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When she wakes, rigid @ Segullah
  -  Stroke her hair, and rock. Open the curtain—show her the flashing, the bright erasures...

To Rule with Blood and Horror: Shouldn't We Be Paying More Attention? @ Mormanity
  -  This morning I awoke with a chilling dream. I was a technical advisor helping in the...

Peculiar Treasures: Eyes to See @ Segullah
  -  The potential this spray-paint artist sees in a blank wall is astounding – and so is...

A Biblical Feast at a Hole in the Wall: Khirbet Qeiyafa’s Second Gate @ Mormanity
  -  Great meals are sometimes found in small little places dubbed "holes in the wall." This...

Flurries @ Segullah
  -  I first tasted snow when I was five. Frozen doilies, one after one, melted on my tongue,...

January Editorial and Table of Contents @ Segullah
  -  I injured by back as a teenager. Not in a grand flash of adventure or an unpredictable...

Artist Interview with Ashley Mae Hoiland @ Segullah
  -   Segullah: What are your sources of inspiration? Ashmae: In my art, I am inspired by...

Creating Space @ Segullah
  -  Our mulberry tree was a jungle unto itself. Despite its constant exposure to the blazing...

Seeing My Body For The First Time @ Segullah
  -  My first time at the YMCA, I stood dripping in my navy blue swimsuit against the pastel...

Seven Little-known Perks of Being a GA @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  Since the recent leak of documents that give the size of GAs’ salaries, some of the...

Putting Away Baby Jesus @ Segullah
  -  There are still a couple pockets of Christmas lingering around our house. The new year...

That time when I got Sherlocked by the cashier at Trader Joe’s @ Segullah
  -  It’s January in Virginia, the time of year the South fears, deep inside its...

Church Magazines (Not the Ones You Think) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   Exactly eighteen years ago today, I started working as an associate editor at the...

Mormon Said It, I Believe It, That Settles It? @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Occasionally, one hears Mormons (usually laypeople) critiquing Protestants for slavish...

Suffering: Is it that time again? @ Segullah
  -  I’m sitting here in the waiting room of the doctor’s office, where I just had...

Many Great New Resources at LDS.org and on the LDS Gospel Library App @ Mormanity
  -  I am impressed with how rapidly the Church has moved in the past couple of years to make...

Gays and the Mormon Afterlife @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  This guest post comes from a regular ZD reader going by the name of Humboldt. Yesterday,...

For the Glory, the Biography of Eric Liddell: Why a Gold Medalist Gave Up Everything for God and China @ Mormanity
  -  You may have seen the highly acclaimed movie Chariots of Fire about the 1924 Olympics...

Some Thoughts on Certainty and Belief @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   In my ward, whenever the bishop calls young men or women to the pulpit for the purpose...

The Egyptian Context for the Book of Abraham: Why Hor, Priest of Thebes, Might Want an Abraham Text @ Mormanity
  -  One of the important but often overlooked issues in the debate over the origins of the...

Nacle Notebook 2016: Funny Comments @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  This post is my annual compilation of the funniest comments I read on the Bloggernacle...

Quick Thoughts on D&C 1:30 “the only true and living Church” @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  A few scattered thoughts on what “the only true and living Church” might and...

Another Cool Aspect of the Book of Abraham @ Mormanity
  -  One of the disappointing things about the response of critics to the Book of Abraham is...

The Blog in the Coming Year and D&C @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  I’ve agonized a bit over how to handle D&C this year. Here’s what I...

God Gave His Only Begotten Son @ Mormanity
  -  In preparing for the joys of Christmas during our brief return to the winter wonderland...

Trump and the Future of Jobs in America @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   This is an expanded version of an op-ed piece I had in the Deseret Newsearlier this...

Trump Endorses Mormonism @ Small and Simple
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Santa Claus is Canaanite! Really. @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  I’ve plugged Biblical Archaeology Review (BAR) before, a great magazine (with...

A Proud Mother and a Little Miracle in the Snowy Chaos of Portland @ Mormanity
  -  Sunday services in Shanghai were terrific, as almost always. I got to attend sacrament...

“God Wouldn’t Do That” @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  In conversations about whether God really commanded such-and-such a thing, I’ve...

Fleeing Babylon (Parts XIV–XIX) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   This is a personal essay I wrote about ten years ago, just after leaving Church...

Things That Keep Me Going @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  As a follow-up to my last post on chronic suicidality, I thought I’d mention some...

More Than Just a Faith Promoting Sports Rumor: Jimmer in Shanghai @ Mormanity
  -  When you attend church services in the Shanghai branches, you never know who you'll meet....

Choking on Life @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  It was junior high when I first started thinking about how I’d really prefer not to...

Fleeing Babylon (Parts IX–XIII) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   This is a personal essay I wrote about ten years ago, just after leaving Church...

More Christmas Hymns Give Me! @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  I love Christmas carols. In a typical year, I start listening to Christmas music by...

The Church in a Changing World: Robert Griffiths Answers the Question, "What if I'm Uncomfortable with the Church's Position on Social Issues? @ Mormanity
  -  The author of the guest post below, Robert D. Griffiths, is one of the most impressive...

The Perfect College Football Playoff System: 2016 Version @ Small and Simple
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Peck Book Gift Giving Guide @ Mormon Organon
  -  So once again you are wrestling with the seasonal conundrum of which of my books to give...

Fleeing Babylon (Parts VI–VIII) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   This is a personal essay I wrote about ten years ago, just after leaving Church...

Uto-Aztecan and Its Connection to Near Eastern Languages, Part 3: The Egyptian Infusion, Plus the Explanatory Power of Stubbs' Framework @ Mormanity
  -  In Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, we introduced examples of cognates characteristic of...

Uto-Aztecan and Its Connection to Near Eastern Languages, Part 2: Evidence of a Second Semitic Infusion @ Mormanity
  -  In yesterday's post, "Uto-Aztecan and Its Connection to Near Eastern Languages, Part 1: A...

New/Forthcoming books of Interest @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Update: Between now and Dec 5, get 5$ off any physical Amazon book order of 15$ or more....

Uto-Aztecan and Its Connection to Near Eastern Languages, Part 1: A Credible Proposal from Brian Stubbs? @ Mormanity
  -  In a previous post, "Bigger Than Nahom?," I mentioned that the "next big thing" in LDS...

The Fundamental Optimism of Apocalypse @ Peculiar People
  -  Today, we have a guest post from my friend Cameron Neilsen. Please note that this was...

Fleeing Babylon (Parts I–V) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   This is a personal essay I wrote about ten years ago, just after leaving Church...

BoM Gospel Doctrine Lesson 45-46: Ether @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  A few general notes about the Book of Ether. First, unlike the other two Book of Mormon...

Church History/ Doctrine & Covenants Gospel Doctrine Resources @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -    Several things make next year extremely challenging for me. D&C is the book I...

BoM Gospel Doctrine Lesson 43-44: Mormon 1-9 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  I’m combining these lessons for two reasons. First, lesson 44 (chapters 7-8) is...

The Ambulance Never Came @ Mormanity
  -  I usually walk or ride my bike to and from work, but on a cool rainy night recently, I...

Estimating New Q15 Member Calls by Future Church Presidents @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  A lot of discussion around US Presidential elections concerns what types of justices a...

A Response to Stephen Fry Annihilating God @ Small and Simple
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A Short Thought on Political Correctness @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   I’ve been thinking about the ugliness of the recent presidential campaign and one of...

Dusting Off the Chiasmus in Alma 36: The "Loose" Parts May Have More Structure Than We Thought @ Mormanity
  -  Part 3 of my series on dust-related themes in the Book of Mormon has just...

Bigger Than Nahom? The Surprising Link Between Semitic Languages and the Uto-Aztecan Language Family @ Mormanity
  -  When asked what the most impressive evidence is for Book of Mormon authenticity,...

How the Election of Trump Is Like the Exclusion Policy @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  The United States elected Donald Trump as its next President last week. This event hit me...

Part 2 of the Dust-Related Publication is Now at MormonInterpreter.com @ Mormanity
  -  I'm happy to announce that Part 2 of my three-part series on dust-related themes in the...

How Mormon Women Party in Shanghai: Liberating Girls in Africa with a "Days for Girls" Service Project @ Mormanity
  -  When Mormon women party in Shanghai, the world becomes a better place. Especially parts...

BoM Gospel Doctrine Lesson 42: 4 Nephi @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Since I’ve already covered 3Ne 27-28 in previous posts, I’ll focus on 4...

The Trump Supporter Next Door @ Peculiar People
  -  If you’ve been following the Peculiar People column over the past few months,...

Mormons Voting for Trump @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  Like many of you, I was devastated by the results of this election. Devastated in a way...

Heil Donald! @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   I went to bed late on election night, and then I lay in bed and couldn’t fall asleep....

The Case for Hillary Clinton and a Mormon Stance on Abortion @ Peculiar People
  -  It’s no secret that Mormons don’t like Donald Trump. So I was surprised a few...

New Book of Mormon Insights at the Interpreter @ Mormanity
  -  A new article of mine just published over at the Interpreter (MormonInterpreter.com). My...

The Winds of War @ Mormanity
  -  As we approach this election, I'm concerned that America will remain mired in no-win...

BoM Gospel Doctrine Lesson 41: 3Ne 22-26 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  A couple of notes first. I’ll be in San Antonio for the annual joint Society of...

For America's Sake, Do Not Vote for Trump @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   With the polls tightening and anti-Clinton sentiment running high, we need to step back...

Why I’m Fasting for Hillary Clinton @ Peculiar People
  -  On the first Sunday of every month, Mormons all over the world abstain from food and...

My Attempt to Understand LDS Policy Regarding the Children of Same-Sex Couples @ Small and Simple
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Book Review—Planted: Belief and Belonging in an Age of Doubt, by Patrick Q. Mason @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   This is a somewhat belated review, because it took me a while to get around to Patrick...

If You're Supporting Mormon Candidate Evan McMullin, At Least Understand Why: A Hint for Principled Conservatives @ Mormanity
  -  In response to my post on not hating those who vote for either of the troubling top...

The Home Teachers Who Were Told to Go Away @ Mormanity
  -  At the recent District Conference of the Shanghai International District, Elder Randy...

Not a Democracy, Not a Dictatorship: My Big Fat Mormon Family @ Peculiar People
  -  U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg famously suggested moving to New Zealand...

Washing Clay from the Eyes: How Enoch Became a Seer @ Mormanity
  -  Recently I have observed how the Book of Mormon uses ancient themes related to rising...

Some Thoughts from New York City @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   This past week, my wife and I were in New York City visiting our oldest son, who is in a...

What Ammon's Story Can Teach Us About Blessing China @ Mormanity
  -  There are many Christians who want to do something to help China and the Chinese people....

Don't Hate Voters Seeking for the Lesser of Two Deplorables @ Mormanity
  -  A young blogger known for advocacy of progressive causes in the name of tolerance and...

Why Typical Exit Stories Don’t Bother My Faith (Much) @ Small and Simple
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Faith-Promoting? @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   I’ve been thinking recently about the modern Mormon usage of the term...

Debate #1: No Contest (at Least in a Rational World) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   So, along with 84 million other Americans, I watched Monday’s presidential debate. It...

In What Way is the Gospel for Everyone? @ Small and Simple
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Why Do So Many Exit Stories Sound Alike? @ Small and Simple
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What the Numbers Suggest about Premortal Spirit Birth and Postmortal Polygamy @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   I have an article coming out in the next issue of Dialoguebased on three installments of...

Sheldon Cooper and the Immortality and Eternal Life of Man @ Small and Simple
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Taylor Petrey and the Boundaries of a Generous Orthodoxy @ Small and Simple
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Why I Don't Believe Joseph Smith Translated the Book of Mormon (and Why You Don't Either) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   Nearly every fast Sunday in my ward, someone (usually a Primary child) comes to the...

Us vs. Them: The Battle to Change Tactics @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   I’ve done a lot of thinking about my mission in recent months. That happens when you...

Trump’s Threat to Mormons @ Peculiar People
  -  Donald Trump poses a unique threat to the interests, freedom, and safety of the Mormon...

The Hillary Clinton You Don't Know @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   I spent part of last week in the wind and the sand at Lake Powell, baking and watching...

The Real Reason Harry Potter Helps Us Resist Donald’s Hate. @ Peculiar People
  -  In the wake of a Republican National Convention that has left many shaken –...

The Grand Old National Socialist Party @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   I watched parts of the Republican National Convention this week. I endured all 75...

Where Now, GOP? @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   Well, the circus has started. I’ve been listening to the Republican National...

Some Thoughts on Apologetics and Antiapologetics @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   You might think this topic has very little to do with my last post, but in my mind they...

Hell and Zion: A Review of “Undertale” @ Peculiar People
  -    Note: Undertale is a game best experienced without spoilers; I include some...

The Difficulty of Deciphering Spiritual Communication @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   This post and the next are intended to provide some sort of context for many topics I...

Review: The Mormon Jesus @ Peculiar People
  -  Perhaps my devotional life’s greatest flaw is that I forget about Jesus....

Stop Praying for us, and Acknowledge That You Helped Create Omar Mateen @ Peculiar People
  -  Let me give you a run down: 2015 was the deadliest year on record for transgender women,...

Honesty and Presidential Politics @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   I’ve seen claims among Republicans that Hillary Clinton is as dishonest as Donald...

Wallace Stegner and Jesse Knight @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   Earlier this year I was editing an article that referenced Wallace Stegner’s Mormon...

Why Should We Trust Anything on Family Search? @ Small and Simple
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Salvation in Mormonism @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Robert at Scriptural Mormonism does a good job discussing the place of grace in “old...

Some Thoughts on Inequality @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   I was reading the Book of Mormon a few days ago and came to Alma 16:16. Alma and Amulek...

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...

New Atheists and Mormon Moderates @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Over at BCC Jacob Baker put up a paper tying New Atheists with the John Dehlin style of...

Why Mormons Accept Cruz @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  The Washington Post Monkey Cage blog has an interesting story up on religious freedom and...

Deep Geneology @ Mormon Organon
  -  Don’t forget to check out my post at the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious...

A New Book and Discussion: Wandering Realities @ Mormon Organon
  -  My new book, Wandering Realities, was recently released by Zarahemla Books. I was...

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...

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...

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...

Clark Monson on Wolves @ Mormon Organon
  -  President Monson’s son weighed in on the debate about introducing wolves back into...

Coram Deo: Prayer and Life @ Patheos
  -   The more my life is a life of prayer, coram Deo, the more my private prayers will be...

ONE's Prayer for Everyone: A Worldwide Week of Prayer and Action for the Least of These @ Patheos
  -   Join the #PrayerForEveryone Campaign from September 24 to October 1 to help end extreme...

Prayer for the Senate @ Patheos
  -   "Eternal God, ruler of all creation, each day seems to bring more bad news than good."

The School of Mormon Theology, or The Lure of Fame @ Patheos
  -   The desire for a faction or party within a larger whole, a sect in the literal sense,...

Mormons Celebrate Easter with World's First Virtual "Hallelujah" Chorus @ Patheos
  -   This Easter season, 2,500 voices from around the world joined the Mormon Tabernacle...

ONE and Heifer International in Malawi: A Photo Essay @ Patheos
  -   This past May, ONE and Heifer International took a group of likeminded writers to...