The Exponent

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On Rites and Rituals

Mormonism places a large amount of emphasis on rituals and rites of passages. When you’re a baby, you’re blessed. At age 8, baptism is expected. If you’re male, you’re ordained to the priesthood; but...

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Oprah, Weight Watchers and Loving Our Bodies

In the past few years, I’ve thought more than a couple times, “I’m so glad Oprah isn’t talking about her latest diet anymore.” I assumed she had learned to love her curvy figure. She...

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Subscriptions deadline for winter 2016

The Winter 2016 issue of Exponent II will be unlike any we’ve ever published.  It contains our favorite submissions from our midrash short story contest. The extraordinary writing and art from this issue are...

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To sustain or not to sustain?

  We had ward conference yesterday, and as part of that, the leaders of the church were put to a sustaining vote.  I admit that I had a personal quandary about whether to participate...

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Criticism as Loyalty

Due to recent events that have been discussed by many more capable than I, I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be ‘loyal.’ Does loyalty mean support? Giving resources? Defending against...

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The Women’s Institute

Rainy afternoons are plentiful in Oregon, and on such a day there is nothing quite like a jigsaw puzzle, Miss Marple, and a little benevolent neglect of your child. I recently watched our heroine...