Janice Merrill Allred
Allred holds a B.A. in English from Brigham Young University (BYU), and some of her writings have been collected in God the Mother, and Other Theological Essays (Signature Books: 1997). She began her studies of the Mother in Heaven concept in 1991. Her writings have been viewed as controversial by leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church); meetings with local leadership regarding her work began in November 1992. In 1993, the LDS Church disciplined six prominent writers; Allred had collaborated with several of these including Lavina Fielding Anderson, Lynne Whitesides (who was president of the Mormon Women's Forum while Allred was vice-president), and brother-in-law Paul Toscano. Allred was in Mexico City at the time, but faced a series of disciplinary councils on her return to Utah. Though her work had been criticized by church president Gordon B. Hinckley, Allred was initially placed on probation (a temporary and relatively minor punishment) in October 1994. However, after lengthy proceedings, a second disciplinary council found her guilty of apostasy and excommunicated her on May 9, 1995.
In addition to her theological work, Allred has criticized the LDS Church for alleged instances of child abuse.
- Allred, Janice (1997). God the Mother, and Other Theological Essays. Signature Books.
- (1997) "My Struggle for a More Loving, Tolerant, and Egalitarian Church". Case Reports of the Mormon Alliance. 2(4)
- (1994) "Toward a Mormon Theology of God the Mother," Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 27(2):38–39
- (2012) "The One Who Never Left Us," Sunstone
- Steenblik, Rachel Hunt; Wheelwright, Hannah (2015). Mormon Feminism: Essential Writings. Oxford University Press. p. 196. ISBN 9780190248031.
- Associated Press, Rexburg, Idaho, "Prophet Won't Lead Us Astray, Counselor Says," Deseret News, 1–2 Sept. 1994, B-1–2; (BYU) Daily Universe, 31 August 1994, "Pres. Hinckley Affirms Prophet's Role."
- Associated Press, "LDS Excommunicate Feminist; Appeal Planned", Deseret News, 11 May 1995.
- Brooks, Joanna (2012). The Book of Mormon Girl: A Memoir of an American Faith. Simon and Schuster. p. 128. ISBN 9781451699685.