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  1. Blake Ostler, I think he more than a lot of other theologian/philosophers has made a connection to process theology (intentional/or unintentional) than anybody else in Mormon thought.

    Ben Schilaty, I know what he did in Tucson and at BYU has changed so many people’s lives in being an LGBTQA+ advocate.

  2. Helen Sweany
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    I nominate Hazel Scott.

    She was once the most famous, most sought after musician in the world. She used her position to create social change. An example is this film clip of a movie she was in with MGM. The producers wanted the women to wear unflattering housecleaning type clothes. Hazel said if these ladies were greeting their partner they would be looking their best. MGM was not at all happy but Hazel one. The stereotype of women of color ended with her.

    Though she’s not mormon, Hazel’s story should not be buried into obscurity. She is truly one who did what was right and let the consequences follow.

  3. I’d like to add Chick and Mary Bradford. He was bishop of Arlington VA Ward during ERA and she was editor of Dialogue.
    Also Lester Bush.
    Annie Clark Tanner, author, “Mormon Mother.”

  4. I nominate Jim Whitfield Jim has written “the Mormon delusion” series 1-5 . This has been pivotal in some British lds folks questioning and leaving the church by “ one of our own” . It is well written and researched .

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  5. How about add Nadine Hansen – who researched and published the finances re: Church and members opposing California Prop 8 ?

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  6. I’m wondering why *Lorie Winder Stromberg* isn’t listed under influencers of feminism? She’s had a profound presence in Mormon feminism since the mid 1970s (see her participation in Sunstone Symposiums, and as being the co-founder of Ordain Women, which she continues to contribute to.

    Also *Zelophehad’s Daughters*.

    What about the *Redd Family*? Huge philanthropists to Mo & western/Utah history and culture.

    I hope Elbert Peck receives appropriate attention. He almost single handedly revved up Sunstone, expanded and oversaw all the symposiums (both SLC and other cities), all the publication details, etc., for years.

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  7. What are the three “heinous GC talks?
    I have never found ANY GC talk “heinous.”
    Whenever I have questions or doubts about anything the General Authorities teach in GC, my first response is to get on my knees and ask the Lord to help me understand why. I don’t promulgate anything. My struggle lies in MY lack of understanding , not in the church leaders or teachings.
    As I STUDY the BOM my questions become less and less.
    It is clear to me the General Authorities are loving inspired men.

  8. John your list is outstanding!
    I nominate the following

    Dale R. Broadhurst

    Marvin S. Hill Author of
    “Quest for refuge: the Mormon flight from American pluralism”
    This Book was given to me by an active LDS Temple Worker who was so upset by reading it’s contents of unrefuted, documented church history; he was burning the book, page by page as he read it.

    John would Oliver Cowdrey qualify as an ‘Early Church Insider Who Spoke Up Against Dishonesty or Injustice?’

    Spectacular job John!

    Thank you for everything you and Margi do!

  9. This is an impressive list. My recommendation is Sue Emmett, founder of Ex-Mormon Foundation, who organized and presented conferences for a number of years for the kind of people you speak to. There were many very interesting and intelligent presenters over that time and the conferences were very well attended. It was a lovely social experience as well. Kudos to Sue and all those who helped her.

  10. Deborah Lakke’s memoir Secret Ceremonies, was the first book I found that detailed specifics of temple rituals. She wrote about the pressure she experienced from family and Ward “brothers and sisters” who were present, to submit to rituals she was uncomfortable with. Unfortunately, a few years after the publication of Secret Ceremonies she died, supposedly of death by suicide.

    Judy Robertson’s Out of Mormonism was another early memoir that detailed the cognitive dissonance she and her husband – who were converts – experienced during their first temple visit. This led them to examine and question Mormon doctrine which they’d previously accepted as truth.

  11. Amazing list. It’s a worthy call out.

    Not able to figure our what Reed Smoot is doing in the “Early External Observers Who Expressed Genuine Concerns With Mormon Practices.” Comments sought.

  12. Fanny Stenhouse for 1872 “Tell it All” and her husband T.B.H. Stenhouse for his 1873 “The Rocky Mountain Saints.” They did expose it all, from the inside.

  13. Great collection of information, but… I’d revise your “early external observers” list. Smoot was an apostle. Both William S. Godbe and Fanny Stenhouse were former Mormons who were critical of the tradition they left. These three don’t fit as “external” like Eber Howe. Maybe you need a category of exMormon critics for Stenhouse and Godbe. I could provide a list of early and prominent former Mormons.

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