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Rachel, Not Comforted

By Dana Haight Cattani “But on the whole his life ran its course as he believed life should do: easily, pleasantly, and decorously.” —The Death of Ivan Ilych, Leo Tolstoy1   From beneath her fashionable blonde wig, Darla introduced herself to my gynecologic cancer support group. A first-timer, she listed a few descriptors—grandmother, business owner, widow …

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Chariot Race in D-Wing

By Darin Cozzens   It was those two wheelchairs in that nursing home in Billings last week that got me thinking again about the movie. Ben-Hur and I go way back. April 4, 1960. It was a Monday night. I remember because it was my eighth birthday, the age of accountability, according to Mormon doctrine. …

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Dandelion Mama

By Tracy McKay-Lamb   PACKING MY HOME feels like undressing the dead. Taking pictures off the walls and clearing the mantle, disrobing my home and making her a blank canvas again upswells all the sediment from the bottom of the sea. All the hopes and joy I felt while setting up my beautiful home now rise on …

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Four Single Men that I Hope Never Marry

By P.Q. Gump Sunstone’s sixth issue (Summer 1977) included a cover article titled “Endangered Species: The Single Mormon Man.” The following is a condensed reprint of a sidebar authored by Orson Scott Card under his pseudonym P.Q. Gump.   AS A DIVORCED woman with a child, my dating life (such as it is) naturally includes a …

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Sneaking Up on Sex

By Jean Marie S. Place   AT AGE 25, I politely asked my nervous boyfriend to give me my first kiss. He granted the request, but reluctantly. At age 30, I was five measly years removed from the Virgin Lips Club but despite valiant efforts to get married, still quite virgin everywhere else. So when I …

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To Russia with Love

By Elna Baker I’M 28 YEARS old and I’m flying to Siberia to tell my parents that I recently lost my virginity. Most children wouldn’t do this. Most parents don’t want you to do this. But my family is Mormon and we’re very close. And Mormons believe a very specific thing, which is that sex before …

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Single Men in Nineteenth-century Mormonism

By Jeffery Ogden Johnson BEING SINGLE IN the Mormon Church has always been a challenge. An unsigned 1849 Frontier Guardian article, published by apostle Orson Hyde in Kanesville, Iowa, unequivocally declared:   That man who resolves to live without woman, and that woman who resolves to live without man, are enemies to the community in which they …

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Movie Reviews: The Cokeville Miracle and Freetown

Reviewed by Stephen Carter The Cokeville Miracle and Freetown are fascinating glimpses into how Mormons approach faith-promoting stories, and how those stories interact with the core message of the gospel. The Cokeville Miracle If you haven’t heard about the Cokeville miracle: in 1986, David and Doris Young (played by Nathan Stevens and Kym Mellen, repectively) …

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