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Motherhood and Mechanical Rabbits @ Rains Came Down
  -  "Behold, there are many called, but few are chosen. And why are they not chosen? Because...

Love and Lies @ Rains Came Down
  -  "Without [honesty], there can be no salvation."—Honesty, a Principle of Salvation by...

Evolution: No Intelligence Allowed @ Religion and Science Blog
  -  (This post is a follow-up to a previous post titled Trilobite Troubles for...

“I Don’t Think I Believe in the Church Anymore” @ LDS Alive in Christ
  -  Today’s church members live in a time the prophets of the Lord have foretold. A day...

Bored in Sunday School @ No Death Before the Fall
  -  Spencer W. Kimball reproved those who get bored in Church: "We do not go to Sabbath...

Love and Sacrifice @ Rains Came Down
  -  Typically, I write a blog post when I feel moved by the Spirit. Having a deadline and...

Trilobite Troubles for Darwin @ Religion and Science Blog
  -  (This post is a follow-up to an earlier post titled Where Did DNA Information Come...

Accomplishing the Impossible: Holding on through Mists of Darkness @ Grace for Grace
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Your Bill Is Coming Due. @ The Fulness
  -  This is a guest post by Log. Throughout this post, the JST (...

Where Did DNA Information Come From? @ Religion and Science Blog
  -  (This post is a follow up to a previous post titled Darwin's Telescope.)When Alma and...

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
  -  (This post is a follow-up to an earlier post titled Guided Theistic Evolution.)...

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...

Sustaining Failure @ Rains Came Down
  -  "But as for me and my house...." This is a refrain I've read often recently, mostly from...

Guided Theistic Evolution @ Religion and Science Blog
  -  This post is a follow-up to an earlier post titled Unguided Theistic Evolution.Guided...

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
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Remember in all Things the Poor and the Needy, the Sick and the Afflicted @ LDS Alive in Christ
  -  Heavenly Father has said many things pertaining to the poor and needy, the sick and the...

Unguided Theistic Evolution @ Religion and Science Blog
  -  (This post is a follow-up to an earlier post titled Evolution's Allure of Disbelief)In...

Unborrowed Light @ Rains Came Down
  -  In some ways, my testimony has come easily. I was taught from childhood to question and...

Liminality And Shaded Areas @ Rains Came Down
  -  In Elder William H. Bennett's 1971 Conference talk, "Help Needed in the Shaded Areas," he...

New and updated publications @ Temple Themes
  -  New/updated publicationsLinks to these new book chapters have been added to the...

Science and Mormonism event to be held in March 2016 @ Temple Themes
  -  Science and Mormonism 2: Body, Brain, Mind, and SpiritThis is the second in a series of...

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...

Evolution's Allure of Disbelief @ Religion and Science Blog
  -  (This post is a follow-up to an earlier post titled Darwin Week at BYU in 2009)Over two...

The Book of Mormon—The Keystone of our Spiritual Life @ LDS Alive in Christ
  -  I’m looking forward to reading and studying from the Book of Mormon in 2016. I feel...

Darwin Week at BYU in 2009 @ Religion and Science Blog
  -  Darwin WeekThe year 2009 was a special time for evolutionists. It marked Charles...

Be a “Grown Man” @ Grace for Grace
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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...

My Christmas Sword @ Put on the Armor of Light
  -  I was pretty surprised to receive a 47-inch broadsword for Christmas. I absolutely love...

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...

Three False Prophets @ No Death Before the Fall
  -  The Savior warned that prior to His Second Coming, "many false prophets shall rise, and...

Earthly Father of the Creator @ Put on the Armor of Light
  -  What were things like for Joseph? Imagine his life: The Creator needing Joseph as His...

Dwindling in Unbelief from Year to Year @ LDS Alive in Christ
  -  Dwindling in Unbelief  From Year to Year, the title of this post is a sad title, but...

"Infant Holy, Infant Lowly" by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir @ Put on the Armor of Light
  -  This music video, set in a prison, is certainly unique . . . and effective. It moved me...

Repentance Made Easier-Part 2 (Sanctification) @ LDS Alive in Christ
  -  Click here for the Table of Contents. I hope you’ll read, Repentance Made...

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...

"The First Noel" by the Gardiner Sisters @ Put on the Armor of Light
  -  The pure harmonies of the Gardiner sisters . . . I could listen to them for hours.

"Angels We Have Heard on High" with David Archuleta and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir @ Put on the Armor of Light
  -  From 2014 here's Jon Schmidt, Steven Sharp Nelson, Peter Hollens, David Archuleta, and...

Repentance Made Easier-Part 1 (Justification) @ LDS Alive in Christ
  -  Click here for the Table of Contents Repentance is a basic principle of the gospel, and...

An Original Piano Arrangement of "Oh Holy Night" by Garth Smith @ Put on the Armor of Light
  -  Please enjoy an original piano arrangement of "Oh Holy Night" by Garth Smith.

The Reason for the Season @ Rains Came Down
  -  Of course, the title and the timing probably make you think this is a Christmas post. But...

"In the Bleak Midwinter" Performed by James Taylor @ Put on the Armor of Light
  -  I love James Taylor's arrangement of "In the Bleak Midwinter." Courtesy of Spotify. In...

"There Is Faint Music" by Dan Forrest — University of Utah Singers @ Put on the Armor of Light
  -  I love this performance of Dan Forrest's "There Is Faint Music" by the University of Utah...

Messy Faith @ Rains Came Down
  -   "Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes;...

Our Gift to the Savior @ LDS Alive in Christ
  -  In a few days, Christians around the world will remember the birth of Jesus Christ, the...

Lest haply we be found even to fight against God @ No Death Before the Fall
  -  In 1846, the main body of Saints left civilization and entered a trackless wilderness in...

The Introvert's Guide to Black Friday @ Put on the Armor of Light
  -  Both my wife and I generally avoid crowds, prefer quiet and stillness, and need time...

A Different Kind of Thankful @ Put on the Armor of Light
  -  Of all my blessings, I am the most grateful for my trials. I just heard you ask, "Are you...

Lucifer's "Facebook Page" @ Put on the Armor of Light
  -  Those who were once good friends are now mocking you on social media for your steadiness...

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

Labels @ The Fulness
  -  The loss of a relationship can be a very stressful situation. As human beings, we seem to...

Conservative, Liberal, and Intellectual Mormons @ LDS Alive in Christ
  -  For most of my church life, I’ve thought of members as being either active or...

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

Second Coming: In the Last Days @ Put on the Armor of Light
  -  I've compiled posts from this blog on the Second Coming into book form and called...

The Priesthood @ Rains Came Down
  -  I love life. I love the smell of rain, the feel of my daughter's hair on my face as she...

The War of Words Continues @ Put on the Armor of Light
  -  There was a war in heaven. I don't remember it well, but by accounts it was a war of...

Second Coming: Angels Sounding the Trump of God @ Put on the Armor of Light
  -  Statue of the Angel Moroni atop the Nauvoo TempleAt or just before His Second Coming,...

The Fire of Faith @ Rains Came Down
  -  This post addresses my thoughts regarding, not only the recent policy clarifications in...

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....

Same-sex Marriage Policy @ Rains Came Down
  -  There is a flurry of opinions and thoughts flying around about the policy clarifications...

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...

A Version of Testimony @ Rains Came Down
  -  I wrote this testimony for a very close friend. I expected it to hit on several points of...

To keep the temple a holy place @ No Death Before the Fall
  -  "Jesus Cleanses the Temple" is the title of a video in the LDS Media Library at LDS.org...

Who Can You Believe? @ Put on the Armor of Light
  -  Jesus teaching in the temple at age 12 (Luke 2:41–52)With "so many kinds of voices in...

A Repentance Primer for the Average Sinner @ LDS Alive in Christ
  -  Forgiveness of sin is possible because of the atonement of Jesus Christ. The...

11 Ways a Father can Make a Difference in a Child’s Life @ Grace for Grace
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Valiant or Honorable @ LDS Alive in Christ
  -  It isn’t a secret that the Mormon church is losing some of its members. The reasons...

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...

Top 5 Reasons I'll Never Marry @ Rains Came Down
  -  I wrote a post that didn't quite fit into this blog, but I'd still appreciate any...

Having No Joy @ Rains Came Down
  -  I hate the word "trials." We talk about getting through our trials, enduring our trials,...

Trusting Me with My Problems @ Put on the Armor of Light
  -  Some of you who are acquainted with us personally know that my wife and me work in a...

This Winter @ Put on the Armor of Light
  -  I know winter will be blue. It's howthe ashes of summer color the cold, andthe stubborn...

If It So Be That They Will Repent @ Rains Came Down
  -  Safety is something that many of us take for granted in a first-world country. Unlike our...

Paradisiacal evolution @ No Death Before the Fall
  -  "We believe ... that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory."...

"Tom Monson!" @ Put on the Armor of Light
  -  President Thomas S. MonsonA friend from work, Rob, recently told me about an experience...

Faith, Evolution, and Intelligent Design @ The Fulness
  -  My regrets for not being able to post the thoughts of my heart these last few months....

Death at Palermo @ Put on the Armor of Light
  -  Troops from 51st Highland Division unloading storesfrom tank landing craft on the opening...

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

Second Coming: "All the Proud . . . Shall Be Stubble" @ Put on the Armor of Light
  -  The Prophet Malachi, byDuccio di Buoninsegna, c. 1310 Malachi, who prophesied about 430...

An Atheist's Near Death Experience @ Put on the Armor of Light
  -  A friend of mine and coworker at a downtown LDS branch for the homeless has told me...

Remembering 9/11: Bible that Survived the Flames @ Grace for Grace
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Life after War, Post Traumatic Stress, and Drug Addiction @ Grace for Grace
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David H. Bailey haunted by Bruce R. McConkie @ No Death Before the Fall
  -  More than 30 years after his death, and nearly 60 years after he published his book,...

Beautiful Poison @ Rains Came Down
  -  I noticed this plant earlier this year, and as I usually do, let it grow until I could...

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

Second Coming: September 2015 @ Put on the Armor of Light
  -  September 2015 will be an interesting month. Several astronomical events will fall on the...

Second Coming: Be Not Moved until the Day of the Lord Come @ Put on the Armor of Light
  -  I recently saw this short video by David Christensen and wanted to pass it on.Here are...

Ministering vs. Administering @ Grace for Grace
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Pride of Faith @ Rains Came Down
  -  Last night during a long drive home, a girl told me that she was thinking of leaving the...

Seeing Through A Stone @ Rains Came Down
  -  To me, the Church's release of photographs of one of Joseph's seer stones falls under the...

Second Coming: Secret Combinations @ Put on the Armor of Light
  -  Cain and Abel by Pietro Novelli (1603–1647)The phrases secret combination or secret...

What Does MTC Mean to You? @ Put on the Armor of Light
  -  Missionary Training Center. That's what MTC stands for, right? Well, it depends on you.I...

Look up, not down, to find the origin of man @ No Death Before the Fall
  -  A few years ago, BYU Zoology Professor Duane Jeffery (now retired) announced that,...

Mormons React to the BSA Allowing Gay Leaders (or, Idolatry in the 21st Century) @ Expert Texperts
  -  An unedited sample of comments on the Mormon Newsroom's Facebook link to the church's...

Evaluating the 2016 Republican Presidential Candidates in One Simple Chart @ Expert Texperts
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Punishment without Volition @ Rains Came Down
  -  One of the hardest lessons I had to learn from my marriage was about agency. We often...

My New Best Friend: Gordon Cynthia Churchill (Written by Me at Age 14) @ Expert Texperts
  -  Update: I originally wrote that this was written around age 8 after I misread folder...

Calling of the Apostles @ The Fulness
  -  As I contemplated the recent passing of both Elder Perry and Elder Packer, I was reminded...

On Freedom @ Expert Texperts
  -  This Independence Day, I've been thinking a lot about freedom. Freedom is an abstract...

Taking it Personally @ Rains Came Down
  -   I was writing in my personal journal. When I finished, I realized there is something...

The earth, God's handiwork @ No Death Before the Fall
  -  D&C 104:14: "I, the Lord, stretched out the heavens, and built the earth, my very...

The Right Ways to Criticize Church Leaders @ Rains Came Down
  -  This talk dates from nearly thirty years ago, but it is just as relevant...

After Mother Dies on Cruise Ship, Daughter Converts to Gospel @ Grace for Grace
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Mormons are Hypocrites @ Rains Came Down
  -  I mostly grew up outside of the Mormon Corridor. When I was fourteen, my family moved...

Faith Unto Joy @ Rains Came Down
  -   Not long after the events which eventually led to the final end of my marriage, I had...

A Perspective of Joy @ Rains Came Down
  -  Twice I have stood on the ground of Dachau, closing my eyes as the horrors of history...

Grief and Redemption @ Rains Came Down
  -  Let's imagine for a moment that you see a child reaching for a pot of boiling oil. You...

The Traditions of Our Fathers @ The Fulness
  -  I recently was prompted to re-read the sermon of King Benjamin found in the book of...

Some Thoughts on (Shudder) Matt Walsh @ Expert Texperts
  -  A spectre is haunting social media. The spectre...of an acerbic right-wing Christian...

Freemasonry and the Origins of Modern Temple Ordinances @ Temple Themes
  -  A new item is available for download under “Publications”:Bradshaw, J.M....

Hearing the voice of the Lord @ No Death Before the Fall
  -  "Wherefore the voice of the Lord is unto the ends of the earth, that all that will hear...

Conversation with a World War II Veteran and Remembering those who Died @ Grace for Grace
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Born Again @ The Fulness
  -  THERE was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to...

Roadside Bible/Book of Mormon giveaway. @ Flooding the Earth
  -  In December 2014 I tried a new contacting method with our ward's full-time...

New publications coming soon! @ Temple Themes
  -  A new article entitled “Freemasonry and the Origins of Modern Temple Ordinances” will...

Upcoming FairMormon Conference in Darmstadt, Germany @ Temple Themes
  -  Jeff will be presenting on the topic of “Science and Genesis” at an upcoming...

Complicating Motherhood: 4 Important Examples to Consider @ Expert Texperts
  -  Mother's Day is upon us, which means it's time for a serious discussion of mothers,...

No Thought For Tomorrow @ The Fulness
  -  I took the opportunity to read the Third Nephi version of the Sermon on the Mount this...

Miraculous Events Surrounding Lady in a Coma @ Grace for Grace
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Exposing the enemies of Christ @ No Death Before the Fall
  -  According to Ezra Taft Benson, exposing the enemies of Christ is the second of two basic...

Baptism is Not Wedding Prep for Little Girls @ Expert Texperts
  -  Okay, first things first, my disclaimer:Beware, all ye who read this. I would like you to...

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...

Counsel from modern prophets about drought @ No Death Before the Fall
  -  According to the Weber Basin Water Conservancy District, "The 2015 water supply is...

Are You Defending The Family Enough? Take Take This Quiz and Find Out! @ Expert Texperts
  -  Faithful Latter-day Saints and good Christians everywhere know that The Family is under...

10 Mormon Newsroom headlines we all expect to see (but never will) @ Expert Texperts
  -  You and I both know the Mormon Newsroom as America's real journal of record, but despite...

Kindness, or Why I'm a Huge Fan of Taylor Swift @ Expert Texperts
  -  At the outset of this year I made one New Years' Resolution, and I'd like to share it...

A Few Thoughts on Polygamy, Its Discontents, and Its Weirdest Defenders @ Expert Texperts
  -  I recently read a post over at kiwimormon about an LDS man facing some kind of church...

The 8 Kinds of Liberals on The Internet @ Expert Texperts
  -  Regular readers of this blog probably know that I'm a left-leaning kind of guy. Most of...

Celebrating Presidents Day by Ranking Presidential Portraits @ Expert Texperts
  -  One day you will die and be forgotten.Sorry, not a very good introduction. Let me try...

Sleater-Kinney Is A Great ROCK Band. Here's Why. @ Expert Texperts
  -  About a week ago I saw Sleater-Kinney at The Depot in Salt Lake City. The rock-punk* trio...

Death by Fire @ The Fulness
  -  It was all over the world news, ISIS put a Jordanian pilot to death by fire after he was...

Snubbing Benson @ No Death Before the Fall
  -  To snub means to rebuff, ignore, or spurn disdainfully, and that is exactly what the LDS...

The Key to a Remission of Our Sins @ The Fulness
  -  In my last post, I highlighted the idea that the baptism of fire and of the Holy Ghost is...

Do Mormons want their prophets to keep still on politics? @ No Death Before the Fall
  -  In a First Presidency Message published in the Church's international magazine, Ezra Taft...

Ezra Taft Benson: A Uniquely Prepared Prophet @ No Death Before the Fall
  -  God prepares His prophets. Joseph Smith declared: "I am like a huge, rough stone rolling...

Section Thirty Nine @ The Fulness
  -  1 Hearken and listen to the voice of him who is from all eternity to all eternity, the...

The politics of Ezra Taft Benson in 2015 @ No Death Before the Fall
  -  Did God Himself establish the Constitution of the United States? Does it belong to all...

Prince and Wright and the Demise of Communism @ No Death Before the Fall
  -  In their book, David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism (University of Utah Press,...

Doubts, Questions, and Truth @ The Fulness
  -  Part One In the October 2013 General Conference, Elder Uchtdorf addressed the topic of...

Prince and Wright stumble over civil rights @ No Death Before the Fall
  -  Nine years ago, Gregory A. Prince and William Robert Wright co-authored a 512-page book...

Temple on Mount Zion (TMZ II) Conference in two weeks! @ Temple Themes
  -  As a reminder, on 25 October the second Temple on Mount Zion Conference will be held....

Amos, Secrets, and the Calling of Prophets @ The Fulness
  -  Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the...

Ezra Taft Benson in 2015: Stand up for the right, especially when it is unpopular @ No Death Before the Fall
  -  A short quote from the 2015 Priesthood and Relief Society manual will be of particular...

How Many Malls Do We Need to Bring Again Zion? @ The Fulness
  -  One can only assume that this week, somewhere in the halls and spacious offices of the...

Question Box: How do I arrange a Mormon funeral for my mother? @ What Do Mormons Believe?
  -  Q: My mother is a Mormon, I am not.  I have been asked to get things in order.  I...

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

Belonging in Heaven @ What Do Mormons Believe?
  -  Q. What happens if I feel like I don’t belong in the Celestial Kingdom? A. If my...

When Family History and Evolution Collide @ No Death Before the Fall
  -  A large part of family history work involves identifying our ancestors and giving them...

Ye Elders of Israel Identified with the Gentiles @ The Fulness
  -   Here are the lyrics from ‘Ye Elders of Israel’ written by Cyrus H....

Temas del templo en el juramento y el convenio del sacerdocio @ Temple Themes
  -  We're excited to announce that the Spanish edition of Temple Themes in the Oath and...

Reminder: BYU Education Week is THIS week! @ Temple Themes
  -  Don't forget to register for Education Week! Jeff will be giving an afternoon class from...

The Latter Day Apostasy – A Scriptural Perspective presented at the 2014 Sunstone Symposium @ The Fulness
  -  The scriptures are replete with examples of apostates and dissidents, people who seek to...

How to mix LDS theology and human evolution @ No Death Before the Fall
  -  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches that man is a dual being, with a...

Eborn Books Author Presentation @ Temple Themes
  -  One of Jeff's presentations has been bumped up to early August, so update your calendars:...

BYU Education Week and more! @ Temple Themes
  -  Jeff will be back next month for BYU's Education Week! Be sure to register now to take...

The Purposes of Church Discipline @ The Fulness
  -  In a response to the growing visibility of recent church disciplinary actions, the LDS...

Strait is the Gate and Narrow is the Way @ The Fulness
  -  In the 31st and 32nd chapter of Second Nephi, we are given a treatise by Nephi of the...

New editions! @ Temple Themes
  -  Jeff Bradshaw has released updated editions of three of his books: In God's Image and...

Adam, the first of all human beings @ No Death Before the Fall
  -  Science insists that the first humans appeared in an already mortal world some 200,000...

Excommunication Catholic and Mormon Style @ The Fulness
  -  News reports coming out of Italy has Pope Francis visiting the Calabria region in the...

Do Mormons believe in the Second Coming? @ What Do Mormons Believe?
  -  Someone asked us: Yes or No answer please. Do Mormons believe in the second coming of...

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...

No Death Under the Dome @ No Death Before the Fall
  -  We will first consider a few of the Church's teachings about the Creation, the Fall, and...

Five years and counting @ The Fulness
  -  It was five years ago this month that this blog became a reality. I had been commenting...

Lifted Up Upon the Cross @ The Fulness
  -  This season, in which we commemorate the resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ, comes...

FairMormon mistaken about death before the Fall @ No Death Before the Fall
  -  "Mormonism and science/Death before the Fall" is the title of a FairMormon Answers...

Book Signings Next Week! @ Temple Themes
  -  Jeffrey M. Bradshaw and David J. Larsen, co-authors of In God's Image and Likeness 2:...

Teaching for Doctrines the Commandments of Men @ The Fulness
  -  In the fifteenth chapter of Matthew, Jesus Christ is confronted by the scribes and...

In God's Image and Likeness 1: Creation, Fall, and the Story of Adam and Eve @ Temple Themes
  -  A new two-volume softcover printing of IGIL 1 is now available on Amazon, with a slightly...

New manual affirms NDBF @ No Death Before the Fall
  -  The LDS Church has published a new manual, "Doctrine and Covenants and Church History...

In God's Image and Likeness 2 Now Available! @ Temple Themes
  -  The first edition of Jeff Bradshaw and David Larsen's book, In God's Image and Likeness...

No dispute between Smith and Roberts over evolution @ No Death Before the Fall
  -  Occasionally, someone will say there was a "dispute between LDS authorities Joseph...

Tower of Babel: What did it really mean to “Confound Their Language”? @ Temple Themes
  -  The figure above is by the famous Dutch engraver, M. C. Escher. “Although Escher...

Tower of Babel: The Scattering at Babel and Gathering of the Last Days @ Temple Themes
  -  This lonely scene comes from Old Al ‘Ula, an abandoned town in Saudi Arabia. The stairs...

Tower of Babel Part 3: “Let Us Make Us a Name” @ Temple Themes
  -  No one in history has wanted to make a name for himself more than Ferdinand Cheval....

A Tower Model of the Babel Story @ Temple Themes
  -  Mario Larrinaga produced a commanding view of ancient Babylon. The subject of the...

Building The Tower of Babel on a Mesopotamian Foundation @ Temple Themes
  -  With its intriguing imagery of a tower reaching to heaven and the fantastic tale of the...

The Lesser Portion of the Word @ The Fulness
  -  The title for this blog is taken from the twelfth chapter of Alma in the Book of Mormon....

Fasting for Miracles @ Be Not Weary
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What Is Love? @ Be Not Weary
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Good Memories of a Great Man @ Be Not Weary
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Coming Out of the Anonymity Closet… @ Mormon Monastery
  -  I’ve kept this blog and page pseudonymous for several years, but I’ve decided...

Science and the Book of Genesis Part 5 @ Temple Themes
  -  Lesson Five: There Is More in These Chapters Than Meets the Eye The more I study the...

In God's Image and Likeness 2 Preorder Sale @ Temple Themes
  -  With estimated shipping in early February (next month), FairMormon is doing a discounted...

Science and the Book of Genesis Part 4 @ Temple Themes
  -  Lesson Four: There Is a Deep Relationship Between Genesis 1-11 and the Liturgy and Layout...

Joy To The World @ The Fulness
  -  A few days ago, as I sought some quiet time away from the frantic pace of life, I turned...

Science and the Book of Genesis Part 3 @ Temple Themes
  -  Lesson Three: It Is Profitable to Read These Chapters “Literally,” Though Not in the...

Science and the Book of Genesis Part 2 @ Temple Themes
  -  Lesson Two: Scripture is a Product of a Particular Point of ViewLesson 2: scripture is a...

Science and the Book of Genesis @ Temple Themes
  -  Note: This is the first of a six-part series in Meridian Magazine Part One: Taking the...

Entering Into the Rest of the Lord @ The Fulness
  -  This morning I see the first glint of the morning sun spilling across the tall pines...

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...

Question Box: I’m Angry with God @ What Do Mormons Believe?
  -  Question: “I’m angry with God.  I’ve always been a good person, helped...

An Open Letter to President Uchtdorf @ The Fulness
  -  Dear President Uchtdorf, In your Saturday morning talk at conference, you began by...

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...

More lessons from Judaism: Orthodox Jews confront Torah inerrancy @ Adventures in Mormonism
  -  Again from the Tablet comes this article about how some Orthodox Jews are trying to deal...

Some insight into the phrase “desolation of abomination” @ Adventures in Mormonism
  -  John Gee, over at his excellent and always provocative blog Forn Spǫll Fira, gives some...

Five Simple Questions @ The Fulness
  -  I recently had a conversation with the bishop of our ward when we crossed paths at a...

The Poor and Needy @ The Fulness
  -  I had the opportunity recently to hear Leigh Anne Touhy speak at a function recently....

Seeking Knowledge @ The Fulness
  -  Alma the younger, as we read in Mosiah, chapter 27, was ‘going about secretly with...

Question Box: Organ Donation @ What Do Mormons Believe?
  -  Q: Do Mormons believe in organ donation? A: We certainly do.  We wrote some posts about...

The Gospel as the Core of the Doctrine of Christ @ The Fulness
  -   And it came to pass that he came unto me, and on this wise did he speak unto me, saying:...

Can I Marry a Mormon? @ What Do Mormons Believe?
  -  Q. Hello, my name is Becky and I’ve become infatuated with a Mormon boy....

The Purpose of the Priesthood @ The Fulness
  -  What is the purpose of the priesthood? As I pondered that question, my thoughts went back...

Question Box: What is the nature of God and the Trinity? @ What Do Mormons Believe?
  -   Q: What is the nature of God and the Trinity? We believe that the Trinity (or Godhead,...

The Fruits of Being Born Again @ The Fulness
  -   THERE was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to...

Question Box: Is there only one God? @ What Do Mormons Believe?
  -    Question:  “Is there only one God, or are there other Gods out...

Question Box: Can Mormons be cremated? @ What Do Mormons Believe?
  -  Can Mormons be cremated and other ashes put together? Cremation is permitted but not...

Question Box: Prayer @ What Do Mormons Believe?
  -   Someone recently asked us if prayer worked and if praying for a sick family member might...

Quick thought on individualism and communitarianism in a Mormon context @ Pale Horse Blog
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Spanish at laundromat, Tue, Mar 12, 2013. @ Flooding the Earth
  -  03/12/2013. 1322. As I was finishing up my laundry, an Hispanic man was folding his...

The Brother of Jared @ The Fulness
  -  Who is the man that is referred to in the book of Ether as the ‘brother’ of...

Korean, Tues, Mar 5, 2013. @ Flooding the Earth
  -  03/05/2013. Journal entry. I was at a store where the owner had previously accepted a...

Chinese at reastaurant. Mon, Feb 25,2013. @ Flooding the Earth
  -  02/25/2013. 1321. I took our ward's full-time missionaries to a nearby Asian restaurant. ...

Pass-along card at gym. Sat, Feb 23, 2013. @ Flooding the Earth
  -  02/23/2013. 1320. I gave a pass-along card to some neighbors who I invited to church.

That Ye May Be Sanctified @ The Fulness
  -  The strait and narrow path to eternal life has a gate. The scriptures attest that anyone...

Rejecting the Gospel @ The Fulness
  -  In the header to chapter 16 of Third Nephi, we read that “In the latter days the...

Being Born Again – Process or Event? @ The Fulness
  -  As JR pointed out in a comment to the last blog, the question keeps coming back to the...

The Twelve and the Baptism of Fire @ The Fulness
  -  The scriptures recite stories of both success and triumph as well as failure and...

Pass-along card at store. Sat, Dec 22, 2012 @ Flooding the Earth
  -  12/22/2012. 1319. I was browsing at a nearby furniture store where I knew some of the...

Amharic at store. Fri, Dec 21, 2012. @ Flooding the Earth
  -  12/21/2012. 1318. I saw an East African-looking man at a store, but I neglected to strike...

Forgiveness Rerun @ Be Not Weary
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Adam, the first man – baptized by water, baptized by fire @ The Fulness
  -  For this post, I have chosen to return to one of my favorite themes – the baptism...

English pass-along card at store. Wed, Nov 28, 2012 @ Flooding the Earth
  -  11/28/2012. 1317. I was at a store waiting on a service to be performed, and struck up a...

Hausa at laundromat. Sat, Nov 24, 2012. @ Flooding the Earth
  -  11/24/2012. 1316. At a laundromat, I met a man from Niger who spoke Hausa.  I offered...

Arabic at restaurant. Sat, Oct 20, 2012. @ Flooding the Earth
  -  10/20/2012. 1315. The owner of a restaurant where I was eating spoke Arabic.  I offered...

Why I haven’t utilized this blog @ Pale Horse Blog
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Staying on the Lord’s Side @ Be Not Weary
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Burmese at store. Tues, Aug 28, 2012. @ Flooding the Earth
  -  08/28/2012. 1314. I met a Burmese man at a store and offered him a Burmese copy of the...

Rock Center: Mormon in America @ Be Not Weary
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Choosing Happiness @ Be Not Weary
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Samoan at laundromat. Sat, Aug 11, 2012. @ Flooding the Earth
  -  08/11/2012. 1313. Things have slowed down. I haven't been traveling as much, or going...

Korean Gospel Principles at Restaurant. Fri, Jul 27, 2012. @ Flooding the Earth
  -  07/27/2012. 1312. I took the ward's two full-time missionaries to lunch at a Korean...

Mongolian at restaurant. Fri, Jul 6, 2012. @ Flooding the Earth
  -  07/06/2012. 1311. I was at a resaurant on the other side of town after volunteering at...

The Prodigal Son @ Be Not Weary
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Chinese at restaurant. Tue, Jul 3, 2012. @ Flooding the Earth
  -  07/03/2012. 1310. I had supper at a Restaurant not far from the storehouse. The owners...

Mormon morals, ethics, metaphysics @ Pale Horse Blog
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Zombies and Nazis and Men, Oh My! @ Pale Horse Blog
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Chinese at Restaurant. Sat, May 5, 2012. @ Flooding the Earth
  -  05/05/2012. 1309. I was in another part of town, and had lunch prior to attending a...

On being a yea-sayer @ Pale Horse Blog
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Benchmark Books is Expanding! @ Browsing the Stacks
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Lithuanian declined at grocery. Sat, Mar 17, 2012. @ Flooding the Earth
  -  03/17/2012. 1308. I was at a grocery store, and struck up a conversation with a lady who...

My family @ Pale Horse Blog
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Hoje na história mórmon - 29 de fevereiro @ Diário História SUD
  -  O que aconteceu no 29 de fevereiro na história mórmon:1844Moses Smith e Rufus Beach...

Hoje na história mórmon - 28 de fevereiro @ Diário História SUD
  -  O que aconteceu no 28 de fevereiro na história mórmon:1831"Se sabe que Jo Smith nunca...

Hoje na história mórmon - 27 de fevereiro @ Diário História SUD
  -  O que aconteceu no 27 de fevereiro na história mórmon:1831Orson Pratt chega em Kirtland...

Hoje na história mórmon - 26 de fevereiro @ Diário História SUD
  -  O que aconteceu no 26 de fevereiro na história mórmon:1828Martin Harris partiu de Nova...

Hoje na história mórmon - 25 de fevereiro @ Diário História SUD
  -  O que aconteceu no 25 de fevereiro na história mórmon:1828Por volta desta data Martin...

Hoje na história mórmon - 24 de fevereiro @ Diário História SUD
  -  O que aconteceu no 24 de fevereiro na história mórmon:1831Parley P. Pratt chega a St....

A smattering of words on magical realism and the Scholar of Moab @ Pale Horse Blog
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Hoje na história mórmon - 23 de fevereiro @ Diário História SUD
  -  O que aconteceu no 23 de fevereiro na história mórmon:1828Na cidade de Nova Iorque,...

Hoje na história mórmon - 22 de fevereiro @ Diário História SUD
  -  O que aconteceu no 22 de fevereiro na história mórmon:1811Ezra Taft Benson nasceu em...

Hoje na história mórmon - 21 de fevereiro @ Diário História SUD
  -  O que aconteceu no 21 de fevereiro na história mórmon:1816Jedediah Morgan Grant nasceu...

Hoje na história mórmon - 20 de fevereiro @ Diário História SUD
  -  O que aconteceu no 20 de fevereiro na história mórmon:1832Orson Hyde e Samuel H. Smith...

Hoje na história mórmon - 19 de fevereiro @ Diário História SUD
  -  O que aconteceu no 19 de fevereiro na história mórmon:1793Sidney Rigdon nasceu em Piny...

Hoje na história mórmon - 18 de fevereiro @ Diário História SUD
  -  O que aconteceu no 18 de fevereiro na história mórmon:1833Orson Pratt voltou para...

Hoje na história mórmon - 17 de fevereiro @ Diário História SUD
  -  O que aconteceu no 17 de fevereiro na história mórmon:1792William W. Phelps...

Hoje na história mórmon - 16 de fevereiro @ Diário História SUD
  -  O que aconteceu no 16 de fevereiro na história mórmon:1831Sidney Rigdon e Joseph Smith...

Hoje na história mórmon - 15 de fevereiro @ Diário História SUD
  -  O que aconteceu no 15 de fevereiro na história mórmon:1831Uma carta demorada de Matthew...

Hoje na história mórmon - 14 de fevereiro @ Diário História SUD
  -  O que aconteceu no 14 de fevereiro na história mórmon:1831Do Palmyra Reflector: "[O...

Hoje na história mórmon - 13 de fevereiro @ Diário História SUD
  -  O que aconteceu no 13 de fevereiro na história mórmon:1833Os sumo-sacerdotes de...

Hoje na história mórmon - 12 de fevereiro @ Diário História SUD
  -  O que aconteceu no 12 de fevereiro na história mórmon:1833O estado de Illinois proibiu...

Hoje na história mórmon - 11 de fevereiro @ Diário História SUD
  -  O que aconteceu no 11 de fevereiro na história mórmon:1798Alvin Smith (irmão de...

Hoje na história mórmon - 10 de fevereiro @ Diário História SUD
  -  O que aconteceu no 10 de fevereiro na história mórmon:1832Hyrum Smith e Reynolds Cahoon...

Hoje na história mórmon - 9 de fevereiro @ Diário História SUD
  -  O que aconteceu no 9 de fevereiro na história mórmon:1800Hyrum Smith, irmão de Joseph...

Hoje na história mórmon - 8 de fevereiro @ Diário História SUD
  -  O que aconteceu no 8 de fevereiro na história mórmon:1835Brigham e Joseph Young cantam...

Hoje na história mórmon - 7 de fevereiro @ Diário História SUD
  -  O que aconteceu no 7 de fevereiro na história mórmon:1831"Delírios" de Alexander...

Hoje na história mórmon - 6 de fevereiro @ Diário História SUD
  -  O que aconteceu no 6 de fevereiro na história mórmon:1831Entre hoje e o dia 23, Joseph...

Hoje na história mórmon - 5 de fevereiro @ Diário História SUD
  -  O que aconteceu no 5 de fevereiro na história mórmon:1795Newel Kimball Whitney nasceu...

Pass-along card at cultural festival. Fri, Feb 3, 2012 @ Flooding the Earth
  -  02/03/2012. 1307. I spoke with a lady from Africa at a cultural festival. I offered and...

Pass-along cards outside of store. Fri. Feb 3, 2012 @ Flooding the Earth
  -  02/03/2012. 1306. I spoke with two men outside an African store, and they accepted my...

Amharic. Wed, Jan 25, 2012. @ Flooding the Earth
  -  01/25/2012. 1305. I was at a financial institution and the person who was helping me...

Resolutions- Part 2: Be Inspired! @ Be Not Weary
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Taking Inventory- New Year’s Resolution Ideas, Part 1 @ Be Not Weary
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Flooding the Earth with the.... Bible. @ Flooding the Earth
  -  I've written before that my mission president, over 25 years ago, sent my companion and I...

The dream that I had @ Pale Horse Blog
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Shona at Post Office. Fri, Dec 2, 2011. @ Flooding the Earth
  -  12/02/2011. 1304. After volunteering at the storehouse in the morning, I went to a Post...

El Sol and the end of conservative and liberal Mormons @ Pale Horse Blog
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Chinese declined. Tue, Nov 22, 2011. @ Flooding the Earth
  -  11/22/2011. 1303. I was taking a break while volunteering at the storehouse and went...

Chinese at restaurant. Mon, Nov 21, 2011. @ Flooding the Earth
  -  11/21/2011. 1302. I was shopping at a store and ran into a friend I hadn't seen in a...

Korean, declined. Mon, Nov 21, 2011 @ Flooding the Earth
  -  11/21/2011. 1301. I stopped at a gas station to buy a newspaper on the way to another...

The brass serpent; or, towards an end of conservative and liberal Mormons @ Pale Horse Blog
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Confetti Antiques and Books–Rare Mormon Catalog #4 @ Browsing the Stacks
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The “Complete” Discourses of Brigham Young is Out of Print @ Browsing the Stacks
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Browsing the Stacks is on Facebook! @ Browsing the Stacks
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Moving and Storing Your Books–How To? @ Browsing the Stacks
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Notes from the 7th Annual A. Dean Larsen Book Collecting Conference at BYU @ Browsing the Stacks
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Worth keeping? Or let it die? @ Mormon Monastery
  -  I have obviously not given this site the attention I’d intended, for which I offer...

Welcome to “Browsing The Stacks” @ Browsing the Stacks
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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...