Even More Islands and Atolls

This, Not That (Or, what to say to people who are grieving.) @ Rains Came Down
  -  Just some thoughts to help people who don't know how to help or what to do: Not ThatSay...

"That they might have joy." @ Rains Came Down
  -   I've been thinking a lot about the idea of "forced joy," or (much like Elder Uchtdorf's...

A Palm Sunday Prayer @ Expert Texperts
  -  Today is Palm Sunday and I have been meditating on the significance of Christ's entry...

“…even in a dream…” (1 Nephi 2:1) @ Adventures in Mormonism
  -   Book of Mormon scholars (starting with Noel Reynolds, I believe) have long pointed out...

The Pride of My Heart: Doing it Myself @ Rains Came Down
  -  And so great were their afflictions that every soul had cause to mourn; and they believed...

Missing Egyptian Mathematical Texts @ Religion and Science Blog
  -   he ancient Egyptians made several noteworthy advances. Among their greatest...

My Sorrow @ Expert Texperts
  -  Author's Note: This post is about miscarriage. If that's not a thing you can read about,...

God Didn't Do This To Me. @ Expert Texperts
  -  Well, it's #LDSconf weekend and Mormon Twitter is out in full force, tweeting how...

Hi, I'm Still Infertile, But... @ Expert Texperts
  -  Author's Note: This is a long-overdue follow up to this post I wrote back in 2015, a...

Love and Mormons: A Review of Third Wheel @ Expert Texperts
  -  This past weekend I had the pleasure of reading Third Wheel: Peculiar Stories of Mormon...

Did Laban have right of ownership to the brass plates? @ Adventures in Mormonism
  -  I just started a recent re-read of the Book of Mormon (separate from the nightly out-loud...

The Five #MAGA Types You Meet Online @ Expert Texperts
  -  As a foremost expert in weird right-wing pathologies (if a terrible predictor of election...

Guess what, we're racist. @ Expert Texperts
  -  To my friends, enemies, general public, and specific readers of this blog: racism is...

Tale as Old as Time @ Rains Came Down
  -  This isn't exactly a review. I wasn't terribly impressed with the live-action Beauty and...

"You have no power over me!" @ Rains Came Down
  -   When I was in kindergarten, I used to go to the principal’s office to read TIME...

On the Muslim Ban: The Church Will Not Save Anyone @ Expert Texperts
  -  Last night I joined a few hundred people at the Salt Lake City airport to protest Donald...

Ten Bulletproof 2016 Election Predictions @ Expert Texperts
  -  Only two days left, no time for an introduction.1. Hillary Clinton will win by a...

Uhh, We Have a Podcast, and It's Good @ Expert Texperts
  -  Hi everybody, Casey here. A few months back I wrote about the future of this blog, which...

The Non-prodigal One @ Rains Came Down
  -  I have not written in some time, since I have been under considerable stress in my...

Corianton, Mormons, and Sex @ Expert Texperts
  -  If you attend the mainstream LDS church and you go to Gospel Doctrine for Sunday School,...

Yet Again, Science Confirms the Wisdom in the Word of Wisdom @ Religion and Science Blog
  -  In a previous post I commented on how health benefits of the Word of Wisdom were not well...

How To Deal with Donald Trump: 10 Responses from Worst to Best @ Expert Texperts
  -  Now that  Donald Trump has officially accepted the 2016 Republican presidential...

That Which is of Most Value @ Rains Came Down
  -  "Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.Matthew 10:30 I have been...

So Simple a Call @ Rains Came Down
  -  "Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the...

Hands of God @ Rains Came Down
  -  Many years ago, I prayed for charity. I knew what I was doing when I did it, but I did it...

Divorce, Pornography, Turner, Persky, and Being a Mormon Woman @ Rains Came Down
  -   First a disclaimer. In light of the last post and this one, one might think I'm...

Rejected and Despised @ Rains Came Down
  -  Another single man I knew and liked just got engaged. He is responsible, attractive in...

Be a Light on a Hill and Going To the Rescue @ Grace for Grace
  -  One of my favorite hymns has become to be Brightly Beams our Father’s Mercy.  I...

"Thy Will On Earth" @ Rains Came Down
  -  In my personal life, I have had opportunities to ponder what it means to be a member of...

A Friend to Hate @ Rains Came Down
  -  There is a meme that gains in popularity daily. It teaches that judgment, pain, and...

On a Hard Day @ Expert Texperts
  -  Today was a hard day. Mother's Day is hard not because of my mother or my mother-in-law....

Getting Old and Becoming a Somebody @ Rains Came Down
  -  I did not post an Odyssey post last week because, even though I pondered the talks, I...

Why the CES Letter is Utterly Irrelevant @ Rains Came Down
  -  Conscience, Judas, by Nikolai GeThis morning as we were getting ready for work, I brought...

A Testimony of Jesus @ Rains Came Down
  -  Not one talk from this session of the April 1972 General Conference impacted me as much...

A Woman-centered Church @ Rains Came Down
  -  The last session I listened to for the General Conference Odyssey was full of talks for...

Despised and Rejected @ Rains Came Down
  -  Like Hugh B. Brown, I'm going to be brief in this post. The world may not be any worse...

Gethsemane - Claire Ryann at 3 Years Old @ Rains Came Down
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When You Have No Friend to Phone @ Rains Came Down
  -  How do I describe something as personal and emotional as prayer? When we are children,...

Not Belief: I Know It @ Rains Came Down
  -  I do not remember the first time I knew that God was real. It seems to me that knowing...

The “Cans” of Keeping the Sabbath Holy @ Grace for Grace
  -  We had a great lesson and conversation that stemmed from Elder Nelson’s talk he...

We Are Not Alone: Eliza R. Snow and Women's Shared Trauma @ Expert Texperts
  -  Today's guest post comes to you from Eliza N. She is an editor who lives and works in...

Teaching, Learning and the Dance Steps of the Gospel @ Grace for Grace
  -  Our men’s group had a lesson on President Monson’s most recent article called...

No Success Can Compensate @ Rains Came Down
  -  "...Whatever you do for the Lord, you do the very best that you know how." —H. Burke...

Living by Power—A Woman of God @ Rains Came Down
  -   My last post got twice as many readers as a typical post of mine. It is not hard to...

Spiritual Barriers for our Safety and what to do if we Step Outside @ Grace for Grace
  -  We watched the following video in Elders Quorum (men’s group) about surfers who...

Living by Implication—A Woman of God @ Rains Came Down
  -  Believe it or not, I am a faithful Latter-day Saint. Usually, faithful Latter-day Saint...

Adversity and the Boat of Life @ Grace for Grace
  -  At the April 1980 general conference, Elder Howard W.Hunter, then a member of the Quorum...

Lost People @ Rains Came Down
  -  It surprises me that in my ward, I teach teenagers. It surprised me even more that, after...

Trilobite Troubles for Darwin @ Religion and Science Blog
  -  One day in the summer of 2013 I was driving on Highway 6 south of Delta, Utah. My family...

Accomplishing the Impossible: Holding on through Mists of Darkness @ Grace for Grace
  -  Last week we had a great conversation in church about Lehi’s Vision in the Book of...

Where Did DNA Information Come From? @ Religion and Science Blog
  -  When Alma and Korihor debated the existence of God, Korihor demanded evidence of...

Evaluating the Republican Presidential Candidates Once Again (aka Cruzin' to the Trumpocalypse) @ Expert Texperts
  -  A while back I introduced an exhaustive yet succinct graphical representation of the...

Darwin's Telescope @ Religion and Science Blog
  -  In the early 1600s, Italian scientist Galileo Galilei received word that a Dutch lens...

You Have Two Big Strong Hands That (Surprise!) You Have Control Over @ Expert Texperts
  -  A friend of the blog since before she was born, today's contributor Madelyn is Brooke’s...

Rejected Millennial Star Posts @ Expert Texperts
  -  Regular readers may be surprised to learn this, but Expert Textperts is not the only blog...

Let not your Heart be Troubled @ Grace for Grace
  -  Today in Elders Quorum we had a great lesson from the new Howard W Hunter manual entitled...

We're Starting a Movie Blog! (Plus a Few Thoughts on the Future of Expert Textperts) @ Expert Texperts
  -  Many readers are probably aware that the two most frequent and arguably best looking...

Be a “Grown Man” @ Grace for Grace
  -  Last year during the Super Bowl, Deon Sanders interviewed Doug Baldwin, Wide Receiver of...

Calling White Militias "Terrorists" Will Only Hurt Marginalized Groups @ Expert Texperts
  -  On January 2, a group of up to 150 western ranchers and militiamen, led by a member of...

Gospel Doctrine 2016: Lessons 2 and 4 (Book of Mormon) @ Adventures in Mormonism
  -  For the past few years, I’ve been honored to participate in the Interpreter...

Toys are from Mars, Women are from Venus @ Expert Texperts
  -  The internet is buzzing about the newest Star Wars movie. Don't worry, I promise I won't...

Some Thoughts On Shame @ Expert Texperts
  -  It's been a tumultuous couple of weeks in the world (especially if you live in Paris,...

The Pit of Despair @ Expert Texperts
  -  The Princess Bride is easily one of the best movies of all time. This is not an opinion;...

10 Ways to Feel Better About the LDS Church Being Terrible to Gay Families @ Expert Texperts
  -  Well, by now you're probably heard: The LDS Church really, really dislikes gay families....

10 Lessons About History I Learned From Comments on Posts About the CES Letter. @ Expert Texperts
  -  Recently, a few bloggers who are smarter than I am have undertaken to write...

11 Ways a Father can Make a Difference in a Child’s Life @ Grace for Grace
  -  Dr James Dobson from Focus on the Family interviewed Dr Kevin Lehman, who is a...

Does The LDS Church Have Anything To Say About War? @ Expert Texperts
  -  As I write this post, the United Nations estimates that up to 300,000 people have died in...

Extra Terrestrial Life @ Religion and Science Blog
  -  A recent survey by YouGov, an online survey site, found that about 54% of Americans...

Remembering 9/11: Bible that Survived the Flames @ Grace for Grace
  -  I didn’t get a chance to reflect on the events and aftermath of 9/11 until late...

The LDS Ontology @ Religion and Science Blog
  -  Ontology refers to what is real, or the fundamental reality of existence. Ontologies are...

Rapid Scientific Discovery in the Latter-Days @ Religion and Science Blog
  -   People who like Back to the Future will remember this statement from Doc Emmett...

Einstein and the Gospel @ Religion and Science Blog
  -  Einstein’s personal letters to family and friends just fetched 420,000 dollars at...

Sources for the story of Amalakiah (Alma 46-52) @ Adventures in Mormonism
  -  A close reading of the Book of Mormon shows a sophisticated restraint in its narrative...

Are Grains Unhealthy? @ Religion and Science Blog
  -  The other day I saw a PBS show that was anti-grains. When I heard the host say that...

Christ, Gethsemene and agency @ Adventures in Mormonism
  -  In our lesson in Sunday School today, covering Hosea, our teacher had us read from...

Stewardship, accountability, and community response (repost) @ Adventures in Mormonism
  -  [NOTE: I originally wrote this essay back in 1994 for Vigor, an LDS samizdat put out for...

Coming Out of the Anonymity Closet… @ Mormon Monastery
  -  I’ve kept this blog and page pseudonymous for several years, but I’ve decided...

Thoughts while watching our ward’s Primary program @ Adventures in Mormonism
  -  I love the barely controlled chaos. Been watching these meetings for what seems like...

“Ender’s Game” (the movie): a brief review w/spoilers @ Adventures in Mormonism
  -   I read the original “Ender’s Game” short story when it was published...

Alma and John revisited — a brief thought @ Adventures in Mormonism
  -  I have posted before about the parallels between Alma1 and John the Baptist,...

Archaeological find in Israel: Jehovah’s wife? @ Adventures in Mormonism
  -  I always treat articles like this — heck, just about any article (or, for that...

Worth keeping? Or let it die? @ Mormon Monastery
  -  I have obviously not given this site the attention I’d intended, for which I offer...

Guestpost at FPR @ Mormon Monastery
  -  I’ve written up a post about a passage from Ugaritic literature and the LDS temple...

Brief Thoughts on Change @ Mormon Monastery
  -  As time goes by, older and venerated prophets and apostles are inevitably succeeded by...

Temple, Tabernacle, and Church: What’s the difference? @ Mormon Monastery
  -  According to this talk by Elder Ballard, many non-LDS confuse LDS temples, tabernacles,...

German practice @ Mormon Monastery
  -  For those of us studying the Bible or Ancient Near East, acquisition of German reading...

Updates, links, and reports @ Mormon Monastery
  -  I notice it’s been over a year since my last post. During that time, I’ve...

Does God Commit Evil? Some quick notes on Amos 3. @ Mormon Monastery
  -  I must admit, I left Gospel Doctrine frustrated almost to the point of anger. Amos is one...

Spanish Scriptures appear on LDS.org @ Mormon Monastery
  -  Perhaps someone else has already pointed this out, but the Spanish scriptures are now...

Papers #1- “The History of LDS Temple Admission Standards” and Temple Recommend Questions @ Mormon Monastery
  -  Since I lack the time to post frequently, I’m going to begin calling attention to...

Reaching the Saints, or Spanish Help (Now with comments enabled!) @ Mormon Monastery
  -  We Norte Americano saints often forget that the vast majority of LDS literature is simply...

Hebrew Practice, or Slow and Steady Wins the Race @ Mormon Monastery
  -  For anyone with a little Hebrew under their belt (it’s not hard, really!), Daily...

Missing warp-speed engines, but functional. @ Mormon Monastery
  -  Welcome to the Monastery! As you click around, you’ll notice that not everything is...

Under Construction @ Mormon Monastery
  -  To any who may stumble over this site, I am in process of transferring in all the...