Welcome Heidi!

By February 15, 2008

The Juvenile Instructor has come into a bit of luck recently in attracting solid and talented guest bloggers. That luck has not run out. We’re pleased to announce our latest guest, Heidi, known also as Pinto. Heidi received a BA in Humanities and History at BYU in 2006, and will graduate with a Masters in American Studies at Boston University this spring. I got to know Heidi this summer as part of the Joseph Smith Seminar with Richard Bushman and Terryl Givens (although we quickly discovered that she was that “Special Collections girl” [meaning she worked there] and I was “that guy with a shaved head always looking up Joseph Smith stuff” when we were undergrads at BYU). She tells me that she has had the opportunity to research in the Church History Department on the Susquehanna years and that she will be returning there for a summer stint as well.

In terms of her Mormon interests, she is fascinated with women’s cultural history (especially in the 1880-1930 era), media studies, and LDS theology of romance and sexuality. She is currently in talks on a book proposal on how to situate oneself in the church as a young single adult, where our theology (NOT our culture) places us as regarding dating and sexuality, and all the anxiety these thoughts seem to create. She compares her book idea to a Mormon version of Joshua Harris’ “I Kissed Dating Goodbye” or Lauren Winner’s “Real Sex: The Naked Truth About Chastity.”

She also asked me to mention that she has red hair that she’s proud of and she’s “in talks” with a “certain amazing young man” about a possible merger sometime in late 2008. It makes her “happy and nervous but mostly very, very happy.”

Let’s welcome Heidi!

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  1. Welcome, Heidi.

    Comment by Ben — February 15, 2008 @ 10:57 am

  2. Yay! I look forward to your posts, Heidi! And we’re overdue for another rendezvous at Espresso Royale 🙂

    Comment by ECS — February 15, 2008 @ 11:02 am

  3. Welcome, Special Collections girl. I’m looking forward to your posts.

    Comment by Christopher — February 15, 2008 @ 11:09 am

  4. Sweet. It would appear that we have some shared interests. I’ll look forward to your posts.

    Comment by J. Stapley — February 15, 2008 @ 11:12 am

  5. Welcome, Heidi! I look forward to your posts.

    Comment by Jody — February 15, 2008 @ 12:25 pm

  6. I look forward to learning about your research and findings.

    Comment by Justin — February 15, 2008 @ 3:02 pm

  7. It’s always nice to welcome a great mind, and a woman’s voice, to JI. Welcome Heidi.

    Comment by SC Taysom — February 15, 2008 @ 4:10 pm

  8. Props, Heidi.

    Comment by matt b — February 15, 2008 @ 4:37 pm

  9. good to be here! I’ll try and post something tonight or tomorrow early afternoon!

    Comment by Heidi — February 15, 2008 @ 5:57 pm

  10. Red hair rules.

    Comment by BHodges — February 15, 2008 @ 6:17 pm

  11. BHodges–I agree with the sentiment that red hair generally rules, and I’ll add (as one of the lucky ones who has seen it) that Heidi’s hair is particularly worthy to preside :).

    Heidi, I’m looking forward to your posts!!

    Comment by Kristine — February 16, 2008 @ 10:07 am

  12. Hey Heidi! Nice to see you here.

    Comment by Lynnette — February 16, 2008 @ 12:41 pm

  13. Yay! Friends! ECS, Kristine, and Lynnette! Lynnette, I need your e-mail address or something. I get reports of your amazing sunday school lessons from Petra all the time.

    Comment by Heidi — February 20, 2008 @ 1:29 pm


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