The Isles of the Sea

What Did Brigham Know? When Did He Know It? (Part 4 of 4) @ Gospel Tangents
  -  While it seems likely that Brigham Young was initially lied to about the Mountain Meadows...

Easter Sunday @ Millennial Star
  -  If I’m telling the truth, Easter is my favorite holiday of the whole year.  There...

Book Review: The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, Maxwell Institute Study Edition @ FAIR Blog
  -  Available in the FairMormon Bookstore I’ve been reading and collecting the Book of...

Good Friday @ Millennial Star
  -  Today is Good Friday, the day when the Christian world remembers the death of Jesus...

Maundy Thursday @ Millennial Star
  -  As we approach Easter, I always become a bit more contemplative on Thursday before...

Federal Investigation into MMM (Part 3 of 4) @ Gospel Tangents
  -  When the Fancher-Baker Party did not make it to California, news traveled fast. ...

Come Follow Me – Easter @ Millennial Star
  -  Normally I just post a link to my blog, but being the Easter lesson, I’m including...

Faith is Not Blind – Interview with Elder and Sister Hafen @ FAIR Blog
  -  Faith is Not Blind is a book by Elder Bruce C. and Sister Marie Hafen and published by...

Happy Easter from the DR Congo (The Kinshasa DR Congo Temple: A Personal Perspective, Part 3) @ FAIR Blog
  -  Rodrigue Kabuya Kabamba Description of the Series Over the next several weeks, we will...

Was John D. Lee Most Guilty? (Part 2 of 4) @ Gospel Tangents
  -  John D. Lee was the only person convicted (and executed) for the Mountain Meadows...

Richard Turley Writes on Saints… and Sinners (Part 1 of 4) @ Gospel Tangents
  -  Richard Turley is not only an amazing historian but is Director of Public Affairs for the...

Latter-day Saints Around the World Country Newsroom Websites, April 12, 2019 @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Friday, 12 April 2019 |

Memphis Tennessee Temple Opens Doors to the Public @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Thursday, 11 April 2019 | The First Presidency of the Church has...

First Presidency Announces New Church Historian, Commissioner of the Church Educational System @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Wednesday, 10 April 2019 |

First Presidency Easter Message – April 2019 @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Wednesday, 10 April 2019 |

President and Sister Nelson Prepare for Pacific Ministry @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Wednesday, 10 April 2019 | President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of...

Calling the Original Apostles (Part 4 of 4) @ Gospel Tangents
  -  Michael Marquardt discusses early missionary accounts. The final installment of our...

Come Follow Me – Matthew 16–17; Mark 8–9; Luke 9 @ Millennial Star
  -  Come Follow Me – Matthew 16–17; Mark 8–9; Luke 9 Here’s my newest post on...

April 2019 General Conference News and Announcements @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Sunday, 07 April 2019 | General conferences of The Church of Jesus...

Prophet Announces Eight New Temples at April 2019 General Conference @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Sunday, 07 April 2019 | At the conclusion of the 189th Annual General...

April 2019 General Conference @ Millennial Star
  -  Last General Conference we didn’t live blog, because the Church now swiftly puts up...

New Sunday School Presidency and General Authorities Announced at April 2019 Conference @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Saturday, 06 April 2019 | President Dallin H. Oaks of the First...

2018 Statistical Report for 2019 April Conference @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Saturday, 06 April 2019 |

A Look at the Church’s Change of Policy on Same-Sex Couples and their Children @ FAIR Blog
  -  Members of the Church and interested outsiders have noted that the First Presidency of...

Why does the Lord change Church policies? @ Millennial Star
  -  Hat tip to Mike Parker for a reminder of these two scriptures: ³Behold, I, the Lord,...

Church Leaders Provide Instruction at Global Leadership Sessions @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Friday, 05 April 2019 | Continuing a pattern that has existed since the...

Guest post: the Church’s announcement on same-sex marriage policy @ Millennial Star
  -  Michael Davidson is a repentant attorney, father and husband. This post is cross...

A Response to Jana Riess’s “The Next Mormons”: The Importance of Disentangling Data and Argument @ Millennial Star
  -  Jacob Z. Hess, Ph.D. Note:  A special thanks to Jana Riess for her willingness to...

First Presidency Shares Messages from General Conference Leadership Session @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Thursday, 04 April 2019 | On Thursday April 4, 2019, President Dallin H....

The World Report @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Wednesday, 03 April 2019 | The April 2019 edition of "The World Report."

Latter-day Saints Gather for April 2019 General Conference @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Wednesday, 03 April 2019 | Thousands of Latter-day Saints from around...

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Receives Official Recognition in Kuwait @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Kuwait City, Kuwait | Wednesday, 03 April 2019 |

The First of April @ Millennial Star
  -  The first day of April is often associated with foolery. For example, the leaders for my...

2017 FairMormon Conference Presentations Now Available on FairMormonTV for Roku @ FAIR Blog
  -   The FairMormonTV Roku channel has now been updated with FairMormon Conference...

Newsroom Has a New Name, Same Standard of Excellence  @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Thursday, 28 March 2019 | As part of a Churchwide effort to emphasize...

Preliminary Plans Released for First Temple in Virginia @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Wednesday, 27 March 2019 | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day...

New Content at Joseph Smith Papers @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  The JSP has announced some new content at their web site. All annotation for Documents...

Seminary Program to Change Its Study Schedule and Curriculum in 2020 @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Friday, 22 March 2019 |

FairMormon Conference Podcast #25 – Jeff Robinson, “Thinking Differently About Same-Sex Attraction” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. This episode is a...

Church Hosts Interfaith Musical Tribute in Tabernacle @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Monday, 18 March 2019 | Choirs, dancers and drummers representing many...

Groundbreaking Held for Pocatello Idaho Temple @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Pocatello, Idaho | Saturday, 16 March 2019 | Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of...

The World Is Invited to President Nelson’s 95th Birthday Celebration @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Thursday, 14 March 2019 | If you asked those closest to him to choose...

Sister Bingham and Sister Cordon Conclude West Africa Tour in Côte d’Ivoire @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire | Wednesday, 13 March 2019 | Sister Jean B. Bingham, Relief...

FairMormon Questions: Having unsettling feelings before receiving my endowment @ FAIR Blog
  -   FairMormon has a service where questions can be submitted and they are answered by...

Church Sponsors 11th International Art Competition  @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Tuesday, 12 March 2019 | A culturally diverse, faith-filled art exhibit...

Apostles Testify of Jesus Christ in Rome @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Rome, Italy | Tuesday, 12 March 2019 | As special witnesses to the world of the divinity...

Historic Photo of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in Rome @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Rome, Italy | Monday, 11 March 2019 |

Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple Opens to the Public   @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Monday, 11 March 2019 | Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple

FairMormon Conference Podcast #24 – Brad Wilcox, “‘Have You Been Saved By Grace?’ How Do We Respond?” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. This episode is a...

Three Excerpts from “Answers Will Come: Trusting the Lord in the Meantime” by Shalissa Lindsay @ FAIR Blog
  -  Available from the FairMormon Bookstore [A review of the book can be found here.] Not...

Book Review: Answers Will Come: Trusting the Lord in the Meantime @ FAIR Blog
  -  Available from the FairMormon Bookstore [Excerpts from the book can be found here.] The...

Jim Bennett: Standing My Ground @ FAIR Blog
  -   [Jim Bennett is the author of “A Faithful Reply to the CES Letter from a Former...

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...

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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“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...

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...

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        ...

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...

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...

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

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...

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...

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

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...

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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