An open letter to a Well-Behaved Woman: What “Frozen” is really teaching your kids

Sorry, Kathryn Skaggs.

My kids finally talked me into seeing “Frozen” (it’s school vacation week here, and we’re catching up on a lot of things that we haven’t found time for in the last few months). I had read your post about the homosexual agenda you saw so clearly in the movie, and I have to say that I looked and looked for that agenda. And I just couldn’t find it.

Maybe it’s because I haven’t seen the movie three times. I admit that I’ve only seen it once.

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Announcing Northwest Pilgrims!

If you’re a regular here, you probably have read about the awesome Mormon women’s retreats that take place in a few places around the country: Exponent II, Midwest Pilgrims, the Rocky Mountain Retreat, Sophia Gathering, etc.

And if you live in the northwestern U.S., you might just be a little jealous. Pine away no more, my sisters: a group of awesome Seattle women have just put together the first Northwest Pilgrims women’s retreat, to be held March 7-9, 2014.

Registration is now open through Feb. 5, although space is limited. Maxine Hanks, Mormon scholar and theologian, will be the keynote speaker. There will also be several additional workshops and discussions. The retreat will be held near Seattle at the Seabeck Conference Center (about an hour and a half drive from Seattle). The facilities are located on 90 beautiful acres with sweeping views of Hood Canal and the Olympic Mountains.

To register or for more information, please visit

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Birth/Rebirth: The Emotional Anatomy of a C-Section

DSC02265My sister-in-law has a wonderful story about the birth of her first child. “I feel complete,” she told me. “My body has now done everything it’s supposed to do.” Every time I’ve heard her tell it, she’s been giddy. She speaks of the wonder of a woman’s body, the physical instincts that take over during labor, the miracle of actually pushing a child into the world.

Three children later, I am still jealous.

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Small and Simple Things

If you thought you heard the words “Some feminist thinkers view homemaking with outright contempt, arguing it demeans women, and that the relentless demands of raising children are a form of exploitation,” during general conference, be reassured: you aren’t losing your mind. You did hear them. Elder D. Todd Christofferson said them in the Saturday afternoon session, and USA Today will back you up. But when you go to read the talk in the Ensign, the words “feminist thinkers” won’t be there.

They’ve been edited out of the official transcript.

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