The Isles of the Sea

How Ezra Taft Benson Joined Eisenhower (Part 8 of 13) @ Gospel Tangents
  -  Ezra Taft Benson joined Eisenhower to be his Agriculture Secretary in 1952.  Benson...

Yearning for home @ Millennial Star
  -  LDS.org is featuring an inspiring video message from Elder Ucbtdorf, likening the great...

The LDS Church and the Race Issue: A Study in Misplaced Apologetics @ FAIR Blog
  -  Armand Lind Mauss is an American Sociologist specializing in the Sociology of...

Must Religion & Science Conflict? (Part 8 of 8) @ Gospel Tangents
  -  Must science and religion conflict?  In our final conversation with Ben Spackman, he...

LDS Charities Releases 2018 Annual Report @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Tuesday, 19 February 2019 |

A Look Back in LDS History for Black History Month @ FAIR Blog
  -  Look Magazine Cover, October 22, 1963 I am looking a copy of Look Magazine dated October...

Conference Notice: John Whitmer Historical Association 2019 Annual Conference @ BOAP.org Blog
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Come Follow Me – Matthew 5; Luke 6 @ Millennial Star
  -  My blog post on this week’s Come Follow Me...

Lifecycle of a Wall @ Millennial Star
  -  We spent a few hours at the Philadelphia Temple yesterday, where a friend and I...

Did Pres. McKay Support Evolution? @ Gospel Tangents
  -  President McKay was an educator before he was called to be an apostle and future church...

Father’s Day too – missionary communication options @ Millennial Star
  -  So now missionaries can use all modern communication techniques to interact with their...

Oscar Shorts: Reflections @ Millennial Star
  -  It has become tradition on Valentine’s Day for our family to go watch the...

Missionaries Now Have More Options to Communicate With Families @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Friday, 15 February 2019 | The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus...

“The Laborers Are Few” (The Church in the DR Congo: A Personal Perspective, Part 11) @ FAIR Blog
  -  Antoine Gadan, 1854-1934: Les Moissonneurs, 1910 In a presentation at the 2018...

What is a Literal Reading of Genesis? (Part 6 of 8) @ Gospel Tangents
  -  Many fundamentalist Christians insist on a literal reading of Genesis.  Ben Spackman...

Church Leaders Distribute Donations to Global Humanitarian Partners @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  New York City | Wednesday, 13 February 2019 | "Being able to help someone else makes...

FairMormon Conference Podcast #23 – Richard Lloyd Anderson, “Explaining Away the Book of Mormon Witnesses” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. This episode is a...

Pollyanna Freedom @ Millennial Star
  -  Recently on social media, a friend of mine who is a Trump Republican, called my...

Come Follow Me- John 2-4 @ Millennial Star
  -  This week’s lesson...

Misreading Genesis (Part 5 of 8) @ Gospel Tangents
  -  The Book of Genesis describes the creation of the earth in 7 days.  Can that be...

Prophet Pens Op-Ed for the Arizona Republic in Advance of His Visit @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Glendale, Arizona | Sunday, 10 February 2019 | President Russell M. Nelson of The Church...

Prophet Invites Arizonans to Turn Homes Into Sanctuaries of Faith @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Sunday, 10 February 2019 | More than 60,000 Latter-day Saints and...

The Sisters who made the Rome Temple Possible @ Millennial Star
  -  It was in the summer of 2005 or 2006 in Temple Square when two sister missionaries from...

Bishop Vaughn J. Featherstone’s Experience with the Scriptures and the Savior @ FAIR Blog
  -  Cross-posted from Truth Will Prevail Cobbled together by Dennis B. Horne        ...

Groundbreaking Date Set for Praia Cabo Verde Temple @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Friday, 08 February 2019 | The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus...

Argentina Missionary Training Center to Close in July @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Friday, 08 February 2019 | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day...

Apostle Tells Educators to be ‘First Responders’ to Students Considering Suicide @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Friday, 08 February 2019 | Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the...

Elder Soares Says Remembering the Savior Leads to Happiness @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Provo, Utah | Tuesday, 05 February 2019 | "Please remember that happiness and peace in...

Come Follow Me – Matthew 4; Luke 4-5 @ Millennial Star
  -  Here is the link to my latest blog on the CFM New Testament lessons:...

Church Developments and Their Timescales @ FAIR Blog
  -   I was recently thinking about some of the significant programmatic changes that...

FairMormon Conference Podcast #22 – Daniel Peterson, “Apologetics: What, Why, and How” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. This episode is a...

Kindle Version of Textual Studies of the Doctrine and Covenants for cheap @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  If you purchased your hard copy of Textual Studies of the Doctrine and Covenants: The...

Good video on suicide data, same sex attraction and the Church @ Millennial Star
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Temple Groundbreakings Announced for Pocatello and Guam @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Friday, 01 February 2019 | The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus...

Latter-day Saints Around the World Country Newsroom Websites February 1, 2019 @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Friday, 01 February 2019 | Newsroom features stories from its 80...

JustServe Helps Silicon Slopes Provide 1 Million Meals to Hungry Children  @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Friday, 01 February 2019 | Silicon Slopes is partnering with...

New Planning Tool Available for Prospective Missionaries @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Wednesday, 30 January 2019 | Prospective missionaries of The Church of...

Asia Temple Will Close for Renovation @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Tuesday, 29 January 2019 | The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus...

St. George Utah Temple Closing @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Friday, 25 January 2019 | The St. George Utah Temple of The Church of...

Church Assists Typhoon Relief Efforts in the Northern Mariana Islands @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands | Thursday, 24 January 2019 | LDS Charities, the...

Responding to Abuse @ FAIR Blog
  -  The Gospel of Jesus Christ is a message of peace and good will.  The healing of...

Book Review: We’ll Sing and We’ll Shout: The Life and Times of W. W. Phelps @ FAIR Blog
  -  Available at a discount at the FairMormon Bookstore William Wines Phelps (usually known...

Public Open House and Dedication Dates Announced for the Haiti Temple @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  SALT LAKE CITY | Friday, 18 January 2019 | The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus...

FairMormon Questions: First Presidency Statement on Temples @ FAIR Blog
  -  FairMormon has a service where questions can be submitted and they are answered by...

Groundbreaking Set for San Juan Puerto Rico Temple @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Thursday, 17 January 2019 | The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus...

Temple Rededications Announced for May 2019 @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Wednesday, 16 January 2019 | The Memphis Tennessee and Oklahoma City...

Elder Uchtdorf Asks Young Adults to Listen for the Music of the Spirit @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Provo, Utah | Tuesday, 15 January 2019 | "We are here to learn how to hear the music of...

Rome Italy Temple to Begin Public Tours @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Rome, Italy | Monday, 14 January 2019 | Public tours begin this month for the Rome Italy...

Apostle Discusses Lessons From Watergate With Famed Journalist Bob Woodward @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Washington, D.C | Monday, 14 January 2019 | An apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of...

Elder and Sister Renlund Discuss Faith and Doubt in Worldwide Broadcast @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  LAIE, HAWAII | Sunday, 13 January 2019 | Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the...

President Nelson Brings Hope to Californians Caught in 2018 Wildfires @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Chico, California | Sunday, 13 January 2019 | As people in northern California recover...

Daughter of President Nelson Passes @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Saturday, 12 January 2019 |

Job Announcement: Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition, Editorial Assistant @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  Editorial Assistant Vacancy — Closes Feb. 8, 2019 The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS)...

FairMormon Conference Podcast #21 – Lisa Olsen Tait, “Takeaways from the Gospel Topics Essays” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. This episode is a...

Job Announcement: Associate Editor, Publications Department, Massachusetts Historical Society @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  The Massachusetts Historical Society seeks a full-time Associate Editor to work in its...

Book Review: Faith is not Blind @ FAIR Blog
  -  Available at a discount from the FairMormon Bookstore Bruce C. Hafen was a member of the...

The Temple 3: A Light to the World (The Church in the DR Congo: A Personal Perspective, Part 10) @ FAIR Blog
  -  The DR Congo Kinshasa Temple Shining At Nightfall In a presentation at the 2018...

FairMormon Conference Podcast #20 – Brittany Chapman Nash, “An Act of Religious Conviction: Mormon Women and Nineteenth-Century Polygamy” @ FAIR Blog
  -   This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. This episode...

Here it is: Greg Kofford Ebook Sale. Plural Marriage Revelation Book @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  TSDC:PMR ebook along with ALL 2018 Kofford ebook titles is on sale until the end of the...

The Temple 2: “Holiness to the Lord” (The Church in the DR Congo: A Personal Perspective, Part 9) @ FAIR Blog
  -  Construction Crew – DR Congo Kinshasa Temple In a presentation at the 2018...

FairMormon Questions: Is it true that most historians that look into the life of Joseph Smith eventually leave the Church? @ FAIR Blog
  -  FairMormon has a service where questions can be submitted and they are answered by...

The Church History Library Goes Viral! @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  See for yourself.

Job Announcement: Einstein Papers @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  The Einstein Papers Project is engaged in one of the most ambitious scholarly publishing...

FairMormon Conference Podcast #19 – Elder Kevin W. Pearson, “A Sacred and Imperative Duty” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. This episode is a...

Anger Without A Cause? – President Oaks and a False Narrative @ FAIR Blog
  -    The debate surrounding LGBT issues is one high in emotion and passion, with all...

The Temple 1: “Turning the Hearts of the Children” (The Church in the DR Congo: A Personal Perspective, Part 8) @ FAIR Blog
  -  Primary children from the Buima branch in the city of Matadi, DR Congo In a presentation...

It’s the Final Four in the Bookstore! @ FAIR Blog
  -   It’s the Final Four! (Days to ship for Christmas Delivery, that is!) Remember the...

Taking the Gospel to the “Ends of the Earth” (The Church in the DR Congo: A Personal Perspective, Part 7) @ FAIR Blog
  -  Emmanuel Issamba, an investigator from the remote city of Bunia, DR Congo. Left to Right:...

Building from Centers of Strength – Wagenya (The Church in the DR Congo: A Personal Perspective, Part 6) @ FAIR Blog
  -  Photo of a Wagenya fisherman taken by Irish photographer Andrew McConnell in 2010. To...

FairMormon Conference Podcast #18 – Jenny Reeder, “‘Fire In My Bones:’ Women’s Stories on churchhistorianspress.org” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. This episode is a...

Book Review: Joseph Smith Papers, Revelations and Translations, Vol. 4: Book of Abraham and Related Manuscripts @ FAIR Blog
  -  Available in the FairMormon Bookstore This new volume of the Joseph Smith Papers is...

A NEW New Testament Translation and Study Bible! @ FAIR Blog
  -  A NEW New Testament? Finally! Do you find that reading King James Version of the  New...

Book sale. 30% off. @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  I know you’ve all be waiting to buy my book on D&C 132 because you believe...

New Joseph Smith Papers Bulletin @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  Latest from the Joseph Smith Papers here:...

Donate to FairMormon on Facebook for #GivingTuesday on Nov. 27 and it will be matched! @ FAIR Blog
  -  Thanks for all the donations! We couldn’t exist without you! We were able to raise...

Building from Centers of Strength – Kisangani (The Church in the DR Congo: A Personal Perspective, Part 5) @ FAIR Blog
  -  Little children at school for the poor in Kisangani, DR Congo In a presentation at the...

Shop our Thanksgiving Bookstore Sale and Support FairMormon While Getting 25% off! @ FAIR Blog
  -   Remember the FairMormon Bookstore as you plan your “Black Friday” shopping,...

A “Mormon” By Any Other Name @ FAIR Blog
  -  Editor’s Note: In anticipation of comments and e-mails on the matter, it should be...

What Attracts People to the Church? (The Church in the DR Congo: A Personal Perspective, Part 4) @ FAIR Blog
  -  Neon Konde presents a man with a copy of the Book of Mormon In a presentation at the...

“Alexa, play FairMormon Radio” @ FAIR Blog
  -  You can now listen to FairMormon Radio on your Amazon Echo, Dot, or other Alexa device!...

FairMormon Conference Podcast #17 – John Gee, “Selling Our Birthright for a Mess of Pottage: The Historical Authenticity of the Book of Abraham” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. In celebration of...

The Missionaries (The Church in the DR Congo: A Personal Perspective, Part 3) @ FAIR Blog
  -  Elders Kouame and Tchare In a presentation at the 2018 FairMormon Conference,[i]I shared...

Book of Abraham Manuscripts. Revelations and Translations Vol. 4 of the Joseph Smith Papers on the shelf. @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  [Cross-posted at By Common Consent] A permanent identical “I” is a...

Upcoming November 10 Temple on Mount Zion Conference at BYU @ FAIR Blog
  -  Model of Herod’s Temple The Fourth Temple on Mount Zion Conference in memory of...

A Snapshot of the Church in the DR Congo (The Church in the DR Congo: A Personal Perspective, Part 2) @ FAIR Blog
  -   In a presentation at the 2018 FairMormon Conference,[i]I shared stories of some of the...

FairMormon Conference Podcast #16 – Tyler Griffin, “Book of Mormon Geographical References: Internal Consistency Taken to a New Level” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. This episode is a...

Prologue: What Brought Us to Africa? (The Church in the DR Congo: A Personal Perspective, Part 1) @ FAIR Blog
  -  Baptismal Day near Ikot Eyo, Cross River State, Nigeria, by Janath R. Cannon. Elder Edwin...

“Cease to Sleep Longer Than Is Needful” (Stories of the Saints in the DR Congo Part 7) @ FAIR Blog
  -  Family and friends of Luvualu Mwinza David and Ndotoni Josephine Author’s note: This...

“Abound in Hope” (Stories of the Saints in the DR Congo Part 6) @ FAIR Blog
  -  Family of Luvualu Mwinza David and Ndotoni Josephine Author’s note: This series shares...

“Continue in Humility” (Stories of the Saints in the DR Congo Part 5) @ FAIR Blog
  -  Norman Kamosi Author’s note: This series shares six stories about members of The...

Some 2018 FairMormon Conference Transcripts Now Available @ FAIR Blog
  -  Our volunteers have been very busy transcribing the presentations from the conference...

A Short History of D&C 132 @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  I composed this short reception/textual history of D&C 132 when my book Textual...

FairMormon Conference Podcast #15 – Scott Gordon, “Mormon Temples and Freemasonry” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. This episode is a...

How Might We Interpret the Dense Temple-Related Symbolism of the Prophet’s Heavenly Vision in Isaiah 6? (Gospel Doctrine Lesson 36A) @ FAIR Blog
  -  Benjamin West: Isaiah’s lips purified An Old Testament KnoWhy relating to the...

What New Archaeological Discoveries in Jerusalem Relate to Hezekiah? (Gospel Doctrine Lesson 30A) @ FAIR Blog
  -  Shukron in room with markings An Old Testament KnoWhy relating to the reading assignment...

Featherston Family, Erstwhile Emigrants @ Amateur Mormon Historian
  -  One of the frustrating things about tracking emigrating members is the increasing...

“With All Diligence” (Stories of the Saints in the DR Congo Part 4) @ FAIR Blog
  -   Author’s note: This series shares six stories about members of The Church of Jesus...

Jaxon Washburn – Interfaith Work, and Being called on a Mission @ FAIR Blog
  -  Jaxon Washburn is a remarkable young man that has done a great deal of outreach work as...

“Obey … With Exactness” (Stories of the Saints in the DR Congo Part 3) @ FAIR Blog
  -   Author’s note: This series shares six stories about members of The Church of Jesus...

Book Review: Saints: The Story of the Church of Jesus Christ in the Latter Days, Volume 1: The Standard of Truth 1815-1846 @ FAIR Blog
  -  Available from the FairMormon bookstore One of the tactics that critics have used...

Celebrating Two New Books in the Book of Mormon Critical Text Project: The Nature of the Original Language of the Book of Mormon @ FAIR Blog
  -  Royal Skousen On Tuesday, September 25, at 7 p.m., BYU Professor Royal Skousen will...

Charity: “The Greatest of All” (Stories of the Saints in the DR Congo Part 2) @ FAIR Blog
  -   This series shares six stories about members of the Church of Jesus Christ of...

Papers of Jonathan Edwards flyer @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  JEC Call for Support

Papers of Martin Van Buren, Series 1. @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  Association for Documentary Editing has posted a note on the Cumberland University Martin...

John & Rebecca Denton: Repeated Returnees @ Amateur Mormon Historian
  -   John & Rebecca Denton Family: Back - L to R: Ezekiel, Robert, Sam, Alma From - L to R:...

Katherine Alexander and Her Return from Gathering @ Amateur Mormon Historian
  -  There were a number of people who joined the LDS Church that decided to go west....

The Returnees: A Project to Identify Why Some Converts Wanted to Return Home @ Amateur Mormon Historian
  -  Sometimes when a convert moves west to join the saints, something changes their mind and...

Weller’s Book Works April 14, 2018 Conversation about “The Plural Marriage Revelation” (D&C 132) @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  I’ll be at Weller’s Book Works at Trolley Square in Salt Lake City tonight at 7pm...

Middle Tennessee Baptismal Record - Lessons Learned @ Amateur Mormon Historian
  -  Nestled in the family search catalog is something called the Record of Members. It is a...

Joseph Smith Papers new web content @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  Plus notes on the pivotal volume 6....

Baptisms in 1918 by County @ Amateur Mormon Historian
  -   It may not look like a lot, but baptisms in Tennessee were picking up. Yes, there was...

Alfred Douglas Young - Part 5 Leaving Tennessee @ Amateur Mormon Historian
  -  [This is a continuation of the Autobiography of Alfred Douglas Young, quoted and...

Alfred Douglas Young - Part 4 Seeds of Misunderstanding @ Amateur Mormon Historian
  -  [This is a continuation of the Autobiography of Alfred Douglas Young, quoted and...

Alfred Douglas Young - Part 3 Raised from the Dead @ Amateur Mormon Historian
  -  [This is a continuation of the Autobiography of Alfred Douglas Young, summarized from his...

Alfred Douglas Young - Part 2 Evil Spirits @ Amateur Mormon Historian
  -  [This is a continuation of the Autobiography of Alfred Douglas Young. Written from his...

Alfred Douglas Young - Part 1 Conversion @ Amateur Mormon Historian
  -   [This is an excerpt from the Autobiography of Alfred Douglas Young. Written from his...

On the Problem and Promise of Alex Caldiero’s Sonosophy @ A Motley Vision
  -  In January of 2011, I shared my dissertation proposal on Alex Caldiero’s sonosophy...

George W Brandon writes a Letter. @ Amateur Mormon Historian
  -   On July 6, 1842, George wrote the following letter in Nauvoo. George was an early...

You’re looking for a book @ A Motley Vision
  -  . Two Sundays ago, a member of my ward engaged me on the old question of the Great Mormon...

An conversation with Melissa Leilani Larson about Third Wheel and the writer’s life @ A Motley Vision
  -  William Morris and Melissa Leilani Larson discuss her two peculiar plays of women in...

“An Open Palm and a Consecrated Life” @ A Motley Vision
  -  When I don’t have other things occupying my mind (and often when I do), I think a...

Mother’s Milk @ A Motley Vision
  -  . The first impression Rachel Hunt Steenblik’s Mother’s Milk gave...

Claire Åkebrand’s What Was Left of the Stars @ A Motley Vision
  -  . You likely remember Claire Åkebrand from your studious rerereading of Fire in the...

Names You Can't Read: The Badam Family @ Amateur Mormon Historian
  -  I can't say I found the Badam family. As far as the Church is concerned, that happened...

Sundry Moldy Solecisms #5 The Drown’ed Book by Mahonri Stewart, (play review) @ A Motley Vision
  -  A few weeks ago our son told us one of his co-workers was performing in Annie at the...

The Lost Records of Mary E Dukes @ Amateur Mormon Historian
  -  While transcribing an old baptismal record I happened across a cryptic entry...

Slate Springs Tennessee Chapel @ Amateur Mormon Historian
  -  I won't go into a full history of the Slate Springs branch here, but I came across some...

Speedwell Chapel @ Amateur Mormon Historian
  -  Speedwell Tennessee entered Mormon history in 1908 with the baptism of Josiah & Harriet...

Artists and Doctrine & Covenants section 58 @ A Motley Vision
  -  What D&C 58 means in relation to Mormon artists when it chastises Martin Harris and...

Short Creek Chapel @ Amateur Mormon Historian
  -  Short Creek is a unassuming place along the east side of the Tennessee river in south...

Remembering Jonathan Langford the critic @ A Motley Vision
  -  It’s been almost three months since Jonathan died. I miss him very much. This is...

News from Tennessee Conferences 19 Jun 1917 @ Amateur Mormon Historian
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News from Tennessee Conferences 12 Jun 1917 @ Amateur Mormon Historian
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Nashville Chapel circa 1959 @ Amateur Mormon Historian
  -  In 1959 the Nashville branch of the LDS Church met in this building. For those who know...

A Place for the Un-Gathered: The Home of Abraham and Mary Church of Hickman County Tennessee @ Amateur Mormon Historian
  -  [Below is an abridged version of my presentation at the 2017 Mormon History Association...

States of Deseret is now available @ A Motley Vision
  -  Peculiar Pages in collaboration with A Motley Vision is pleased to announce the release...

News from Tennessee Conferences 29 May 1917 @ Amateur Mormon Historian
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News from Tennessee Conferences 22 May 1917 @ Amateur Mormon Historian
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News from Tennessee Conferences 15 May 1917 @ Amateur Mormon Historian
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News from Tennessee Conferences 1 May 1917 @ Amateur Mormon Historian
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