More Islands and Atolls

Being a Body, Owing Grace @ Patheos
  -   We must think about the body in terms of grace: to be embodied is unavoidably to...

For the Ones Who Never Wanted a Fight @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  I’m a rare presence around these here parts.  But I guess I’ve been thinking...

Luxury to Worry about the Less Significant @ Segullah
  -  Last Saturday I volunteered at Salt Lake City’s Color Run. The happiest 5K run on...

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 past....

August Journal @ Segullah
  -       The August edition of the Segullah Journal is up. It’s been a roller...

I Hope They Don’t Call Him on a Mission @ Segullah
  -  Patrick with Elder Nielson, the first missionary he ever met, 1998. In the greater...

My life in books @ Segullah
  -  Like most avid readers, books aren’t just  a side-note in my life, a mild but...

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

The Positive Outcome of an Injury @ Segullah
  -  Over eight years ago, I tore some kind of soft tissue deep in my right hip, and it has...

Dumb Questions @ Mormon Mentality
  -  What is the stupidest thing you ever asked your bishop? Mine has to be the time I asked...

Daniel Peterson Quotes a Questionable LDS Apologist, But the Rest of His Presentation Was Good @ Mormanity
  -  At the recent FAIR Conference, among the very interesting presentations was Daniel...

Thank Heavens This is Behind Us @ Mormon Mentality
  -  I just read an article in the online Salt Lake Trib. from one of my favorite columnists,...

Gospel Doctrine Lesson 31- Proverbs and Ecclesiastes @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Between family in town and application deadlines, it’s been a very busy time, and I...

Choose the Funny @ Segullah
  -  Earlier this week I read the delightful novel One Plus One by Jojo Moyes; it’s the...

What do we mean by “Another Testament”? @ Peculiar People
  -  Before 1981, the Book of Mormon was simply the Book of Mormon; since then, however, it...

What Do LDS Men Get? @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, what do men get? That’s a...

Insider/outsider language in President Hinckley’s “there’s no agitation” statement @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  In a 1997 interview with Australian reporter David Random, President Hinckley said that...

Gathering Embers @ Segullah
  -   About a week and a half ago, I packed up my desk, shut off my lamp, and locked the door...

Eternal Womanhood and the Limits of Public Recognition @ Patheos
  -   The challenge is to enrich LDS language about and for women without equating it to...

Sexuality: The Path of Unity with God @ Patheos
  -   We not only believe but ritualize the importance of sexual difference to Christian life...

CHOOSING JESUS @ Segullah
  -  I grew up Protestant and was taught a somewhat different view of Jesus than the one most...

No Evidence at All? @ Mormanity
  -  One critic posting on my comments pages recently explained why he didn't believe in...

Who Speaks for the Trees? @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  At the far end of town where the Grickle-grass grows and the wind smells slow-and-sour...

2014 Fair Conference: Ty Mansfield on Sexual Identity and Same-Sex Attraction from an LDS Perspective @ Mormanity
  -  The recent 2014 Fair Conference, held Aug. 7-8, 2014 in Provo, offers a great selection...

What American's Open Borders Mean in a World with Ebola: An Easy But Hopefully Wrong Prophecy @ Mormanity
  -  Have you read Laurie Garrett's piece for ForeignPolicy.com, "You Are Not Nearly Scared...

First Temple Memories @ Mormon Mentality
  -   What I remember about our family sealing trip to the Oakland, CA temple was that my new...

A So-called “Post” @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  In Angela C.’s hilarious post “Mormon Jargon 2” at BCC, this is her...

More than just a good idea @ Segullah
  -  I have been recently called to serve as the Young Women’s president in our ward....

Home Again @ Segullah
  -  Today I moved into a new house marking the end of a full summer long move, and while...

Primary Sources @ Peculiar People
  -  The question that kept me awake one night last week was this: what are the primary...

We Lost a Good One @ Mormon Mentality
  -   Unbelievable. Less than an hour after the announcement of comic Robin Williams passing...

Visible Women @ Peculiar People
  -  On June 24, I was at a national gathering of religious leaders and scholars in New York...

A Standing Ovation for Sharon Eubank and "This Is a Woman's Church" @ Mormanity
  -  At the FAIR Conference a few days ago, a rare standing ovation was given for Sharon...

The Factory Price, Or, The Price of Friendship @ Mormanity
  -   A scene from the markets at Dong Tai Road.Shortly after coming to China, we made friends...

In Good Conscience… @ Peculiar People
  -  Over the past six years or so, I’ve watched a number of my friends and...

Which GAs Do Readers of Different Blogs Like? @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  I thought this might be a fun question to look at, and thanks to Facebook’s Graph...

Being the Body of Christ @ Patheos
  -   Membership in the community attests to the multiplicity of the self that Christian...

Dark Night of the Soul @ Mormon Mentality
  -  I am at the age/demographic/end of my rope enough that I consented to a medical...

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...

And After The Fire, A Still Small Voice @ Peculiar People
  -  Elijah the Tishbite stood on Mount Horeb, where Moses had stood centuries earlier to...

The Best Lesson From the Old Testament @ Mormon Mentality
  -  There is so much about the Old Testament that I dislike, what with all the raping,...

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...

Hurray for Mary Higby Schweitzer: Working Mom, Christian, and Dangerous Scientist @ Mormanity
  -  The Book of Mormon warns against some of the many fallacies made by the elite and...

Book Review: Confessing History @ Peculiar People
  -  John Fea, Jay Green, and Eric Miller, eds. Confessing History: Explorations in Christian...

The Overlooked Bondage of Our Common Sense @ Patheos
  -   When we read scripture, if we do not hear the call to be something more, then we may be...

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...

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...

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

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...

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

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

Church Discipline as a Shepherd Rescuing Lost Sheep @ Small and Simple
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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...

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...

New Gospel Topic at LDS.org – Becoming Like God @ Small and Simple
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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...