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SUNSTONE MORMON

SUNSTONE MORMON EXPERIENCE, SCHOLARSHIP, ISSUES, & ART DECEMBER 2008 Issue 152 SUNSTONE (ISSN 0363-1370) is published by The Sunstone Education Foundation, Inc., a non-profit corporation with no official ties to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Articles represent the opinions of the writers only. SUNSTONE is indexed in the Index to Book Reviews in Religion and Religion Indexes: RIO/RIT/IBBR 1975–on CD-ROM. Submissions may be by e-mail attachment or on IBM-PC compatible computer discs (MS Word or WordPerfect format). Submissions should not exceed 8,000 words and must be accompanied by a signed letter giving permission for the manuscript to be filed in the Sunstone Collection at the University of Utah Marriott Library (all literary rights are retained by authors). Manuscripts will not be returned; authors will be notified concerning acceptance within ninety days. SUNSTONE is interested in feature- and column-length articles relevant to Mormonism from a variety of perspectives, news stories about Mormons and the LDS Church, and short reflections and commentary. Poetry submissions should have one poem per page, with the poet’s name and address on each page; a selfaddressed, stamped envelope should accompany each submission. Short poems—haiku, limericks, couplets, and oneliners—are very welcome. Short stories are selected only through the annual Brookie and D. K. Brown Memorial Fiction Contest (next submission deadline: 30 June 2008; $5 fee per story). Letters for publication should be identified. SUNSTONE does not acknowledge receipt of letters to the editor. Letters addressed to specific authors will be forwarded, unopened, to them. SUNSTONE will not provide subscriber addresses to mail list solicitors without permission. Send all correspondence and manuscripts to: SUNSTONE 343 N. Third West Salt Lake City, UT 84103-1215 (801) 355-5926 fax: (801) 355-4043 email: info@sunstonemagazine.com website: www.sunstonemagazine.com United States subscriptions to SUNSTONE are $45 for 6 issues, $76 for 12 issues, and $106 for 18 issues. International subscriptions are $58 for 6 issues; $100 for 12 issues; $138 for 18 issues. All payments must be in U.S. funds drawn on a U.S. bank. All international subscriptions will be sent via surface mail. Bona fide student and missionary subscriptions are $10 less than the above rates. A $10 service charge will be deducted from refund amount on cancelations. All subscription prices subject to change without notice. Printed by Copyright © 2008, The Sunstone Education Foundation. All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America. FEATURES 21 Rebecca Buchert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MORMONISM AND THE CREATIVE ADVANCE INTO NOVELTY 26 Robert A. Rees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HOW MORMONS COULD HELP END THE GENOCIDE IN DARFUR 30 Emily January Petersen. . . . . . . . . . I LOVE YOU NO MATTER WHAT 34 Rebecca Davis Stevenson. . . . . . . . . . I LOOKED OUT THE WINDOW AND WHAT DID I SEE?: A Narratological Analysis of LDS Ritual Experience 40 H. Parker Blount . . . . . . . . . . . . . . THE FAMILY UNDER ATTACK: By Whom? 46 John-Charles Duffy . . . . . . . . . . . . . MAPPING BOOK OF MORMON HISTORICITY DEBATES—PART II: Perspectives from the Sociology of Knowledge 70 Johnny Townsend . . . . . . . . . . . . . . NANNY PRINCESS: 2007 Brookie & D. K. Brown Fiction Contest Starstone Winner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . POETRY 25 Beth Paulson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ENCOUNTERING ANTELOPE 29 Rebecca Lilly. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HAIKU 39 Nancy Compton Williams. . . . . . . . . THE UNEXPECTED 45 Michael R. Collings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . NECTARINE 61 Garland Strother. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BASQUE CARVING 73 Jerry Hauser . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . THE BEST OF PREDATORS COLUMNS 4 Various Authors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . REFLECTIONS ON PROPOSITION 8 CORNUCOPIA 14 Bryce Kirton Petersen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . WORDS OF WISDOM: Folgers and the Sacrament Cup 15 Rory Swensen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BLOGWATCH: Confessions of a Shopping Mall Santa 17 Chrystal Vanel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AROUND THE WORLD: The Kolob Order 19 Michael Vinson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SCRIPTURE NOTES: Smoke Signals for Sojourners 20 Bishop Higgins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . THE SUGAR BEET: News from the 3rd Ward MAKING SENSE OF SOCIAL CONSTRUCTIONISM 62 Stephen C. Taysom. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . THE ORTHODOXY OF UNCERTAINTY 63 Janet Garrard-Willis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MY BOOK CLUB WITH GOD 65 Dan Wotherspoon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RICHER THAN YEA OR NAY 66 E. George Goold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ENTANGLEMENT 67 D. Jeff Burton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BRAVING THE BORDERLANDS. . . : Two Paths, One Marriage 74 Mark Brown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FINDING ITS LEGS: Best of LDS Film Festival 2007, compiled by Christian Vuissa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . UPDATE 76 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The effects of Proposition 8 on Mormons. Gay Mormons hold press conference. Imbibing elder removed. A quick sampling of recently noted members of the kingdom. Cover art by SR Carter

S U N S T O N E Founded in 1974 Editors Emeritus SCOTT KENNEY 1974–1978 ALLEN D. ROBERTS 1978–1980 PEGGY FLETCHER 1978–1986 ELBERT EUGENE PECK 1986–2001 DAN WOTHERSPOON 2001-2008 Publisher Emeritus DANIEL H. RECTOR 1986–1991 Editor STEPHEN CARTER Publisher WILLIAM STANFORD Associate Editor CAROL B. QUIST Section Editors PHYLLIS BAKER, Fiction Contest SCOT DENHALTER, “Cybersaints” ALAN AND VICKIE EASTMAN, “Righteous Dominion” JAMES P. HARRIS, “A Place for Every Truth” HUGO OLAIZ, News/Update DIXIE PARTRIDGE, Poetry BOYD PETERSEN, Mormonism and politics MARY ELLEN ROBERTSON, Women’s studies MICHAEL SCHOENFELD, “Sunstone Gallery” BRIAN H. STUY, “The Rest of the Story” ALISON TAKENAKA, “Margin Notes” MICHAEL VINSON, “Scripture Notes” Editorial Assistants JOHN-CHARLES DUFFY, REBECCA ENGLAND, HUGO OLAIZ Contributing Columnists D. JEFF BURTON, MICHAEL NIELSEN, JANA RIESS Cartoonists JEANETTE ATWOOD, JONATHAN CLARK, GWEN DUTCHER JONNY HAWKINS, RYAN WAYMENT Much-Appreciated Volunteers ADRIANE ANDERSEN, SUSAN ANDERSEN, PHYLLIS BAKER, LES AND SHANON GRIPKEY DON AND LUCINDA GUSTAVSON, ANN M. JOHNSON, LLOYD PENDLETO, MARY BETH PENDLETON, SHERRI PENDLETON KATY SEPPI, SHARI THORNOCK, KATHY WILSON THE SUNSTONE EDUCATION FOUNDATION The mission of The Sunstone Education Foundation is to sponsor open forums of Mormon thought and experience. Under the motto, “Faith Seeking Understanding,” we examine and express the rich spiritual, intellectual, social, and artistic qualities of Mormon history and contemporary life. We encourage humanitarian service, honest inquiry, and responsible interchange of ideas that is respectful of all people and what they hold sacred. Board of Directors MICHAEL J. STEVENS, RORY T. SWENSEN, co-chairs BILL BRADSHAW, LAURA L. BUSH, LAURA R. COMPTON DOE DAUGHTREY, NADINE R. HANSEN, KIM MCCALL J. FREDERICK (TOBY) PINGREE; JANA BOUCK REMY J. BONNER RITCHIE, CHARLES T. SCHOFIELD MATT THURSTON Business Manager WILLIAM STANFORD Office Manager CAROL B. QUIST Director of Outreach and Symposia MARY ELLEN ROBERTSON Regional Symposium Partners (2008 symposiums) MOLLY BENNION, Northwest JOHN HAMER, MIKE KARPOWICZ, JEANNE MURPHY, DON COMPIER, Independence Audio Assistants WADE GREENWOOD, STEVE MAYFIELD Photographer STEVE MAYFIELD YEA, YEA MUSINGS ON 8 “I MY GAY MORMON HUSBAND: SAY NO TO H8” THESE WORDS, HAND-PRINTED ON A large protest sign and held high for the crowds by two grad students, (dentistry and law), are the focal point of a prominent photograph in the Sunday Oregonian Newspaper (16 November). The accompanying article about the Portland rally, decrying California’s ban on same-sex marriage, features the story of these two men, together for five years, wed in California last June (with the marriage certificate to prove it!) and now—because of the Church’s role in the Proposition 8 campaign—ex-Mormons. For me, this story puts a human face on the pain and dismay that is the outcome of the Prop 8 train wreck. I am saddened and disheartened. It seems to me like deja vu. I remember the controversy about the definition of marriage around the 1950s and 60s. Then it was black intermarriage, miscegenation laws. Apostle Mark E. Peterson told us “God has commanded Israel not to intermarry,” Apostle Bruce R. McConkie told us “caste systems have their root and origin in the gospel itself,” and both were very vocal opponents of interracial marriage with blacks. The year I graduated from high school in Salt Lake City, Apostle Peterson called intermarriage with Negroes “spiritual death” and opined at a BYU convention, “We must not allow our feelings to carry us away, nor must we feel so sorry for Negroes that we will open our arms and embrace them with everything we have. Remember the little statement that we used to say about sin, ‘First we pity, then endure, then embrace.’” I cringe as I recall these words even as I try to remember that most white Americans in the 1950s were opposed to interracial marriage and did not see laws banning interracial marriage as an affront to the principles of American democracy. I understand homosexuality to be one of nature’s many variations, not an illness nor a disability, nor moral depravity. The etiology of homosexuality is complex. We are learning also that the simple dichotomy of male or female doesn’t begin to capture the complexity of human sexuality. God is not fragile, and faith does not require denying the realities of this world. Offering this group radical inclusion in the NAY, NAY life of the Church, without demanding that they become who they are not, would seem to reflect the radical inclusiveness of Jesus. This love would lead us to ask forgiveness of our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters whom we have persecuted, excluded, called ‘sinners,’ and sought to hinder in the creation of lives rich in self-respect and covenant relationship. Perhaps after a few years, we will look back at this and be appalled and dismayed, just as the old screeds against interracial marriage leave us appalled and dismayed today. FRANCES LEE MENLOVE Depoe Bay, Oregon A MARRIAGE MORMONISM COULD ABIDE? LONG BEFORE THERE WAS A Proposition 8, I heard from a gay, celibate, temple-recommend-toting Mormon friend why and how Mormonism could abide gay (even temple) marriage. While I remain unconvinced that it should (at least at present), Christopher Bigelow’s reasoning in the October 2008 SUNSTONE reminds me that it could. Bigelow writes: “In order for same-sex marriage to be accepted by Mormons, we would need to become convinced that God himself could conceivably engage in such a union, including its sexual implications.” His argument relies upon the Mormon performance of “posthumous sealings for any and all couples ever married on this earth” and the “procreative purpose” of marriage. These are the fundamental premises of Bigelow’s argument. The first is wrong, the second erroneous because it is incomplete. For years, Mormonism made no objection to the marriages of men or women beyond climacteric. Such marriages have no procreative purpose. Instead, they have social, emotional, and economic purposes. “It is not good for . . . man [or woman] to be alone” Genesis 2:18; Moses 3:18; Abraham 5:14. Procreation is a purpose of some but not all marriages recognized and performed by the Church. Of course, if it were true that we perform “posthumous sealings for any and all couples ever married on earth,” one could argue for a possible eternal procreative purpose even for marriage after climacteric, but we don’t. Instead, we happily perform marriages for time only (even in the temple) for widows who have been sealed to their first PAGE 2 DECEMBER 2008

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