Time to vote for the 2017 Brodie Awards!!!

2017-Brodies-200px Yay, it’s time to vote!!! Thanks for all of the great nominations — we have got a great crop this year!! And I thought it was going to be a slow year! Thanks especially to all of those who indulged my last-minute request for poems!

Year-long awards for people and groups:

Brodies 2017: Best New Blog/Channel/Podcast


Brodies 2017: Best Humor/Satire Blog/Channel/Podcast


Brodies 2017: Best Mormon History Blog/Channel/Podcast


Brodies 2017: Best LDS-Church-Info Site


Brodies 2017: Best LDS-interest Discussion Forum


Brodies 2017: Best Exmormon Reddit Contributor


  • u/invisibles_cubit
  • u/relevantlife
  • u/Chino_Blanco
  • u/missedinsunday
  • u/bwv549

Awards for Individual Works:

Brodies 2017: Best LDS-Interest Book (Fiction)


Brodies 2017: Best LDS-Interest Book (non-fiction)


Brodies 2017: Best LDS-Interest Song


Brodies 2017: Best Poem


Brodies 2017: Best LDS-Interest Comic or Image


Brodies 2017: Best Post Title


Brodies 2017: Funniest Humor Piece


Brodies 2017: Funniest Parody


Brodies 2017: Best Metaphor/Analogy/Allegory


Brodies 2017: Best From the Pulpit Sermon


Brodies 2017: Most Poignant Personal Story


Brodies 2017: Best Exit Story


Brodies 2017: Best Life Journey Piece


Brodies 2017: Best Activist/Activtist Movement Within Mormonism


Brodies 2017: Best Leak or Personal Recording


Brodies 2017: Best LDS Church Watch Piece


Brodies 2017: Best Response to Apologetics


Brodies 2017: Best LDS-Culture Piece


Brodies 2017: Best History Piece


Brodies 2017: Best Scripture Study Piece


Brodies 2017: Best Discussion on Parenting


Brodies 2017: Best Discussion on Orientation


Brodies 2017: Best Discussion on Gender


Brodies 2017: Best Discussion on Race


Brodies 2017: Most Insightful Commentary on the CoJCoL-dS


Brodies 2017: Best Philosophical/Theological Discussion


Brodies 2017: Best short media presentation


Brodies 2017: Best Podcast Episode


Brodies 2017: Best Book Review


The polls will remain open for approximately two weeks. The polls will close on Saturday, February 17th, 2018, at 10a.m. (Switzerland time)

Sorry, one last round for Brodies nominations….

2017-Brodies-200pxOK, folks, I wanted to have the polls up today, but I ran into a bit of a glitch: Two people nominated The War Goes On, by Clarence Tong, as best poem, but…. I don’t have a third poem nomination to make this category viable. And I don’t want to just grab whatever random thing at the last minute — there’s got to be at least one more LDS interest poem published in 2017 that deserves to be nominated! So you have one more week for nominations, and I’d like to see some poetry. 😀

Here are the nominations as they stand. Please comment if anything is missing or if you have corrections. I will probably split up some of the larger categories when making the polls, but here’s what we have so far:

Year-long awards for people and groups:

Best New Blog/Channel/Podcast

Best Humor/Satire Blog/Channel/Podcast

Best Mormon History Blog/Channel/Podcast

Best LDS-Church-Info Site

Best LDS-interest Discussion Forum

Best Exmormon Reddit Contributor

  • u/invisibles_cubit
  • u/relevantlife
  • u/Chino_Blanco
  • u/missedinsunday
  • u/bwv549

Best faithful-perspective Mormon Blog

Awards for Individual Works:

Best LDS-Interest Book (Fiction)

Best LDS-Interest Book (General non-fiction)

Best LDS-Interest Book (Narrative non-fiction)

Best LDS-Interest Song

Best Poem

Best LDS-Interest Comic or Image

Best Post Title

Funniest Humor Piece

Funniest Parody

Best Metaphor/Analogy/Allegory

Best From the Pulpit Sermon

  • Savannah’s Testimony
  • Three Sisters, by Dieter Uchtdorf
  • Act of Confession by Reverend Jerrod Lowry (in unison with the assembled pastorate) at the Utah Pride Interfaith Service in Salt Lake City on June 1

Most Poignant Personal Story

Best Exit Story

Best Life Journey Piece

Best Activist/Activtist Movement Within Mormonism

Best Leak or Personal Recording

Best LDS Church Watch Piece

Best Response to Apologetics

Best LDS-Culture Piece

Best History Piece

Best Scripture Study Piece

Best Discussion on Parenting

Best Discussion on Orientation

Best Discussion on Gender

Best Discussion on Race

Most Insightful Commentary on the CoJCoL-dS

Best Philosophical/Theological Discussion

Best short media presentation

Best Podcast Episode

Best Book Review

How to nominate: Just post your nominations as comment to this thread, but please include links to the works you nominate. It’s best to post one nomination per comment — to avoid your nomination ending up in the spam filter — but 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.

And don’t forget 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 2017.
  • 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 February 3, 2018.

Thanks again for all of your nominations!!

Congratulations to X-Mormon of the Year 2017: Savannah!!

When Savannah came out as gay while bearing her testimony, the bishop cut her microphone and told her to sit down — and the video went viral.

Savannah has been an inspiration to many people, she made an appearance at Love Loud, and she even won the popular vote for Utahn of the year! And now she’s the William Law X-Mormon of the Year for 2017 — Congratulations, Savannah!!

p.s. The nominations for the Brodie Awards are still open for another week, and check out this first review of the first book published by Mormon Alumni Association Books!

Gathering MORE nominations for the 2017 Brodie Awards!!

2017-Brodies-200px The voting for X-Mormon of the Year is underway you have until January 20th to get your vote in!!

As usual, we’re also doing the Brodie Awards — 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.

Unfortunately, this has been a bit of a slow year so far for the Brodie awards — in part because I haven’t had as much time to keep things lively here at MSP since taking my new job. I’m glad to see some people are still having fun with this and have started leaving their nominations!

Now I’m going to do a first-pass of organizing this year’s categories, adding some nominations of my own, and pointing out which categories need more nominations. Remember that each category needs a least three nominations to continue on to the voting and awards rounds. The nomination process will continue for two more weeks and then we will begin voting. Here we go!

Year-long awards for people and groups:

Best New Blog/Channel/Podcast

Best Humor/Satire Blog/Channel/Podcast

Best Mormon History Blog/Channel/Podcast

Best LDS-Church-Info Site

Best LDS-interest Discussion Forum

Best Exmormon Reddit Contributor

  • u/invisibles_cubit
  • u/relevantlife
  • This category needs more nominations.

Best faithful-perspective Mormon Blog

Awards for Individual Works:

Best LDS-Interest Book (Fiction)

Best LDS-Interest Book (General non-fiction)

Best LDS-Interest Book (Narrative non-fiction)

Best LDS-Interest Song

Best Poem

Best LDS-Interest Comic or Image

Best Mormon-Themed Meme

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 Life Journey Piece

Best Activist Movement Within Mormonism

Best Leak or Personal Recording

Best LDS Church Watch Piece

Best Response to Apologetics

Best LDS-Culture Piece

Best History Piece

Best Scripture Study Piece

Best Discussion on Parenting

Best Discussion on Orientation

Best Discussion on Gender

Best Discussion on Race

Most Insightful Commentary on the CoJCoL-dS

Best Philosophical/Theological Discussion

Best short media presentation

Best Book Review

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. (Also note that if you post each nomination as a separate comment, they’re less likely to get flagged as spam.)

And don’t forget 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 2017.
  • 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 mid-January, 2018, 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.

Thanks for all of your nominations!!!

It’s time to vote for X-Mormon of the Year 2017!!!

X-Mormon-2017-300x223 It’s poll time for William Law X-Mormon of the Year! Before you vote, though, please consider nominating your favorite bloggers, podcasters, etc. for this year’s Brodie Awards! Anyone can nominate.

Here are this year’s X-MotY nominees and what they did in 2017:

Vote here:

The poll will remain open for two weeks — until January 20th, 10a.m. Switzerland time. May the splashiest X-Mormon win!!

Collecting nominations for the 2017 Brodie Awards!!!

2017-Brodies-200px The nomination process for X-Mormon of the Year is underway — please be sure to get in your nominations before next weekend when the voting begins.

Now, it’s also time to start on the Brodie Awards!! 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 (from last year), 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.

Year-long awards for people and groups:

  • Best New Blog/Channel/Podcast
  • 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
  • Best Exmormon Reddit Contributor
  • Best faithful-perspective Mormon Blog

Awards for Individual Works:

  • Best LDS-Interest Book (Fiction)
  • Best LDS-Interest Book (General non-fiction)
  • Best LDS-Interest Book (Narrative non-fiction)
  • Best LDS-Interest Song
  • Best Poem
  • Best LDS-Interest Comic or Image
  • Best Mormon-Themed Meme
  • 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 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

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 2017.
  • 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 mid-January, 2018, 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 2017!!!

Collecting nominations for X-Mormon of the Year 2017!!!

X-Mormon-2017-300x223 Hey folks — it’s that time of year again! Time to decide which X-Mormon made the biggest splash in 2017!!

As I said a few weeks ago, it seems like the “Mormon Moment” is over. It seems like there haven’t been as many high-profile excommunications or original public demonstrations during General Conference in 2017 as there have been in the past. So X-Mormons have been out there doing some cool other stuff instead!

Here are my first two picks for nominees:

Of course there are always people doing some Mormon-related things that get them into the news as well. For example, Sam Young started a petition to protect youth from sexually-oriented “worthiness” interviews. (Note: he might still be an active/believing/participating member of the CoJC-L-dS — and I think we’ve decided that that would disqualify him…? — so I’ll hold off on officially nominating him until getting more info on this point.)

*** ETA: It looks like we will probably go back to the old system of not excluding active members (“The X stands for any kind of non-standard Mormon“) because it would exclude two of our main contenders: Sam Young and Savannah. ***

So, who would you like to see nominated? Did you see an excommunication that should have gotten more coverage?

Note: The William Law X-Mormon of the Year award 2017 is for real-life actions that X-Mormons performed in 2017. It’s not intended as an award for content. So if you know of someone who made the best Mo-related film or published an amazing book or article, performed a song, etc. — save those nominations for the Brodie Awards that will be coming up in a couple of weeks.

I look forward to your nominations!

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!!