By: The Normons // The holidays have a way of bringing everything back into perspective. When you get that thoughtful gift you didn’t expect, or when you reconnect with a loved one you haven’t seen in a long time, it just feels good. We’re reminded that the world isn’t such a terrible place and that goodness is stronger than cynicism. This time of year elicits gratitude for things we too often take for granted, not the least of which is gratitude for the truths that give our lives meaning.
By: Brad Masters // I’m pretty miserable at piano. I know only one song (which I memorized in 8th grade so our piano wouldn’t go completely unused), and even though I know how to read music, something happens to my brain when I sit down in front of a piano. In my defense, it’s not all my fault. When I was in 3rd grade, my piano teacher, who by this point was entirely fed up with my less-than-stellar practice habits, issued an ultimatum: baseball or piano. So I did what any sensible... Read The Rest →
By: Jenna Davant // My name is Jenna, and I’m a recent convert to the LDS Church. I was baptized on July 12th, 2014, in Austin Texas, where I moved about two weeks before my baptism. I’m from Texas originally, but was living in Los Angeles, California for the past six years. At the time I thought I was moving there to become a filmmaker, but I now know that moving there was more of a prompting from our Heavenly Father, to meet the people that I needed to meet... Read The Rest →
By: Rebbie Groesbeck // The other day I went to lunch with a woman who is writing a TV show that involves a Mormon character. She reached out to me because through some basic Googling, she had found this blog and figured I would be a good resource in figuring out how to realistically frame her character.
Written by contributors nationwide and compiled by Jason & Rebbie // Whether you live(d) there, went to school there or have only visited — you’re undoubtedly familiar with the peculiar yet magical bubble that is singles life in Utah. No other place in the world houses so many young, eligible Mormons all packed so closely together. To put it scripturally: the cup runneth over. But despite all the appeal that this bubble possesses, there comes a time in some people’s lives when they feel the need to leave it.
By: Rebbie Groesbeck // A few weeks ago, my Mormon congregation paid our annual visit to the Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church in South Central Los Angeles. It’s a tradition I’ve participated in every year since moving to LA; we visit their congregation in the summer, and they come to ours in the fall. I will admit I was nervous the first time I went. Inglewood, CA is basically the polar opposite of my hometown of Provo, Utah, and I just didn’t know exactly how it would go down.
By: Lani Jones // Tumua Anae was born in Hawaii and grew up in Newport Beach. She started her career playing high school water polo at Corona del Mar with me. I went on to be a washed up athlete, while Tumua won multiple national championships as USC’s goalie. She ended her career with the most saves in school history. Tumua joined the U.S. National Team in 2010, and was later selected to play in the 2012 London Olympics where she and her teammates won the gold medal. Tumua recently... Read The Rest →
By: Brad Masters // I try not to be a creeper. Really, I do. And thankfully, with the advent of social media, I can creep safely from my own home without anyone knowing—so long as I don’t accidentally deepfave that Instagram picture from 108 weeks ago of that person I happen to be stalking. But this one day, at Mountain West Burrito in Provo, Utah, I could not help myself from shamelessly eavesdropping on these two tattooed dudes having an all-out discussion . . . about the saving grace of Jesus Christ.
By: Rebbie Groesbeck & Chad Peters // As a blonde, white girl from Utah, I am your stereotypical Mormon. Sonja and Vernon Wilbert, however, are not.
By: Danny Rasmussen // The Book of Mormon, the Tony-award winning musical, is currently playing in my hometown in Orange County. It tells the story of two white, clean-cut Mormon missionaries who are called to serve in the most unlikely and foreign of places: Uganda. Naïve and inexperienced, the elders undergo various mishaps, misunderstandings and crises of identity & faith, all while learning what life outside “the bubble” is really like.