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Oliver Cowdery and the New and Everlasting Covenant @ Millennial Star
  -  Oliver Cowdery was at Joseph Smith’s side for nearly a decade at the beginning of...

How Lester Bush Debunked the Missouri Thesis @ Gospel Tangents
  -  We’re continuing our conversation with Dr. Newell Bringhurst.  We will continue where...

Textual Studies of the Doctrine and Covenants: Plural Marriage Rev (D&C132) -podcast at Gospel Tangents @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  The other day I had a chance to sit down with Rick Bennett who operates the Gospel...

Abraham’s Hebron: Then and Now Part 3: Jacob’s Well and the Tombs of Joseph and Rachel (Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 8C) @ FAIR Blog
  -    Sign at Entrance to Saint Photini’s Greek Orthodox Church and Jacob’s...

FairMormon Conference Podcast #3 – Elizabeth A. Kuehn, “Finances and Faith in the Kirtland Crisis of 1837” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features a FairMormon Conference presentation each month. If you...

Improvement and Progression (and another edition of a book) @ Millennial Star
  -  Last year I published the sixth edition of Reluctant Polygamist, and declared that I was...

Dr. Newell Bringhurst on Saints, Slaves, and Blacks @ Gospel Tangents
  -  We are continuing our focus on Black History Month here at Gospel Tangents.  I’d like...

Abraham’s Hebron: Then and Now, Part 2: The Tomb of the Patriarchs (Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 8B) @ FAIR Blog
  -  Jeffrey M. Bradshaw: Market Scene in Hebron An Old Testament KnoWhy for Gospel Doctrine...

Abraham’s Hebron: Then and Now, Part 1: Introduction (Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 8A) @ FAIR Blog
  -  Jeffrey M. Bradshaw: Four-Horned Altar at Beersheba, 2014 An Old Testament KnoWhy for...

If “All Are Alike Unto God,” Why Were Special Promises Reserved for Abraham’s Seed? (Gospel Doctrine Old Testament Lesson 7A) @ FAIR Blog
  -  Howard Lyon: I Am a Child of God. Children from many cultures “stand with Christ,...

What Was All the Confusion About at the Tower of Babel? (Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 6C) @ FAIR Blog
  -  M. C. Escher, 1898-1972: Tower of Babel, 1928. A confused group of different peoples...

Book Review: The Joseph Smith Papers: Documents Volume 6: February 1838 – August 1839 @ FAIR Blog
  -  Available from the FairMormon Bookstore at 10% off This volume of the Joseph Smith...

LDS Church in Africa #BlackHistoryMonth @ Gospel Tangents
  -  It’s Black History Month at Gospel Tangents.  This is our final conversation with...

Mormon Helping Hands Serving at Pyeongchang Winter Olympics @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  SALT LAKE CITY | Monday, 12 February 2018 | Mormon Helping Hands, the Church’s program...

This Bud’s for You – Nauvoo’s Budweiser Sign @ Millennial Star
  -  If you travel Mulholland Street in Nauvoo, you will see a large Budweiser sign near the...

Documentary Hypothesis: Indications of Multiple Authorship @ Millennial Star
  -  I’m part of a very awesome FB group, Mormons Talk | OT Bible Scholarship (Old...

2018 Church History Symposium @ FAIR Blog
  -  We would like to make you aware of the 2018 Church History Symposium at BYU (March 1) and...

Strengths and Weaknesses of Modern Missionaries @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  Here is an excerpt of a report by a General Authority who toured several LDS missions in...

Elijah Ables’ Attempt for Temple Blessings #BlackHistoryMonth @ Gospel Tangents
  -  We’re continuing our discussion of Black History Month with Russell Stevenson.  He’s...

LeadingLDS Podcast: How I Lead as Bishop After a Faith Crisis @ FAIR Blog
  -   Dan Conway is a bishop in Newcastle, in northeast England, and has also served as an...

Here’s a short Interview I did about the D&C 132 book. @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  Click and listen if you will:...

Rededication Date Announced for Houston Texas Temple @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  SALT LAKE CITY | Thursday, 08 February 2018 | The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus...

Why Brigham Changed His Mind on Black Ordination @ Gospel Tangents
  -  Brigham Young is often seen as the person responsible for instituting the ban on black...

George Laub and the Spiritual Roots of Human [Existence] @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  Yes, I went there. Nearly. George Laub (1814-1880) was an early Mormon convert who spent...

Scriptural historicity: not taking it too literal @ Millennial Star
  -  In Gospel Doctrine and Essentials classes, we are discussing Creation, Falk, etc....

Was Noah Drunk or in a Vision? (Old Testament Gospel Doctrine 6B) @ FAIR Blog
  -  Noah in His Vineyard, Holkham Bible, ca. 1325-1350. Here we see an industrious Noah...

Was Noah’s Ark Designed As a Floating Temple? (Old Testament Gospel Doctrine 6A) @ FAIR Blog
  -  Thomas Cole, 1801-1848: The Subsiding Waters of the Deluge, 1829 An Old Testament KnoWhy...

Ancient Mayan cities uncovered with laser technology in Mesoamerica @ Millennial Star
  -  Mesoamerica is a possible location for the Book of Mormon.   (Reminder:  the Book of...

Jonathan Edwards Center Reception @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  Those of you within striking distance of New Haven may be interested. The Jonathan...

Funeral Services Held for Elder Von G. Keetch @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  SALT LAKE CITY | Friday, 02 February 2018 | Funeral services for Elder Von G. Keetch of...

Church Announces Mission Adjustments @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  SALT LAKE CITY | Thursday, 01 February 2018 | Mormon Newsroom reported in October that...

Finding the Lost 116 Pages @ Millennial Star
  -  I adore Don Bradley. His scholarship is precise, his efforts are extensive, and he has...

Mormons Around the World Country Newsroom Websites January 31, 2018 @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  SALT LAKE CITY | Wednesday, 31 January 2018 | MormonNewsroom.org features stories from...

Brigham Young on the Word of Wisdom @ Millennial Star
  -  This post is thanks to a comment from Zander Sturgill on other social media. An...

The Book of Abraham with John Gee @ Millennial Star
  -  Kurt Manwaring and respected Egyptologist John Gee sat down to talk about the Book of...

Could Joseph Smith Have Drawn On Ancient Manuscripts When He Translated the Story of Enoch? (Old Testament Gospel Doctrine 5C) @ FAIR Blog
  -  George Campfield, fl. 1861: Enoch, Creation Window, All Saints Church, Selsley, England,...

How Does Moses 5-8 Illustrate the Consequences of Keeping and Breaking Temple Covenants One By One? (Old Testament Gospel Doctrine 5B) @ FAIR Blog
  -  Jan van Eyck, ca. 1395-1441: Offering of Abel and Cain, 1425-1429 An Old Testament...

Why Was Joseph Smith Initially Prohibited from Publishing His Bible Translation? (Old Testament Gospel Doctrine 5A) @ FAIR Blog
  -  Liz Lemon Swindle, 1953-: Go with Me to Cumorah, 1997 An Old Testament KnoWhy for Gospel...

Elder Christofferson Addresses Growing Need to Defend Truth @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Statement @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  SALT LAKE CITY | Friday, 26 January 2018 | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day...

Elder Von G. Keetch Dies at Age 57 @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  SALT LAKE CITY | Friday, 26 January 2018 |

Honest questions for Adam S. Miller @ Millennial Star
  -  Adam S. Miller, the Mormon philosopher who wrote the highly praised book “Letters...

Assignments Announced for Elder Uchtdorf @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  SALT LAKE CITY | Monday, 22 January 2018 |

Was Adam Meant to “Rule Over” or “Rule With” Eve? (Old Testament Gospel Doctrine 4B) @ FAIR Blog
  -  Eugène Delaplanche, 1836-1890: Eve, After Transgression, 1869. Photograph copyright by...

Did Satan Actually Deceive Eve? (Old Testament Gospel Doctrine 4A) @ FAIR Blog
  -  Jan Breughel, the Elder, ca. 1568-1625: The Garden of Eden, 1612. Brueghel masterfully...

Did Moses Write the Book of Genesis? (Old Testament Gospel Doctrine 3B) @ FAIR Blog
  -  Joseph Mallord William Turner, 1775-1851: Light and Color: The Morning After the Deluge...

What Can the Architecture of Israelite Temples Teach Us About Creation and the Garden of Eden? (Old Testament Gospel Doctrine 3A) @ FAIR Blog
  -  Michelangelo, 1475-1564: Creation of the Sun and Moon, 1511 An Old Testament KnoWhy for...

What Was the Nature of Satan’s Premortal Proposal? (Old Testament Gospel Doctrine 2A) @ FAIR Blog
  -  William Blake, 1757-1827: Satan in His Original Glory, ca. 1805. To highlight...

Why Did Moses Seem to Repeat the Same Experience Twice in His Vision? (Old Testament Gospel Doctrine 1A) @ FAIR Blog
  -   Joseph Brickey: Moses Seeing Jehovah, 1998 KnoWhy 01A for Personal Study of Gospel...

FairMormon Conference Podcast #2 – Ben Spackman, “Truth, Scripture, and Interpretation: Some Precursors to Reading Genesis” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features a FairMormon Conference presentation each month. If you...

Missionaries Return to Madagascar @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  SALT LAKE CITY | Friday, 19 January 2018 |

New Full-Time Tabernacle Organist Appointed @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  SALT LAKE CITY | Friday, 19 January 2018 |

New Zealand Mormon Temple Closing for Renovation @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  SALT LAKE CITY | Friday, 19 January 2018 |

Hurricane Irma and Maria Updates @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Caribbean | Friday, 19 January 2018 | A summary of the response of The Church of Jesus...

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...

Utah Governor Task Force to Address Teen Suicide @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  SALT LAKE CITY | Wednesday, 17 January 2018 | The rate of teen suicide in the United...

New First Presidency Holds News Conference @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  SALT LAKE CITY | Tuesday, 16 January 2018 | President Russell M. Nelson and his...

Russell M. Nelson Named 17th Church President @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  SALT LAKE CITY | Tuesday, 16 January 2018 | President Russell M. Nelson was announced as...

Elder and Sister Uchtdorf Encourage Young Adults to Trust in God @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  SALT LAKE CITY | Sunday, 14 January 2018 | Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the...

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

A Special Invitation for January 16th, 2018 @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  SALT LAKE CITY | Saturday, 13 January 2018 | Members of the Church from around the world...

President Monson Honored for Legacy of Love, Service @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  SALT LAKE CITY | Friday, 12 January 2018 | Thousands of people gathered in the Conference...

East Coast Ignorance, or Using an Emotional Event for Another Anti-Mormon Hit Piece? @ FAIR Blog
  -    President Thomas Spencer Monson (August 21, 1927 – January 2,...

President Monson Viewing Attended by Thousands @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  SALT LAKE CITY | Thursday, 11 January 2018 | Before the break of dawn Thursday, hundreds...

How a Proper Translation of Genesis 1:1 Underscores the Atonement-like Properties of Creation. @ FAIR Blog
  -      As Latter-day Saints, we believe that the atonement plays a central...

Public Leaders Worldwide Pay Tribute to President Monson @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  SALT LAKE CITY | Wednesday, 10 January 2018 | In addition to tributes from Presidents...

President Nelson Signs Mission Calls as Presiding Apostle @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  SALT LAKE CITY | Tuesday, 09 January 2018 | President Russell M. Nelson, president of the...

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

President Monson’s Service by the Numbers @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  SALT LAKE CITY | Friday, 05 January 2018 | The life and ministry of President Thomas S....

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...

Tribute to President Monson from the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  SALT LAKE CITY | Wednesday, 03 January 2018 | The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The...

President Monson Funeral Arrangements Announced @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  SALT LAKE CITY | Wednesday, 03 January 2018 | Funeral services for President Thomas S....

FairMormon Conference Podcast – Keith Erekson, “Witnessing the Book of Mormon: The Testimonies of Three, Eight, and Millions” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This is a new podcast series which will feature a FairMormon Conference presentation each...

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

Textual Studies of the Doctrine and Covenants: The Plural Marriage Revelation @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  My book on Doctrine and Covenants section 132 will arrive, February 27, 2018 from Greg...

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

Mormon Temples and Freemasonry @ FAIR Blog
  -  The video of Scott Gordon’s presentation from the 2017 FairMormon Conference is now...

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...

LGBT Youth Suicides: What Needs to Change @ FAIR Blog
  -  This is a guest post from Debra Oaks Coe, who is a member of the Executive Committee of...

Joseph Smith Papers, Documents, Vol. 6 Editors Talk about the volume. @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  Documents 6 is an especially important volume in the Documents series, covering the...

Women of Faith Vol 4 Meet the editors and authors. @ BOAP.org Blog
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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...

Gay Youth Suicides in Utah @ FAIR Blog
  -  Every individual lost to suicide is a tragedy, and there should be no room for excluding...

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...

Book Review: An Introduction to the Book of Abraham @ FAIR Blog
  -  10% off at the FairMormon Bookstore Click to purchase the book. [Another FairMormon...

Book Review: An Introduction to the Book of Abraham @ FAIR Blog
  -  10% off at the FairMormon Bookstore Publisher: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young...

“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...

What if People with Red Hair Were Denied the Priesthood? @ FAIR Blog
  -  Scott Gordon as a red-haired boy Note – From the mid-1840s until 1978 people of...

Jonathan Edwards Center Upcoming Lecture @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  The Jonathan Edwards Center presents a lecture by Prof. Michal Choinski Jagiellonian...

The Kirtland Temple @ FAIR Blog
  -  “The report of my death was an exaggeration.” (Letter to Frank Marshall White...

Mormon Scholars Testify – Bruce E. Dale @ FAIR Blog
  -  I was sixteen years old when I read the Book of Mormon for the first time. That book ran...

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

Presiding Bishopric, VI. @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  Final Installment Summarizing and expanding a bit here. Responsibility profiles for the...

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...

Book Review: The Council of Fifty: What the Records Reveal about Mormon History @ FAIR Blog
  -  Publisher: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University Editors: Matthew J. Grow...

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...

Presiding Bishopric, V. The First Presiding Bishops. @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  The First Presiding Bishop, Newell K. Whitney After the death of Joseph Smith in June...

Mormon Scholars Testify – Jonathan Westover @ FAIR Blog
  -  I cherish my testimony of my Savior and of God. As a brief background, I was born into a...

Presiding Bishopric, IV. @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  With the revelations of November 1 and 11, 1831 helping to define the role of the...

Presiding Bishopric, III. @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  Doctrine and Covenants section 68 contains important material regarding bishops. It is...

Presiding Bishopric, II. @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  Mormon Bishops, much like their post-New Testament counterparts did, evolved several...

Presiding Bishopric, I. @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  A few years ago I did a series of posts at BCC on the Presiding Bishopric of the LDS...

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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Of Testimonies and Twelve Year Olds @ FAIR Blog
  -  Members in Sacrament Meeting. Picture source:...

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...

The Enlightenment of Neo-Mormons @ FAIR Blog
  -   In Greek, the word neos means “new.” In English, the prefix “neo” generally...

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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Book Review: The Joseph Smith Papers: Documents Volume 5: October 1835 – January 1838 @ FAIR Blog
  -  Publisher: The Church Historian’s Press Date Available: May 15, 2017 Number of Pages:...

News from Tennessee Conferences 1 May 1917 @ Amateur Mormon Historian
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News from Tennessee Conferences 24 Apr 1917 @ Amateur Mormon Historian
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Book Review: What You Don’t Know About the 100 Most Important Events in Church History @ FAIR Blog
  -   Authors: Casey Paul Griffiths, Susan Easton Black, Mary Jane Woodger Publisher:...

News from Tennessee Conferences 3 Apr 1917 @ Amateur Mormon Historian
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Book Review: Joseph Smith’s Revelations: A Doctrine and Covenants Study Companion from the Joseph Smith Papers @ FAIR Blog
  -  This book is part of the Joseph Smith Papers Project, but it’s different than the other...

Elders Eardley & Camp Strike Out On Their Own @ Amateur Mormon Historian
  -   The following is a letter written to John Morgan. Two of the incoming missionaries got...

News from Tennessee Conferences 20 Mar 1917 @ Amateur Mormon Historian
  -   So much in here this week. There is a dedication of a new chapel in Sarah Mississippi....

News from Tennessee Conferences 13 Mar 1917 @ Amateur Mormon Historian
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Some Thoughts on Finding “Truth”: The Right Tool for the Job @ FAIR Blog
  -  Nicolaus Copernicus Monument by Bertel Thorvaldsen According to the on-line Oxford...

Attacking the LDS Church’s Tax Exempt Status @ FAIR Blog
  -  Photo from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Salt_Lake_Temple_spires.jpg LGBT...

Tattoos Today @ FAIR Blog
  -   Ask any Mormon why he or she doesn’t have a tattoo and more than likely you will get...

FairMormon Needs Your Help! @ FAIR Blog
  -    Lehi’s Dream by Greg Olsen There is a battle raging for the hearts and...

FairMormon Questions: How can the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sing at the US Presidential Inauguration and put the stamp of religious approval on that event? @ FAIR Blog
  -  FairMormon has a service where questions can be submitted and they are answered by...

The Joseph Smith Papers: Administrative Records: Council of Fifty, Minutes, March 1844-January 1846 @ FAIR Blog
  -   [For more information on the Council of Fifty, see Matthew J. Grow’s 2016...

The Book of Mormon as a Second Witness to the Divinity of Jesus Christ @ FAIR Blog
  -   “To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth...

Book Review: Joseph Smith’s Seer Stones @ FAIR Blog
  -  15% off at the FairMormon Bookstore In September 2015, photographs of one of Joseph...

Courtroom Analogy @ FAIR Blog
  -   Guest post by Paul Brooks from The Reasonable Mormon Not guilty vs...

Why Build Temples? @ FAIR Blog
  -  The Lima Peru Temple This week, critics of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day...

Interview with Dr. Louis C. Midgley @ FAIR Blog
  -   This week’s interview on the Mormon FAIRCast is with is with Dr. Louis C....