Vol. 41 No. 3 – Winter 2022

COVER ART “Modest is Hottest” by Emily Wall
“A literal interpretation of a common Mormon adage. Meant to convey the burning rage I still harbor towards anyone who has ever preached this false doctrine.” * Emily Wall is a queer photographer currently living in upstate New York with her spouse and three sons. She recently graduated from Brigham Young University with a BFA in photography. The foundation of her work is her family and environment. She grew up in a large, religious family and was drawn to photography for its ability to dismantle and dissect relationships. Her current work delves into the landscape of childhood and the religious narrative of her youth. emilywallphoto.com | @emilyannwall

LETTER FROM EDITOR “A New Perspective” by Natalie Taylor

FICTION “Elect Lady” by Nicole Sbitani

ESSAY A Rose by Any Other Name” by Shamae Budd

POETRY “Faith” by Lorraine Jeffery

ESSAY Flirt to Convert” by Sherrie L.M. Gavin

ESSAY Life is Too Short to Have Boring Hair” by Tia Wray

ESSAY To Whom It May Concern: A Bajan’s Attempt to Code-Switch” by Ramona Morris

POETRY “Cycles of Faith” – Esther Phipps

ESSAY A Stitch in Time” by Darlene L. Young

ESSAY “Only YOU” by Katie Ludlow Rich

THEOLOGY “The Best of Both Worlds: The Paradox of the Cosmic Mundane” by Channing Parker

ESSAY A Priest Wearing a False Moustache” by Shannon Bryn Soper

ESSAY “Train Up a Child” by Cherie Taylor Pedersen

BLOG FEATURE by Ramona Morris, Lori LeVar Pierce, Kaylee McElroy

ESSAY “Swimming in the Wind of this World” by Amy Sorensen
Exponent II Essay Contest Finalist

POETRY Shallow Water” by Megan K. Palmer

ESSAY “No Success Can Compensate for Failure in the Home” by Jessica Sagers
Exponent II Essay Contest Finalist

ESSAY “Lightwork” by Dayna Patterson
Exponent II Essay Contest Winner



Editor-in-Chief Rachel Rueckert 
Managing Editors Carol Ann Litster Young, Sam Layco 
Art Editor Page Turner 
Managing Art Editor Natalie Taylor 
Layout Designer/ Editor Rosie Gochnour Serago 
Women’s Theology Editor Eliza Wells 
Sabbath Pastorals Editor Fara Sneddon 
Poetry Editor Abby Parcell 
Subscription Manager Gwen Volmar
Blog Feature Editor Katie Ludlow Rich 
Proofreaders Kami Coppins, Cherie Pedersen, Karen Rosenbaum 
Additional Staff Margaret Hemming Olsen, Natalie Prado, Kate Bennion, Lisa Van Orman Hadley, Kimberly Ence, Caroleine James, Heather Sundahl, Shannon Soper, Sherrie L.M. Gavin, Tia Thomas, Tracy Allen



President Lori LeVar Pierce
Treasurer Jeanine Bean
Secretary Kirsten Campbell
Members Andee Bowden, Tirza Davis, Lindsay Denton, Carol Ann Litster Young, Rachel Rueckert, Heather Sundahl



Thank you to Emily Wall, Marlena Wilding, Paige Stodtmeister, Kirsten Holt Beitler, Sharyl Myers Adamson, Karly Jade Catto, Elizabeth Bishop Wheatley, Camille Wheatley, Ashley Belle Harris and Jessica Rose Cooper for their artwork in this issue.

Exponent II (ISSN 1094-7760) is published quarterly by Exponent II. Exponent II has no official connection with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Articles published represent the opinions of authors only and not necessarily those of the editor or staff. 

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