The Wayfarer Archive

  • mother

    [Mormon] Mother’s Prayer for Its Child

    It’s a week long homage to Bossypants by Tina Fey this week, for the backstory, check out Heidi’s explanation. Alongside her witty talk of feminism, work and spirituality, Fey coins...
  • Lake Michigan Winter

    Worshipping in Exile

    How do I worship in Exile?
  • Crossing the divide

    I Am An Outsider

    For a time, the work of my spiritual life was about separating and letting go of the things I didn’t believe. Now, I face a different work.
  • Dies Irae

    Sanctus

    It’s the blessings in life, not in self, that they mean to express.
  • liv

    Too Late to Party Like It’s 1999?

    As a Mormon, my “one-true” nightclubbing years were spent as a newly wed trying to prove I was much older and more mature than my years let on, dutifully planning...
  • feet

    Every Mother’s Nightmare

    “Unspeakable” is an interesting way for me to label this crime, especially considering statistics show an American is sexually assaulted every 2.5 minutes. Yet as much as I teach my...
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    Dusting Polygamy from the Shelf

    “Families are Forever” reads the plaque, its vinyl modern font letters set against an artful antique finish. It’s the catch-phrase of modern Mormonism, a way of life for the most...
  • ?

    Ask and It Shall Be Given

    She’s the most powerful woman in the LDS hierarchy, and now General Relief Society President Julie Beck is offering to answer questions from the editors of Mormon Mommy Blogs this...
  • 11

    Sum Kind of Wonderful, 2011

    Second only to Halloween, New Year’s is a favorite of mine. The ritual self-assessing gets me literally giddy as I look ahead at a new year with a clean slate...
  • xmas

    Like a Kid on Christmas Morning

    This year, I’ve been having a difficult time getting into the Christmas spirit this season.  Heck, I’ve had difficulty even defining what “is” the Christmas spirit. For my kids, the...
  • flag

    Calling a Truce in my own Mommy War

    I reminisced about the lunches with other moms and days spent at museums and pumpkin patches without quite remembering the soul-crushing isolation felt when there was no adult conversation several...
  • body

    Lordy, Lordy, Look Who’s Forty!

    Dear body, We have a pretty big day coming up tomorrow. It’s been a long time since we talked, old friend. I hope you still consider me your friend. I’ve...
  • gratitude

    An Attitude of Gratitude

    When my oldest son was about 18 months old, he used the term “thank you” for “give me.” With his cute little baby accent, he could get almost anything he...
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    Leaving

    I had only been a member a few months, but was reticent to share my new beliefs with my parents when I met them for vacation. But there was no...
  • ship

    Haute Halloween

    Halloween is a high holy holiday at my house. There’s something about planning a great costume, from the brainstorm of potentials to the final touches of makeup on Halloween night,...
  • baseball

    Life in the Major Leagues

    I’d like to welcome Shellie as a contributor to the Wayfarer. Shellie’s travelogue is full of humor and heart, and I can’t wait to share her journey. A couple of...
  • compass

    Back to the Drawing Board

    It hurts to think we can do so much good as a church, yet be looked upon so badly. It’s painful to know we have so much in common –...
  • prop8

    Favorites: Will you be my Valentine?

    [My parents] have taught me to be aware of the world and to care about what’s going on even if it doesn’t impact your life. They have taught me to...
  • rothko

    And It Was All Yellow

    When I was 27 I met my first orphan. She lived in Brazil. She was in a bare room with dank yellow walls. She was in a yellow crib. She...
  • hope

    My Only Hope

    A very wise woman told me recently that part of loving someone was giving them the room to be disappointed in my decisions. I’m still trying to wrap my head...
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    Like a Rolling Stone

    by Randy B “[S]eek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”   Matthew 7:7 A few years ago, I had become all but convinced that nobody...
  • white1

    White as Snow

    To me, these white clothing traditions are cultural in nature and are just part of being a Mormon, but to some they represent yet one more way to cast judgments...
  • evacuation

    Getting Glenn Beck’s Blessing

    Glenn Beck: How many warnings do you think you’re going to get, and how many warnings do you deserve? This hurricane that is coming thorough the East Coast, for anyone...
  • On Starting High School

    On Starting High School

    Dear Kennedy, Today is your first day as a high school freshman. This is madness. When we dropped you off today, I remembered taking you to kindergarten and feeling nervous...
  • lake-powell4feature

    Place and Grace

    My fondest childhood memories are on a boat. Nearly every summer time was spent at a lake or reservoir swimming, skiing or just driving around. The feeling of warm air...
  • lampfeature

    Like a Virgin

    “10% of yoga is the outfit, 10% are the poses” the teacher joked at the beginning of class, then followed up more seriously with “80% is just showing up.” She...
  • map

    Trekkie

    Those who weren’t too busy, too judgmental, too self absorbed and too self-important to drop everything to help someone else are worthy of reenactment and emulation.
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    Austin Eateries: We Are What We Eat (?)

    It’s really cheating for me to write anything for The Wayfarer because I’m a big fan of my comfort zone and try not to leave it too much. And my...
  • 4th of July

    Independence Day

    Becoming a citizen was a long, expensive process for my husband. I can’t imagine how difficult it was for those people from Burkina Faso, Serbia, Jamaica, Colombia, Cambodia that...
  • interconnectedness image

    The Great I AM

    Stopped at a light one Saturday morning, I met some teenage girls and their mothers with buckets requesting money to send the girls to basketball championships. My first reaction was...
  • gunstick

    Burying the Weapons

    When I became a mother I was certain my children would grow up enlightened. And for me enlightenment meant my children would not ascribe to any traditional gender stereotypes or...
  • Basic CMYK

    Fear Factor

    I am terrified right now. In fact, I literally just sent a text to a friend that read, “I am terrified.” You see, this week, I set off for a...
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    The Memory Keeper

    They say 3 moves purges as much stuff as a fire. I’m testing that theory this summer. I moved last summer to what I knew would be temporary housing, grateful...
  • feature cemetery

    Remember When . . .

    When we are weary and in need of strength We remember them When we are lost and sick at heart We remember them When we have joy we crave to share We...
  • mo4

    By the Cut of Their Hair, Ye Shall Know Them

    It’s summer buzz time at our house. The last week of school marks the time that hair standards are drastically relaxed, we’ve got teen and tween girls are picking the...
  • The Distant Temple

    Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

    As we approached the wide junction of Avinguda Diagonal and the street on which our hotel was located, I saw the spires of Sagrada Familia for the first time. The four...
  • dsfeature

    Pausing for a Moment of Silence

    When my children had outgrown their need for a nap, but I had not yet outgrown my need to have them nap, we instituted “quiet time” where they could play...
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    Worshipping WITH the World

    Last Sunday I was in New Orleans for a conference. As much as I love the volunteer work I do every Sunday as the primary chorister (children’s music leader, for...
  • flying

    Cleared for Take Off

    “Does anyone smell smoke?” Not exactly the words you want to hear at 36,000 feet in the air halfway through a cross-country flight. Shortly after the flight attendant asked us...
  • cathedral

    Pay to Pray: Going Green for God

    The flickering of the candles drew me in as if they were the wish at end of a birthday celebration. . . when I found out that money was tied...
  • bofmcover

    “I Believe” – a Review of “The Book of Mormon” Musical

    And mostly I felt sadness that it takes people completely outside of my faith to see where the power of Mormonism lies.
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    Mormon Mommy Meets Eat, Pray, Love

    In the spirit of wayfaring, Ashley joins us today with the kind of travelogue I’d love to hear in testimony meeting.  I’m the one with my mouth open wide and...
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    Sacred Cows Make the Best Burgers

    We can blame it all on Ben Franklin. Starting the trend for using artistic satire to editorialize, his “Join, or Die” cartoon was the first of its kind to be...
  • shoes

    Ms. Goody Two-Shoes Lives On

    “A Mormon Mother” was the way I was described as my Prop 8 video was linked around the internet. I can’t blame them, I am the one who introduces the...
  • silence

    The Sound of Silence

    “To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.” Abraham Lincoln On New Year’s Eve, I ceremoniously drew my approval whore, thanked and then released her: I...
  • cake

    Playing Valentine

    Legend has it that one of the roots of Valentine’s Day stem from a third century ban on marriage passed by Roman emperor Claudius II who thought married men made...
  • pug

    Commercial Appeal

    You may have been watching the Packers and Steelers last night, but since I don’t care for pro football and typically pick a favorite based on the fashion statement the...
  • moneytitle

    Going Green

    One of the most profound ideas from my big Christmas trip was how it affected my relationship with my wallet. Taking a family of 6 that far for that long...
  • editfly

    More Dread than Alive

    “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience by which you really stop to look fear in the face. . . . You must do the thing you think...
  • king cover

    Am I “Dreaming”?

    In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. Martin Luther King, Jr. I grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah...
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