Mormon Mommy Wars: We’re All Outsiders Now

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This article was originally written by Michelle L. for The following is an excerpt. 

When three new apostles were sustained as the newest members of the Quorum of the Twelve, church members scurried to learn more about these men and their wives. A great deal of interest landed on Sister Ruth Renlund, former attorney and mother to one daughter. An interview with Ruth from The Mormon Women Project offered a beautiful, humble and honest portrait.

What happened next isn’t pretty.

The MWP article was soon flooded with judgmental, cruel comments about Sister Renlund– accusing her of ignoring prophetic counsel, assuaging her own vanity and neglectful parenting. These comments didn’t come from anti-Mormons or internet trolls; the spiteful words were written by our own people,

fellow saints,

primarily women,

Sisters in Zion.

We have a problem.

There’s much to discuss here, and I hope you’ll chime in, but let me make this clear: I trust Ruth Lybbert Renlund to make good decisions. I trust her relationship with God, I trust He has a plan for Ruth that might be much different from mine and I also trust YOU.

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Kylie is a writer at and graduate of BYU with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She grew up in a Chicago suburb where she gained a passion for the Chicago Cubs. She enjoys writing and live event video production.