Author Archives: Abalyn

Dear Boston, I Love You

Flies and old mattresses in Brighton—

Inauspicious beginnings.

You break and fix me.

Beautiful snow you come to hate

Until you learn the miracle of spring.

I came to terms with grief and depression.

No one can change my price. Continue reading

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Readers, We Need Your Help

The musical The Book of Mormon has been touring all over the United States and has now spread to the UK. Recently the group putting on the musical in the UK contacted us. Mormons are even less well known in … Continue reading

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Valentine Makeover

Whether in a relationship or not, Valentine’s Day can make you feel forgotten, disappointed, filled with unreasonable expectations, or you might just find the whole thing ridiculous. As a way to help come to terms with these feelings, I propose … Continue reading

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What is Unconditional Love Anyway?

The writer Simon May recently stated in Love: A History that love has replaced God in our increasingly secular society. He says we now look to love as a way to solve all the problems in society: “All we need … Continue reading

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Learning to Be More Honest in Prayer

I overheard my 6 year old niece Tessa recently give the most beautiful prayer. She said, “Heavenly Father, please help me to stop sucking my thumb, to learn how to read better this summer, and to stop throwing fits.” I … Continue reading

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What can the Mormon community do to make it better for homosexuals?

The idea for this post has been on my mind ever since Mostly a Martha’s post about the BYU Understanding Same-Gender Attraction group’s video. It has taken me some time to write as I am sure to either offend someone … Continue reading

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Upcoming Mormon Star Jabari Parker

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Feminism and Families

(This post is inspired by this beautiful photography and story project on Mormon women created by a non-Mormon student at Massart.) When I first heard about feminism described in waves, this really made sense to me. My mother was on … Continue reading

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Proxy Baptisms

Jewish Holocaust survivor Eli Wiesel recently called for Mitt Romney to tell the Mormon Church to stop proxy baptisms of Jews. Members of his own family were listed in the Church’s genealogical database. Family members of journalist Daniel Pearl have … Continue reading

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Media Attention Misses the Heart of Mormonism

The plethora of articles I’ve been seeing on the web lately about Mormons are missing a very vital something.  They range from how Mormons try to keep the rules and stay cool, how we are leaving the church, our strangest … Continue reading

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