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Oliver Cowdery’s Rod of Revelation (Part 2 of 7) @ Gospel Tangents
  -  In the 19th and 20th century, dowsing rods were commonly used to find water.  Apparently...

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...

Count Your Blessings @ Millennial Star
  -  There are times when our outlook on life can be very negative, times when the things that...

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...

Masonic Connections in Oliver Cowdery’s Family (Part 1 of 7) @ Gospel Tangents
  -  Clair Barrus has been studying Mormon history since before Al Gore invented the internet!...

As COVID-19 Restrictions Ease, Here's How the Church Is Reintegrating @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Tuesday, 02 June 2020 | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints...

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

Black Lives Matter and MMM @ Millennial Star
  -  During the last riots, I tried to explain Black Lives Matter. Having failed, with the new...

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...

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

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

Mormon-Mason Similarities/Differences (Part 3 of 3) @ Gospel Tangents
  -  Many people know that there are similarities between Mormon temple ceremonies and Masonic...

Come Follow Me: Alma 5-7 @ Millennial Star
  -  My blog post for Come Follow Me: Alma 5-7...

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...

Joseph Smith’s Masonic Connections (Part 2 of 3) @ Gospel Tangents
  -  When did Joseph Smith learn about masonry?  Was it in Nauvoo or Kirtland?  And when did...

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...

Book Review – The Voice of the People: Political Rhetoric in the Book of Mormon @ FAIR Blog
  -  Available from the FairMormon Bookstore The Voice of the People: Political Rhetoric in...

2020 election prediction from the person who correctly called 2016 @ Millennial Star
  -  In May 2016, I predicted Donald Trump would be the next president. You can read it here....

Masonry from Solomon to Kirtland (Part 1 of 3) @ Gospel Tangents
  -  It has been said that as King Solomon was building his temple, masons learned the temple...

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...

God’s Truth v Our Opinions @ Millennial Star
  -  I’ve been bemused in the past several weeks (actually years) to hear folks debate...

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 |

FairMormon Conference Podcast #58 – Elder Bruce C. and Sister Marie K. Hafen, “Faith is Not Blind” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. This presentation...

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...

Book Review: The Joseph Smith Papers, Documents, Vol. 10: May – August 1842 @ FAIR Blog
  -  Available from the FairMormon Bookstore Nauvoo is getting busy. This volume contains 623...

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...

The Problems with Progressives in the Church @ Millennial Star
  -  This is a guest post by Hanna Seariac, who recently graduated from Brigham Young...

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

The upside of COVID-19: the end of many leftist narratives @ Millennial Star
  -  As we ponder the fact that hundreds of thousands of people are dying worldwide from...

Soft Hearts – A Parable @ Millennial Star
  -  The scriptures urge us to make our hearts soft, warning of those who are hard hearted....

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...

Come Follow Me: Mosiah 18-24 @ Millennial Star
  -  My blog post on Come Follow Me: Mosiah 18-24...

Church Leaders Celebrate ‘Our Heavenly Parents’ Adult Daughters’ on Mother’s Day  @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Sunday, 10 May 2020 | President Russell M. Nelson, Elder D. Todd...

FairMormon Conference Podcast #57 – Brian C. Hales, “Supernatural or Supernormal? Scrutinizing Secular Sources for the Book of Mormon” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. This presentation...

Missionary Travel Guidelines @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Friday, 08 May 2020 | The following statement on missionary travel has...

Limited reopening of some temples @ Millennial Star
  -  7 May 2020 – Salt Lake City News Release First Presidency Announces...

Church of Jesus Christ Represented at National Day of Prayer @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Washington, D.C. | Thursday, 07 May 2020 | A member of The Church of Jesus Christ of...

First Presidency Announces Limited Reopening of Temples @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Thursday, 07 May 2020 | In a letter to all Church members, the First...

Tracing Ancient Threads in the Book of Moses @ FAIR Blog
  -  2020 Interpreter Foundation Conference Tracing Ancient Threads in the Book of...

Interpreting Scripture, History, Science, and Creation @ FAIR Blog
  -  Ben Spackman is a Latter-day Saint scholar who works in American religious history,...

FairMormon Conference Podcast #56 – Matthew C. Godfrey, “Insights from the Joseph Smith Papers into John C. Bennett’s Dismissal from the Church” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. This presentation...

FairMormon Conference Podcast #55 – John W. & Jeannie Welch, “Parables of Jesus Revealing the Plan of Salvation” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. This presentation...

FairMormon Conference Podcast #54 – Larry Morris, “The Eight Witnesses” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. This presentation...

2020 Interpreter Foundation Conference @ FAIR Blog
  -  This has now been postponed until September or October. Additional updates will be on the...

FairMormon Conference Podcast #53 – Matthew Bowen, “Laman and Nephi as Key-Words: An Etymological, Narratological, and Rhetorical Approach to Understanding Lamanites and Nephites as Religious, Political, and Cultural Descriptors” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. This presentation...

FairMormon Conference Podcast #52 – Elizabeth Kuehn, “The Lives and Letters of the Twelve Apostles and their Wives during the Second British Mission, 1839-1841” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. This presentation...

In the News: Chad and Lori Daybell and Gospel Extremism @ FAIR Blog
  -  In recent news coverage of Chad and Lori Vallow Daybell, such as this article in the East...

FairMormon Questions: Is the church excessively “hoarding” money that should be given to charities? @ FAIR Blog
  -   [Editor’s note: Latter-day Saint Charities just released their 2019 Annual...

Book Review: The Rise of the Latter-day Saints: The Journals and Histories of Newel Knight @ FAIR Blog
  -  Available from the FairMormon Bookstore Newel Knight lived from September 13, 1800 to...

FairMormon Conference Podcast #51 – Scott Hales, “The Exodus and Beyond: A Preview of Saints, Volume 2: No Unhallowed Hand” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. This presentation...

How to Build Resilient Faith @ FAIR Blog
  -  [Cross-posted from Ben Spackman’s blog, where background is given about how this...

Who Won The Decade in Apologetics: Church Division @ FAIR Blog
  -   Tournament Introduction I have been reflecting on the highlights of defending the...

FairMormon Conference Podcast #50 – Matt Roper/Kirk Magleby, “Time Vindicates the Prophet” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. This presentation...

FairMormon Conference Presentations to go with the “Introductory Pages of the Book of Mormon” Come Follow Me Lesson @ FAIR Blog
  -   This is a little late, but it came to me while sitting in Gospel Doctrine today that we...

Conclusions in Search of Evidence @ FAIR Blog
  -  Cross-posted from The Interpreter Foundation Review of Jana Riess, The Next Mormons:...

From Anglican Minister to Relief Society Sister – Interview with Jennifer Roach @ FAIR Blog
  -  Early on in life, Jennifer Roach was raised in a broadly Evangelical Christian setting....

Book Review: The Pearl of Greatest Price: Mormonism’s Most Controversial Scripture @ FAIR Blog
  -  Available from the FairMormon Bookstore Most members of The Church of Jesus Christ of...

Post-Mortem Analysis on this Year’s Exposé Stunt @ FAIR Blog
  -  Monday sometime, news reports made it clear that (at least for the opponents of The...

FairMormon Conference Podcast #49 – Angela Hallstrom, “Women’s Voices in Saints Volume 2” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. This presentation...

FairMormon Conference Podcast #48 – Ben Spackman, “A Paradoxical Preservation of Faith: LDS Creation Accounts and the Composite Nature of Revelation” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. This presentation...

FairMormon Conference Podcast #47 – Richard Terry, “The Dirt on the Ancient Inhabitants of Mesoamerica” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. This presentation...

FairMormon Conference Podcast #46 – Daniel Peterson, “‘Idle Tales’? The Witness of Women” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. This presentation...

A Guide to the First Century Apostasy @ FAIR Blog
  -   As my contribution to your home centered study of 1 and 2 Thessalonians this week, I...

FairMormon Conference Podcast #45 – Wendy Ulrich, “Women, Men, and Priesthood Power” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. This presentation...

Applying Heidegger to Religious Conviction @ FAIR Blog
  -  by Jeffrey Thayne and Ed Gantt, cross-posted from Latter-day Saint Philosopher A...

Book Review: The Joseph Smith Papers, Documents, Vol. 9: December 1841 – April 1842 @ FAIR Blog
  -  Available from the FairMormon Bookstore As we reach the last few years of Joseph...

FairMormon Conference Podcast #44 – René Krywult, “Fear Leads to the Dark Side: How to Navigate the Shallows of (Mis)Information” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. This presentation...

Seeking Truth @ FAIR Blog
  -  by Dennis B. Horne Some months ago I noticed the comments of a critic of the Church...

Women as Witnesses @ FAIR Blog
  -  Editor’s Note: The transcript of Daniel Peterson’s 2019 FairMormon Conference...

FairMormon Conference Podcast #43 – Scott Gordon, “CES Letter: Proof or Propaganda?” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. This presentation...

Transforming Themselves to Be Apostles @ FAIR Blog
  -  by Delisa Hargrove, cross-posted from LDS Blogs In much of the northern hemisphere,...

FairMormon Conference Podcast #42 – Tad R. Callister, “A Case for the Book of Mormon” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. This presentation...

FairMormon Conference Podcast #41 – Jasmin Rappleye, “ScripturePlus: The Future of Scripture Study” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. This presentation...

Am I Plugged Into the Source? @ FAIR Blog
  -  by Delisa Hargrove, cross-posted from LDS Blogs After my morning routine, I grabbed my...

FairMormon Conference Podcast #40 – Don Bradley, “Joseph Smith’s First Vision as Endowment and Epitome of the Gospel of Jesus Christ (or Why I Came Back to the Church)” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. This presentation...

FairMormon Conference Podcast #39 – Matthew McBride, “Answering Historical Questions with Church History Topics” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. This presentation...

FairMormon Conference Podcast #38 – Spencer McBride, “Joseph Smith in Van Buren’s White House: Lessons in Electoral Politics and Religious Freedom” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. This presentation...

FairMormon Conference Podcast #37 – Randall Spackman, “Chronological Structure and Symbolism in the Small Plates of Nephi” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. This presentation...

Book Review – First Vision: Memory and Mormon Origins @ FAIR Blog
  -  Available in the FairMormon Bookstore First Vision: Memory and Mormon Origins by Steven...

FairMormon Conference Podcast #36 – Elder Craig C. Christensen, “Foundations of Our Faith” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. This presentation...

2019 FairMormon Lifetime Achievement Award @ FAIR Blog
  -  Congratulations to Dr. Daniel C. Peterson, recipient of the 2019 FairMormon Lifetime...

2019 John Taylor Defender of the Faith Award @ FAIR Blog
  -  Congratulations to this year’s recipient of the John Taylor Defender of the Faith...

FairMormon Conference Podcast #35 – Jeff Lindsay, “‘Arise from the Dust’: Digging into a Vital Book of Mormon Theme” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. Please join us for...

Book Review: If Truth Were a Child: Essays @ FAIR Blog
  -  Available from the FairMormon Bookstore George B. Handley is a humanities professor at...

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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