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What I’ve Been Up to: September 2013

by heather
What I've been up to: Homework! I'm having a love/hate relationship with it. I'm enjoying the challenge of school, but sometimes I get tired of so many hours in front of the computer. Ceder City Half Marathon- One of my favorite things to do is go on long runs with my husband. It is not one of his favorite things to do, but he is a good sport about it and comes anyway. Also this is just a beautiful canyon to run. We took our family camping at Goblin Valley. Lots of great hiking and Read more [...]

In Sacred Loneliness:The Plural Wives of Joseph Smith Part 5: A pair of sisters and Relief Society Leadership

by heather
For those wondering why the wives of Joseph Smith are relevant, besides the fact that Mormon history is really fascinating, go back and read the first part of Part 1.  The more I read about the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the more I feel that if I and was involved in early meetings it would feel very different than the church that I grew up in, so different to feel completely foreign. Speaking in tongues and prophesying was a regular part of church meetings. People Read more [...]

In Sacred Loneliness Part 4: Polyandry, Miracles, an Apostle’s Wife & a Sacred Commitment

by heather
For those wondering why the wives of Joseph Smith are relevant, besides the fact that Mormon history is really fascinating, go back and read the first part of Part 1. In researching about polygamy, it really seems to me, that for those that practiced polygamy it was a great sanctifying thing they did to show their obedience. It was similar to how modern Mormons feel about the Word of Wisdom. It was something that they did that showed their commitment to God, it was something that set them apart Read more [...]

In Sacred Loneliness Part 3: A Levirate Marriage, and A Mother and Daughter

by heather
For those wondering why the wives of Joseph Smith are relevant, besides the fact that Mormon history is really fascinating, go back and read the first part of Part 1. When I was growing up as a youth in the LDS Church I remember someone asking if Joseph Smith practiced polygamy. We were told that no, he didn't really practice it. There were several women who wanted to be sealed to him after he died. It was just like Catholic nuns believe they are married to Jesus, but the only woman that was actually Read more [...]

In Sacred Loneliness Part 2- The Huntington Sisters: Polyandry, the Priesthood, Relief Soceity and Women’s Suffrage

by heather
For those wondering why the wives of Joseph Smith are relevant, besides the fact that Mormon history is really fascinating, go back and read the first part of Part 1. Many people ask the questions 'Why would anyone want to practice polygamy?' "Why would someone who was already in a stable marriage want to practice polyandry?' 'Why would a Victorian-age woman consent to such an unconventional relationship?' Really, when I think of the standards of Victorian-age, unconventional marriage relations Read more [...]

Book Review: In Sacred Loneliness Part 1- The First Three Plural Wives of Joseph Smith

by heather
This book review doesn't fall in with the general scope of what I talk about in my blog (food storage, health and motherhood) but I'm aware that there are people who read my blog only because of this post where I discussed my husband leaving the LDS Church. In the past six months I have spent a lot of time researching, particularly about Joseph Smith's polygamy because that was one of my husband's big issues. There is a lot that is said on the internet about the topic. Some of it is true and some Read more [...]

Book Review: From Housewife to Heretic: One Woman’s Spiritual Awakening and Her Excommunication from the Mormon Church

by heather
A couple months ago, during the drama surrounding Elaine Dalton and her comment that women should not lobby for their rights, I read someone mention Sonia Johnson and her excommunication for being a feminist and her support of ERA. This really surprised me, the LDS Church doesn't excommunicate people for thinking differently, or for political activity, especially not for trying to help women to be treated fairly. That's what I thought and I was wrong. There have been more Mormon women who were excommunicated Read more [...]

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