Nicole Sbitani

Nicole is an adult convert, a mixed-race woman, and a professional diplomat. She blogs at and writes microfiction @nsbitani on Twitter. The content of this post does not represent the views of the U.S. Department of State or any other U.S. Government agency, department, or entity. The thoughts and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and in no way should be associated with the U.S. Government.

The Gospel Doesn’t Excuse Fatphobia

If we aim to be perfect like God (Matthew 5:48) - and not perfect the way that fitspo influencers and judgmental members are selling it - we need to liberate our understanding and practice of the Gospel from fatphobia.

Fact-Checking Spiritual Op-Eds

As I’ve grown spiritually, I’ve come to firmly believe that it’s okay to “fact-check” the spiritual "op-eds" in our life - yes, even scriptures, manuals, lessons, and General Conference.

I Didn’t Mean to Scandalize Primary

I didn't mean to scandalize Primary with my story of drinking alcohol and coffee, but in the end I'm glad I did.

What Happened to PEF?

The more I tried to find out whether the Perpetual Education Fund (PEF) still exists or whether it's been replaced by BYU-Idaho Pathways, the more confused I became.

Don’t Let the Perfect (Words) Be the Enemy of the Good

In a church that preaches repentance, there is too often an emphasis on perfection accompanied by an overwhelming fear of failure and judgment from others. Let’s all commit to speaking up even when it’s tough and potentially embarrassing: there’s no way to get from where we are to where we want to be as a community, society, and world without it.

How White U.S. Mormons Talk about the Rest of the World

I just love the American people. Sometimes I think of their universally pale, easily sunburned skin, questioning blue eyes, and soft blond hair, and...

Temple Matron: No Husband Required

I was working my way through Saints, Volume 3 when I stumbled across this bombshell in Chapter 15: “...Armenia Lee had an interview with...

Enduring to the End: What Does It Mean?

One of the most sacred commandments in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is to “endure to the end.” This directive appears...
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