25 years ago today - 25 years ago - Oct 14, 1994-Friday

[Leonard Arrington]
What's happening to Janice Allred is terrible. [[Janice Merrill Allred (1947-) was given a sentence of church "probation" on October 13, 1994, and excommunicated on May 9, 1995, for her publications on a heav- enly Mother. See Vern Anderson, "LDS Church Leaders to Decide Discipline for Feminist Writer," Salt Lake Tribune, Oct. 11, 1994; Lindholm, Latter-day Dissent, 131-55. Her hus- band, David D. Allred, taught physics at BYU.]] Mother of nine, a life-long active member and temple-goer, she faced a disciplinary council Wednesday night. Her daughter was married in the temple, she has one returned missionary son and a second in the MTC [Missionary Training Center]. She is far more orthodox than half the men in our High Priests Group. Yet because she published an article expressing some speculations the Brethren didn't like, she is called on the carpet. She thinks the Holy Ghost might be a woman. Terrible thought! Kill her! Anyway, they put her on probation for two weeks, told her not to talk to anybody about anything, told her not to take the Sacrament, etc. etc. I don't know what we can do to help her; we are indignant, even angry, we express our sympathy, but what else can we do? The search for truth is going down the cracks. Express an opinion that one apostle doesn't like and you are out; that is, if you publish it.

[Confessions of a Mormon historian : the diaries of Leonard J. Arrington, 1971-1997, Gary James Bergera, editor, Signature Books, 2018]

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