When chanson asked me to fill in for her this week, I was glad to give the hardest working Ex-Mormon blogger a well-deserved weekend off. Especially since she just got through naming Joanna Brooks the X-Mormon of the Year! What I didnt anticipate was how much I would enjoy spending a week on Outerblogness, where members from all sides of the broader Mormon community have one thing in common: they can take on the tough issues without worrying about checking with the LDS Church Correlation Committee, consulting with their bishops, or offending someone in Testimony Meeting.
Take the topic of Mormonism and race, for example. To some it inspired rage, to some a defense of the faith, to others an examination of their sheltered environment, and, to President Paternoster, the scolding of an entire continent. Then we moved on to politics, where Mormon candidates, Romney in particular, invited confusion, satire, and uncomfortable encounters. Gender and same-sex attraction came up as well, in the form of a plea for tolerance, a heartbreaking story, andan examination of Mormon theology.
Speaking of theology, LDS history and doctrine took center stage this week in discussions over whatJesus would really do, the true definition of a Christ-centeredfaith,interpretations of the Book of Mormon, Alma 32,and the teachings of Abraham, and when to tell the kids the whole story. Also, what exactly is a Mormon anyway? Or an Ex-Mormon, for that matter? And heaven help an intelligent Mormon!
Of course we sisters weighed in as well. Sulli reflected on decision-making, Heather on turning twelve, and Starfoxy on the role of women. Molly mused over healthy messages to women and girls, and Jennifer recalled some less than healthy messages. And we remembered the forgotten wives of Joseph Smith, as well as a couple of birth days.
Last but not least, there were some good reads, an art contest, blogging opportunities, pictures worthmanythousands of words, suspicious scooters,fantasies, theories about LDS retention rates, General Conference predictions, interesting quotes, thoughts onorgan donation, gorgeous poetry, a filmdebutand a long anticipatedmall opening.
And in closing, I would be remiss if I did not stand and express my gratitude for the wonderful writers that make up Outerblogness!