The Isles of the Sea

Come Follow Me: D&C 102-105 @ Millennial Star
  -  My blog post on Come Follow Me Discusses Zion’s Camp and how it applies to us...

The CES Letter Rebuttal, Part 8 @ FAIR Blog
  -  Part 8: CES Letter Book of Mormon Translation Questions by Sarah Allen   This...

Come, Follow Me Week 38 – Doctrine and Covenants 102–105 @ FAIR Blog
  -  by Cassandra Hedelius I very much love “The Chosen,” the dramatization of the...

Were Phelps Missouri Troubles Self-inflicted? (Part 2 of 8 ) @ Gospel Tangents
  -  W.W. Phelps was deeply involved in editing a political newspaper prior to joining the...

Jailed Before Joined (Part 1 of 8) @ Gospel Tangents
  -  W.W. Phelps is one of the best known leaders in early Mormon history that wasn’t an...

Twenty Years Later @ Millennial Star
  -  As I sit here late on a Friday night, the night before the 20th anniversary of the...

The CES Letter Rebuttal, Part 7 @ FAIR Blog
  -  Part 7: CES Letter Book of Mormon Questions [Section F] By Sarah Allen   In this...

Dystopia now @ Millennial Star
  -  The year is 2025. Joe Biden, barely able to speak, has been in assisted living since...

Come Follow Me: D&C 98-101 @ Millennial Star
  -  My blog on Come Follow Me: D&C 98-101 Excerpt: D&C 98This revelation was given...

The CES Letter Rebuttal, Part 6 @ FAIR Blog
  -  Part 6: CES Letter Book of Mormon Questions [Section E] by Sarah Allen   I was...

*Mormon Doctrine in Battlestar Gallactica? (Part 8 of 8) @ Gospel Tangents
  -  I hope you have enjoyed our conversation with Steven Pynakker, evangelical host of Mormon...

Come, Follow Me Week 37 – Doctrine and Covenants 98–101 @ FAIR Blog
  -  A Letter to my Seminary and Institute Students by Louis Herrey My dear young...

Lessons from Oliver Cowdery for Today @ FAIR Blog
  -  In the summer of 1830, while The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was yet in...

Gutting Pioneer Temple History (Part 7 of 8) @ Gospel Tangents
  -  Recently the LDS Church announced the seismic improvements and removal of the beautiful...

Three Conference Presentations Now Available to Help Parents, Leaders, and Other Teachers of Children and Youth @ FAIR Blog
  -     by Cassandra Hedelius Late last year, I started brainstorming suggestions for...

Why clinging to the Iron Rod is more important than ever @ Millennial Star
  -  I write today to the orthodox, believing members of the Church who, facing the...

The CES Letter Rebuttal, Part 5 @ FAIR Blog
  -  Part 5: CES Letter Book of Mormon Questions [Section D] by Sarah Allen   I...

Mormon Historians’ Community (Part 6 of 8) @ Gospel Tangents
  -  Steve Pynakker, evangelical host of Mormon Book Reviews and I got together again on...

The CES Letter Rebuttal, Part 4 @ FAIR Blog
  -  Part 4: CES Letter Book of Mormon Questions [Section C] by Sarah Allen   Diving...

Come, Follow Me Week 36 – Doctrine and Covenants 94-97 @ FAIR Blog
  -  by Cassandra Hedelius In D&C 88, the Lord instructed Joseph that the School of the...

Come Follow Me: D&C 94-97 @ Millennial Star
  -  Come Follow Me: D&C 94-97 )  Kirtland Temple – author’s photo...

Gay man speaks out in support of Elder Holland’s BYU talk @ Millennial Star
  -  This is a guest post by Nicholas Applegate. I am a gay man married to a wonderful wife,...

The CES Letter Rebuttal, Part 3 @ FAIR Blog
  -  Part 3: CES Letter Book of Mormon Questions [Section B] by Sarah Allen   Now that...

The CES Letter Rebuttal, Part 2 @ FAIR Blog
  -  Part 2: CES Letter Book of Mormon Questions [Section A] by Sarah Allen   When I...

The CES Letter Rebuttal, Part 1 @ FAIR Blog
  -  Part 1: Manipulations & Dishonesty in the CES Letter by Sarah...

Come, Follow Me Week 35 – Doctrine and Covenants 93 @ FAIR Blog
  -  “Ye Were Also In The Beginning With The Father” By Kara Dawson D&C 93 teaches...

Elder Holland pleads with BYU faculty and staff to uphold the Church’s values @ Millennial Star
  -  I quote from a Church News story released today: Elder Jeffrey R. Holland pleaded...

Asking and receiving revelation on COVID vaccines @ Millennial Star
  -  As many readers know, I have been hesitant to receive the COVID vaccines. The primary...

Obedience…No Matter What? @ Millennial Star
  -  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not a cult, precisely because it...

96% of US physicians have done something to stay healthy. Only 57% of US adults have followed their lead. @ FAIR Blog
  -  What is this “pro tip” that is almost universally practiced by doctors?  Receiving...

Come, Follow Me Week 34 – Doctrine and Covenants 89-92 @ FAIR Blog
  -  Receive the Oracles of God By DeeAnn Cheatham A few months ago I reread President...

Come, Follow Me Week 33 – Doctrine and Covenants 88 @ FAIR Blog
  -  By René Krywult In September 1832 Joseph Smith received D&C 84, which talks about...

“What Would You Do with a Thousand Years To Do Whatever You Wanted?”: Contemplating the “Complete Bibliography of Hugh Nibley” (CBHN) @ FAIR Blog
  -  Post 1 | Post 2 | Post 3 | Post 4 | Post 5 | Post 6 | Post 7 | Post 8 | Post...

Recap of 2021 FAIR Conference @ FAIR Blog
  -    Another conference has come and gone! Each year they seem to go by more...

Come, Follow Me Week 31 – Doctrine and Covenants 84 @ FAIR Blog
  -  Priesthood Power by Wendy Ulrich Doctrine and Covenants Section 84 is designated by...

Come, Follow Me Week 29 – Doctrine and Covenants 77-80 @ FAIR Blog
  -  “A Place in the Celestial World” By David W. Smith In the early 1830s, Joseph Smith...

Come, Follow Me Week 28 – Doctrine and Covenants 76 @ FAIR Blog
  -  by Cassandra Hedelius By Joseph Smith’s time, much of Christendom was floundering with...

Come, Follow Me Week 27 – Doctrine and Covenants 71-75 @ FAIR Blog
  -  Repenting is Ascending By Jeff Markham 3 Verily this is a mission for a season, which I...

“A Life Lived in Crescendo”: Selected Punctuation Marks of Joseph Smith’s Final Years – A “Come, Follow Me” Virtual Fireside Series @ FAIR Blog
  -  Sponsored by The Interpreter Foundation Book of Mormon Central FAIR Beginning Sunday,...

Come, Follow Me Week 26 – Doctrine and Covenants 67-70 @ FAIR Blog
  -  D&C 67: Four Steps to Rend the Veil and See God By Jasmin Gimenez Rappleye Doctrine...

What is FAIR? @ FAIR Blog
  -  by Scott Gordon I find that some people are very confused about what FAIR is and what we...

Come, Follow Me Week 25 – Doctrine and Covenants 64-66 @ FAIR Blog
  -  Forgiving  by Wendy Ulrich Think of someone you might need to forgive. It could be...

Come, Follow Me Week 24 – Doctrine and Covenants 63 @ FAIR Blog
  -  Adultery, Agency, and Innocence by Jennifer Roach “The two carried on an affair that...

FAIR Voice #34: Witnesses Pt. 1 with Daniel C. Peterson @ FAIR Blog
  -  Dr. Peterson joins Hanna to talk about the upcoming feature film Witnesses as well as...

FAIR Voice #35: Witnesses pt. 2 with actors for Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery @ FAIR Blog
  -  Please remember to see the film Witnesses! In this episode, Hanna talks with actors Caleb...

Come, Follow Me Week 23 – Doctrine and Covenants 60-62 @ FAIR Blog
  -  These words sunk deep into my heart, “But with some I am not well pleased, for they...

Come, Follow Me Week 22 – Doctrine & Covenants 58-59 @ FAIR Blog
  -  by Amber Rothamer Blessings Come According to God’s Timing and Our...

Defending Agency @ FAIR Blog
  -   Every church leader or parent has been confronted with the same basic...

“Worlds Without Number”:[1] Hugh Nibley on Science and Religion @ FAIR Blog
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Come, Follow Me Week 21 – Doctrine & Covenants 51-57 @ FAIR Blog
  -  by Hanna E. Seariac One of the amazing elements of the Doctrine and Covenants is the way...

FAIR Voice #33: Dan Ellsworth on Fowler’s stages @ FAIR Blog
  -  See his article here: https://publicsquaremag.org/faith/easter-is-reality/ Dan Ellsworth...

“We Will Still Weep for Zion”:[1] War and Wealth @ FAIR Blog
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Come, Follow Me Week 20 – Doctrine & Covenants 49-50 @ FAIR Blog
  -  The Story Behind the Revelations: Using the Joseph Smith Papers to Better Understand the...

Kindling the Fire of Faith @ FAIR Blog
  -  As anyone knows who has been camping, it takes a lot of work to kindle a fire and to keep...

“One Peep at the Other Side”: What Did Hugh Nibley’s Near-Death Experience Teach Him about the Purpose of Life? @ FAIR Blog
  -  Post 1 | Post 2 | Post 3 | Post 4 | Post 5 | Post 6 | Post 7 | Post 8 | Post...

A Skeptical Believer @ FAIR Blog
  -  [Cross-posted from Mike Ash’s personal blog.] Why my skeptical nature doesn’t...

Come, Follow Me Week 19 – Doctrine & Covenants 46-48 @ FAIR Blog
  -   by Dell Blair How is it that a dark and formless void ends up as a holy and glorious...

FAIR Voice Podcast #32: Mission Stories @ FAIR Blog
  -  This week, I briefly talk about the upcoming podcast episodes on the Witnesses film...

Shaken Faith Syndrome: Early to the Party, But Still Relevant @ FAIR Blog
  -  Available from the FAIR bookstore [Cross-posted from Mike Ash’s personal...

Why Is Hugh Nibley More Important Now Than Ever? @ FAIR Blog
  -  Post 1 | Post 2 | Post 3 | Post 4 | Post 5 | Post 6 | Post 7 | Post 8 | Post...

Come, Follow Me Week 18 – Doctrine & Covenants 45 @ FAIR Blog
  -  A House of Order, a House of God: Recycled Challenges to the Legitimacy of the Church by...

Watch the 2021 Interpreter Conference @ FAIR Blog
  -  Tracing Ancient Threads in the Book of Moses Live Streaming of the Conference April...

“The Book That Answers All the Questions”: Hugh Nibley and the Pearl of Great Price @ FAIR Blog
  -  Post 1 | Post 2 | Post 3 | Post 4 | Post 5 | Post 6 | Post 7 | Post 8 | Post...

The 2021 Interpreter Conference, “Tracing Ancient Threads in the Book of Moses,” is coming up this weekend! @ FAIR Blog
  -  April 23-24, 2021 Presented by The Interpreter Foundation, Brigham Young University...

Come, Follow Me Week 17 – Doctrine & Covenants 41-44 @ FAIR Blog
  -  “Gladly” receiving God’s law by Jeff Markham The restoration of the Gospel...

Exceptions to Dress Standards Announced for Young Male Missionaries @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Friday, 12 June 2020 | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints...

Reassigned Missionaries Travel to New Missions @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Thursday, 11 June 2020 | Thousands of reassigned missionaries of The...

Tabernacle Choir to Launch Streamed Organ Recitals @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Wednesday, 10 June 2020 | The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square will...

As COVID-19 Restrictions Ease, Here's How the Church Is Reintegrating @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Monday, 08 June 2020 | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints...

Prophet Joins NAACP Leaders in Call for Racial Harmony in America @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Monday, 08 June 2020 | In a joint op-ed published Friday in the Deseret...

Groundbreaking Date Announced for Salta Argentina Temple @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Friday, 05 June 2020 | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints...

October 2020 General Conference Will Be Virtual Only @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Thursday, 04 June 2020 | The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus...

Deseret Industries Begins Phased Reopening @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Tuesday, 02 June 2020 | Deseret Industries, a nonprofit business...

Church Participates in Sheep Donation on Navajo Reservation  @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Monument Valley, Utah | Monday, 01 June 2020 | Food and supplies from the Bishops’...

President Nelson Shares Social Post about Racism and Calls for Respect for Human Dignity  @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Monday, 01 June 2020 |

News of the Church Is Now Merged at Newsroom.ChurchofJesusChrist.org @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Monday, 01 June 2020 | Official announcements, news and events of The...

Church Breaks Ground for Layton Utah Temple @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Saturday, 30 May 2020 | A small handful of members of The Church of...

President Russell M. Nelson and Sister Wendy W. Nelson Share a Message about the Sacrament @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Thursday, 28 May 2020 | On President Russell M. Nelson’s social media...

Young Women Organization Celebrates 150 Years in 2020 @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Wednesday, 27 May 2020 | The Young Women organization of The Church of...

See What the New Temples in Guatemala and Japan Will Look Like @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Monday, 25 May 2020 | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints...

Small-Scale Groundbreaking Held for Layton Utah Temple @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Saturday, 23 May 2020 | Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the...

Latter-day Saints Around the World: Country Newsroom Websites, May 22, 2020 @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Friday, 22 May 2020 |

Global Sacred Clothing Production Facilities Temporarily Produce Masks and Gowns @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Wednesday, 20 May 2020 | Hundreds of thousands of cloth face masks and...

First Presidency Provides Guidelines for Safely Returning to Church Meetings and Activities @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Tuesday, 19 May 2020 | The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve...

Angel Moroni Statue and Capstone Removed from Salt Lake Temple @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Monday, 18 May 2020 | Crews on Temple Square began the process of...

Young Missionary Passes Away in Georgia @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Sunday, 17 May 2020 | A missionary serving for The Church of Jesus...

Church Service Missionaries and Employees Work on Family History During Pandemic @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Friday, 15 May 2020 | More than 1,500 employees and service missionaries...

Sister Bingham Shares How She Hears Christ in #HearHim Video Series @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Thursday, 14 May 2020 | Relief Society General President Jean B. Bingham...

Church Names Native Hawaiian as New President of Brigham Young University–Hawaii @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Tuesday, 12 May 2020 | The Board of Trustees of Brigham Young...

Art in Meetinghouse Foyers and Entryways to Reflect a Deeper Reverence for Jesus Christ @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Monday, 11 May 2020 | The First Presidency is asking local leaders to...

New Content at Joseph Smith Papers @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  The JSP has announced some new content at their web site. All annotation for Documents...

Conference Notice: John Whitmer Historical Association 2019 Annual Conference @ BOAP.org Blog
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Kindle Version of Textual Studies of the Doctrine and Covenants for cheap @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  If you purchased your hard copy of Textual Studies of the Doctrine and Covenants: The...

Job Announcement: Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition, Editorial Assistant @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  Editorial Assistant Vacancy — Closes Feb. 8, 2019 The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS)...

Job Announcement: Associate Editor, Publications Department, Massachusetts Historical Society @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  The Massachusetts Historical Society seeks a full-time Associate Editor to work in its...

Here it is: Greg Kofford Ebook Sale. Plural Marriage Revelation Book @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  TSDC:PMR ebook along with ALL 2018 Kofford ebook titles is on sale until the end of the...

The Church History Library Goes Viral! @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  See for yourself.

Job Announcement: Einstein Papers @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  The Einstein Papers Project is engaged in one of the most ambitious scholarly publishing...

Book sale. 30% off. @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  I know you’ve all be waiting to buy my book on D&C 132 because you believe...

New Joseph Smith Papers Bulletin @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  Latest from the Joseph Smith Papers here:...

Book of Abraham Manuscripts. Revelations and Translations Vol. 4 of the Joseph Smith Papers on the shelf. @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  [Cross-posted at By Common Consent] A permanent identical “I” is a...

A Short History of D&C 132 @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  I composed this short reception/textual history of D&C 132 when my book Textual...

Featherston Family, Erstwhile Emigrants @ Amateur Mormon Historian
  -  One of the frustrating things about tracking emigrating members is the increasing...

Papers of Jonathan Edwards flyer @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  JEC Call for Support

Papers of Martin Van Buren, Series 1. @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  Association for Documentary Editing has posted a note on the Cumberland University Martin...

John & Rebecca Denton: Repeated Returnees @ Amateur Mormon Historian
  -   John & Rebecca Denton Family: Back - L to R: Ezekiel, Robert, Sam, Alma From - L to R:...

Katherine Alexander and Her Return from Gathering @ Amateur Mormon Historian
  -  There were a number of people who joined the LDS Church that decided to go west....

The Returnees: A Project to Identify Why Some Converts Wanted to Return Home @ Amateur Mormon Historian
  -  Sometimes when a convert moves west to join the saints, something changes their mind and...

Weller’s Book Works April 14, 2018 Conversation about “The Plural Marriage Revelation” (D&C 132) @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  I’ll be at Weller’s Book Works at Trolley Square in Salt Lake City tonight at 7pm...

Middle Tennessee Baptismal Record - Lessons Learned @ Amateur Mormon Historian
  -  Nestled in the family search catalog is something called the Record of Members. It is a...

Baptisms in 1918 by County @ Amateur Mormon Historian
  -   It may not look like a lot, but baptisms in Tennessee were picking up. Yes, there was...

Alfred Douglas Young - Part 5 Leaving Tennessee @ Amateur Mormon Historian
  -  [This is a continuation of the Autobiography of Alfred Douglas Young, quoted and...

Alfred Douglas Young - Part 4 Seeds of Misunderstanding @ Amateur Mormon Historian
  -  [This is a continuation of the Autobiography of Alfred Douglas Young, quoted and...

Alfred Douglas Young - Part 3 Raised from the Dead @ Amateur Mormon Historian
  -  [This is a continuation of the Autobiography of Alfred Douglas Young, summarized from his...

Alfred Douglas Young - Part 2 Evil Spirits @ Amateur Mormon Historian
  -  [This is a continuation of the Autobiography of Alfred Douglas Young. Written from his...

Alfred Douglas Young - Part 1 Conversion @ Amateur Mormon Historian
  -   [This is an excerpt from the Autobiography of Alfred Douglas Young. Written from his...

On the Problem and Promise of Alex Caldiero’s Sonosophy @ A Motley Vision
  -  In January of 2011, I shared my dissertation proposal on Alex Caldiero’s sonosophy...

George W Brandon writes a Letter. @ Amateur Mormon Historian
  -   On July 6, 1842, George wrote the following letter in Nauvoo. George was an early...

You’re looking for a book @ A Motley Vision
  -  . Two Sundays ago, a member of my ward engaged me on the old question of the Great Mormon...

An conversation with Melissa Leilani Larson about Third Wheel and the writer’s life @ A Motley Vision
  -  William Morris and Melissa Leilani Larson discuss her two peculiar plays of women in...

“An Open Palm and a Consecrated Life” @ A Motley Vision
  -  When I don’t have other things occupying my mind (and often when I do), I think a...

Mother’s Milk @ A Motley Vision
  -  . The first impression Rachel Hunt Steenblik’s Mother’s Milk gave...

Claire Åkebrand’s What Was Left of the Stars @ A Motley Vision
  -  . You likely remember Claire Åkebrand from your studious rerereading of Fire in the...

Names You Can't Read: The Badam Family @ Amateur Mormon Historian
  -  I can't say I found the Badam family. As far as the Church is concerned, that happened...

Sundry Moldy Solecisms #5 The Drown’ed Book by Mahonri Stewart, (play review) @ A Motley Vision
  -  A few weeks ago our son told us one of his co-workers was performing in Annie at the...

The Lost Records of Mary E Dukes @ Amateur Mormon Historian
  -  While transcribing an old baptismal record I happened across a cryptic entry...

Slate Springs Tennessee Chapel @ Amateur Mormon Historian
  -  I won't go into a full history of the Slate Springs branch here, but I came across some...

Speedwell Chapel @ Amateur Mormon Historian
  -  Speedwell Tennessee entered Mormon history in 1908 with the baptism of Josiah & Harriet...

Artists and Doctrine & Covenants section 58 @ A Motley Vision
  -  What D&C 58 means in relation to Mormon artists when it chastises Martin Harris and...

Short Creek Chapel @ Amateur Mormon Historian
  -  Short Creek is a unassuming place along the east side of the Tennessee river in south...

Remembering Jonathan Langford the critic @ A Motley Vision
  -  It’s been almost three months since Jonathan died. I miss him very much. This is...

News from Tennessee Conferences 19 Jun 1917 @ Amateur Mormon Historian
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News from Tennessee Conferences 12 Jun 1917 @ Amateur Mormon Historian
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Nashville Chapel circa 1959 @ Amateur Mormon Historian
  -  In 1959 the Nashville branch of the LDS Church met in this building. For those who know...

A Place for the Un-Gathered: The Home of Abraham and Mary Church of Hickman County Tennessee @ Amateur Mormon Historian
  -  [Below is an abridged version of my presentation at the 2017 Mormon History Association...

States of Deseret is now available @ A Motley Vision
  -  Peculiar Pages in collaboration with A Motley Vision is pleased to announce the release...

News from Tennessee Conferences 29 May 1917 @ Amateur Mormon Historian
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News from Tennessee Conferences 22 May 1917 @ Amateur Mormon Historian
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News from Tennessee Conferences 15 May 1917 @ Amateur Mormon Historian
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News from Tennessee Conferences 1 May 1917 @ Amateur Mormon Historian
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