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What I’ve Been Up To: December 2013

by heather
What I have been up to: We had a blizzard. One co-worker said that she has lived here for 22 years and she has never seen a snow storm like that in St George. And not only did we get a snow storm, but the snow stuck around for more than a week. (In fact we still have some in patches in our yard weeks later.) Totally weird for St. George. But the kids enjoyed snow fights and building snow men. I got my neighbor gifts AND my Christmas cards out before Christmas. Wahoo!  (Well, most of them.) Read more [...]

Mormon Journey Part 6: Polygamy

by heather
I had come to terms with polygamy. I live in southern Utah and I have multiple friends who are happily living in polygamous relationships. If living that way makes them happy and no one is getting hurt, then it isn't really my business. I was also told growing up that part of the reason that polygamy was necessary was because there were so many more women than men, and Mormon doctrine dictates that a woman has to be married to reach the highest level of Celestial Kingdom. I have a very dear friend Read more [...]

Mormon Journey Part 4: My Husband’s Mission and Why it was a big part of him leaving

by heather
Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 I had my husband write this part of the story from his point of view Why I Left I was a good kid. I did my best to follow the commandments and live up to what was expected of me. I truly believed that the church was true. But I never knew it. This always bothered me deeply, because I was supposed to know it. Every Fast and Testimony meeting, people would rise to the stand and proclaim that they absolutely know that the church is true. I would never bear testimony, 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 [...]

What I’ve been up to: August 2013

by heather
What I've been up to: I didn't get into graduate school. The program is very competitive and the fact that my application wasn't complete (One transcript office sent my transcript to the wrong school and it took 2 weeks to get a hold of someone who was even willing to write down my name.) made it one of the first on the chopping block. Of course that was a little disappointing, but I think it is for the best. I can still take a few classes online that will count toward my degree (at a lower tuition 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 [...]

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