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Gospel Doctrine Lesson 28- 1 Kings 17-19 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  First of all, thanks to all of you who have contributed in one way or another. It’s...

Disclaimer Debacle @ Segullah
  -   Jenny is a mother of three kids, wife of one mathematician, and author of two...

Big Tent Mormonism -or- The Church of Anything Goes @ Small and Simple
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Transgender Mormons @ Mormon Mentality
  -  In 2013 a short 15 minute filmed titled ‘TransMormon‘ was released for public...

The Boggart in My Closet @ Segullah
  -  In the world of Harry Potter, a boggart is a shape-shifting creature that hides in...

Suffer the Children @ Mormon Mentality
  -  You gotta love my current home state, Iowa. We have a governor who has been ruling our...

Learning from Silence @ Segullah
  -  Normally today I’d write of parades with children in sun bonnets, foot races down...

Is the Church Becoming like FIFA? @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  I am a huge soccer enthusiast. I grew up playing in my neighborhood parks, at the nearby...

Book Review: Letters to a Young Mormon @ Segullah
  -   Letters to a Young Mormon is a deceptively simple book. The small book isn’t much...

The Border Crisis, Unaccompanied Minors, and the Downside of Compassion @ Mormanity
  -  With thousands of unaccompanied minors streaming across the increasingly porous borders...

Stubbornness As A Virtue @ Segullah
  -    Several spiritual wildernesses ago, I found myself a new scripture hero. Caleb,...

Happy Pioneer Day @ Peculiar People
  -  The following are excerpts from a lecture on “Mormonism and the American West” that I...

SOLITUDE @ Segullah
  -  And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost . . . was led by the Spirit into the wilderness....

Sabbath Revival: “Pioneer Day Fatigue” @ Segullah
  -  From http://www.freeimages.com/photo/139659 Today’s revival post, “Pioneer...

Storage Wars @ Segullah
  -  Don’t mess with a woman’s storage space, or the result will be a stake-level...

CFP for the Fifth Biennial Faith and Knowledge Conference @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  The Faith and Knowledge Conference has just issued its Call for Papers. If you’re...

parenting reboot @ Segullah
  -   Before a baby ever rests in our arms, most of us seek out parenting role models–...

The State of the Blog: A Quasi-Important Post @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  The continued existence of this blog is in question. As I’ve gone through the science...

Call for Papers – Faith and Knowledge Conference @ Peculiar People
  -  LDS graduate students and early career scholars are invited to participate in and attend...

Be of Good Cheer @ Patheos
  -   The theme of the need for courage and the courage or cheer that the gospel brings...

Which RS/YW/Primary Presidency Members Prefer Which Books of Scripture? @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  I blogged a few days ago about which books of scripture Quorum of 15 members cite more or...

Faces of Latter-day Saint Women: A Conversation with Dr. Christina Hibbert @ Segullah
  -  On Monday, we featured a book review of Dr. Christina Hibbert’s memoir, This is How...

Mormon Women: Some Global Perspectives @ Patheos
  -   Taking stock of Mormon communities outside the U.S. yields a more complete picture of...

The Hard Sayings: Forgive @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  The Hard Sayings of Jesus are generally those saying in the gospels attributed to Jesus...

Approaching Zion @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  In my latest post I shared my words from my ward’s latest fast and testimony meeting....

The World of Isaiah and Jeremiah: Israelite Faith Crises (A Fireside) @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  As promised, here’s a blurb for this Sunday’s fireside. The World of Isaiah...

Lessons From A Sunburn @ Mormon Mentality
  -  Reprinted from the Ezra and Hadassah book site

LDS.org Offers "Gospel Topics" Section on the Historicity and Translation of the Book of Abraham @ Mormanity
  -  Among the growing body of helpful and carefully researched topics discussed in the...

A few things you should read before you make up your mind about Hobby Lobby @ Peculiar People
  -  I suppose this post is about a week and a half late, given the short attention span of...

Gospel Doctrine Lesson 27: 1Ki 12-14, 2 Chr 17:1-10 & 20:1-30 (Updated!) @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  First off, this lesson is coming in two parts. The first part is below. I’ve got to...

Taking Ally Isom at Her Word @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  On Sunday I decided to bear my testimony in sacrament meeting and talk about my...

Yard Work in the Kingdom of God: On False Conceptions About LDS Women @ Patheos
  -   Since the male-female relationship is at the heart of divinity and simultaneously at...

Purity, Power, and Principled Pragmatism @ Patheos
  -   Perhaps we gain some wisdom by placing the recent debates over feminism, gender roles...

Are Mormon Women Allowed to Ask Questions? @ Patheos
  -   Here are a few reasons that persuade me that LDS leaders, local or general, were not...

Joseph Smith on Mormon Women and the Priesthood @ Patheos
  -   History suggests that Mormon women were originally established in an organization that...

Which GAs Prefer Which Books of Scripture? (Supplemental material) @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  This post has some supplemental graphs for the post “Which GAs Prefer Which Books...

The Problem with Automatically Changing Women’s Last Names and What to do if it Happens to You @ Peculiar People
  -  When I got married in May, I had long since decided to keep the name I’ve had since...

Gospel Doctrine lesson 26: King Solomon, 1 Kings 3-11 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  We skip chapters to move into Kings today, but I’d like to recap the history. David...

Which GAs Prefer Which Books of Scripture? @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  Thanks to the handy LDS Scripture Citation Index (LDSSCI), it’s easy to get data to...

Of Persecution, Polygamy, and Youth Treks @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  This guest post comes to us from Greg Nelson. Greg lives in Allen, Texas, with his wife...

Kate Kelly, Ordain Women, and Foxconn: The Importance of Asking Questions @ Mormanity
  -  Kate Kelly's story as presented in the media is a compelling one, stirring and...

I’d Rather Be A Divorced Mormon @ Mormon Mentality
  -  I have a client who is contemplating divorce. Well, not really. She would love to leave...

Update and Notes: Podcast Transcripts, Holy Land posts, and Jacksonville Fireside in mid-July @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  I took the MCAT this week, and anticipate having more time to write now. Several notes:...

Returning @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  I’ve been inactive for a few years now. In some regards, it was a conscious decision....

A Safe Space to Turn for Peace @ Peculiar People
  -  As a kid growing up in New York City, I was blessed to have safe spaces that offered me...

When will the female priesthood ban end? @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  Monday was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. I was actually surprised at how...

I Have the Attention Span of a Gnat @ Mormon Mentality
  -  Sorry guys, but I need a break from the intensity of the past couple of weeks. My body...

Gospel Doctrine lesson 25- Psalms @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Psalms is one of those many books we have a strong tradition… of ignoring.  Yet,...

The Case Against 8 @ Mormon Mentality
  -  Thanks to HBO offering a free week of viewing I was able to watch part of “The Case...

The Living Church @ Peculiar People
  -  Metaphors are an inexact science. But sometimes they can capture feelings and anxieties...

Out of the Best Books @ Mormon Mentality
  -  This has been a draining time for me. I hate conflict, whether in my home, my church or...

Imprisoned Trust @ Mormon Mentality
  -  It is done. I’ve kept my emotions, thoughts and feelings close to my chest on this...

No, the Strangite Witnesses Are Not Strong Parallels to the Book of Mormon Witnesses @ Mormanity
  -  In my last post, Lawyers, Inc. vs. Faith, some folks suggested that the import of the...

Mormon “News”-room and Deseret “News” – Just Merge Already @ Mormon Mentality
  -  Journalism teachers everywhere, rejoice! Utah’s own Deseret “News”...

Kate Kelly’s Defense @ Mormon Mentality
  -  Kate Kelly has posted her defense against charges of apostasy here. In addition to her...

Short Gospel Doctrine lesson 24- 2 Samuel 11-12, Psalm 51 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  First, take a look at my separate post on Psalm 51. Second, here is my podcast on these...

A Song and a Psalm for the Sabbath: Psalm 51 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Psalm 51 gets a special mention with this weeks readings, so I’ve set it off with...

Lawyers, Inc. vs. Faith @ Mormanity
  -  My sophomore English class at Brighton High School was a disaster. The school was using a...

It’s Not About Questions—and it is @ Peculiar People
  -  In piecing together the sobering events over the last week, one of the most common...

On Church Discipline for Dissenting Groups @ Peculiar People
  -  Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Public Square 2014 Summer Series:...

Short Gospel Doctrine lesson 23: 1 Samuel 18-24 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Here’s the podcast on these chapters, with some useful notes. The purpose of this...

Church Discipline as a Shepherd Rescuing Lost Sheep @ Small and Simple
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Who Calls Apostasy? Picking up the Pieces When Local Leaders Fail @ Peculiar People
  -  Kate Kelly is not my favorite Mormon feminist, and Ordain Women is a movement I’ve...

Scientific American Offers a Surprise Gift Just in Time for Father's Day: Maybe Dads Are Important After All, According to a New Study @ Mormanity
  -  In a world that seems zealously devoted to downplaying the importance of gender-related...

Second Life and the Second Estate @ Peculiar People
  -  From a hillside in Missouri, one can look out upon a relatively nondescript valley...

Karen Trifiletti's Open Letter on the Ordain Women Movement and the Call to Give the Priesthood to Mormon Women @ Mormanity
  -  On my LDSFAQ page on LDS practices, I mention a newly published essay from an LDS woman I...

For the OW Crowd, OD2 Would Seem Like a Two-Edged Sword @ Small and Simple
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Pornography and Reduced Brain Power: New Scientific Study Does Not Resolve An Important Question @ Mormanity
  -  A recent scientific study explored the association between pornography use and brain...

Book of Mormon Geography: North America @ Small and Simple
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So, Back to Sobeck? @ Mormanity
  -  Facsimile 1 in the Book of Abraham shows an Egyptian priest of Pharaoh attempting to slay...

Returning @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  I’m starting Mormon Metaphysics back up after a long absence. Sorry for the time...

Coping with the "Big List" of Attacks on the LDS Faith @ Mormanity
  -  One of the challenges in defending one's faith is coping with critics who use the "Big...

How FamilySearch.org Strengthened Ties with My Mother @ Mormanity
  -  I'd like to thank FamilySearch.org for one of the most enjoyable times I've spent with my...

Temple Blindness @ Mormanity
  -  Ancient Chinese silk showing Nüwa holding a compass and Fuxi holding a square, symbols...

What College Graduation Can Teach Us About the LDS Temple @ Mormanity
  -  I was in Utah recently to attend graduation ceremonies at Brigham Young University, where...

Provident Living: Some Practical Tips on Used Cars @ Mormanity
  -  While visiting family in Utah, I spent a good amount of time helping a son buy a used...

Mormon's Codex: Rich Support for Book of Mormon Plausibility @ Mormanity
  -  I just finished John L. Sorenson's monumental work, Mormon's Codex (Provo: Neal A....

A Video to Share for Easter: Because of Him @ Mormanity
  -   Tomorrow, like every Sunday, live every day of our lives if we're wise, we will remember...

The Arabian Peninsula: The Roots of a Remarkable Adventure in Understanding the Book of Mormon @ Mormanity
  -  The first part of a series of articles on the Arabian Peninsula and the Book of Mormon...

Thumbs Up to Mormon's Codex (But Buy the Physical Book, Not Deseret's Flawed Ebook) @ Mormanity
  -  I'm nearing the end of John Sorenson's monumental tome, Mormon's Codex: An Ancient...

Getting Nuclear with Doubt: Lessons from a Sixth-Grade Nerd @ Mormanity
  -  When I was in sixth grade, our teacher taught a science section on the nature of the...

Relaxing to the End? @ Mormanity
  -  One of my pet peeves in China is the lack of rush in rush hour. The biggest problem is...

The Gospel Topics Area at LDS.org Now Includes a Statement on Becoming Like God @ Mormanity
  -  One of the most controversial aspects of LDS belief is the concept of becoming more like...

Misquoting the Book of Mormon is Bad Enough; Don't Misquote Science As Well @ Mormanity
  -  The use of DNA evidence to attack the Book of Mormon often involves multiple errors, such...

When Goats Fly @ Mormanity
  -   One of the Young Single Adults in Shanghai recently talked about her experiences in...

The Standard of Liberty in the Book of Mormon: Just Another Anachronism and Evidence of Plagiarism? @ Mormanity
  -  The list of works that Joseph Smith allegedly plagiarized or drew upon to produce the...

New Gospel Topic at LDS.org – Becoming Like God @ Small and Simple
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Pray for Ukraine @ Mormanity
  -  A friend of ours, a brave, faithful, and well educated businessman from Ukraine, has...

RootsTech 2014 Review and The Hipster RM @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  SISTASinZION Radio! Listen live HERE and call in at (646)...

Ordain Women {Kate Kelly & Suzette Smith} @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  SISTASinZION Radio! Sundays 5pm - 7pm (Mountain Time) Listen live HERE and call in...

Cathy Stokes aka MoDea (the Mormon Madea) @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  SISTASinZION Radio! Sundays 5pm - 7pm (Mountain Time) Listen live HERE and call in...

Faith and Family with Garth Smith and DeAnne Flynn @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  SISTASinZION Radio! Sundays 5pm - 7pm (Mountain Time) Listen live HERE and call in...

Shall we discuss my story Démodé before computers do it for us? @ Mormon Organon
  -  Well it’s a new year and my one New Year’s Resolution was to revive this into...

Finding Faith in 2014 @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  SISTASinZION Radio! Sundays 5pm - 7pm (Mountain Time) Listen live HERE and call in...

Past Changes and Future Changes Some Hope For @ Small and Simple
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2013 in review @ Small and Simple
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Race and the Priesthood in the LDS Church @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Episode will load below or listen here. Tune in as the Sistas speak with members of The...

Nelson Mandela and Faith-based News + Filmmaker Stephen V. Nelson @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  SISTASinZION Radio! Sundays 5pm - 7pm (Mountain Time) Listen live HERE and call in...

Sheri Dew - Women and the Priesthood: What One Mormon Woman Believes @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Episode will load below or listen here. Sheri Dew stops by SiZ Radio to chat with...

Mormon Women Bare, Katrina Barker Anderson + Journalist, Trent Toone @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  SISTASinZION Radio! Sundays 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) Listen live...

Hot Wife, Helpful Husband? @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  What happened to happy wife, happy life? A new study says husbands are happier in their...

She Said, She Said: Mormon Women Bare @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Our girl Jennifer Borget has a blog segment called “He Said, She Said” where she...

Sunday Best: Saturday is a Special Day @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Is Saturday really the day that we get ready for Sunday? Sista Laurel shares her...

Songs for the Soul: He is With Us @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Uplifting music has the power to put us in tune with the Spirit of Lord. The Sistas share...

Marriage Ain't for You {Urban Translation of Marriage Isn't for You} @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  If you tuned in to SiZ Radio last night you heard us talking to Seth Adam Smith author of...

Marriage Isn't For You {Seth Adam Smith & Aesha Adams-Roberts} @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  SISTASinZION Radio! Sundays 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) Listen live...

Luv True Luv... @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Do we really "fall" in love or do we accept, allow, and embrace it? There are several...

It Ain't Even Black History Month! @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  We thought PBS might hold it against us since folks said our Mormon brotha Mitt Romney...

Preachers of L.A. {Is Religion Right for Reality TV?} @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  SISTASinZION Radio! Sundays 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) Listen live...

A Night of Hope with Joel & Victoria Osteen { SLC, Utah Review} @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  SISTASinZION Radio! Sundays 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) Listen live...

SiZ Radio: 183rd October LDS Conference Review @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Sistas in Zion Radio! Every Sunday 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) Listen here and...

D&C 107 and Ordaining Women @ Small and Simple
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A Girl's Guide to Football with Jessica Kehl @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Sistas in Zion Radio! Every Sunday 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) Listen here and...

An Ordinary Hero: Joan Trumpauer Mulholland and Loki Mulholland @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Sistas in Zion Radio! Every Sunday 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) Listen here and...

Mormon Survivor Dawn Meehan + Jack and Sherry Weyland @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Sistas in Zion Radio! Every Sunday 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) Listen here and...

How the Mother of Vampiro Rojo de Santanás Died at the Hand of the Ethicless Thing @ Mormon Organon
  -   I’ve been too busy of late to write any science posts, but here is a little...

SiZ Radio: Be Wise Magazine + Jamaican LDS Pioneer @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Sistas in Zion Radio! Every Sunday 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) Listen here and...

Nobody Asked You: A Dose of Unsolicited Christian Advice @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Have you ever made a comment only to hear, "Nobody asked you!" Or read an advice column...

40 Answers from a Mormon @ Small and Simple
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Why evolution matters to LDS Theology @ Mormon Organon
  -  There seems to be a temptation to borrow Christian fundamentalist creationist ideas and...

Death, the Fall, and Darwin: Roman Legions of Death, Part 2 of 7 @ Mormon Organon
  -  So to begin. Assume that the story that science tells is tout court correct. That humans...

Death, the Fall, and Darwin: A More Harmonious Reading, Part 1 of 7 @ Mormon Organon
  -  This is being posted semi-concurrently at BCC (Posted there about a week earlier than...

Scholar of Moab makes Ben Park’s ‘Nearly Essential Readings’ in Mormonism for Members! @ Mormon Organon
  -  Ben Park has compiled a list of Essential Readings in Mormonism that includes both...

What Happens When You Feed The Feminists? @ Small and Simple
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Clark Monson on Wolves @ Mormon Organon
  -  President Monson’s son weighed in on the debate about introducing wolves back into...

On guns @ Mormon Organon
  -  In silence I’ve watched the splashes of opinion on Facebook and among blogs on gun...

Your Christmas gift guide @ Mormon Organon
  -  Having trouble picking which of my books you would like to give for Christmas? Here is a...

Wise advice on Sunday School Teaching @ Mormon Organon
  -  From my friend Blair Hodges: “Too often, the Sunday School teacher doesn’t...