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.
By: Rebbie Groesbeck // I once showed a picture of my brother’s family to a friend at work: happy couple, three beautiful children, adorable outfits, all smiles. The reaction was, “OK, they’re perfect. I guess that’s what all Mormon families are like, huh?”
By: Amber Richardson // Well guys, today is the day that we recognize our mothers. We honor them and remember them with praise and gifts and love (shout out to my own mother who just sent me a rockin’ birthday card with a squirrel wearing a birthday hat on the cover). And so, on this special day, I’d like to ask, do we really understand what our mothers have done for us?
By: Jacob Cutler // They live in your country, your city, your neighborhood. They try to speak your languages and observe your customs. They ride bikes in dark suits or conservative skirts and blouses. They stop you in the streets, in the park, or in the grocery store even if you are making it clear that you have no interest in talking to them.
By: Brad Masters // “And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to waht source they may look for a remission of their sins” ~2 Nephi 25:26, The Book of Mormon
Kelsey Nixon is the host of The Food Network show Kelsey’s Essentials. She grew up in North Ogden, Utah and had her big TV debut on the reality show The Next Food Network Star. Kelsey now lives in New York City with her husband Robby and son Oliver. She loves her family, she loves food, and she loves being a part of the strong community of the Mormon church.