Author Archives: D.T. Bell

Accidentally Eavesdropping on an Apostle

I recently read this account of a woman’s experience with Elder Neal A. Maxwell, formerly of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

On Kate Kelly’s Comments

In her latest op-ed in the Guardian, Kate Kelly writes about the then-pending disciplinary council of John Dehlin. She makes many claims that merit rebuttal, among them that disciplinary councils are a “form draconian bullying.” She also shares the Joanna Brooks quote about excommunication being a 15th century solution. I’ve shared my thoughts on the […]

In Defense of Excommunication

Well. It seems we are back.  I’d like to address the notion, given voice originally by Joanna Brooks that “excommunication is a nineteenth-century Mormon solution to 21st-century Mormon problems.” This quote has been adapted lately by John Dehlin, who changed “nineteenth-century” to “fifteenth-century.”


I just don’t have the energy for this one.

Non-Mormons Decide That Mitt Romney Isn’t A Good Mormon

I sincerely have a lot of sympathy for people whose job it is to wake up every day and try to come up with a new, fresh angle on the same story they’ve been covering for over a year.


It occurred to me that didn’t address a particularly important point that Andrew Sullivan raised in his post responding to our Washington Post piece.


Well, Business Insider is reporting that this will be the cover for the Bloomberg Businessweek story on the finances of the LDS Church: