Personal Essay & Memoir


Naomi writes personal essay and memoir about her journey in and out of the LDS Mormon religion.

Naomi, age 4.

Naomi, age 4.

Fourth grade self-portrait.

Fourth grade self-portrait.

First year teaching middle school.

First year teaching middle school.

Hiking in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains.

Hiking in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains.

With students at University of La Verne commencement.

With students at University of La Verne commencement.

2017 Women’s March in Salt Lake City.

2017 Women’s March in Salt Lake City.

Essays in books

"Plan A," in Baring Witness: 36 Mormon Women Talk Candidly about Love, Sex, and Marriageedited by Holly Welker, University of Illinois Press, July 2016.

Essays on the web

"Breath of Life," The Mormon Women Project, January 18, 2018.

"Wonder Woman," The Mormon Women Project, October 30, 2017.

"Building Holy Places to Stand In," The Mormon Women Project, May 24, 2017.

"Imagining What Can Be: My Visit to the Relief Society Building," Aspiring Mormon Women, December 12, 2016.

"How My Younger Self Got Schooled," Aspiring Mormon Women, September 22, 2016.

"Girls' Sports Participation: Sharing Our Stories," Aspiring Mormon Women, August 4, 2016.

"My Continuing Hope for AMW," Aspiring Mormon Women, June 13, 2016.

"Yes, They Do--Mormon Men Marry (Aspiring) Doctors," Aspiring Mormon Women, January 29, 2016.

"I'm a Giver AND a Getter," Aspiring Mormon Women, December 30, 2015.

"It's a Process," By Common Consent, October 12, 2015.

"More about #EmbraceYourAND," Aspiring Mormon Women, September 10, 2015.

"Throw Away the Life Script and Turn to Him," Aspiring Mormon Women, August 10, 2015.

"During the Dark Times," Aspiring Mormon Women, May 15, 2015.

"Taking a Leap of Faith," Aspiring Mormon Women, March 4, 2015.

"Ambition, That 'Dirty' Word," Aspiring Mormon Women, December 18, 2014.

"Daring, Not Shaming, Greatly," Aspiring Mormon Women, September 17, 2014.

"Marriage is Not the Only Reason," Aspiring Mormon Women, April 28, 2014.

"All the Single Ladies," Aspiring Mormon Women, March 5, 2014.

"Combatting Cultural Lies about 'Ambitious' LDS Women," Rational Faiths, January 13, 2014.

"No Caveats Attached," The Exponent II, September 20, 2013.

"Mirrors and Windows: The Importance of Mentoring and Networking for LDS Women," Aspiring Mormon Women, September 18, 2013.

"Without Apology, Without Reservation," Aspiring Mormon Women, July 15, 2013.

"You Better Do It Then (and Welcome!)," Aspiring Mormon Women, June 6, 2013.