Congratulations 2016 Brodie Award Winners!!

Here are the results:

Year-long awards for people and groups:

Best New Blog/Channel/Podcast: Mormon Censorship

Best Humor/Satire Blog/Channel/Podcast: Brother Jake

Best Scripture Study Blog/Channel/Podcast: My Book of Mormon Podcast

Best Mormon History Blog/Channel/Podcast: Naked Mormonism Podcast

Best LDS-Church-Info Site: MormonThink

Best LDS-interest Discussion Forum: r/exmormon/

Best Exmormon Reddit Contributor: u/fearlessfixxer

Best faithful-perspective Mormon Blog or Podcast: Wheat & Tares

Awards for Individual Works:

Best LDS-Interest Book (Fiction): Invasion of the Spirit Snatchers, by Johnny Townsend

Best LDS-Interest Book (General non-fiction): The Ghost of Eternal Polygamy: Haunting the Hearts and Heaven of Mormon Women and Men, by Carol Lynn Pearson

Best LDS-Interest Book (Narrative non-fiction): Leonard Arrington and the Writing of Mormon History, by
Gregory A. Prince

Best LDS-Interest Song: Trash, by Tyler Glenn

Best Poem: Junebug, by Leia

Best LDS-Interest Comic or Image: Pat Bagley: on reporting rape at BYU

Best Mormon-Themed Meme: Where Will You Go? – Artistic Edition, by Steve Otteson

Best Post Title: Pussy Grabbernacle Choir Begins Telestial Outreach Tour, by Timothy McFoster

Funniest Humor Piece: Elder Holland Furious over Apostate Flapdoodles, by Mahonri Smith

Funniest Parody: Brother Joseph, by Brother Jake

Best Metaphor/Analogy/Allegory: Top 10 ways the church is like North Korea, by Mormon Expression Podcast

Best From the Pulpit Sermon: Tad Callister

Most Poignant Personal Story: Naked Mormonism Podcast – “CC – Norma” (after episode 41)

Best Exit Story: Tyler Glenn on Mormon Stories

Best Original Research Regarding Mormonism: Youth Suicide Rates and Mormon Religious Context: An Additional Empirical Analysis, by Benjamin Knoll

Best Leak or Personal Recording: Leaked conversation with the brethren and former Oregon Senator, Gordon Smith, by anonymous via Ryan McKnight

Best LDS Church Watch Piece: News of BYU Rape Policies are Triggering Me…, by Natasha Helfer Parker

Best Response to Apologetics: The Dominant Narrative Is Not True, by Bill Reel

Best LDS-Culture Piece: Challenging the “Addiction” Paradigm with Regard to Pornography, by Mormon Matters Podcast

Best History Piece: Mark Hoffman Series on Naked Mormonism Podcast (after Spec Ed 28)

Best Scripture Study Piece: 3 Nephi 19: In Which Jesus is Terrible at his Job, by Alex

Most Insightful Commentary on the CoJCoL-dS: Malcom Gladwell, Elder Holland and the Legitimacy of Authority, by James Patterson

Best Philosophical/Theological Discussion:Reflections on the New Zealand/Australia Special Conference: Finding Mormonism’s Thin Places, by Gina Colvin

Best Podcast Episode: Mormon Stories: 650-652, One Ordinary Family’s Extraordinary Mormon Transition

Best Short Media Presentation: Sidney Rigdon: Forgotten Hero of Mormonism, by Bryce Blankenagel, Seattle Sunstone

And here are this year’s award buttons! If you are a winner, please feel free to copy these graphics and display them on your site:

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If you would like to see the results of the voting, the completed polls (and the lists of nominees) are here.

Congratulations to 2016’s winners and to everyone who participated!!

Sunday in Outer Blogness: Onward into 2017 edition!

We are smack dab in the middle of awards season here at Main Street Plaza! If you have not yet voted for X-Mormon of the year 2016, this week is your last chance — do it here! Also, I’ve just cleaned up the categories and added my own nominations for the Brodie Awards here. You have another week or two to add your nominations — to give a little extra boost of recognition for the best LDS-interest content published or posted in 2016!!

Also note that Wheat & Tares have started their parallel (perhaps slightly-more-faithful-leaning) awards and Ziff has posted his yearly roundup of funny Bloggernacle comments!

So 2017 has begun, for better or for worse, and with it come new reasons to doubt! Also, Dan Pearce has done a new batch of wrong numbers, Joseph Broom is continuing his human journey, a Utah artist has done a series of portraits of Joseph Smith’s wives, and Dad’s Primal Scream described a scary new development in his family:

Rumor has it that one of the step-sisters is about to get married to her fiance who is gay. Well, he was once gay, or once did something slightly gay, or only has a tiny ounce of gay in him at the moment, or he’s been cured.

All I really know is that my kids have heard the whispering of his cured homosexuality and that the marriage is proceeding. My ex-wife who was so greatly hurt in our divorce and my subsequent coming out is standing on the sidelines while her step-daughter makes the same horrible mistake.

In Mormon culture, here’s a piece on unfundamentalist parenting, the non-issue of explaining to kids about transgender people, and the echoing effects of polygamy:

If I’m raw and honest, polygamy has ruined marriage and motherhood for me. If I’m honest, I’m not sure I’m cut out for the kind of plan of happiness god has for his daughters. If I’m honest, I finally understand why I always felt enslaved to the children I wasn’t ever sure I wanted but was expected to be the only purpose of my life. I finally get it though. I get why I feel pressured to be okay with a marriage of friendship instead of romance. I get why I feel “needy” wanting my husband’s attention. Why my goals and dreams are expected to take a back seat to his career. Why I felt so guilty whenever I wanted to say no. Why my body has never belonged to me and I’m supposed to be grateful for the opportunity to sacrifice.

A Mormon blogger warned others about “The Alarming Truth Behind Anti-Mormonism” — which prompted some responses.

In church-related discussions, we have an analysis of the content of the CoJCoL-dS’s tweets, the church’s Republican problem, the Chad Hardy defense, learning wrong things from the church about women and others, and the conflict between “milk before meat” and honesty:

Now it is possible that Joseph and others lied about polygamy from the pulpit because they felt they had some higher moral principle in mind when they lied. Unfortunately the only obvious candidates to me are to gain more converts (dishonestly by fraud, basically) or to save their own collective asses from the consequences of their actions, neither of which strikes me as a particularly noble moral principle to be prioritizing above honesty.

In history, here’s a list of sacred items that the CoJCoL-dS has lost and some research on Fanny Alger.

In fun, myinlawsaremormon just discovered Mark Twain’s thoughts on the Book of Mormon, and Janet Chamberlin released her debut album! (satire)

And, since we can’t really count on God to save us from our current predicament, we’re going to have to do it ourselves. Even if it’s hard, we can do it.

Phase II of Brodie Awards Nominations!!

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We have some really fantastic nominations for the Brodie Awards so far — thanks to everyone who has nominated! And don’t forget that the voting for X-Mormon of the year will continue here until Thursday, January 12, 2016.

This post is my first pass at collecting the nominations (and adding my own), so that you can see which categories need more work! 😀

Year-long awards for people and groups:

Best New Blog/Channel/Podcast This category could use some more nominations — note it is limited to blogs/channels/podcasts that first started posting during 2016 (or very late in 2015, eg. December).

Best Humor/Satire Blog/Channel/Podcast

Best Scripture Study Blog/Channel/Podcast

Best Mormon History Blog/Channel/Podcast

Best LDS-Church-Info Site

Best LDS-interest Discussion Forum: This category needs at least two more nominations to be included in the awards phase.

Best Exmormon Reddit Contributor

Best faithful-perspective Mormon Blog or Podcast

Awards for Individual Works:

Best LDS-Interest Book (Fiction) This category needs at least one more nomination to be included in the awards phase.

Best LDS-Interest Book (General non-fiction)

Best LDS-Interest Book (Narrative non-fiction)

Best LDS-Interest Song

Best Poem

Best Exmo Fiction Posted Online: For this category to continue, we need at least one more nomination — also I need to know which of Don Bagley’s stories (from 2016) on the page below was the intended nomination.

Best LDS-Interest Comic or Image

Best Mormon-Themed Meme Note to happy_apostate: please pick which one of your nominations you would like to have as your entry in the awards phase — otherwise it’s too many nominations of the same artist by the same nominator, plus I prefer not to have multiple works by the same artist competing against each other in a single category.

Best Post Title

Funniest Humor Piece

Funniest Parody

Best Metaphor/Analogy/Allegory

Best From the Pulpit Sermon

Most Poignant Personal Story

Best Exit Story

Best Original Research Regarding Mormonism

Best Leak or Personal Recording

Best LDS Church Watch Piece

Best Response to Apologetics

Best Item on LDS.org This category needs at least one more nomination in order to be included in the awards phase.

Best LDS-Culture Piece

Best History Piece

Best Scripture Study Piece

Most Insightful Commentary on the CoJCoL-dS

Best Philosophical/Theological Discussion

Best Podcast Episode

Best Short Media Presentation This category needs at least one more nomination in order to be included in the awards phase.

Please post your nominations as comments to this thread (although I will probably find them if you leave them on one of the other nomination threads). Remember to always post links to the works you nominate, otherwise it is often difficult for me to find them.

To keep your comment from getting caught in the spam filter, please only post two or three nominations per comment. If your comment doesn’t appear, email me: chanson dot exemormon at gmail dot com. Even if you have already posted nominations, feel free to post more, in accordance with the guidelines posted here.

I have consolidated and split some categories based the number of pieces of different types that got nominated — but keep in mind that it’s not too late to propose a new category if you do it right away. Also note that if you’ve been nominated, but your category has fewer than three nominees, it’s in your interest to nominate some of your colleagues/competitors so the category can be included in the awards phase. 😉

If you see any errors in the above, please leave a comment.

Thanks to everyone who has participated so far!!

Time to vote for X-Mormon of the Year 2016!!

Here’s where you can vote on which X-Mormon made the biggest splash in 2016:


** Note: nominations for the 2016 Brodie Awards are open **

Introducing this year’s nominees:

Jeremy Runnells: Author of the CES Letter, he excommunicated the church after being called in for church discipline in 2016.
Erin Robertson: She won the 15th season of Project Runway (2016) and self-identified as Ex-Mormon on national television in the process.
Mark Naugle (chubs_gato): A lawyer who has processed thousands of resignations from the CoJCoL-dS (pro bono) over the past few years.
Rebecca Musser: She escaped from the FLDS and testified against FLDS prophet Warren Jeffs a total of 20 times and helped prosecutors to win 11 convictions against him.
Carolyn Jessop: She escaped from the FLDS, testified against them, and won custody of her children.
Elissa Wall: She escaped from the FLDS and helped expose their abuse by writing a book about her forced marriage/rape.
Ryan McKnight (fearless_fixxer): He has worked with multiple LDS leakers, setting up a Mormon wikileaks in 2016.
Clay Christensen: Professor and author, he was called in for church discipline and resigned from the CoJCoL-dS in 2016 (I think — please comment if this information is not correct)
Mike Norton (NewNameNoah): He has continuously exposed the LDS temple ceremonies on YouTube, including some newly-leaked/produced material in 2016.
Tyler Glenn: A rock star who painted an X across his face and revealed LDS temple tokens in a popular music video.

If I have made any errors, please leave a comment so I can make the correction.

The poll will remain open until Thursday, January 12, at 8:00 am Switzerland-time. May the most awesome X-Mo win!

Collecting nominations for the 2016 Brodie Awards!!!

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As you may recall, the Brodie Awards are a fun little yearly activity intended to give some extra recognition and signal boost to the best LDS-interest content published/posted during the past year. This is your opportunity to review your favorite pieces, find out about great works you may have missed, and even promote your own work!

As usual, I will start by posting a list of suggested categories, but the precise list of award categories depends on your suggestions. Please feel free to browse the sidebar for ideas on award categories we’ve used in the past for ideas. Below the suggested categories, I will post the nomination guidelines. (Also note, the nominations for William Law X-Mormon of the Year 2016 are still open until Thursday, December 29, 2016).

Year-long awards for people and groups:

  • Best New Blog/Channel/Podcast
  • Best Humor/Satire Blog/Channel/Podcast
  • Best Overall LDS-interest Blog/Channel/Podcast
  • Best LDS-interest Discussion Forum
  • Best faithful-perspective Mormon Blog

Awards for Individual Works:

  • Best LDS-Interest Book (Fiction)
  • Best LDS-Interest Book (Non-fiction)
  • Best LDS-Interest Song
  • Best Poem
  • Best LDS-Interest Comic or Image
  • Best Mormon-Themed Meme
  • Most fantastic r/mormon AMA
  • Best Post Title
  • Funniest Humor Piece
  • Best Parody/Metaphor/Analogy
  • Most Poignant Personal Story
  • Best Exit Story
  • Best Original Research Regarding Mormonism
  • Best LDS Church Watch Piece
  • Best Response to Apologetics
  • Most Interesting Interfaith Interaction
  • Best History Piece
  • Best Scripture Study Piece
  • Most Insightful Commentary on the CoJCoL-dS
  • Best Philosophical/Theological Discussion
  • Best Review
  • Best Recipe

And here are the nomination guidelines:

  • Please nominate as many people, books, blogs, sites, podcasts, songs, articles, images, etc. as you want. However, please do not nominate more than two individual works by any one author/artist.
  • You are encouraged to nominate your own works. No one knows better than you do which pieces were your best. No more than two, though.
  • Please nominate works that first appeared during 2016.
  • Please try to nominate people and works that have some connection with Mormonism (eg. either the work touches on Mormonism, or the author is a current or former Mormon and/or is an active participant in our community).
  • A category must have at least three nominations in order to be included in the voting and awards phase.
  • You may suggest your own categories — however please do it as early as possible in the nominations process, to give others plenty of time to add nominations in your proposed categories.
  • Any other proposed changes to the categories or to the guidelines are welcome — feel free to discuss it in the comments.
  • The nominations will be open until approximately January 12, 2017, depending on my schedule. I will finalize the dates and categories and add my own nominations a few days before the nominations close and voting begins.

How to nominate: Just post your nominations as comment to this thread, but please include links to the works you nominate. If your nomination comment ends up in the spam filter, please email me (chanson dot exmormon at gmail dot com) and I will fish it out.

I can’t wait to review all of the best works from 2016!!!

Sunday in Outer Blogness: Awards season opens edition!

2016 is coming to a close, and you know what that means! Time to give a little extra recognition to the best exmormon stuff of the year! The nominations for William Law X-Mormon of the Year have been open for a week now. If you haven’t added your nomination yet, please do it here or here. As usual, I will keep the nominations open for two weeks, so the voting will begin a bit after Christmas. Then we’ll start on the Brodie Awards!

Sorry I skipped SiOB last week. I have just been so distraught over recent news that our climate situation may already have crossed the point of no return — to the point where we’ll be extinct with a couple of decades. I hope it’s not true, and that we can still do something. But folks, this is not a drill. If the temperature continues to rise as predicted, no other issue will matter because we’ll be dead. Maybe briefing the US electors on the evidence of Russian interference in the US election would help with the local disaster (related Star Wars references).

Now I’m sorry about that extremely no-fun and not-even-Mormonism-related digression. Let’s get back to the lighter stuff, specifically the CoJCoL-dS’s new “Light the World” campaign! It perhaps leaves something to be desired:

But was the phrase, “In an increasingly dark world,” really necessary as a lead-in to the above-quoted sentence? Wouldn’t it have been so much more uplifting if it hadn’t been prefaced by this dark thought (i.e., “We can be a bright light …”)? Why was it necessary?

Then there was a bit of a scandal over a song called “White”:

It’s difficult to rehabilitate scriptures talking about becoming “white and delightsome” or “pure and delightsome” as just being metaphorical when those same scriptures talk about people becoming darker as a way to differentiate and distinguish them. We must in our modern times be wary knowing that we come from a tradition that until the late 20th century — denied core ordinances to people because of some…thing (whether you call it doctrine, theology, or simply a “policy”) that said that people of certain racial heritage were cursed.

In other church-related discussions we have some discussion of the tax-exempt status of the CoJCoL-dS, an explanation of why treating sex as an addiction is itself harmful, Mormon fragility, allowing women to serve as witnesses, an infographic on tithing over necessities, and the CoJCoL-dS demonizing apostates:

Recently, I just read another article that repeats this pattern at the Deseret News, Mormons with doubts shouldn’t give up faith without ‘intellectual and spiritual kicking and screaming’. It is pretty standard fare for denigrating those who leave the fold (and trying to convince people not to be those “bad people” by leaving). They just didn’t try hard enough or don’t have the virtues of people who stay. Honestly, I don’t know what to say about it. I feels like a hit job on me and makes me feel terrible and unwanted. It is very hard to maintain even a limited relationship with a church that has such an uncharitable view of me. In my view I was simply honest with myself about what I believed and felt, and acted accordingly and with integrity. Yet I am deficient. I am deficient because I can’t manage to muster faith in things that frankly make me sick (e.g. many of the circumstances of early LDS polygamy) or things that in my view just plain contradict reality (Facsimile 3, I’m looking at you).

But if you think about it, shouldn’t the burden of explaining why such faith is a virtue be on the person asking me to have faith? I’ve not heard a single explanation on that subject that made any bit of sense to me.

In theology, writers addressed questions such as can we decide what God would or wouldn’t do? What is Mormon Transhumanism? Others discussed the virgin birth story in terms of consent and problems with the age of accountability.

In books, Knotty reviewed a book about a traumatic experience with LDS scouting, Walker Wright reviewed the LDS comic “The Garden of Enid”, and Corbin Volluz reviewed “The Ghost of Eternal Polygamy”, including an interesting personal tale:

My second wife had to cancel her sealing to her deceased first husband to be sealed to me. She made the application; it went to the First Presidency; and we were shocked to find out that her deceased husband’s parents had to give permission for the cancellation to go through. What an awful position to put those parents in! Here they had a son married in the temple and with two beautiful children born in the covenant. Their son dies tragically. Their daughter-in-law, the mother of their grandchildren, now wants to be sealed in the temple to me. And it is the parents of the deceased husband who have to make the call. What does agreeing to cancel the temple sealing mean for their deceased son? Is he now without the highest temple ordinances necessary to exaltation? What does this do to their grandchildren? Are they now severed in some eternal way from their grandparents? Why on earth do we have a system where the parents of a deceased son are forced to give the thumbs-up or thumbs-down on a subsequent sealing? This is just cruel. In our situation, both parents of the deceased first husband were incredibly gracious. They did not ostracize their daughter-in-law from the family, as happened to the “voice” in your book. But I cannot imagine the distress they must have gone through, in spite of how graciously they presented. If anything, the fact they were so gracious only served to make their sacrifice all the more heart breaking.

Some more discussion of “The Ghost of Eternal Polygamy” can be found here.

In history, Mithryn gave an overview of how the CoJCoL-dS hid information about Joseph Smith’s seer stone.

In personal stories, we have another faith crisis and a memory triggered by “the November policy“, a Mormon gay dude making peace with a lifelong celibacy plan, depressing Christmas trees, and another comic in the life of a transgender Mormon.

And let’s close with a little fun! Until next week, I hope we’ll all be OK! Oh, and Merry Christmas!

Collecting Nominations for X-Mormon of the Year 2016

X-Mormon-2016-300x223 It’s awards season again, and this year’s contest for William Law X-Mormon of the Year looks like it will be the most exciting one yet!!

When Jeremy Runnells excommunicated the church at his disciplinary council this past Spring, I immediately concluded that he had the 2016 X-Mormon of the Year title locked up. He’s been a contender for years, and now with him actually exiting the CoJCoL-dS, it looks like it’s his year. But… then came Tyler Glenn, painting an X on his own face in a popular music video!!

And these two aren’t the only contenders! I’m hoping to get a good collection of nominations so that all of the exmormons who have done amazing things in 2016 can get some extra end-of-the-year recognition!!

Please leave your nominations in the comments below.

** ETA: I had erroneously stated that Runnells got excommunicated — in fact he was called in for a disciplinary council but resigned before they had a chance to X him. ***

Congratulations Brodie Award Winners 2015!!!

The votes are in, and here’s the list of talented people and impressive works that won the coveted Brodie Awards this year!!

Year-Long Awards for overall quality:

Best New Blog 2015: Zelph on the Shelf

Best New Podcast 2015: Naked Mormonism Podcast

Best Discussion Forum 2015: r/exmormon

Best Humor Blog/Site/Channel/Podcast 2015: Brother Jake

Best LDS-Interest Interview-and-discussion Podcast 2015: Mormon Stories Podcast

Best LDS Church Watch/Analysis Blog/Site/Channel/Podcast 2015: Thoughts on Things and Stuff

Best Scripture Study Blog/Site/Channel/Podcast 2015: My Book of Mormon Podcast

Best Faithful-Perspective Blog/Site/Channel/Podcast 2015: A Thoughtful Faith Podcast

Awards for Individual Works:

Best LDS-Interest Book (Fiction) 2015: Their Works Shall Be in the Dark, by Alex Hansen

Best LDS-Interest Book (Non-fiction) 2015: The Book of a Mormon: The Real Life and Strange Times of an LDS Missionary, by Dr. Scott D. Miller

Best LDS-Interest Comic or Image 2015: Brutally Honest Mormon Coloring Pages, by Gileriodekel

Best Mormon-Themed Meme 2015: Nephi, Mormon and Moroni discuss the seer stone on Facebook and they’re not happy, by xoanan

Funniest Humor Piece 2015: Infants on Thrones song series: Disney Songs for Alienated Mormon Kids and Church House Rock: Polly Polly Gamy

Best Parody 2015: Updated Primary Songs for Children of Gay Parents, by the Debrief Society Podcast

Best Allegory or Analogy 2015: 50 Shades of Grey: Mormonism’s Accidental Allegory, by Gina Colvin

Best Post Title 2015: If You’re a Pharisee and You Know it Wash Your Hands, by Tanner Gilliland

Best Original Research Regarding Mormonism 2015: Joseph Smith Disorderly Disgrace, by Naked Mormonism Podcast

Best Mormon Scoop or Leak 2105: Handbook policy leak, by FearlessFixxer

Best Personal Recording 2015: An audio recording of the Boise Rescue Mission, by cagelessbird

Best Church Watch 2015: New Church Essay is Lies, by Kate Kelly

Best Response to Apologetics 2015: Now We’re Blaming the Victims? by Natasha Helfer Parker

Best History Piece 2015: How the Book of Mormon Translation Story Changed over Time, by Christopher Smith

Most Insightful Commentary on the CoJCoL-dS 2015: Any Opposed, Please Sit Down and Shut Up, by Alan Rock Waterman

Best Scripture-Study Piece 2015: CC – The Book of Mormon, by Naked Mormonism Podcast

Best Mormonism-and-Orientation Piece 2015: Michael Ferguson, Seth Anderson/ Fighting Gay Conversion Therapy, by Mormon Stories

Best Mormonism-and-Race Discussion 2015: Lowry Letters: The Follow-up Discussion, by Infants on Thrones

Best Mormonism-and-Gender Discussion 2015: What Mormon Women Get, by Thinker of Thoughts and Jamie Hanis Handy

Best Exit Story 2015: Leaving the Church: A Compilation of the Evidence Against the LDS Church, by Eric Nelson

Best Faith Journey Piece 2015: Why I Love the LDS Church Enough to Both Criticize It AND Step Away From It, by Clean Cut

Best Advice 2015: 10 DOs and DON’Ts For Thanksgiving With Your Mormon Family, by Zina Jacobs-Smith-Young

Most Poignant Personal Story 2015: 234 LDS Mass Resignation Interviews, by Sage Turk

Best Mormon Parenting Piece 2015: Dad’s Primal Scream’s series on his kids and the policy

Best Real-Life Act or Activism 2015: Chubs Gato offering free resignation services

Most Interesting Interfaith Interaction 2015: Interfaith service at the opening of the 2015 Salt Lake Pride Festival, hosted by Community of Christ (Linkhart, Bryant)

Best from-the-pulpit speech/sermon 2015: a speech at the First Unitarian Church in Salt Lake City, by John Dehlin

Most fantastic r/mormon AMA 2015: church employee Daniel Miller

Best Poem 2015: Dear Dad, by Alice_McCann

Congratulations to everyone who participated!! There were tons of votes this year — some categories had more than 400, and only a handful had less than 100 — and some really tight races!! See for yourself.

Congratulations especially to the winners!! Here are the winner buttons you can post on your websites:

To everyone else — better luck next year! :D

Sunday in Outer Blogness: Brodies time edition!!!

It’s the most wonderful time of the Main Street Plaza year! Yes, Brodies time!! You guys may have noticed that the William Law X-Mormon of the year award went to surprise dark-horse candidate John Dehlin! 😀

(On a personal note, when I congratulated JD on his win on a closed Facebook group for ex/liberal Mormons, I got literally more than ten times as many likes as I’d ever gotten for any single post I’d ever posted to Facebook before, so I’d say he’s built a pretty decent-sized audience. 😉 )

Anyway, the voting for the Brodie Awards is off to a great start! The categories near the bottom of the list have only a few votes so far — but that’s to be expected. One of the points of the Brodie Awards is to give you another chance to see some of the past year’s greatest material that you may have missed. So I hope that over the next two weeks — when you’re sitting down to enjoy your social media time — you’ll take a moment to to look over a few categories each time, and then vote for the entries you like the best!

Of course life still goes on here in 2016, so let’s have a look at this past week’s news:

The book reviews were pretty lively this past week! Alexis has read a number of missionary memoirs, but was disappointed by a recent purchase. Mormon Cluster-Facts reviewed Grant Palmer’s “An Insider’s View of Mormon Origins”. Plus we have a couple of reviews of “Planted”.

In Mormon commentary, Indie Mormon drew a pretty hilariously spot-on “how it should have ended” for the lost 116 pages of the Book of Mormon! And Knotty discussed the latest tactic of having RM’s sign contracts.

In Mormon news, apparently Elder Nelson gave some sort of address to BYU-H about “True Millennials”. Meanwhile, Elder Holland is getting a little defensive — not to mention other church leaders eating their feet.

At least the CoJCoL-dS’s real-estate arm is doing well!

Those Mormon seditionists in Oregon (being white and all) are somehow allowed to flagrantly break the law in the national spotlight for weeks. And don’t get me started on the horror of the US presidential race.

In scripture study, the Book of Mormon is full of plot holes! At least there was some interesting new evidence!

And, in fun, check out this list of the most hilarious rejected M* post titles I’ve ever seen!!

Oh, and when you’re done with all of these (sorry for the overload 😉 ) please have a look at all of 2015’s best offerings and vote in the Brodies!! 😀

Time to vote for the 2015 Brodie Awards!!!

The polls will remain open until Friday, February 5, 2016.

Year-Long Awards for overall quality:

Best New Blog:

Best New Podcast:

Best Discussion Forum:

Best Humor Blog/Site/Channel/Podcast:

Best LDS-Interest Interview-and-discussion Podcast:

Best LDS Church Watch/Analysis Blog/Site/Channel/Podcast:

Best Scripture Study Blog/Site/Channel/Podcast:

Best Faithful-Perspective Blog/Site/Channel/Podcast:

Awards for Individual Works:

Best LDS-Interest Book (Fiction):

Best LDS-Interest Book (Non-fiction):

Best LDS-Interest Comic or Image:

Best Mormon-Themed Meme:

Funniest Humor Piece:

Best Parody:

Best Allegory or Analogy:

Best Post Title:

Best Original Research Regarding Mormonism:

Best Mormon Scoop or Leak:

Best Personal Recording:

Best Church Watch:

Best Response to Apologetics:

Best History Piece:

Most Insightful Commentary on the CoJCoL-dS:

Best Scripture-Study Piece:

Best Mormonism-and-Orientation Post:

Best Mormonism-and-Race Discussion:

Best Mormonism-and-Gender Discussion:

Best Exit Story:

Best Faith Journey Piece:

Best Advice:

Most Poignant Personal Story:

Best Mormon Parenting Piece:

Best Real-Life Act or Activism:

Most Interesting Interfaith Interaction:

Best from-the-pulpit speech/sermon:

Most fantastic r/mormon AMA:

Best Poem:

Thanks for all the nominations, and good luck to all participants!!