Carol Lynn Pearson
MONDAY | APRIL 29, 2019 | 7:00-9:00 pm
Carol Lynn will continue the conversation she began with her book, The Ghost of Eternal Polygamy, in addition to sharing some new poems she has written on the importance of bringing back the Divine Mother into our eternal family.
Home of Ed and Kristen Iversen
3582 Oak Rim Way Salt Lake City, UT 84109
NOTE: This is one of those times it would be helpful to bring a light folding chair. Also, please don’t arrive more than 20 minutes early. Thank you.
If there is no parking to be found near the home you can also park in the “park & ride” lot on the NW corner of 3900 South and Wasatch Blvd. Oak Rim Way is just east of the intersection on the north side.
You’re invited to bring some finger food to share.
“Polygamy?” says the mainstream Mormon Church. “We gave that up long ago.” Not so, claims noted LDS poet and author Carol Lynn Pearson, who examines the issue as it has never been examined before.
Any member of the LDS Church today who enters the practice of polygamy is immediately excommunicated. However, Pearson claims, polygamy itself has never been excommunicated, but has an honored and protected place at the table. It has only been postponed, a fact confirmed by thousands of “eternal sealings” giving a man an assurance that he will claim as wives in heaven the two, three, or even more women he has sequentially married during his lifetime. No such opportunity is available to women.
Carol Lynn might be best known as the Mother Poet of Mormons. And striving to firmly plant and nurture the nature of our Mother in Heaven has been pretty much a lifetime avocation for her.
As with all of our gatherings, there is no pressure to share in the large group or if and when we break into small groups. But what makes Faith Again and Think Again work so well is not just who presents but who is present, prepared, and willing to share. For guidance in having productive conversations please read the intentions page.
ABOUT CAROL LYNN:
Ms. Pearson began her writing career as a poet, with many of her poems being reprinted in such places as the Ann Landers column and college literary textbooks. The poems appear now in a compilation, Beginnings and Beyond.
Her memoir, Goodbye, I Love You, tells the story of her marriage to a homosexual man, their divorce, ongoing friendship, and her caring for him as he died of AIDS. This book is credited with opening the conversation about homosexuality in the Church in 1986.
Many other of her works are also well known to Mormon readers, such as the musicals My Turn on Earth and The Order is Love. Her work on behalf of LGBT people includes No More Goodbyes, The Hero’s Journey of the Gay and Lesbian Mormon, and the stage play Facing East, which received an award from Deseret News as “best play of the year,” and went on to have a limited Off-Broadway run. Her work on women’s issues includes a one-woman play, Mother Wove the Morning, which she performed over 300 times, playing 16 women throughout history in search of God the Mother.
She is the author of numerous inspirational books such as The Lesson and Embracing Coincidence. Her Christmas books include A Stranger for Christmas, The Modern Magi, The Christmas Moment and A Christmas Thief.
Her most recent book is The Ghost of Eternal Polygamy: Haunting the Hearts and Heaven of Mormon Women and Men.
Last Month she was honored by the Association for Mormon Letters with their “Lifetime Achievement Award.”
Ms. Pearson has an M.A. in theater, is the mother of four grown children, and lives in Walnut Creek, California.