Taylor G. Petrey’s book, Tabernacles of Clay, makes an original contribution to Mormon Studies and the study of sexuality and gender. His theoretical and interpretive framework, along with his meticulous movement through fundamental historical moments, doctrines, practices, and responses of the Church of Latter-day Saints to social movements impacting sexuality, race, and gender will be influential for years to come. He places Mormon attitudes, practices, and teaching about sexuality and race in historical context both in Mormonism and national politics and social life. Notably, he helps us see the consequences of the Mormon belief in continuous revelation.

I salute Petrey's use of queer theory, which is unusual in Mormon Studies. I was intrigued as soon as he laid out his course of action and was pleased that rather than being an add-on, the theme of fluidity and malleability is woven deeply into the narrative he creates. He is deft...

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