Sunday in Outer Blogness: Technical Difficulties Edition!!!
Folks, this one will be a little short because I’ve been having some problems with my browser freezing up — partially because of procrastinating the day of installing updates and partially due to something on that Salon page linked below.
June is Gay Pride Month — J. Seth provides some fascinating history. If you march as a Mormon, be sure to make it sure you’re marching for marriage equality — or better yet, march with a banner supporting gay rights in the Pioneer Day parade!
This missionary correspondence (h/t) reminds me a little of Donna Banta’s blog — do you think it’s real? Speaking of Donna, her book is finally available — you’ll be hearing more about it from me soon. 😀
I took those two girls back to the dorms where they sat and sobbed for a good 30 minutes. They were humiliated, devastated and heartbroken. All the good from the week was basically wiped out in that 30 seconds.
I suspect the boys are getting something very different. It reminds me a bit of my own experience at Girls’ camp in Nauvoo. The previous year’s Nauvoo Boy’s camp was a life-changing experience for my brother, and is part of why he joined the CoC after years of non-religion, so I went in fully expecting it to amazing, but one of my biggest take-home memories of the experience was being publicly embarrassed by an arbitrary and unpredictable application of the modesty code. On a related note, the media seems not to pick up on a key element of the Mormon success formula.
Also, I know that lots of people here have great stories (and corresponding advice) about telling your family you don’t believe. For example, check out this exit story in Salon! If you’re one of those people, please share your story here. Alternatively, see this story about rediscovering spirituality after leaving Mormonism.
Have a great week!!