Vol. 42 No. 2 — Fall 2022

COVER ART — “Spontaneous Choreographies” by Ashley Thalman
“Spontaneous Choreographies” was created in the Summer of 2020 as a collaboration between me, my partner Matthew Peterson, and A Duet — a project started by our friend-client dancers Haleigh L armer and Megs O’Brien. My statement is my work and what you see, or don’t see in it, is it. I experience my work for creativity’s sake; its highs and lows, its shape-giving energy, and its expressions found in the mundane and extraordinary of everyday life. I love, parent, friend, write, co-create images, and paint large format backdrops for photographers, designers, and other creative souls.” ashleythalman.com | @ashleythalman

LETTER FROM EDITOR “An Unabashed Love Letter” by Rachel Rueckert

ESSAY “Proximity/Affinity” by Lorren Lemmons

POETRY Excerpt from “Contradictions of Friendship” by Aubrey Johnson

FLANNEL BOARD  “Compassionate Conversation: Tips and Techniques” by Orinda Darling

POETRY “After We Spoke” by Marni Asplund-Campbell

ESSAY “Tripp” by Kate Bennion

BOOK REVIEW of I Spoke to You with Silence by Katie Ludlow Rich

ESSAY “Georgia On My Mind” by Heidi Naylor

BLOG FEATURE by April Young-Bennett, Natasha Rogers, Trudy Rushforth

SABBATH PASTORAL “Friendship with Christ” by Andrea Porras

BOOK REVIEW of Book of Mormon for the Least of These, Vol. 2 by Kirsten Campbell

POETRY “Mary, of Magdala” by Elizabeth Pinborough

ESSAY “Best, Worst, Weirdest” by Whitney Bush

THEOLOGY “Called to Love” by Rin Butler

ESSAY “Can I Get a Witness?” by Heather Sundahl



Editor-in-Chief Rachel Rueckert 
Managing Editors Carol Ann Litster Young
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
Blog Feature Editor Katie Ludlow Rich
Subscription Manager Gwen Volmar 
Proofreaders Kami Coppins, Cherie Pedersen, Karen Rosenbaum 
Additional Staff Caroleine James, Sandra Clark Jergensen, Karen Rosenbaum 



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



Thank you to Ashley Thalman, Claire Forste, Paige Payne, Sofia Augustine-Adams, Kristin Gibby, Madeline Rupard, Samantha Zauscher, Kathleen B Peterson, Rachel Henriksen, and Melissa Tshikamba for allowing us to publish their artwork. We are also especially grateful to Jolynn Forman, who illustrated artwork specifically for the essay, “Tripp.”

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. 

Copyright © 2022 by Exponent II, Inc. All rights reserved.

Rachel Rueckert is the current editor in chief of the Exponent II Magazine. She is the author of EAST WINDS.

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