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August 2018 Editorial and Table of Contents @ Segullah
  -  Hex-shaped columns of basalt towered over me, some standing tall, others toppled, and...

When Life is Burning Down @ Segullah
  -  Less than seventy-two hours after my husband told me he didn’t believe in God anymore,...

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

Mormon Edits @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  Joseph Smith taught that Mormon means more good. Taking this meaning, then, I’m...

Beauty for Ashes @ Segullah
  -  I. Every so often I watch this reality show, What Not to Wear. Clinton and Stacy, the...

The Beauty of Chance Encounters @ Mormanity
  -  From several years ago, a photo of my wife and Iat Mount Lao near Qingdao, China, by a...

Writing & Speaking What We Know @ Segullah
  -  I’m simultaneously reading from both the Old Testament and the Book of Mormon,...

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....

Full @ Segullah
  -  Before the fist in your belly tightens, pulls you from your deep blue sleep, plucks the...

What is Fossilized @ Segullah
  -  Sometimes I remember being there– I feel tectonic grooves being worn, the...

Stone and Sand @ Segullah
  -  My husband thinks I am mad when he tries to pick up my luggage.  He moans and wonders...

Old Testament Gospel Doctrine lesson 34: Hosea @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  First off, my podcast and transcript on Hosea are here. The manual suggests primary focus...

Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 33- Jonah and Micah @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Jonah Jonah is four short chapters. I’ve done a lot with Jonah in the...

Raymond Brown on Understanding and Teaching Complicated Historical Issues @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Raymond E. Brown SS, was a Catholic priest and Bible scholar, known for his Introduction...

Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 32- Job @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Today we come to another little-read and little-known jewel of the Old Testament. It...

Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 31- Proverbs and Ecclesiastes @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  First, it looks like I didn’t do a podcast for Lesson 31 OR 32 in 2010, so no link...

Some quick and short book notes @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  As is my wont, I’m excited about a few books, two popular and two more academic....

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

Modesty and Locus of Control @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  The discussion over at the Exponent about the Utah woman who had her bishop and stake...

101 Ways to Run a Book Club @ Segullah
  -  “How do you start a book club?” a friend asked recently. Any way you like. There are...

Coincidence or Miracle? @ Mormanity
  -  On my recent trip to several parts of the United States, I was in the Chicago airport for...

Thinking DIfferently About Same-sex Attraction: A Valuable Presentation from Jeff Robinson @ Mormanity
  -  One of the highlights of this week's 2018 FairMormon Conference for me was the...

George Staheli and the Wagon-Crushed Trumpet @ Segullah
  -  I want to tell you about my ancestor George Staheli. He’s the father of Elizabeth...

Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 30: 2 Chronicles 29–30; 32; 34 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Here’s the link to my combined podcast of lessons 29-30, and transcript. I find...

Enjoying the 2018 FairMormon Conference and Speaking Tomorrow on the "Arise from the Dust" Them in the Book of Mormone @ Mormanity
  -  I'm attending the 2018 FairMormon Conference at the Utah Valley Convention Center today....

A Scar Inventory @ Segullah
  -  Yesterday I visited a good friend. She placed her freshly bathed ten-month-old baby on...

$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...

Who Put Bathsheba on the Roof? Leonard Cohen and Failure to Study in Context, That’s Who @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Apparently, the idea has entered popular consciousness that in 2 Samuel 11, Bathsheba...

Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 29: 2 Kings 2, 5-6 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Here’s the link to my combined podcast of lessons 29-30, and transcript. These...

Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 28- 1 Kings 17-19 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  These are some of my favorite chapters. Elijah and his fiery talents inspired our...

How to Support Same-Sex Marriage Without Throwing Single Straight People Under the Bus @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  When it comes to the topic of gay Mormons, I don’t even know how many times I’ve seen...

When Lehi Left Jerusalem: 605 B.C.? A Plausible Hypothesis from Jeff Chadwick @ Mormanity
  -  A frequent question and criticism of the Book of Mormon involves Nephi's statement at the...

"Artifact or Artifice?" Orson Scott Card's Brilliant 1993 Essay Still Rings True @ Mormanity
  -  Twenty-five years ago a famous name among fiction writers, Orson Scott Card, gave a...

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

Coach Lindsay's Power Secret for Success in Tennis and in Life! @ Mormanity
  -  Roger Federer, courtesy of Wikipedia.Tonight I'll confess to having watched some...

Misdiagnosis! @ Mormanity
  -  A few days ago a grieving mom in Shanghai, a good friend of ours, shared some tragic news...

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

Praise for Jared W. Ludlow’s New Book, Exploring the Apocrypha from a Latter-day Saint Perspective @ Mormanity
  -  Jared W. Ludlow’s new book, Exploring the Apocrypha from a Latter-day Saint Perspective...

Joseph Smith's Universe and Some Ruminations on Chinese Sci-Fi @ Mormanity
  -  One of my favorite projects recently was preparing an unusual article for The Interpreter...

On Not Being God’s Victim (or, Nephi is Still Responsible for Killing Laban)   @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  An unsettling tendency among religious people, especially those with a strong belief in...

Now Let Us Rejoice in the Hymnbook Revisions @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  The Church has announced that the hymnbook and children’s songbook are both going...

Our Donald @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  Evangelical Christians aren’t typically big on saying the Lord’s Prayer, but...

Touched by the Worldwide Youth Devotional with President Nelson and His Wife @ Mormanity
  -  Although it's been several years since I qualified as a youth in the Church, I was still...

Do women really like Elder Uchtdorf more? @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  Yes. Yes they do. Or, at least it looks like they do more on Facebook. Here’s a...

Out of the Best Books: Donald Parry's Valuable Poetic Parallelisms in the Book of Mormon @ Mormanity
  -  If you don't have this book already, I recommend that you download (for free!) one of the...

Ending Therapy @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  Next week, I’m ending work with a therapist I’ve been seeing for over a decade. This...

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

Finding God Again, Except Not Really;  An Overly Long Narrative of My Recent Spiritual Journey @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  It was about two years ago that I decided I was done, that I was giving up on religion....

The Oldest Hebrew Inscription and the Psalms in the Book of Mormon @ Mormanity
  -  Tiny silver amulets engraved with Hebrewfrom the era of King Josiah, found at Ketef...

The High Suicide Rate in the Mountain States: Possible Effect of Altitude @ Mormanity
  -  The relatively higher suicide rates in Utah and other Mountain States has often been...

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

Likes of Q15 Members on Facebook @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  Here’s a chart showing the total number of likes of Q15 members on Facebook as of...

Democracy in the Ancient Americas? Maybe Not So Ridiculous After All @ Mormanity
  -  The Book of Mormon has often been criticized for its introduction of a form of democracy...

Engines of Beauty @ Mormanity
  -  "Mandarin Fish," the winning work from a recent art contest, shown above (courtesy of...

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

Elder Gong in Shanghai @ Mormanity
  -  Shanghai was blessed to be visited by Elder Gerrit W. Gong, a newly called Apostle of The...

Intriguing Comments on Brian Stubbs' Work on Possible Old World Connections to Uto-Aztecan Languages @ Mormanity
  -  After I published "The Next Big Thing in LDS Apologetics: Strong Semitic and Egyptian...

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...

New Document Discovered from a Book of Mormon Witness @ Mormanity
  -  From the Juvenile Instructor blog, we have an important new finding regarding a Book of...

When a Child Has a Fracture, Why Are the Parents Presumed Guilty Until Proven Innocent? @ Mormanity
  -  In the end the parents got their children back, but it took two years of separation and...

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...

Two Witnesses, Witnessed by Sally Parker @ Mormanity
  -  The vast body of scholarship on the witnesses to the Book of Mormon paints a consistent...

Cultural Misappropriation: Much Worse Than You Thought @ Mormanity
  -  Some Americans are steaming about the shocking incident in Salt Lake City when a young...

Li Jing, China's Mysterious Long-Distance Horse Rider, Has Finally Been Found and Rides Again! @ Mormanity
  -  Li Jing has now been found in Russia and connected to the international Long Riders'...

Joseph the Amusing Teller of Tall Tales: Lucy Mack Smith's Puzzling Statement in Perspective @ Mormanity
  -  One of the pillars of disbelief for critics of the Book of Mormon is the notion that...

No, I Did Not Keep My “Maiden” Name @ Peculiar People
  -      Recently my alma mater, Brigham Young, mailed a request for donations. To...

Another Reversal: Why Is King David So Absent in Book of Mormon Discourse? @ Mormanity
  -  One of the many curious aspects of the Book of Mormon is the frequency with which...

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...

Another First: An Apostle in an Interracial Marriage @ Peculiar People
  -  There’s no denying the historic nature of Saturday’s sustaining vote for two...

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

Why I’ll No Longer Go to Priesthood Interviews Alone @ Peculiar People
  -  The more stories break about women who’ve been abused or sexually harassed by...

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

Priesthood Leaders and Abuse of Power @ Peculiar People
  -  The interview between an anonymous woman and Joseph Bishop, a former MTC president, is...

Monsters Among Us: Can the Men Who’ve Sexually Harassed and Assaulted Reform? @ Peculiar People
  -    Author’s note: I originally wrote this post months ago, just as the #MeToo...

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...

Why A Wrinkle in Time Falls Short @ Peculiar People
  -  More than a week since opening night, A Wrinkle in Time has evoked some surprisingly...

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...

Economic Insanity: Chapter 5 (part 1) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  Of Course the Rich Are Getting Richer (Part 1)Often there is one pay system for...

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...

Clarifying the Principle of Confession @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  The LDS practice of male Church leaders holding interviews with youth has been in the...

Economic Insanity: Chapter 4 (part 2) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  When Speed Looks Like Growth (Part 2)The Technological TrapEver-increasing productivity...

Economic Insanity: Chapter 4 (part 1) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  When Speed Looks Like Growth (Part 1)Nothing in the modern workplace, and very little in...

Book Review: An American Sickness @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  If there is one book you should read in the coming months, it is Elisabeth Rosenthal’s...

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...

Economic Insanity: Chapter 3 (part 2) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  Not EverythingThat Grows Is Good (Part 2)Our Outrageous Demand for ProfitsIt is important...

Economic Insanity: Chapter 3 (part 1) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  Not EverythingThat Grows Is GoodGrowth of healthy organisms is a natural phenomenon, but...

Economic Insanity: Chapter 2 @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  Consumerism: A Perfect CircleThat’s Empty in the Middle[Note: This chapter seems a bit...

I Mourn for My Country @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  Tonight I mourn for my country. I mourn for those who lost their lives or were injured in...

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...

Stats on LDS Retention @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Just a short post as I’m planning a longer post on this topic at T&S next week. A...

Blogging at T&S @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Just a note I’m blogging at Times and Seasons for the next while. I’ll still post...

Mormon Millennials Becoming More Republican @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Somehow I missed that UVU (just a few blocks from work) was having a religious liberty...

Gallup on Number of Mormons @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  I’d missed this when it came out. Gallup does regular interviews and keeps track of the...