My name is Bridget Jack Jeffries and Weighted Glory is my personal blogging project. Here I offer insights on the Bible, church history, theology, and Christian culture, with an emphasis on approaching these subjects as a woman and as a (former) single mother.
I was not raised in a Christian home, but became a Christian when I was 10 and really discovered my faith when I was 16. I completed a bachelor’s degree in classics with a minor in Hebrew at Brigham Young University (long story!), so I have some background in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek. I also hold a master’s degree in American religious history from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
I married young to an unbeliever  and our first child (b. 2006) was born disabled. By 2013, I was pregnant with our second child and closing in on finishing my master’s. I had not held a full-time job in about 7 years at that point, having let my husband support us so that I could take care of our disabled daughter. That was when my husband abandoned me, and I found myself returning to full-time work at 7 months pregnant for the first time in 7 years so that I could support my disabled older child and my unborn baby. I allowed my unbelieving husband to depart (1 Cor. 7:15-16). This significantly delayed the completion of my master’s degree, but by the grace of God, I was able to finish it (cum laude, even!).
I spent 4 years as a single mother to my two beautiful children, then re-married to a Christian man in 2018. God is real and he loves us and he has been my strength in all of this, blessing me and uplifting me in my time of need.
My son was diagnosed with high-functioning autism shortly after he turned 3. His sister’s disability is DiGeorge syndrome.
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- So I Married a Mormon: An Interfaith Memoir (forthcoming)
- “Special Needs, the Church and the Justice of God.” RELEVANT Magazine, 26 September 2018.
- “Called and Ordained: A Priesthood of All Believers in Alma 13.” In A Preparatory Redemption: Reading Alma 12-13, edited by Matthew Bowman and Rosemary Demos. Provo, Ut.: Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Studies, August 2018.
- “The hypocrisy of Hillary’s feminists.” The Hill, 30 September 2016.
- “As God Is, Woman May Become?: Women and the Mormon Doctrine of Exaltation” master’s thesis., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 2016, ProQuest (1797426855).
- “Decision has been made for you, LDS feminists.” The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 June 2014.
- “Book Review: The 2011 NIV Bible.” Priscilla Papers 25.1 (Winter 2011): 26-28. [Read Scot McKnight’s endorsement here.]
- “How Wide the Divide, and Can Biblical Equality Bridge It?” Mutuality, Fall 2010, 15-17.
- Interview with Betty Rollins. “Interfaith Divorce.” Religion & Ethics Newsweekly. PBS, 27 August 2010.
- Interview with Naomi Schaefer Riley. “Interfaith marriages are rising fast, but they’re failing fast, too.” The Washington Post, 6 June 2010.
Selected Symposia & Seminars
- Participant: Third Annual Mormon Theology Seminar, Berkeley (June 2016).
- Paper: “More Precious Things: Evidence for Women’s Priesthood in the Earliest Christianity,” Sunstone Symposium, Salt Lake City (August 2010).
- Paper: “The Johannine Comma and Its Place in LDS Thought,” BYU Humanities Symposium, Provo (March 2004).
Miscellaneous Legal Matters
 My then-husband was Mormon. I think that some Mormons are true believers in Christ, but eventually reached the conclusion that my then-husband was not.