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Book Review: Candy Canes and Christmastime @ Segullah
  -  We are days, hours even from the biggest gifting, making, baking, mailing, visiting,...

Downsizing Christmas during Late Life @ Segullah
  -  Because I volunteer with older adults, I have watched many people downsize during their...

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

Gospel Doctrine Lesson 47: Ezra 1–8; Nehemiah 1–2; 4; 6; 8 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Ezra and Nehemiah originally constituted one book, so it works to treat them together....

your best surprises of 2014 @ Segullah
  -   A few years ago, in December, I was wrapping gifts and– with the melancholy that...

News, Sugar, or Judgment @ Segullah
  -  My business mentor recently extended a challenge to my coaching group. We were to choose...

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...

Peculiar Treasures: When Is Whenever @ Segullah
  -   When statistics become human, emotional stories. When we publically address our...

Guest Post: Eve and How to Fall @ Segullah
  -  Jamie Wood is the mother of five children and is currently stranded in wintry Iowa while...

Funeral Lessons from Emma Lou Thayne @ Peculiar People
  -  In the weeks before Emma Lou Thayne’s death I have been pondering how it was that an...

Gospel Doctrine Lesson 46: Daniel 2 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Today we focus on Daniel 2, a vision.  The story goes like this. In King...

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

Let us Pray – a poem @ Segullah
  -  Lutefisk enhanced with bacon For the fray of the parking lot – Fuming vultures bumper...

Comparative Polygamy @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  I was sitting in the lobby of a hotel in Cairo when a man came up to me. He commented on...

Custom Made Christmas @ Mormon Mentality
  -   This year Christmas is shaping up to be the most radically modified event of our lives...

Passions: Christmas songs you love, Christmas songs you hate @ Segullah
  -  Over the next two weeks, we’re all going to hear a few Christmas songs. Make that a...

A Correlated Mormon Gender Issues Survey @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  It has come to the attention of the Church Correlation Department that a so-called group...

Book Review: Walking With the Women of the New Testament @ Segullah
  -   It’s a good year for books for LDS women.  The Diary of Two Mad Black Mormons,...

Santa Claus is Canaanite! Really. @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  I’ve plugged Biblical Archaeology Review before, a great magazine (with pictures!)...

Peculiar Treasures: Lights in the Dark @ Segullah
  -   The Christmas lights are glowing through the dark of the night gathering outside my...

I Even Remain Alone?: Reflections on Eve Tushnet’s “Gay and Catholic” @ Peculiar People
  -  About two years ago Ralph Hancock, a BYU professor of political philosophy, met with the...

Shake it Off @ Mormon Mentality
  -   This is a photo of President Gordon B. Hinckley at the groundbreaking ceremony for the...

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...

Post-Civil War Communalism and the Lamoni Order @ Peculiar People
  -  Few experiments in religious communalism better exemplified the blending of American...

On Faith Transitions and Rejecting the Binary @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  Ever since the new essays dealing with more complex bits of Mormon history appeared on...

More On Modesty @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  By all appearances, I was a modesty success story as a teenager. For whatever reason, I...

Gospel Doctrine Lesson 45: Daniel 1,3,6 AND Esther 3-5, 7-8. @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Today we are (sigh) covering Daniel AND Esther, although next week is devoted solely to...

Does the Church Have Room for Doubters? @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  A few weeks ago I was on a plane to India, visiting the subcontinent for the first time,...

The Liberal Soul, by Richard Davis @ Peculiar People
  -  “How can a good Mormon be a Democrat?” If you’re Mormon and politically...

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...

Recommended NT Resources Part 3 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  (Cross-posted at Times&Seasons.) First, Amazon is offering 30% off any book you buy...

Reflecting Back, Looking Forward- The Blog after One Year @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  The year is nearly over. As I look back, the struggle to write these out in a clear way...

Gospel Doctrine Lesson 44: Ezekiel 43, 44, 47 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Just as the Book of Ezekiel opened with a cryptic vision (1:1 “the heavens were...

Toward a Relational Understanding of Salvation @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  In his popular book Believing Christ, Stephen Robinson relates a parable which at least...

How Were We Supposed to Know? @ Mormon Mentality
  -  I wasn’t going to comment on the church’s recent article posted on their...

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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Sideblog Back @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  The sideblog is back. Right now it shows up on the rss feed. If you don’t like that let...

Charles Taylor @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Charles Taylor as a theologian of the status quo. Interesting critique from a kind of...

Living with Fallibility @ Patheos
  -   The documents recently released by the LDS Church are important to me because I hope...

Crowdsourcing Request: How one Women’s class caused an Uproar @ Mormon Mentality
  -  This post isn’t about polygamy or immigration or even Bill Cosby. I am just...

Joseph’s (First) Wife, Emma @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  How would you describe Emma Hale’s relationship with Joseph Smith? They were...

Gospel Doctrine Lesson 43: Ezekiel 18, 34, 37. @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Up until this point, prophets have largely been northern or southern. Ezekiel is the...

“Toxic Religion”? The Parable of the Pan @ Peculiar People
  -  There are “winners and losers” in the wake of the acknowledgment by The Church of...

Back to Peirce @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  While I did not start philosophically with Peirce, he has come to dominate my thought the...

Gospel Doctrine Lesson 42: Jeremiah 16, 23, 29, 31 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  We continue our scattered reading of Jeremiah. I’ll be sequential this time....

Gospel Doctrine Lesson 41: Jeremiah 1-2; 15; 20;26; 36-38 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Jeremiah! The man, the book, the bullfrog… We know more about Jeremiah than any...

I’m Stealing This To Share With You @ Mormon Mentality
  -  I don’t know if it is legit to post blog articles from other sites on Mormon...

Mormon Truth, New York Doll Style @ Mormon Mentality
  -  Since the church recently released it’s movie Meet the Mormons as a missionary tool...

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...

Wrestling the Angel: Read an Excerpt @ Patheos
  -   Being versus Becoming, Process versus Perfection, Creation, Time, and Eternity -- on...

Praise for Wrestling the Angel @ Patheos
  -   "Givens has provided the most thorough and expert accounting of Mormonism's place in...

Wrestling the Angel: About the Book and Author @ Patheos
  -   "Wrestling the Angel" traces the essential contours of Mormon thought from the time of...

Other Publications from Terryl Givens @ Patheos
  -   A list of other work and publications from Terryl Givens

Post Election Thoughts @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  A few thoughts post election. 1. I’ve been pretty surprised that the mainstream media...

Back for Real @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  OK, I said I was back and then wasn’t. This time I am for real.    My apologies. I...

Consecrating the widow’s mite @ Peculiar People
  -  The Filipino widow’s mite The widow’s mite is a poignant story, but one in which we...

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...

Helvetica @ Peculiar People
  -  According to the official style guide of The Church, “Mormon” implies an individual,...

It’s Time For Mormons To Be Scary Again @ Peculiar People
  -  It’s Halloween time, so as usual I’m watching a lot of horror movies. Maybe this is...

Most Liked Conference Talks (Now with better data!) @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  I wrote a post last year in which I tried to assess which Conference talks were most...

I *heart* Emma Smith @ Mormon Mentality
  -   As a kid growing up in the church, I was always curious and a bit sad about Emma Smith....

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...

Equality: Plural Marriage Style @ Mormon Mentality
  -  The church is undoubtedly concerned about image these days, as reflected in the latest...

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...

The Most Offensive Halloween Costume Ever @ Mormon Mentality
  -   Years ago, I when I was knee-deep in raising children (no exaggeration, look at the...

The Problem of Evil, Church Edition @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  The classic formulation is of the problem of evil is that (1) God is all-powerful, (2)...

A Church Film That I Actually Like! Wahoo! @ Mormon Mentality
  -  The church released a short (less than 5 min. long) video that explains the significance...

Feminism, Pain, and the Atonement @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  I’ve recently come across the troubling accusation that LDS feminists deny the...

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...

The Amazing Tale of One Man's Perilous Journey from Islam to Mormonism @ Mormanity
  -  My experience with members of the Islam faith has been extremely positive, and I have...

The Problem of Evil and Some LDS Perspectives, Or, We Are All Statistics Till the Conflict Is Over @ Mormanity
  -  Shame and Anger: A Response to Small Miracles in a World of Big Pain and Evil Latter-day ...

David L. Paulsen on the Problem of Evil @ Mormanity
  -  Many thanks to Matt W. at New Cool Thang for mentioning the outstanding speech by David...

Joseph Smith's Hick Language in the Original Book of Mormon Manuscript: Divine Irony? @ Mormanity
  -  Executive SummarySkousen's study of the first Book of Mormon manuscripts found evidence...

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...

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

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...

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...

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...

Big Tent Mormonism -or- The Church of Anything Goes @ Small and Simple
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The Border Crisis, Unaccompanied Minors, and the Downside of Compassion @ Mormanity
  -  With thousands of unaccompanied minors streaming across the increasingly porous borders...

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

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

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...