Four years ago, I sat in a cramped Manhattan apartment and set up my first blog, “Mormon Rhetoric.” I started this blog in a moment of frustration. I had recently married in the temple. But what should have been a key spiritual moment instead led to a spiritual crisis. Unable to reconcile how I perceived the temple’s message about women with my personal beliefs, I wanted my questions to be heard. The blog was short-lived.
I was soon invited to join By Common Consent. I had never heard of the Bloggernaccle, and I initially didn’t understand the social nature of the blog. I didn’t realize that community, not ideas, was what made the Bloggernaccle thrive. But I learned. Now, four years later, I’m retiring from the ranks of BCC permablogger so that new voices can be heard. Before I go, I want to reflect on the key thing I’ve learned through the people here: I can’t make intellectual peace with Mormonism, but I can make emotional peace with Mormons. [Read more…]