblik recalls and reimagines the relationship between the daughters of God and their hidden and distant mother. I am so proud that this book will teach the world what Mormon women know—perhaps uniquely—about God. Joanna brooks, author of Book of Mormon Girl.

Boldly pulling back the curtain of patriarchy to show that “God” is not a boy’s name and that we have never lived in a one-parent family, Rachel reminds us that our Mother has never ceased to nourish and love us. Carol lynn pearson, author of mother wove the morning, and The Ghost of Eternal Polygamy “Rachel Hunt Steenblik is Mormonism's most essential and necessary poet since Carol Lynn Pearson.

But rachel, oh honey, so plainly, so truthfully, few of us do it so openly, so well.

The Book of Laman

Simply put: we want the book of mormon to be history, not fiction, but we expect the people in it to act like characters in a not very good novel and not as the kinds of people who have actually ever existed. She does not naturalize the miracles in the Book of Mormon—there really are angels and visions and smiting and all the rest—but she humanizes the actors.

Nephi is sometimes an annoying brat, but he is also a real prophet who sees and speaks for the Lord. From the forwardthe central conceit of the Book of Laman—telling the story of 1 Nephi from Laman’s perspective—seems like a perfect device for a funny book. Indeed, bob lewis used it precisely this way in his satirical 1997 novel, The Lost Plates of Laman.

. It does not try to be funny. And in some of the book’s very best scenes, he is touched unexpectedly by grace and God. Harrison’s characters are the sorts of people who might actually have existed in history. And this is important, as it corrects for a reading bias that plagues Latter-day Saints. Laman is neither a comic book villain nor a long-suffering ironist.

He is a flawed human being struggling to live well and usually coming up short. The characters are not simply reversed.

The Next Mormons: How Millennials Are Changing the LDS Church

For a long time, the church of jesus christ of Latter-day Saints was an exception: nearly three-quarters of people who grew up Mormon stayed that way into adulthood. American millennials--the generation born in the 1980s and 1990s--have been leaving organized religion in unprecedented numbers. In the next mormons, Jana Riess demonstrates that things are starting to change.

Drawing on a large-scale national study of four generations of current and former Mormons as well as dozens of in-depth personal interviews, Riess explores the religious beliefs and behaviors of young adult Mormons, finding that while their levels of belief remain strong, their institutional loyalties are less certain than their parents' and grandparents'.

Mormon families are changing too. For a growing number of millennials, the tensions between the Church's conservative ideals and their generation's commitment to individualism and pluralism prove too high, causing them to leave the faith-often experiencing deep personal anguish in the process. More mormons are remaining single, parents are having fewer children, and more women are working outside the home than a generation ago.

The next mormons offers a portrait of a generation navigating between traditional religion and a rapidly changing culture. Those who remain within the fold are attempting to carefully balance the Church's strong emphasis on the traditional family with their generation's more inclusive definition that celebrates same-sex couples and women's equality.


Dove Song: Heavenly Mother in Mormon Poetry

And uniquely important. She used to be the one not to be named. She used to be a rumor. It includes 138 poems from 80 poets and artists from the early church, to the late 20th Century to today. Dove song is unique in the canon of Mormon literature. They begin in 1844 with W. W. Snow, and lula green richards in 1899, then disappear from the fin de siè·cle to the 1970s when Carol Lynn Pearson and Linda Sillitoe sing our Mother back.

Not only is it a work of fine art, a carefully arranged series of poems that the poets have used their finest skill and training to create, a work of inspiration, but it is a work of history, and a sacred record of many individuals’ spiritual quest for additional revealed knowledge about Mother in Heaven.

Susan elizabeth howe“this anthology is a shattering summary of poetic revelation, feminist theology, and Mormon history about our Mother God. Over seventy poets speak across time from 1844-2017, describing their visions and yearnings for the divine feminine, like soul mates through the veil. We listened so hard at the edges of the conversation to hear anything—any detail, any dropped syllable.

Like holy scribes, these poets persist, wondering and writing in the wilderness, seeking a promised land where God is home. Maxine Hanks. Phelps, Eliza R. But thanks to the work of the visionary writers and editors who crafted DOVE SONG the Mormon concept of a Heavenly Mother now has so much presence! So many words! May we never lose her again.

The New Testament: A New Translation for Latter-day Saints

Where applicable, the Joseph Smith Translation has been included. The notes contain the most complete list of cross-references to New Testament passages in the Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants that have ever been assembled. This new translation renders the New Testament text into modern English and is sensitive to LDS beliefs and practices.

New and extensive notes provide alternate translations, commentary upon variant manuscript traditions, and historical insights. The original structure of the New Testament is restored and highlights features such as quotations, hymns, and poetic passages. This translation is readable and accessible for a wider range of readers than the King James Version.


Third Wheel: Peculiar Stories of Mormon Women in Love

Two plays by melissa leilani larson about Mormon Women in Love: "Little Happy Secrets" and "Pilot Program. ".

The Burning Point: A Memoir of Addiction, Destruction, Love, Parenting, Survival, and Hope

No, you’re not. Most years were slightly uncomfortable until we remembered how to breathe. Coming in july 2017 I’m scared. While it’s true the sun always rose, not everyone lived through the night, and the stars didn’t give a damn. Everything didn’t always work out. Sometimes life hurt too much, and people did break.

The burning point will be available from By Common Consent Press on July 1, 2017. Some days took years and were times of transition where we thought we might die, and some years were full of euphoria or rushing release. Sometimes things were just hard. Of what? what if i can’t do it? what if you can? when the call came, when the letter arrived, when the sunlight finally fell on your face—the struggle fell away, and you only remembered the beauty.

Yes, I am. Every day we brought forth our future, every choice we made determined what raw materials would be in the hands of tomorrow. Sometimes, you had to wait for a long time for the sun to rise. It was like childbirth, but constantly, for your whole life.

The Ghost of Eternal Polygamy: Haunting the Hearts and Heaven of Mormon Women and Men

Mormon historian and author Dr. Any member of the ldS Church today who enters the practice of polygamy is immediately excommunicated. It has only been postponed, three, a fact confirmed by thousands of “eternal sealings” giving a man an assurance that he will claim as wives in heaven the two, or even more women he has sequentially married during his lifetime.

No such opportunity is available to women. Gregory prince says of the ghost of eternal polygamy: “carol Lynn Pearson has hit a home run in her quest to illuminate both the damage that Mormonism’s de facto practice of polygamy continues to inflict, and the route to a better, more humane place. Through her own personal stories, inflicting profound pain and fear, assuring women that they are still objects, harming or destroying marriages, but also haunts the living—hiding in the recesses of the Mormon psyche, bringing chaos to family relationships, those of her ancestors, and the thousands of stories that came to her through an Internet survey, Pearson shows the power of the Ghost of Eternal Polygamy as it not only waits on the other side to greet the most righteous in heaven, leading many to lose faith in the church and in God.

However, polygamy itself has never been excommunicated, Pearson claims, but has an honored and protected place at the table. We gave that up long ago. Not so, claims noted lds poet and author Carol Lynn Pearson, who examines the issue as it has never been examined before. Polygamy?” says the mainstream Mormon Church.

Those who truly hope for eternal polygamy or who resent any call to institutional reform will be upset, but countless others will rejoice that she has shown ‘a more excellent way.

The Sun Has Burned My Skin: A Modest Paraphrase of Solomon's Song of Songs

The songs themselves are a collection of age-old Israelitelove songs, sung principallyby a young woman who is bold, confident, searing and intense, andonly just exposed to the tidal pull of love and sex. Like adam miller's work on ecclesiastes and romans, The Sun Has Burned My Skin is a looseparaphrase that aims more for the replication ofa certain mood than for the correspondence ofparticular words and phrases.


A House Full of Females: Plural Marriage and Women's Rights in Early Mormonism, 1835-1870

A stunning and sure-to-be controversial book that pieces together, through more than two dozen nineteenth-century diaries, fifty years ahead of the vote nationally ratified by Congress, the never-before-told story of the earliest days of the women of Mormon "plural marriage, " whose right to vote in the state of Utah was given to them by a Mormon-dominated legislature as an outgrowth of polygamy in 1870, albums, or because of, or Mormons, and quilts left by first-generation Latter-day Saints, minute-books, and who became political actors in spite of, letters, their marital arrangements.

. Laurel thatcher ulrich, has brilliantly reconstructed these textured, writing of this small group of Mormon women who've previously been seen as mere names and dates, complex lives to give us a fulsome portrait of who these women were and of their "sex radicalism"--the idea that a woman should choose when and with whom to bear children.

From the Hardcover edition. From the author of a midwife's tale, nuanced, winner of the pulitzer prize and the Bancroft Prize for History, and deeply intimate look at the world of early Mormon women whose seemingly ordinary lives belied an astonishingly revolutionary spirit, and The Age of Homespun--a revelatory, drive, and determination.


Mormon Feminism: Essential Writings

But even as the church has maintained a conservative position in public debates over sex and gender, Mormon women have developed their own brand of feminism by recovering the lost histories of female leadership and exploring the empowering potential of Mormon theology. The selections in this book-many gathered from out-of-print anthologies, and other ephemera--walk the reader through the history of Mormon feminism, magazines, from the second-wave feminism of the 1970s to contemporary debates over the ordination of women.

Collecting essays, push for progress and change in the contemporary LDS Church, and prose, Mormon Feminism presents the diverse voices of Mormon women as they challenge assumptions and stereotypes, poems, speeches, and band together with other feminists of faith hoping to build a better world. This groundbreaking collection gathers together for the first time the essential writings of the contemporary Mormon feminist movement--from its historic beginnings in the 1970s to its vibrant present, offering the best Mormon feminist thought and writing.

No issue in mormonism has made more headlines than the faith's distinctive approach to sex and gender. From its polygamous nineteenth-century past to its twentieth-century stand against the Equal Rights Amendment and its twenty-first-century fight against same-sex marriage, roles, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints LDS has consistently positioned itself on the frontlines of battles over gender-related identities, and rights.