To Everyone Who Didn’t Want to Be a Mom When They Grew Up

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” In my Mormon ward in Northern Utah, there was only one correct answer to this question: “A mom!” Whether you also wanted to be a doctor or writer or president of the United States was of secondary importance. We all knew that first came motherhood,…

The Worth of Licked Cupcakes in God’s Kingdom

Imagine that you’re 16 and a group of older men is standing in front of you, the closest one telling you that your body is a wonderland. You’re not at a sugar baby convention, though. You’re at church, and you’d rather be almost anywhere else. Maybe he didn’t quote John Mayer, exactly, but he may…

BYU-I Paper’s Modesty Editorial Gets It Half-Right

It was a surprising week at BYU-Idaho, modesty-wise: On-campus paper Scroll posted an editorial headlined “Why my knees shouldn’t be distracting,” in which author Elise Forbes made an insightful argument for viewing modesty through a lens other than our responsibility for the actions of others. Forbes makes a great point that for all its teachings…

Introducing the Modesty Talks

I’ll never forget the first time I wore a sleeveless dress to work. I pulled off my jacket like I was voluntarily giving up my shield in a medieval battle. I looked around the office out of the corners of my eyes to see if anyone noticed. I sat hunched over all day and went…