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Alma Son of Judah: The Ancient Bar Kokhba Letters from Israel Refute a Popular Argument Against the Authenticity of the Book of Mormon @ Mormanity
  -  One of the more popular "easy" arguments to dismiss the Book of Mormon is that the name...

Refinement @ Segullah
  -  There’s a meme which begins, “I was today years old when I learned…” and then...

Mission Memoir, Ultimate Tourney, and Other Random Stuff @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  It’s been a while since I posted anything. I’ll explain that in a minute, but first a...

The Curiously Unique Book of Mormon @ Mormanity
  -  Latter-day Saints often say that the Book of Mormon is obviously highly unusual since...

2018 Whitney Awards Finalists @ Segullah
  -  Segullah has long supported the Whitney Awards, and we are excited once again to showcase...

Causing Trouble on Church Trips @ Segullah
  -  Photo by Shelby L. Bell via Creative Commons It was probably the summer of 1977.  Our...

Writing towards love @ Segullah
  -  Every month, when I tell my husband it’s time for my post at Segullah, I ask,...

The Only Life You Could Save @ Segullah
  -  It is better for the heart to break, than not to break. Mary Oliver taught me that. This...

Botched Murder Plots, Unwritten Dress Codes, and Morning Yoga @ Segullah
  -  The night of my baptism I went to sleep disappointed I hadn’t been murdered. I figured...

The Most Correct of Any Valentines on Earth @ Zelophehad's Daughters
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Souls that Expand and Swell: An Intriguing But Not Unique Book of Mormon Concept @ Mormanity
  -  One of the Book of Mormon's many concepts not found in the King James Bible is the notion...

Abandoning the Quest for a Positive Attitude: Thoughts on Hope @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  At the residential crisis place where I landed a few weeks ago, we had occasional groups....

Pyrric Victories @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  JSTOR on Pyrric victories and the origin of the term.

Jerusalem’s Economy in Second Temple Period @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  I’ve always had the assumption that the Jerusalem region was fairly poor — perhaps...

Patterns: The Magic Eye @ Segullah
  -   Back in the 1990’s computer generated visual “puzzles” – like the one above –...

Map to the Land of Well @ Segullah
  -  February smacked me in the face, hitting me squarely between the eyes and sending...

Chris on Religious Evolution @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Chris Goble has an interesting Twitter thread on the emergence of monotheism in axial...

Getting the Blog Back Together @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  I’ve been posting regularly at Times and Seasons and plan on continuing with that....

Breaking the Silence: Surviving Incest @ Segullah
  -  I am a sexual abuse and incest survivor. My abuser was my best friend. She was my...

Wordplays on the Name Malachi in the Book of Mormon @ Mormanity
  -  Matthew Bowen's latest contribution regarding the Book of Mormon's frequent use of...

Finding Myself in the Temple @ Segullah
  -  The first time I went to the temple I felt the Spirit. And I was also baffled. Stumped....

[Lesson Outline] Women and Gospel Learning In the Home @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  President Eyring’s Women And Gospel Learning In the Home talk, from October’s...

Evensong @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  When I was in the hospital a few months ago, I missed church on Sunday. Obviously I...

News and updates! @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  First, I am actively looking to relocate my blog away from Patheos. I’ve decided...

A Subtle Book of Mormon Tribute to Single Mothers? @ Mormanity
  -  In Alma 53, the 2000  young "stripling warriors" from converted Lamanite families...

A Sacrament Meeting Sermon on Forgiveness @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  We’re in a new ward, and with the new meeting changes, talks sermons are assigned...

Mormon Titles, Very Slightly Revised @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -   I’ve seen threads on Reddit where people slightly alter movie titles to...

If It Sounds Like a Duck: Eve Koller on a Possible Egyptian Linguistic Component in Book of Mormon Names @ Mormanity
  -  Dr. Eve Koller's new article, "An Egyptian Linguistic Component in Book of Mormon Names,"...

Big News in Newly Published Details About Elijah Able @ Mormanity
  -  Over at Ardis Parshall's valuable blog, Keepapitchinin, there is an important new guest...

Writing in Crayon: A Night in the ER @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -   I’m in a hospital room with almost nothing in it. A bed, with a single blanket and...

Pro-Choice for Education @ Mormanity
  -  I am dismayed that some people who pride themselves on being pro-choice stand for choice...

NT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 3: Luke 2, Matthew 2 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Arvo Pärt’s Nunc Dimittis, the Latin text of Luke 2:29-32, “Now...

Further Notes on One of the Earliest Hebrew Texts, the Silver Amulets of Ketef Hinnom @ Mormanity
  -  Last year I discussed an intriguing archaeological find near Jerusalem: two inscriptions...

NT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 2: Matthew 1, Luke 1 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Arvo Pärt’s magnificent Magnificat, one of many songs based on the Latin...

Nacle Notebook 2018: Funniest Comments @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  This post is my annual compilation of the funniest comments I read on the Bloggernacle...

Bounty Hunters, Jealous Boyfriends, Stalkers, and Lazy Hit Men: How Much Should Your Phone Company Charge to Tell Them Where You Are Right Now? @ Mormanity
  -  Here's a question to ponder: To be fair and responsible, just how much should your phone...

Is there more temple attendance since the changes? @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -   I’ve heard anecdotally in discussion on Facebook that people attending the temple...

If Utah Were an Island @ Mormanity
  -  What if Utah were an island? OK, I know what you're thinking, but I mean the kind of...

Are the changes in the temple meaningful? @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -   In the psychology of perception, there’s the idea of a just-noticeable difference...

The Height of Absurdity? Revisiting the Impact of Altitude, Oxygen, and Serotonin on Suicide Rates @ Mormanity
  -  Though I disagreed with some of the arguments made in the film Believer,  as...

Brief NT Introduction and Gospel Doctrine Lesson 1: John 1:1-14, Isa 61:1-3, JST Luke 3:4-11 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Let’s start the new year by reminding ourselves how little we know, with a brief...

Moth and Rust and Pulmonary Hypertension @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  I’m a big fan of book reviews. We publish them in each issue of BYU Studies Quarterly,...

Imagine Fewer Dragons (and More Data): Initial Reactions to the Film Believer with Dan Reynolds and John Dehlin @ Mormanity
  -  While returning to the US for Christmas, I looked at the selection of movies on my United...

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Resources, Part 3: Everything Else @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  (Post 1, post 2) I’ve decided to gather together my other recommendations into one...

Changing Political Parties @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  As should be clear to anyone who has been reading this blog, I am a Democrat. But I used...

The Town of Palmyra vs. the City of Helam: A Subtle but Meaningful Contrast in Communities and Culture @ Mormanity
  -  A couple days before Christmas when it was Joseph Smith's birthday, I reflected briefly...

A Reminiscence on a Missionary Christmas @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  (Originally posted here.) When the mission president announced to our small group of...

"Six Brown Eggs": A Christmas Blessing from Leo Munson, a Shopkeeper in Southern Utah @ Mormanity
  -  Yesterday in Sacrament meeting in the Appleton Second Ward of Appleton, Wisconsin, the...

Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 48: Zechariah, Malachi @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Merry Christmas, all.  I hope it’s been a productive year working through the...

The Night Before Smithsmas @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  Twas the night before Smithsmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring,...

How a Near Miss on a Shanghai Runway Gave Me a Lasting Spike in Gratitude @ Mormanity
  -  A little before the Thanksgiving holiday, I was taking a flight back to the US to help a...

Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 47: Ezra 1–8; Nehemiah 1–2; 4; 6; 8 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Ezra and Nehemiah originally constituted one book, so it works to treat them together....

It Depends on What the Meaning of "It" Is: Reconsidering the "Burning in the Bosom" and "Studying It Out" in Doctrine & Covenants 9 @ Mormanity
  -  For years many of us have read about the "burning in the bosom" in Doctrine and...

"What Is Heaven Like?" @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  In the First Presidency’s Christmas Devotional earlier this month, President Nelson...

Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 46: Daniel 2 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  (The second post on New Testament resources is available. More coming) Today we focus on...

All Shook Up Over the Elvis Book of Mormon News @ Mormanity
  -  It's Heartbreak Hotel time for any of you who have been inspired by the story of Elvis...

The Last Section of the Words of Mormon May Be Part of the Book of Mosiah @ Mormanity
  -  The Book of Mosiah begins in a puzzling way relative to the other books before it. For a...

The Evolution of Language and the Book of Mormon @ Mormanity
  -  Friday, if all goes well, I'll have an article published at The Interpreter that...

Elijah in the Book of Mormon @ Mormanity
  -   Giuseppe Angeli, Elijah Taken Up in a Chariot of Fire, c. 1740/1755. From the...

The Trouble with Tax Cuts @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  Everybody likes tax cuts. What’s not to like? But there is a proper time for tax cuts,...

To the Temple and Back: The Journey of Two Faithful Peruvians @ Mormanity
  -  Yesterday in sacrament meeting in the Shanghai Branch (one of three meeting in Shanghai)...

"Arise from the Dust": The Transcript and Slides for My 2018 FAIRMormon Presentation Are Now Available @ Mormanity
  -  For those who listened to my presentation live at the 2018 FAIRMormon Conference or the...

Moving Away from Big Pageants: New Announcement @ Mormanity
  -  In a brief announcement at the LDS Newsroom, the Church has indicated a desire to move...

Primed by a Mosquito for a New Ministering Assignment @ Mormanity
  -  Dr. Rampa Rattanarathikul, mosquito expert, with Jeff and KendraEarlier this week I lost...

The Moral Obligation of Latter-day Saint Voters @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  This year is an important year for Latter-day Saint voters, the large majority of whom...

“Too Frequent Repetition of His Name” @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  In the ongoing discussion regarding President Nelson’s instruction to use the full name...

To the People Defending the Church’s Decision to Ditch the “Mormon” Nickname @ Peculiar People
  -  First, I want you to know that I respect your decision to call yourself something other...

The Women Who Enable Abusive Men @ Peculiar People
  -  After the Kavanaugh hearing last Thursday, an image went viral that depicted a row of...

“What Boy Hasn’t Done This in High School?” Brett Kavanaugh and the Rotten Goose Egg Party at Oaklawn Park @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  Failed Florida congressional candidate Gina Sosa is probably looking for a rock to hide...

Joseph, Potiphar’s Wife, and the Truth about False Allegations @ Peculiar People
  -    In response to multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against Brett Kavanaugh,...

Robert Kirby and Edgy Mormon Men @ Peculiar People
  -  Like many progressive Mormons, I’ve enjoyed Robert Kirby’s self-deprecating...

To the Men Who Grabbed McKenna Denson and Dragged her away from the Pulpit @ Peculiar People
  -  To the men who grabbed McKenna Denson without her consent and dragged her away from the...

Why Would a Feminist Keep her Father’s Name? @ Peculiar People
  -    Back in April I wrote about my experience with software systems and institutions...

The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  By now, Rudy Giuliani’s infamous declaration to NBC’s Chuck Todd (“Truth isn’t...

Mormon: The New Shibboleth @ Peculiar People
  -  Here’s hoping Lindsey releases a new, revised video: I’m a member of Church...

Sorry to Bother You: The (Human) Body as Technology @ Peculiar People
  -  This review contains major spoilers for Boots Riley’s 2018 film Sorry to Bother You....

Do Married Mormon Men Understand Consent? @ Peculiar People
  -    Image obtained through creative commons. I was 28 years old when I got married...

$2,200 for a Screwdriver, and the Military Didn’t Buy It @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  Well, it has been an interesting summer, to say the least. On Memorial Day, I was playing...

Economic Insanity: Chapter 8 (part 2) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  Competition Restrained by a Higher Good (Part 2)Who Really Believes in Unfettered...

Economic Insanity: Chapter 8 (part 1) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  Competition Restrained By a Higher Good (Part 1)The fundamental question of management...

Remembering June 9, 1978 @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  In honor of the fortieth anniversary of the announcement of the revelation that ended one...

Economic Insanity: Chapter 7 (part 2) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  A Nation of Owners (Part 2)The Federal ModelEach responsible citizen in the United States...

Making Ministering Holy @ Peculiar People
  -  My priesthood lesson prompt was very open-ended: “ministering.” My mind leapt to the...

Economic Insanity: Chapter 7 (part 1) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  A Nation of Owners (Part 1)Employees are being paid to produce, not to make themselves...

Some Tips on Writing Fake Mormon Newsroom Stories @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  This morning my son emailed me a link to the now infamous fake news story about President...

A Pie-in-the-Sky Blueprint for a New Political Party @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  If I had the time and money (hence, pie in the sky), I would love to start a new...

Explicit and Implicit Doctrines in the Book of Mormon @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  There are doctrines in the Book of Mormon that are taught explicitly, and there are...

The Alternative to Alternative Facts @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  The alternative to alternative facts is, of course, real facts. So, in the interest of...

What Will Combined MP Quorums Mean? @ Small and Simple
  -  In a shocking announcement during the Priesthood Session of the 2018 March/April General...

Economic Insanity: Chapter 6 (part 2) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  A Nation of Wage Earners (Part 2)The Individual versus the Human ResourceThe fundamental...

Economic Insanity: Chapter 6 (part 1) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  A Nation of Wage Earners (Part 1)Sure, cried the tenant men, but it’s our land. We...

The Cost of a Kidney Stone @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  If you have never had a kidney stone, count yourself blessed. I had one in 1999 after...

Dealing with Difficult Questions @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  Sorry I haven’t posted anything for a while. I’ve been busy going over page proofs...

How Can Anyone Remain a Mormon in the Face of All the “Facts”? @ Small and Simple
  -  One of the things that you will see sometimes in anti-Mormon forums is what appears to be...

About That Taylor Christensen Video @ Small and Simple
  -  There is a video making the Mormon facebook circuit by Taylor Christensen.  He starts...

The Day I Interviewed Elder Russell M. Nelson @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  One day when I was working as a senior editor at Church magazines, I had the opportunity...

Economic Insanity: Chapter 5 (part 2) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  Of Course the Rich Are Getting Richer (Part 2)The Irrelevance of Right and LeftNeither...

The New York Times Thomas Monson Obituary and Fake News @ Small and Simple
  -  The president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently died, and the...

Perfect College Football Playoff System: 2017 Version @ Small and Simple
  -  Several years ago I published to the world the perfect college football playoff system. ...

Moderate Worship Losing Ground @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  While it’s not really new news, Sociological Science had an interesting story on how...

Philosophy, Science and Religion: The Divine Hiddenness Argument @ Small and Simple
  -  The fourth week of the Coursera course on Philosophy, Science and Religion focuses on the...

Philosophy, Science and Religion: Friendly Disagreement, Testimonial Knowledge, and the Importance of Fellowship @ Small and Simple
  -  The third week of the Coursera course on Philosophy, Science and Religion addresses...

Philosophy, Science and Religion: The Conflict Between Science and Religion @ Small and Simple
  -  In the second week of the Coursera course on Philosophy, Science and Religion, professor...

Philosophy, Science and Religion: The Mind and The Religious Experience @ Small and Simple
  -  I am taking an online course through Coursera on Philosophy, Science and Religion.  In...

Testimony and the Spiritual Experience @ Small and Simple
  -  I was raised in the religious tradition of my parents, which happens to be The Church of...

Bows, Arrows & the Book of Mormon @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  This is just a “holder” post for a discussion I was having over whether...

Salvation in Mormonism @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Robert at Scriptural Mormonism does a good job discussing the place of grace in “old...

Terryl Givens on Mormons at the Forefront @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Terryl Givens has up an essay at First Things called “Mormons at the Forefront.”...

God and Evolutionary Psychology @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Evolutionary psychology suggests God makes more sense than not. I’m not sure he sees...

PEL on Scientism @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -   “…[scientism] is contributing to a growing trend on the left, quite as ferocious...