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When 40,000 Christians Gave a Muslim a Standing Ovation

By Jonathan Decker, Clinical Director, LMFT Lately it feels like America is being torn asunder. Between hate crimes against the LGBT community, divisive politics, cops shooting civilians, civilians shooting cops, and mass media stirring the pot, as a nation we seem in short supply of unity, understanding, and shared respect. But my wife and I witnessed a moment of love and gratitude that will rema ...[Read More]

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“All Hands on Deck” – How Christ Rescues Us From Despair

Jonathan's note: Although I am a man of faith, I have the utmost respect for those who do not share my beliefs. I share this deeply personal poem, which I wrote years ago in a time of turmoil, in the hope that it will bring spiritual relief to those looking for such.  “All Hands on Deck” By Jonathan Decker The world's a storming, tumultuous sea With multitudes drowning, struggling, los ...[Read More]

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3 Keys to Thriving as an LDS Single

By Jonathan Decker, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Author's note: I have a great respect for the beliefs of others and have learned much from them. Although I am a devout Latter-day Saint, I do not impose my beliefs upon my clients and I support their worldviews in therapy. I include this article here so that all of my writings can be found in one place. This article originally appeared in ...[Read More]

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The Book of Mormon: A Story of Racial Equality?

By Jonathan Decker Note: This article is written from a Latter-day Saint perspective.  Context is Everything The most accurate description of race in The Book of Mormon is not that dark skin is bad and light skin is good, but rather that “all are alike unto God” and that “the first shall be last, and the last shall be first.” Context is everything. Critics of The Book of Mormon often cite isolated ...[Read More]

What Husbands Can Learn from the Stripling Warriors

What Husbands Can Learn from the Stripling Warriors

By Jonathan Decker, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Note: This is written from a Latter-day Saint perspective The Book of Mormon (which is revered by Latter-day Saints alongside The Bible) contains one of the strongest depictions of ideal manhood in religious literature. In the story of the two thousand stripling warriors readers gain insight into characteristics that, if developed in moder ...[Read More]

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Race in Mormon History

By Jonathan Decker Author's note: I have a great respect for the beliefs of others and have learned much from them. Although I am a devout Latter-day Saint, I do not impose my beliefs upon my clients, working within their worldview in therapy. I include this article here so that all of my writings can be found in one place.  This article, “Race in Mormon History,” originally ran in Mer ...[Read More]

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Is Violent Media Ever Okay? A Latter-day Saint Perspective

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) Author's note: I have a great respect for the beliefs of others and have learned much from them. Although I am a devout Latter-day Saint, I do not impose my beliefs upon my clients and I support their worldviews in therapy. I include this article here so that all of my writings can be found in one place. This article originally appeared in Modern ...[Read More]

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Jamesthemormon: Not Your Parents’ “Mormon Rap”

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, entertainment critic) This article originally appeared in Meridian Magazine.  In 1988 The Walter and Hays Band released the cheesily-quintessential “Mormon Rap.” The song was meant as a winking in-joke for Latter-day Saints, with lyrics like I’m a fine young man, I’m living clean, Don’t smoke, don’t drink, If you know what I mean. Don’t touch Soda Pop if It ha ...[Read More]

What Does Latter-day Saint Doctrine Really Say About R-rated Movies?

What Does Latter-day Saint Doctrine Really Say About R-rated Movies?

By Jonathan Decker (Clinical Director, LMFT) During promotion for my book 250 Great Movies for Latter-day Families I was invited to give an interview with The Student Review, an independent publication from students at Brigham Young University. This is that interview. For my interview with BYU's official newspaper The Daily Universe click here.  What started your love for movies? I can trace it di ...[Read More]

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SATURDAY’S WARRIOR Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT'S SATURDAY'S WARRIOR ABOUT? Several siblings leave heaven for Earth, experiencing together the struggles of mortal life in this musical interpretation of Latter-day Saint doctrine. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B) Mainstream audiences are likely unfamiliar with Saturday's Warrior, but for lifelong Mormons the musical is a staple of their culture. P ...[Read More]