The Isles of the Sea

Critiquing Women & Priesthood Essay (Part 2 of 9) @ Gospel Tangents
  -  In our last conversation, Dr. Margaret Toscano explained what she liked about the Gospel...

Compassionate Coercion: Embrace It, or Fight It? @ Millennial Star
  -  Happy Pioneer Day, everyone! These mighty spiritual forebears of all Latter-day Saints...

Strengths of Women & Priesthood Essay (Part 1 of 9) @ Gospel Tangents
  -  We’re continuing our series on the “Gospel Topics Series” book, edited by Dr. Matt...

*Further Thoughts on Malay Theory (Part 6 of 6) @ Gospel Tangents
  -  We got acquainted with the Malay Theory last time, and we’re going to continue on with...

Come Follow Me: D&C 81-83 @ Millennial Star
  -  My blog post on Come Follow Me: D&C 81-83 Excerpt: D&C 81This revelation was...

Three Other COVID-19 Matters That Could Unite All Believers @ Millennial Star
  -  Even if we continued to disagree on the reality of what was happening, I proposed last...

Intro to Malay Hypothesis (Part 5 of 6) @ Gospel Tangents
  -  Where did the Book of Mormon take place?  Most people think it is in Central or South...

BYU-Hawaii gets attention for not allowing unvaccinated student with special medical situation to attend @ Millennial Star
  -  BYU-Hawaii has decided not to allow LDS student Olivia Sandor to attend because she...

Free money!! @ Millennial Star
  -  If you are a US citizen, and you have children, and you file your taxes electronically,...

Clearing out the Mormon Cave (Part 4 of 6) @ Gospel Tangents
  -  As you know, KC Kern and Greg Pavone hit pay dirt and found the Mormon Cave.  Now...

Come, Follow Me Week 29 – Doctrine and Covenants 77-80 @ FAIR Blog
  -  “A Place in the Celestial World” By David W. Smith In the early 1830s, Joseph Smith...

The Twitter thread that competently explains Trump supporters’ response to the 2020 election @ Millennial Star
  -  I think it’s safe to say that most people in the United States, especially...

Come Follow Me: D&C 77-80 @ Millennial Star
  -  My blog post on Come Follow Me: D&C 77-80 Excerpt:D&C 77This revelation was given...

Hearing Each Other’s Fears about COVID-19 Vaccination @ Millennial Star
  -  Several years back, I had a life-changing conversation with a woman named Joan Blades....

The Mask Is Off: They Are Coming for Your Children @ Millennial Star
  -  I bet you thought this was going to be a post about Covid and mask wearing. Sorry to...

Come, Follow Me Week 28 – Doctrine and Covenants 76 @ FAIR Blog
  -  by Cassandra Hedelius By Joseph Smith’s time, much of Christendom was floundering with...

The battles for Freedom continues @ Millennial Star
  -  245 years ago, almost every person on earth was a slave. Only kings and lord’s were...

Come, Follow Me Week 27 – Doctrine and Covenants 71-75 @ FAIR Blog
  -  Repenting is Ascending By Jeff Markham 3 Verily this is a mission for a season, which I...

“A Life Lived in Crescendo”: Selected Punctuation Marks of Joseph Smith’s Final Years – A “Come, Follow Me” Virtual Fireside Series @ FAIR Blog
  -  Sponsored by The Interpreter Foundation Book of Mormon Central FAIR Beginning Sunday,...

Come, Follow Me Week 26 – Doctrine and Covenants 67-70 @ FAIR Blog
  -  D&C 67: Four Steps to Rend the Veil and See God By Jasmin Gimenez Rappleye Doctrine...

What is FAIR? @ FAIR Blog
  -  by Scott Gordon I find that some people are very confused about what FAIR is and what we...

Come, Follow Me Week 25 – Doctrine and Covenants 64-66 @ FAIR Blog
  -  Forgiving  by Wendy Ulrich Think of someone you might need to forgive. It could be...

Come, Follow Me Week 24 – Doctrine and Covenants 63 @ FAIR Blog
  -  Adultery, Agency, and Innocence by Jennifer Roach “The two carried on an affair that...

FAIR Voice #34: Witnesses Pt. 1 with Daniel C. Peterson @ FAIR Blog
  -  Dr. Peterson joins Hanna to talk about the upcoming feature film Witnesses as well as...

FAIR Voice #35: Witnesses pt. 2 with actors for Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery @ FAIR Blog
  -  Please remember to see the film Witnesses! In this episode, Hanna talks with actors Caleb...

Come, Follow Me Week 23 – Doctrine and Covenants 60-62 @ FAIR Blog
  -  These words sunk deep into my heart, “But with some I am not well pleased, for they...

Come, Follow Me Week 22 – Doctrine & Covenants 58-59 @ FAIR Blog
  -  by Amber Rothamer Blessings Come According to God’s Timing and Our...

Defending Agency @ FAIR Blog
  -   Every church leader or parent has been confronted with the same basic...

“Worlds Without Number”:[1] Hugh Nibley on Science and Religion @ FAIR Blog
  -  Post 1 | Post 2 | Post 3 | Post 4 | Post 5 | Post 6 | Post 7 | Post 8 | Post...

Come, Follow Me Week 21 – Doctrine & Covenants 51-57 @ FAIR Blog
  -  by Hanna E. Seariac One of the amazing elements of the Doctrine and Covenants is the way...

FAIR Voice #33: Dan Ellsworth on Fowler’s stages @ FAIR Blog
  -  See his article here: https://publicsquaremag.org/faith/easter-is-reality/ Dan Ellsworth...

“We Will Still Weep for Zion”:[1] War and Wealth @ FAIR Blog
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Come, Follow Me Week 20 – Doctrine & Covenants 49-50 @ FAIR Blog
  -  The Story Behind the Revelations: Using the Joseph Smith Papers to Better Understand the...

Kindling the Fire of Faith @ FAIR Blog
  -  As anyone knows who has been camping, it takes a lot of work to kindle a fire and to keep...

“One Peep at the Other Side”: What Did Hugh Nibley’s Near-Death Experience Teach Him about the Purpose of Life? @ FAIR Blog
  -  Post 1 | Post 2 | Post 3 | Post 4 | Post 5 | Post 6 | Post 7 | Post 8 | Post...

A Skeptical Believer @ FAIR Blog
  -  [Cross-posted from Mike Ash’s personal blog.] Why my skeptical nature doesn’t...

Come, Follow Me Week 19 – Doctrine & Covenants 46-48 @ FAIR Blog
  -   by Dell Blair How is it that a dark and formless void ends up as a holy and glorious...

FAIR Voice Podcast #32: Mission Stories @ FAIR Blog
  -  This week, I briefly talk about the upcoming podcast episodes on the Witnesses film...

Shaken Faith Syndrome: Early to the Party, But Still Relevant @ FAIR Blog
  -  Available from the FAIR bookstore [Cross-posted from Mike Ash’s personal...

Why Is Hugh Nibley More Important Now Than Ever? @ FAIR Blog
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Come, Follow Me Week 18 – Doctrine & Covenants 45 @ FAIR Blog
  -  A House of Order, a House of God: Recycled Challenges to the Legitimacy of the Church by...

Watch the 2021 Interpreter Conference @ FAIR Blog
  -  Tracing Ancient Threads in the Book of Moses Live Streaming of the Conference April...

“The Book That Answers All the Questions”: Hugh Nibley and the Pearl of Great Price @ FAIR Blog
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The 2021 Interpreter Conference, “Tracing Ancient Threads in the Book of Moses,” is coming up this weekend! @ FAIR Blog
  -  April 23-24, 2021 Presented by The Interpreter Foundation, Brigham Young University...

Come, Follow Me Week 17 – Doctrine & Covenants 41-44 @ FAIR Blog
  -  “Gladly” receiving God’s law by Jeff Markham The restoration of the Gospel...

David Whitmer, Misinformation, and COVID @ FAIR Blog
  -  David Whitmer was instrumental in helping Joseph Smith during the translation and...

Hugh Nibley on Revelation, Reason, and Rhetoric @ FAIR Blog
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Come, Follow Me Week 16 – Doctrine & Covenants 37-40 @ FAIR Blog
  -  God gathers us to bless us  The Lord instructed Joseph, “Behold, I say unto you that...

“The Book Nobody Wants”: Hugh Nibley and the Book of Mormon @ FAIR Blog
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Come, Follow Me Week 15 – Doctrine & Covenants 30-36 @ FAIR Blog
  -  Thomas Marsh and the Individualized Instructions of Doctrine & Covenants 30-36 by...

Who Was Hugh Nibley?: Announcing a New, Landmark Book, “Hugh Nibley Observed” @ FAIR Blog
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Come, Follow Me Week 14 – Easter @ FAIR Blog
  -  I was raised by two parents who loved science. My father was a biology teacher. He was a...

FAIR Voice Podcast #31: Murder Among the Mormons with Richard Turley @ FAIR Blog
  -  Richard E. Turley Jr. was named as the new managing director of the Public Affairs...

Come, Follow Me Week 13 – Doctrine and Covenants 29 @ FAIR Blog
  -  The Blessing of Living Prophets By David W. Smith Doctrine and Covenants 29 contains...

New Name and New Directions @ FAIR Blog
  -  In 1997 a small group of Internet message board warriors started an organization named...

Come, Follow Me Week 12 – Doctrine and Covenants 27-28 @ FAIR Blog
  -  The Ongoing Restoration of the Sacrament By Nick Galieti Among the many ordinances of...

Come, Follow Me Week 11 – Doctrine and Covenants 23-26 @ FAIR Blog
  -  “Be Patient in Afflictions, for Thou Shalt Have Many”: Finding Christ Again (and...

FAIR Conference Podcast #62 – Steve Mayfield & George Throckmorton, “Salamander Letters” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This series features presentations from our past conferences. This presentation is from...

Come, Follow Me Week 10 – Doctrine and Covenants 20–22 @ FAIR Blog
  -  “Proving to the World”: The Unique Declaration in Doctrine and Covenants Section...

FAIR Voice Podcast #30: Come Follow Me with Brent Top @ FAIR Blog
  -  Brent L. Top is a professor of Church history and doctrine and former dean of Religious...

BYU New Testament Commentary Online Conference March 6, 2021 @ FAIR Blog
  -   The Epistle to the Hebrews: Radiating the Great Principles of the Restored Gospel We...

Come Follow Me Week 9 – Doctrine and Covenants 18–19 “The Worth of Souls Is Great” @ FAIR Blog
  -  by Mike Parker D&C 18:10–16 ¹⁰Remember the worth of souls is great...

FAIR Voice Podcast #29: Don Bradley on The Lost 116 Pages @ FAIR Blog
  -  Don Bradley, is an author and independent historian of religion specializing in the...

“How to respond to a loved one” – German version for FAIR Newsletter 2021 0220 @ FAIR Blog
  -  by René A. Krywult Nach meinem Vortrag bei der FairMormon Konferenz 2019 haben mich...

Come Follow Me Week 8 – Doctrine and Covenants 14–17 (additional post) @ FAIR Blog
  -  by Mike Hickenbotham I developed a testimony that Jesus Christ was our Savior and...

Exceptions to Dress Standards Announced for Young Male Missionaries @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Friday, 12 June 2020 | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints...

Reassigned Missionaries Travel to New Missions @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Thursday, 11 June 2020 | Thousands of reassigned missionaries of The...

Tabernacle Choir to Launch Streamed Organ Recitals @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Wednesday, 10 June 2020 | The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square will...

As COVID-19 Restrictions Ease, Here's How the Church Is Reintegrating @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Monday, 08 June 2020 | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints...

Prophet Joins NAACP Leaders in Call for Racial Harmony in America @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Monday, 08 June 2020 | In a joint op-ed published Friday in the Deseret...

Groundbreaking Date Announced for Salta Argentina Temple @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Friday, 05 June 2020 | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints...

October 2020 General Conference Will Be Virtual Only @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Thursday, 04 June 2020 | The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus...

Deseret Industries Begins Phased Reopening @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Tuesday, 02 June 2020 | Deseret Industries, a nonprofit business...

Church Participates in Sheep Donation on Navajo Reservation  @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Monument Valley, Utah | Monday, 01 June 2020 | Food and supplies from the Bishops’...

President Nelson Shares Social Post about Racism and Calls for Respect for Human Dignity  @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Monday, 01 June 2020 |

News of the Church Is Now Merged at Newsroom.ChurchofJesusChrist.org @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Monday, 01 June 2020 | Official announcements, news and events of The...

Church Breaks Ground for Layton Utah Temple @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Saturday, 30 May 2020 | A small handful of members of The Church of...

President Russell M. Nelson and Sister Wendy W. Nelson Share a Message about the Sacrament @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Thursday, 28 May 2020 | On President Russell M. Nelson’s social media...

Young Women Organization Celebrates 150 Years in 2020 @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Wednesday, 27 May 2020 | The Young Women organization of The Church of...

See What the New Temples in Guatemala and Japan Will Look Like @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Monday, 25 May 2020 | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints...

Small-Scale Groundbreaking Held for Layton Utah Temple @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Saturday, 23 May 2020 | Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the...

Latter-day Saints Around the World: Country Newsroom Websites, May 22, 2020 @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Friday, 22 May 2020 |

Global Sacred Clothing Production Facilities Temporarily Produce Masks and Gowns @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Wednesday, 20 May 2020 | Hundreds of thousands of cloth face masks and...

First Presidency Provides Guidelines for Safely Returning to Church Meetings and Activities @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Tuesday, 19 May 2020 | The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve...

Angel Moroni Statue and Capstone Removed from Salt Lake Temple @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Monday, 18 May 2020 | Crews on Temple Square began the process of...

Young Missionary Passes Away in Georgia @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Sunday, 17 May 2020 | A missionary serving for The Church of Jesus...

Church Service Missionaries and Employees Work on Family History During Pandemic @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Friday, 15 May 2020 | More than 1,500 employees and service missionaries...

Sister Bingham Shares How She Hears Christ in #HearHim Video Series @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Thursday, 14 May 2020 | Relief Society General President Jean B. Bingham...

Church Names Native Hawaiian as New President of Brigham Young University–Hawaii @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Tuesday, 12 May 2020 | The Board of Trustees of Brigham Young...

Art in Meetinghouse Foyers and Entryways to Reflect a Deeper Reverence for Jesus Christ @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Monday, 11 May 2020 | The First Presidency is asking local leaders to...

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

Conference Notice: John Whitmer Historical Association 2019 Annual Conference @ BOAP.org Blog
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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...

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)...

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...

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 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...

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:...

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...

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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