About This Site

I decided to launch this blog in an effort to foster a deeper, more open sisterhood within our LDS community. How many of us feel isolated and demoralized as we sit in church surrounded by seemingly perfect women and perfect families and compare them to our own imperfect selves---and our imperfect husband and kids? Afraid to reveal our true selves (or our "true" families), we further fracture and compartmentalize our personas and feelings in order to keep our "all is well" masks in place. Thus, too many of us fear judgment from fellow church members, and we become a "sisterhood" in name only.

Like many other women, I'm striving to overcome my fear of revealing my authentic self. Yet, in this process of exposure, I have felt a sense of freedom and spiritual empowerment. I now take my journey to a new level by showing my "scary" vulnerable self to you all, and hope you will join me in my effort to build an authentic LDS sisterhood. Berating ourselves with guilt and condemnation does nothing to prepare us for millennial prophetic events to come. I have learned that as I focus more on Jesus Christ rather than wasting negative energy on my own imperfections (nor focusing on the perfection or imperfection of other women), I shift to a higher spiritual and emotional gear and become a more useful and productive disciple---surely not perfect---but learning and trying.
Furthermore, most women (including myself) have difficulty speaking honestly and truthfully to other women---especially during times of frustration or conflict involving other women. We practice artificial "niceness" because this approach seems easier than direct dialogue or asking specifically for what we want or need from other women. 

Finally, I've encountered many blogs and discussions whose purpose is to agitate for changes in church doctrine and/or policy---often through a lens of anger, frustration, sadness, and disappointment while emphasizing the oppression of Latter-day Saint women. This blog stresses the opposite: I seek spiritual and emotional empowerment through the atoning power of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Some of my posts will also emphasize my own type of clarion call or warning voice of what I feel are particular dangers as we navigate these challenging times. I will speak my truth, and I don't claim to speak for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

I feel a kinship with women of all faiths. I'm not trying to convert anyone to my religion, I have no political agenda, I'm not an expert, and I don't claim to have all the answers. Thanks for reading!

"Forgiven" by Daniel Gerhartz

Note: When I have the information, I cite the names of all the artists who have painted the beautiful illustrations throughout this blog.