The Isles of the Sea

Prophet to Speak at 2019 NAACP National Convention in Detroit @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Wednesday, 17 July 2019 | President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of...

FairMormon Conference Podcast #32 – Lynne Hilton Wilson, “Peter and Paul’s Paradoxical Passages on Women” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. Please join us for...

Is religion in decline? @ Millennial Star
  -  I traveled to Northern California last week and visited the ward that served the area...

Comparing Mormons by Generations (Part 3 of 6) @ Gospel Tangents
  -  Do young and old Mormons feel the same about Church teachings and culture?  How similar...

Layton Utah Temple Site Announced @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Monday, 15 July 2019 | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints...

Come Follow Me – Acts 10-15 @ Millennial Star
  -  The latest Come Follow Me post is now at my blog...

Come Follow Me – Acts 6-9 @ Millennial Star
  -  Newest post on Come Follow Me at my blog...

Surprising Mormon Responses (Part 2 of 6) @ Gospel Tangents
  -  Dr. Jana Riess and Dr. Ben Knoll surveyed Mormons to find out their attitudes about...

Latter-day Saints Around the World: Country Newsroom Websites, July 12, 2019 @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Friday, 12 July 2019 | Newsroom features stories from its 80...

Timeline of Life @ Millennial Star
  -  It’s been a week of contemplation for me. You see two friends died this week, one...

How to Randomly Sample Mormons (Part 1 of 6) @ Gospel Tangents
  -  I’m excited to introduce Dr. Jana Riess and Dr. Benjamin Knoll.  These two have put...

Suzie, do you copy? @ Millennial Star
  -  The world of Hawkins, Indiana, gained its first overt Mormon character on July 4th. Suzie...

FairMormon Conference Podcast #31 – Wade Miller, “The Presence of Pre-Columbian Horses in America” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. Please join us for...

A Perfect Life @ Millennial Star
  -  When we contemplate our lives, we often feel as though we are failing to hold to the...

Critiquing Book of Abraham Apologetics (Part 9 of 9) @ Gospel Tangents
  -  Historian Dan Vogel will conclude his discussion on the Book of Abraham.  He will tell...

Proposing another way to understand catalysts to faith disaffection: Attachment injury @ Millennial Star
  -  Jacob Z. Hess This is the first of a seven-part series, “Recruiting Alma the...

Come Follow Me – Acts 1-5 @ Millennial Star
  -  My new post on Come Follow Me...

Lost Book of Abraham? (Part 8 of 9) @ Gospel Tangents
  -  The papyrus fragments believed to contain the Book of Abraham were lost for decades in...

Recruiting Alma the Younger @ Millennial Star
  -  Jacob Z. Hess This last weekend, I caught a glimpse of Tyler Glenn and Dan Reynolds on...

FairMormon Conference Podcast #30 – Jenny Lund, “‘We all must be crazy’: The Plight of a 19th-Century Mormon Missionary Wife” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. Please join us for...

Apostle and Catholic Cardinal Speak at Freedom Festival @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Orem, Utah | Sunday, 30 June 2019 | Hundreds of people gathered at a patriotic service in...

Come Follow Me – the Resurrection @ Millennial Star
  -  https://joelsmonastery.blogspot.com/2019/06/come-follow-me-resurrection-matthew-28.html

Gospel Literacy Program Launched in Sierra Leone to Strengthen Families @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Freetown, Sierra Leone | Friday, 28 June 2019 | A pilot program designed to improve...

Acclaimed Guest Artists to Perform for President Nelson’s 95th Birthday Celebration @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Wednesday, 26 June 2019 | Guest artists for President Russell M....

FairMormon Conference Podcast #29 – Steve Densley and Geret Giles, “Barriers to Belief: Mental Distress and Disaffection from the Church” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. Please join us for...

Mission Leadership Seminar Held for Latter-day Saint Leaders @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Monday, 24 June 2019 | New leaders assigned to supervise missions of The...

Rising Generations Are Key to Religious Freedom and a More Just World @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Provo, Utah | Thursday, 20 June 2019 | Elder Patrick Kearon of the Presidency of the...

The Story of the Church of Jesus Christ Continues in Volume Two of ‘Saints’ @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Thursday, 20 June 2019 | The first chapter of Saints: The Story of the...

Elder Gong Meets Government Leaders in Asia and Oceania @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Pohnpei, Micronesia | Thursday, 20 June 2019 | Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the...

Durban South Africa Temple Open House and Dedication Dates Announced @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Tuesday, 18 June 2019 |

FairMormon Conference Podcast #28 – John Lynch, “Strengthen Thy Brethren: Bolstering Those in Faith Crisis” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. Please join us for...

President Oaks Rededicates Oakland California Temple @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Oakland, California | Sunday, 16 June 2019 | The Oakland California Temple of The Church...

Book Review – Who is Truth? Reframing Our Questions for a Richer Faith @ FAIR Blog
  -  Available in the FairMormon Bookstore Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the...

Answer Questions the ‘Right Way in the Right Time,’ Apostle Tells Church Educators @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Wednesday, 12 June 2019 | During the Wednesday broadcast, Elder Jeffrey...

Apostle Thanks State of Kuwait for Formally Recognizing the Church @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Kuwait City | Tuesday, 11 June 2019 | In February — and for the first time in more than...

At Global Faith Forum, Apostle Shares Seven Ways Religions Can Help Society Prosper @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  CHIBA, JAPAN | Tuesday, 11 June 2019 | Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve...

Book Review – Your Sister in the Gospel: The Life of Jane Manning James, A Nineteenth-Century Black Mormon @ FAIR Blog
  -  Available in the FairMormon Bookstore Quincy D. Newell’s new book Your Sister in the...

President Nelson Addresses Saints in 'The Happiest Place on Earth' @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Orlando, Florida | Sunday, 09 June 2019 | President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of...

Ground Is Broken for Peru’s Fourth Temple @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Saturday, 08 June 2019 | Construction of the Lima Peru Los Olivos Temple...

Tad Callister Interview – A Case For The Book of Mormon @ FAIR Blog
  -  [A review of the book can be found here.] Tad R. Callister is author of the book...

Book Review: A Case for the Book of Mormon @ FAIR Blog
  -  Available from the FairMormon Bookstore [A interview of the author can be found...

In Jerusalem, Apostle Encourages Interfaith Listening and Learning @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  JERUSALEM, ISRAEL | Thursday, 06 June 2019 | Speaking Wednesday evening from the...

First Presidency Welcomes Delegation from Vietnam’s Committee for Religious Affairs @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Thursday, 06 June 2019 | The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus...

West African Leaders Praise Church Focus on Family and Humanitarian Work @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Accra, Ghana | Wednesday, 05 June 2019 | Senior leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of...

Book Review: The Joseph Smith Papers Documents, Volume 8: February-November 1841 @ FAIR Blog
  -  Available from the FairMormon Bookstore This volume consists of 544 pages (including the...

Elder Ulisses Soares Dedicates Fortaleza Brazil Temple @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Sunday, 02 June 2019 |

President Nelson Ministry in Latin America Announced   @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Wednesday, 29 May 2019 | President Russell M. Nelson and his wife,...

President Russell M. Nelson's 2019 Pacific Ministry @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Saturday, 25 May 2019 | President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of...

President Nelson Concludes 2019 Pacific Ministry in Tahiti @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Papeete, Tahiti | Friday, 24 May 2019 | “There’s trouble ahead … prepare for...

Church Honored for Helping Utah Maintain High Quality of Life @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Friday, 24 May 2019 | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints...

FairMormon Conference Podcast #27 – Taunalyn Rutherford, “‘For We Shall See Him as He Is’: Understanding Mormon Women in India” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. Please join us for...

A Tale of Two Sealings (The Kinshasa DR Congo Temple: A Personal Perspective, Part 5) @ FAIR Blog
  -  Jocy and Athanase Ngandu Description of the Series Over the next several weeks, we will...

Ticket sales are now open for the 2019 FairMormon Conference, to be held August 7-9! @ FAIR Blog
  -   Get your ticket for the 2019 FairMormon Conference before June 6 to save your seat (and...

FairMormon Conference Podcast #26 – Matt McBride, “Women of the Global Church: Stories on history.lds.org” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. This episode is a...

Book Review: The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, Maxwell Institute Study Edition @ FAIR Blog
  -  Available in the FairMormon Bookstore I’ve been reading and collecting the Book of...

Faith is Not Blind – Interview with Elder and Sister Hafen @ FAIR Blog
  -  Faith is Not Blind is a book by Elder Bruce C. and Sister Marie Hafen and published by...

Happy Easter from the DR Congo (The Kinshasa DR Congo Temple: A Personal Perspective, Part 3) @ FAIR Blog
  -  Rodrigue Kabuya Kabamba Description of the Series Over the next several weeks, we will...

A Look at the Church’s Change of Policy on Same-Sex Couples and their Children @ FAIR Blog
  -  Members of the Church and interested outsiders have noted that the First Presidency of...

2017 FairMormon Conference Presentations Now Available on FairMormonTV for Roku @ FAIR Blog
  -   The FairMormonTV Roku channel has now been updated with FairMormon Conference...

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

FairMormon Conference Podcast #25 – Jeff Robinson, “Thinking Differently About Same-Sex Attraction” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. This episode is a...

FairMormon Questions: Having unsettling feelings before receiving my endowment @ FAIR Blog
  -   FairMormon has a service where questions can be submitted and they are answered by...

FairMormon Conference Podcast #24 – Brad Wilcox, “‘Have You Been Saved By Grace?’ How Do We Respond?” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. This episode is a...

Three Excerpts from “Answers Will Come: Trusting the Lord in the Meantime” by Shalissa Lindsay @ FAIR Blog
  -  Available from the FairMormon Bookstore [A review of the book can be found here.] Not...

Book Review: Answers Will Come: Trusting the Lord in the Meantime @ FAIR Blog
  -  Available from the FairMormon Bookstore [Excerpts from the book can be found here.] The...

Jim Bennett: Standing My Ground @ FAIR Blog
  -   [Jim Bennett is the author of “A Faithful Reply to the CES Letter from a Former...

The LDS Church and the Race Issue: A Study in Misplaced Apologetics @ FAIR Blog
  -  Armand Lind Mauss is an American Sociologist specializing in the Sociology of...

A Look Back in LDS History for Black History Month @ FAIR Blog
  -  Look Magazine Cover, October 22, 1963 I am looking a copy of Look Magazine dated October...

Conference Notice: John Whitmer Historical Association 2019 Annual Conference @ BOAP.org Blog
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“The Laborers Are Few” (The Church in the DR Congo: A Personal Perspective, Part 11) @ FAIR Blog
  -  Antoine Gadan, 1854-1934: Les Moissonneurs, 1910 In a presentation at the 2018...

FairMormon Conference Podcast #23 – Richard Lloyd Anderson, “Explaining Away the Book of Mormon Witnesses” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. This episode is a...

Bishop Vaughn J. Featherstone’s Experience with the Scriptures and the Savior @ FAIR Blog
  -  Cross-posted from Truth Will Prevail Cobbled together by Dennis B. Horne        ...

Church Developments and Their Timescales @ FAIR Blog
  -   I was recently thinking about some of the significant programmatic changes that...

FairMormon Conference Podcast #22 – Daniel Peterson, “Apologetics: What, Why, and How” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. This episode is a...

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...

Responding to Abuse @ FAIR Blog
  -  The Gospel of Jesus Christ is a message of peace and good will.  The healing of...

Book Review: We’ll Sing and We’ll Shout: The Life and Times of W. W. Phelps @ FAIR Blog
  -  Available at a discount at the FairMormon Bookstore William Wines Phelps (usually known...

FairMormon Questions: First Presidency Statement on Temples @ FAIR Blog
  -  FairMormon has a service where questions can be submitted and they are answered by...

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)...

FairMormon Conference Podcast #21 – Lisa Olsen Tait, “Takeaways from the Gospel Topics Essays” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. This episode is a...

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...

Book Review: Faith is not Blind @ FAIR Blog
  -  Available at a discount from the FairMormon Bookstore Bruce C. Hafen was a member of the...

The Temple 3: A Light to the World (The Church in the DR Congo: A Personal Perspective, Part 10) @ FAIR Blog
  -  The DR Congo Kinshasa Temple Shining At Nightfall In a presentation at the 2018...

FairMormon Conference Podcast #20 – Brittany Chapman Nash, “An Act of Religious Conviction: Mormon Women and Nineteenth-Century Polygamy” @ FAIR Blog
  -   This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. This episode...

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 Temple 2: “Holiness to the Lord” (The Church in the DR Congo: A Personal Perspective, Part 9) @ FAIR Blog
  -  Construction Crew – DR Congo Kinshasa Temple In a presentation at the 2018...

FairMormon Questions: Is it true that most historians that look into the life of Joseph Smith eventually leave the Church? @ FAIR Blog
  -  FairMormon has a service where questions can be submitted and they are answered by...

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...

FairMormon Conference Podcast #19 – Elder Kevin W. Pearson, “A Sacred and Imperative Duty” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. This episode is a...

Anger Without A Cause? – President Oaks and a False Narrative @ FAIR Blog
  -    The debate surrounding LGBT issues is one high in emotion and passion, with all...

The Temple 1: “Turning the Hearts of the Children” (The Church in the DR Congo: A Personal Perspective, Part 8) @ FAIR Blog
  -  Primary children from the Buima branch in the city of Matadi, DR Congo In a presentation...

It’s the Final Four in the Bookstore! @ FAIR Blog
  -   It’s the Final Four! (Days to ship for Christmas Delivery, that is!) Remember the...

Taking the Gospel to the “Ends of the Earth” (The Church in the DR Congo: A Personal Perspective, Part 7) @ FAIR Blog
  -  Emmanuel Issamba, an investigator from the remote city of Bunia, DR Congo. Left to Right:...

Building from Centers of Strength – Wagenya (The Church in the DR Congo: A Personal Perspective, Part 6) @ FAIR Blog
  -  Photo of a Wagenya fisherman taken by Irish photographer Andrew McConnell in 2010. To...

FairMormon Conference Podcast #18 – Jenny Reeder, “‘Fire In My Bones:’ Women’s Stories on churchhistorianspress.org” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. This episode is a...

Book Review: Joseph Smith Papers, Revelations and Translations, Vol. 4: Book of Abraham and Related Manuscripts @ FAIR Blog
  -  Available in the FairMormon Bookstore This new volume of the Joseph Smith Papers is...

A NEW New Testament Translation and Study Bible! @ FAIR Blog
  -  A NEW New Testament? Finally! Do you find that reading King James Version of the  New...

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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