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My Brother, Rex @ Mormon Mentality
  -  Someone recently said something that reminded me of my deceased brother. Rex has been...

Peculiar Treasures: Libraries , Learning, and Life @ Segullah
  -   A library makes a place.  Let’s sing its praise. We all need the library. I also...

Peirce on Doubt @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  There have been a few discussions on doubt that made me think of Peirce. I wanted to post...

Sabbath Revival: “Condemn Me Not Because of Mine Imperfections” @ Segullah
  -  Today’s Sabbath Revival was originally a guest post published March 23, 2007 by...

What Does Truth Do? @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Why do we worry about truth? There’s a lot of debate about what constitutes truth but I...

NT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 9: Matthew 6-7 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  In keeping with Jesus’ style of connecting seemingly-unconnected bits, I’m...

Surprise: I like Fantasy Novels @ Segullah
  -  I first heard about the Whitney Awards four years ago, but that year I did not read all...

Why I Want to Be Persecuted @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  This guest post comes to us from Jonathan Cannon, who blogs regularly at Rational Faiths...

How Did Joseph Do What He Did in Translating the Book of Mormon? Further Evidence for Early Modern English Influence @ Mormanity
  -  The mystery of Early Modern English (EModE) grammar in the original text of the Book of...

America’s Religious Landscape @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  The religious states of America. Protestants lost their majority status for first time....

The Most Powerful Idea in the Universe (Part 1: The Imperative) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   In the next three posts, I will be discussing an idea that, in its own quiet way, tends...

The Sun @ Segullah
  -  Our life of late has been a rush and swirl of light, in varying degrees. Hospital...

The Missionary Work I Didn’t Do @ Mormon Mentality
  -  We live in a lovely neighborhood. We are surrounded by the friendliest, most helpful...

Strawberries and Patriarchy @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  I detest strawberries. I shudder when I see my sisters eating them by the handful, or...

Connecting Some Scattered Book of Mormon Dots @ Mormanity
  -  Those who enjoy puzzles, mysteries, and conspiracy theories might find some aspects of...

Taking a Leap of Faith @ Segullah
  -  Seven years ago, I sat in a small office, surrounded by several smart, supportive faculty...

Blood Isn’t Thicker Than Water @ Segullah
  -   I donate blood. Not for money, not for a love of pincushions, but because I know it...

Which GAs Prefer Which Books of Scripture? (Take 3) @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  This post is a follow-up to my post last week, where I looked at how much members of the...

Peculiar Treasure: Giving, Getting and Going @ Segullah
  -  Let’s start the week with some giving, like the opportunity to give girls the feminine...

Sabbath Revival: “Choose a companion you can stand…” @ Segullah
  -  With Valentines Day in the USA  just behind us, I thought this gem by Dalene back...

NT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 8: Matthew 5 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  This begins the first of several weeks coverage of what’s come to be known as The...

Water, wind, earth and fire (and cyclones) @ Segullah
  -  Tropical Cyclone Marcia, off the coast of Queensland Australia, taken 20 Feb 2015 by...

A Guide to D&C 132, In Gifs @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  Does D&C 132 make you a little confused? And/or a little angry? Well, then, join...

How can I get excited about genealogy when I’m not exactly proud of where I came from? @ Segullah
  -  I keep typing and retyping the title of this post. I don’t want it to be about...

Mormonism and Capitalism @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   On May 27, 1868, the following appeared in a newspaper editorial: “Throughout the...

Persuasion and Repentance: The Nexus of Faith and Reason @ Patheos
  -   The point of persuasion is to bring about change, a change in us, in our relationship,...

“The Prophecy of This Book” @ Peculiar People
  -  Believers in the Book of Mormon are inevitably acquainted with Revelation 22:18-19: For I...

Which GAs Prefer Which Books of Scripture? (Updated!) @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  I wrote a post last year that looked at which books of scripture members of the First...

Bruno in the Science v Religion Debate @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Where should Giordano Bruno be placed in the science vs. religion debate of the late...

Diet & Fallibility of Science @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Razib has an interesting post on diet and the fallibility of science. I think the thing...

Why Mathematicians Do Not Love Logic @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Why mathematicians do not love logic. She claims it goes back to Descartes but she goes...

Inversion @ Peculiar People
  -  Please excuse the strained metaphor. Every now and again I have the chance to head into...

NT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 7: Mark 2:1-12 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Each lesson covers a good number of stories. Today covers Mark 1-2, among others. Mark is...

Of the Corporation, by the Corporation, for the Corporation: A Short History Lesson (Part 3) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   In part 2, I briefly chronicled the path corporations have followed to achieve dominance...

Three wards enter. Four wards leave. @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  My ward is getting divided this Sunday. Or as you can probably guess from my title,...

Adam on Zion @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Adam Miller has up at Times and Seasons a review and engagement with Joseph Spencer’s...

Subjective Evidence @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  I came upon an interesting Mormon epistemology post Dennis Potter over at UVU wrote last...

Mogget’s Musings: Lesson 7 (Selections from Mark and Luke) @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  This week’s assigned readings are something of a potpourri of miracle stories:...

New Atheism and Violence @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Dennis Potter on New Atheism and violence. I hadn’t heard about this although I’ve...

When He Was God @ Mormon Mentality
  -  Years ago during stake conference meeting, our stake president told a story about a guy...

Mormon Youth and Retention @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Someone mentioned to me that John Gee had done a post on youth retention last year....

Friend of the Slain Muslims in North Carolina: An Example of Calmness, Courage, and Kindness in Grief @ Mormanity
  -  On Wednesday morning at a technical conference I attended in Miami, the female CEO of an...

And Now…For A Bit of Humor @ Mormon Mentality
  -  A friend of mine sent me this message and I just have to share. It is too good to keep to...

Can Discipline Remain Local in a Global Church? @ Peculiar People
  -  Leading up to Kate Kelly’s disciplinary hearing in 2014, the Church of Jesus...

Do you do apology? @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  The following is an imagined conversation between Kate Kelly and Dallin H. Oaks. Do you...

Being Taught after the Manner of the Jews: A Personal Journey @ Patheos
  -   Five key lessons I learned from Torah study on how to read the Book of Mormon.

Did You Hear the News? We’re in Last Place!!! @ Mormon Mentality
  -   I’m so excited! Several other way, way more prominent Mormon blog sites do...

What About Those Who Can't Sing? @ Mormanity
  -  For some people, singing is a challenging part of worship. For those who feel they can't...

NT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 6: @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  My focus today is on a passage from Luke 4. In his hometown of Nazareth, Jesus gets up to...

Mogget’s Musings: Lesson 6 (Luke 4:14-32) @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  This week I read from the assigned passages in Luke, beginning with Jesus’ visit to the...

Of the Corporation, by the Corporation, for the Corporation: A Short History Lesson (Part 2) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   In part 1, I related a bit of history that included the massive power of the British...

Gospel Ballet @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  This is the text from a recent talk I gave in sacrament meeting. Try not to get too...

The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien @ Peculiar People
  -  Why an 80-year-old children’s book feels newer and more grown-up than the...

Measuring Parental Success @ Mormon Mentality
  -  (reprinted by permission from ezrandhadassah.blogspot.com) This thought came to me as I...

Church Discourse on Homosexuality @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  In April 1971, President Spencer W. Kimball quoted some of the shocking proposals he had...

NT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 5: John 3-4 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Today I focus on Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus, in John 3. Nicodemus was a...

Protestant and Catholic Mormons @ Patheos
  -   The danger of identifying too closely with being not-Catholic is that we will forget...

The Increasingly Interesting Liahona @ Mormanity
  -  In an earlier post here at Mormanity, I discussed an intriguing aspect of the temple that...

Of the Corporation, by the Corporation, for the Corporation: A Short History Lesson (Part 1) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   In recent years, cries of “socialism” have rung out from Republicans whenever...

Cake! @ Mormon Mentality
  -   Yesterday, as soon as it was announced the church was going to hold a press release at...

Aging of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  The median age of the members of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve (Q15) is...

Mogget’s Musings: Lesson 4 (John 1:35-51) @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Introduction One of the pericope assigned this week is the story of the first disciples...

NT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 4: Matthew 3-4, John 1: 35-51. @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  In today’s episode of Gospel non-harmony, let’s examine how Andrew and Peter...

Greed Is Not Good (Part 3) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   In the final segment of this three-part post, we will consider benevolence, which is the...

Review: “Selma” @ Peculiar People
  -  Selma deserves a Best Picture win, because even with all of its imperfections, it is a...

The Book of Mormon's Command Performance: The Late War and Other KJV-Style Texts Don't Help @ Mormanity
  -  Stanford Carmack's discussion of the unusual grammar in the original Book of Mormon text...

Greed Is Not Good (Part 2) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   Part 1 of this three-part series explored how we have misinterpreted Adam Smith and...

Suggestions @ Mormon Mentality
  -  With a disciplinary hearing for John Dehlin in the news, it looks like we are set to...

NT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 3: Luke 2, Matthew 2 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  I couldn’t find my notes on the Gospels, presumably because I’ve never...

When I Was A Hussy @ Mormon Mentality
  -   This picture was taken at a swimming pool party with the young men and young women of my...

Announcing the 2nd Wheatley Summer Seminar @ Peculiar People
  -  Announcing the 2nd Annual Wheatley 2015: The 2nd Annual Wheatley “Faith Seeking...

Ralph Hancock: The Blessing of Having a Gadfly In Your Life @ Patheos
  -   Ralph makes us uncomfortable because he won't quit asking those questions even when we...

Another Classic Example of Misleading LDS Apologetics: The Gospel of Philip and Temple Marriage @ Mormanity
  -  In the comments to a previous post about LDS garments at Mormanity, I've just been called...

Doubting at Zion’s Gate @ Peculiar People
  -  Through happenstance, two of my recent reads synergistically centered on doubt and the...

Responding to the Deseret News on Scripture @ Mormon Mentality
  -  This morning, The Deseret News published an article from Bill Hamblin and Dan Peterson...

Nous Sommes Tous Satiristes Juifs @ Patheos
  -   There's not much more that can be said at times like these.

Greed Is Not Good (Part 1) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   In September 2008, shortly after the meltdown on Wall Street began in earnest, I was...

New Twists in the Debate Over Book of Mormon Origins @ Mormanity
  -  The Book of Mormon has long been a controversial book to the world, but we must also...

"Let It Go" @ Mormanity
  -  Among the stories shared in General Conferences from the past few years, one of my...

Resolutions and Desires @ Peculiar People
  -  I’m terrible at New Year’s resolutions. I’ve read all read the strategies for...

A Different Sort of Blog @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   Welcome to mormonomics & mormonethics. Don’t let the name fool you. The posts that...

Shanghai's Disastrous New Year's Eve Stampede: The Unintended Consequences of Giving Foolishly @ Mormanity
  -  Nearly 40 people died last night in a tragic stampede in Shanghai, just a short walk from...

Ezra Taft Benson and Teachings of the Presidents for 2015: Some Things You Won't Be Learning This Year @ Mormanity
  -  I'm glad to see that the LDS manual for Teachings of the Presidents in 2015 will cover...

A Winter of Miracles @ Mormanity
  -  The past few weeks have been a winter of miracles for me, and I wish to express my wonder...

Joseph Smith Papers: Documents Volume 3 @ Peculiar People
  -  A couple of weeks ago, I participated—by Skype—in the launch event for the...

A Beautiful and Record-Breaking Nativity Scene @ Mormanity
  -  Even if you have seen this already, it's worth a view. Also look at the sister video...

On Doctrinal Authority @ Peculiar People
  -  This essay represents a very short, and provisional set of ideas about the topic as I am...

My Responsibility for Pain: The Bully Within @ Patheos
  -   Every being is inexorably part of the lace of life and creation. Every other person is...

The Perfect College Football Playoff System – 2014 Version @ Small and Simple
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More to LDS Garments Than Meets the Eye @ Mormanity
  -  A few days ago I discussed the new video from the Church discussing basics of the LDS...

Blessed Are the Peacemakers @ Mormanity
  -  My remarks below are made as an observer in China, distant from the Ferguson scene and...

Upgrading My Gadgetary Life in China: More Blessings from Frustrating Failures @ Mormanity
  -  Over at the Nauvoo Times, I just shared a story involving the frustrating failure of two...

President Henry B. Eyring's Visit to the Vatican: A Gentle Call to Strengthen Marriage @ Mormanity
  -  President Henry B. Eyring just did something that my wife and did earlier this year:...

There is No Future In It – Nor Past @ Small and Simple
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LDS Newsroom Releases Helpful Video on Temple Garments @ Mormanity
  -  The LDS Newsroom at LDS.org surprised me with the new announcement and video on the LDS...

Turning Flaws Into Art: Recognizing the Hand of Lord in Our Lives @ Mormanity
  -  During a trip to Taiwan in September, my wife and I visited the National Palace Museum in...

More on the Ebola Threat and the Need to Prepare for Deliberate Spread of the Disease @ Mormanity
  -  In a previous post on the Ebola threat, I reminded us of our need to be prepared for...

An Old Map Offers More Potential Evidence on Joseph's Views on Book of Mormon Lands @ Mormanity
  -  On this blog, I've previously discussed statements showing Joseph Smith's views in...

LDS Family Takes on a Giant Risk and Rescues a Troubled Young Lady @ Mormanity
  -  So far it looks like a real miracle underway, an amazing story of rescuing a lost soul. A...

A New International Accent in General Conference @ Mormanity
  -  Over here in Asia, some of us are thrilled that a General Authority could deliver his...

A Quiet Path Leads Us to the City of the Dead in Kyoto, Japan @ Mormanity
  -  As I write, I am in the beautiful city of Kyoto, Japan. Yesterday we and thousands of...

Want More Scientific Evidence About the Main Candidate for Bountiful? Here's How You Can Help! @ Mormanity
  -  Meridian Magazine is launching a series of articles reviewing the detailed reasons for...

Big Tent Mormonism -or- The Church of Anything Goes @ Small and Simple
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Church Discipline as a Shepherd Rescuing Lost Sheep @ Small and Simple
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For the OW Crowd, OD2 Would Seem Like a Two-Edged Sword @ Small and Simple
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Book of Mormon Geography: North America @ Small and Simple
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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...

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...

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...