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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...

O God, Wilt Thou Make Thyself Known Unto Me? @ LDS Alive in Christ
  -  “O God…wilt thou make thyself known unto me, and I will give away all my sins...

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...

Suspected Answers to Prayer @ LDS Alive in Christ
  -  We often read or hear that faith is a decision. And so it is. Those who make the decision...

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...

Of the Tenets Thou Shalt Not Talk @ LDS Alive in Christ
  -  My goal in blogging is to write about those things that will help followers of Christ...

Second Coming: Whatsovever Nation Shall Possess This Land Shall Serve God or Be Swept Off @ Put on the Armor of Light
  -  The Book of Mormon is a textbook for the latter days. Most everything that happened to...

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...

Second Coming: The Same Day Lot Went Out of Sodom It Rained Fire and Brimstone @ Put on the Armor of Light
  -  Sometime before His Olivet discourse, which He gave only days before His death, the...

The Freedom Modesty Brings @ Put on the Armor of Light
  -  That title? Not my words. They came from Kaylin Koslosky. This is a short post. I would...

Evaluating the 2016 Republican Presidential Candidates in One Simple Chart @ Expert Texperts
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The Holy Ghost is to Our Spirits What the Sun is to the Earth @ LDS Alive in Christ
  -  Recently I was pondering the importance of the Holy Ghost when the following thought came...

Second Coming: The Constitution on the Brink of Ruin @ Put on the Armor of Light
  -  The Prophet Joseph Smith prophesied that the day would come when the Constitution of the...

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...

And it Came to pass in the Hundred and Eighty Fifth Year There Were Many Dissensions in the Church @ LDS Alive in Christ
  -  The Book of Mormon covers a history of over a 1000 years. In that period, many dissented...

Conversion and Connection @ Put on the Armor of Light
  -  What holds couples and families together? What keeps people connected to each other and...

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...

7 Particles of Faith @ Put on the Armor of Light
  -  By my unaudited count, the word faith appears 648 times in the standards works. I'd like...

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...

Respect for Others @ Put on the Armor of Light
  -  A Kind FBI Agent Years ago, I learned an unforgettable lesson about respect. I became...

Pray for America @ LDS Alive in Christ
  -  As a student of the scriptures, I am worried about what I see taking place in the world....

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...

Testimony—Three Kinds: Hoping, Believing, Knowing @ LDS Alive in Christ
  -  “The mystery of Godliness, how great it is” (D&C 19:10). This verse of...

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...

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

Even More Quotes on Modesty @ Put on the Armor of Light
  -  Salt Lake TempleStay on the Path"Virtue encompasses modesty—in thought, language,...

One Part Faith, Twelve Parts Doubt—A Recipe to Reduce Faith and Increase Doubt @ LDS Alive in Christ
  -  Faith and doubt are topics that make up much of what is written in the Bloggernacle. I...

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

More Quotes on Modesty @ Put on the Armor of Light
  -  Provo Utah TempleHold High the Torch"You may know that I am the mother of seven sons. I...

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...

Quotes on Modesty @ Put on the Armor of Light
  -  Manti Utah TempleA Quality of Mind and Heart "Modesty in dress is a quality of mind and...

The Keys to the Mansion @ Put on the Armor of Light
  -  Columbia River TempleAt our branch family home evening this week, I learned a lesson from...

Different Perspectives on Modesty @ Put on the Armor of Light
  -  "Ye are the temple of God, and . . . the Spirit of God dwelleth in you." (1 Cor. 3:16)I...

Is America in Peril? @ LDS Alive in Christ
  -  I admit—I’ve developed a pessimistic view of America’s future in recent years. When...

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....

7 Reasons to Read the Scriptures @ Put on the Armor of Light
  -  Here are seven reasons why studying the scriptures is a really great idea—from the...

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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A Few Thoughts on Modesty @ Put on the Armor of Light
  -  I'd like to share a few musings about modest dress. First of all, let me share a...

Spending (Quality) Time with the Lord @ LDS Alive in Christ
  -  Spending Time with the Lord Spending time with the Lord is a worthy goal. Spending...

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...

Second Coming: The Disintegration of the Family @ Put on the Armor of Light
  -  Almost 20 years ago, the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve Apostles...

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...

Forgotten Grief, World Without End @ Rains Came Down
  -  "And again, verily I say unto you, if a man marry a wife by my word, which is my law, and...

Paul's Vision on the Road of Damascus @ Put on the Armor of Light
  -  There are three accounts of the apostle Paul's vision on the road to Damascus in the...

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,...

Behold Your Little Ones @ Rains Came Down
  -  When I was a young teenager, I sat on the ground at the edge of a large pavilion. It was...

Are Mormons Brainwashed? @ Put on the Armor of Light
  -  If you're a Latter-day Saint, have you ever been accused of being brainwashed? This is...

3 Reasons Why You Don't Read the Scriptures @ Put on the Armor of Light
  -  We know that reading and studying the scriptures is fundamental to living the gospel. A...

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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Power to Change @ Rains Came Down
  -  "For the fulness of mine intent is that I may persuade men to come unto the God of...

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...

A Quote I Chanced Upon @ Put on the Armor of Light
  -  The other day, I opened a book lying on our kitchen table and my eyes landed instantly on...

Still Waters @ Rains Came Down
  -  When you don't know me, my life seems peaceful. I have a good house, a good...

I Heard This in Sacrament Meeting Today @ Put on the Armor of Light
  -  A woman who gave the closing prayer in our sacrament meeting today thanked the Lord for...

Abomination of Desolation and a Little Fig Tree @ Rains Came Down
  -  Before you try to read into what I'm about to say, and boil my words down to a "HATEZ TEH...

Second Coming: The New Jerusalem @ Put on the Armor of Light
  -  When He visited the Nephites in the New World, the Savior told them that He would...

"The Spirit said...Slay him." @ Rains Came Down
  -  The first truly troubling passage in the Book of Mormon comes when Nephi, the hero of the...

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...

Interview with FREETOWN Director, Adam Abel (Movie Opens in Theaters Today!) @ Grace for Grace
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Gethsemane-Best Easter Song and Video @ Grace for Grace
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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...

Mormon Missionaries Hunted During Civil War in FREETOWN- Interview with Director-Garrett Batty @ Grace for Grace
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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...

A Marriage Contract @ Rains Came Down
  -  You might wonder why I, as a woman who was single longer than I was married, and whose...

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...

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 Liberal Mormon @ Rains Came Down
  -  Why, when those who agitate, prod, question and demand call us "TBM" as though belief is...

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...

Some Miracles (including recovering from addictions) Take Time @ Grace for Grace
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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...

The Power of Human Reason Leads Us to Spiritual Truth @ Religion and Science Blog
  -  I find it interesting that when it comes to understanding spiritual matters, the Lord...

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

10 Ways being a Seahawks Fan in Seattle is Like Being a Mormon in Utah @ Grace for Grace
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10 Similarities of Early Christian and Catholic Rituals and Mormon Temple Rituals @ Grace for Grace
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Ordain Women, Midsingles, and the Trouble with Agency @ Rains Came Down
  -  Have you ever wondered why a third of the hosts of heaven left God to follow Satan? I...

On The Legend of Korra and Avatar: The Last Airbender @ Expert Texperts
  -  A little while back the wonderful Nickelodeon cartoon The Legend of Korra ended its...

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...

Songs of Mormonism, Part I @ Expert Texperts
  -  We're happy to welcome EOR to the fold here at Expert Textperts. We're still not sure...

How to Help Me Stay? @ Rains Came Down
  -  There are no comments here on my previous post, but I have observed some Facebook...

How I Stay @ Rains Came Down
  -  It's not exactly a secret that, while I defend the Church online, I often struggle with...

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...

Objectivity, Subjectivity. Fear and a New Year. @ Rains Came Down
  -  Most of the time, I try to live as objectively as possible. Of course, actual objectivity...

Something for your Stocking: An Expert Textperts Christmas Quickie @ Expert Texperts
  -  The Expert Textperts are all busy with family, friends, and...their work (inside joke!),...

What Milgram's Experiments Tell Us About Having The Courage To Follow Our Conscience @ Religion and Science Blog
  -  When I taught Research Methods at BYU we’d discuss Stanley Milgram’s...

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...

Hi, I'm Infertile @ Expert Texperts
  -  Living with infertility is not something I planned on as a child. I knew life would...

Race, Police, and Other Bad News @ Expert Texperts
  -  If you're the type who follows the news, then you might have noticed that things seem a...

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...

Privilege and a Testimony of Polygamy @ Rains Came Down
  -  In watching various people address the new publication of information by the Church on...

For and In Behalf Of: A New Skin (Part 2) @ Expert Texperts
  -  This is a continuation of a piece I have been posting. For the first part of this scene,...

I'm Watching You @ Rains Came Down
  -  So this would have been more appropriate in October, with the creep factor and all, but I...

The Weirder Side of Evangelizing: A Journey Through a Jack Chick Comic Book @ Expert Texperts
  -  Late last week, while making my commute to class, I stopped at a gas station and found a...

JustServe @ Rains Came Down
  -  A few years ago, I sat across from my midsingles' ward bishop. He was newly called, and...

For and In Behalf Of: A New Skin (Part 1) @ Expert Texperts
  -  This is a continuation of the performance piece I have written. I invite you to read...

10 Historical Issues The Church Still Isn't Discussing Openly (with gifs for some reason) @ Expert Texperts
  -  With the recent release and subsequent media coverage of essays on LDS.org addressing...

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...

On Being A Geek Girl @ Expert Texperts
  -  Our smart, funny, geeky friend Kate M. posted this fantastic post on her personal blog,...

For and In Behalf Of: The Fall (Part 2) @ Expert Texperts
  -  This is the second part of scene 2 from the performance piece I have written. To start at...

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...

A Bewildering View of Eternity @ Religion and Science Blog
  -  From my study of the scriptures, teachings of the prophets, and the temple endowment, it...

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...

Gilgamesh May Tell a More Biblically Accurate Flood Story Than the Movie @ Religion and Science Blog
  -  With the big budget movie Noah making the rounds in theaters, I thought a post on the...

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

A Basement Rating of My Book by a Distinguished BYU Faculty Member and Why He is Wrong. @ Religion and Science Blog
  -  A while back my friend Brad was searching for online reviews of my book, Truth and...

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...

Ancient Christian Discovered @ Religion and Science Blog
  -  It seems that people are fascinated with the Dead Sea Scrolls. Unfortunately, other than...

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....

Our LDS blogs are all "Alternate Voices" @ No Death Before the Fall
  -  At the age of 29, Dallin H. Oaks was hired as professor of law at the University of...

Fasting for Miracles @ Be Not Weary
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Mormons believe global Flood story @ No Death Before the Fall
  -  Recently, I noticed a couple of blog discussions about the great Flood — here and here....

What Is Love? @ Be Not Weary
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Good Memories of a Great Man @ Be Not Weary
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New Gospel Topic on Book of Mormon and DNA Studies @ No Death Before the Fall
  -  There is a new Gospel Topic at LDS.org titled, "Book of Mormon and DNA Studies." It deals...

The Creation was Eternal @ No Death Before the Fall
  -  In the beginning, God created an eternal, deathless, paradisiacal world. There was no...

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...

"He can plan for his brethren" @ No Death Before the Fall
  -  December 23, 2013 is the 208th anniversary of the birth of the Prophet Joseph Smith. In...

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...

The genesis of the priesthood restriction @ No Death Before the Fall
  -  Questions about the priesthood restriction began for me during the 1950s, when my boyhood...

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...

In God's Image and Likeness 2 Now Available for Pre-order! @ Temple Themes
  -  We're pleased to announce that you can now pre-order the forthcoming In God's Image and...

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...

Symposium on Science and Mormonism @ Temple Themes
  -  For those who registered for this weekend's symposium, don't forget to come hear Jeff's...

“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...

Higher dimensional realms revisited @ Adventures in Mormonism
  -   The first published article I ever wrote was “Some thoughts on higher dimensional...

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...

Testimony @ The Fulness
  -  It is such an ‘inspiring’ scene. The proud father walks up to the podium with...

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...

Washing Away Our Sins @ The Fulness
  -  If you don’t know this already, I am driven to question many aspects of my...

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...