The Isles of the Sea

FairMormon Conference Podcast – Ben Spackman, “Truth, Scripture, and Interpretation: Some Precursors to Reading Genesis” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features a FairMormon Conference presentation each month. If you...

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...

Elder Uchtdorf Addresses Concerns @ Millennial Star
  -  As a follow up to my post of earlier this morning, Were Elder Uchtdorf and Pres. Eyring...

When People Leave Because of Lies @ Millennial Star
  -  Lot and his family fled Gomorrah based on a belief that it was a rotten place that God...

Were Elder Uchtdorf and Pres. Eyring Demoted? @ Millennial Star
  -  It’s always interesting to me to see reactions to changes in the church....

Alice Cooper’s Roots in Lively Mormon Schisms @ Gospel Tangents
  -  Have you ever heard the myth that Alice Cooper was a Mormon?  It turns out that’s...

Thoughts on the new Presidency @ Millennial Star
  -  With a 93 year old prophet, changes in the presidency make sense. First, Elder Uchtdorf...

Russell M. Nelson Called as 17th President of the Church @ Millennial Star
  -  If you missed this morning’s announcement about the newly organized First...

If You Missed the Broadcast and News Conference @ Millennial Star
  -  Conjecture may now cease. Click to View the Broadcast and News Conference. If the video...

The New First Presidency @ Millennial Star
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Russell M. Nelson Named 17th Church President @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  SALT LAKE CITY | Tuesday, 16 January 2018 | President Russell M. Nelson was announced as...

New First Presidency Holds News Conference @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  SALT LAKE CITY | Tuesday, 16 January 2018 | President Russell M. Nelson and his...

How to Watch Tuesday’s Press Conference @ Millennial Star
  -  From the Mormon Newsroom: “Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day...

Elder and Sister Uchtdorf Encourage Young Adults to Trust in God @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  SALT LAKE CITY | Sunday, 14 January 2018 | Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the...

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

Different Succession Claims: Other Mormon Groups @ Gospel Tangents
  -  Yesterday was President Monson’s funeral.  When an LDS President dies, the First...

A Special Invitation for January 16th, 2018 @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  SALT LAKE CITY | Saturday, 13 January 2018 | Members of the Church from around the world...

President Monson Honored for Legacy of Love, Service @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  SALT LAKE CITY | Friday, 12 January 2018 | Thousands of people gathered in the Conference...

East Coast Ignorance, or Using an Emotional Event for Another Anti-Mormon Hit Piece? @ FAIR Blog
  -    President Thomas Spencer Monson (August 21, 1927 – January 2,...

How to Watch Pres. Monson’s Funeral @ Millennial Star
  -  From the Mormon Newsroom: ” Funeral services for President Thomas S. Monson, leader...

President Monson Viewing Attended by Thousands @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  SALT LAKE CITY | Thursday, 11 January 2018 | Before the break of dawn Thursday, hundreds...

How a Proper Translation of Genesis 1:1 Underscores the Atonement-like Properties of Creation. @ FAIR Blog
  -      As Latter-day Saints, we believe that the atonement plays a central...

The Strange Kirtland Temple Ownership Problems @ Gospel Tangents
  -  Following the Kirtland Banking Crisis in 1838, Joseph Smith left town in the dead of the...

David Grua on The Missouri War and Liberty Jail Letters @ Millennial Star
  -  LDS Perspectives will be switching to bi-weekly podcasts in 2018. In this inaugural...

Public Leaders Worldwide Pay Tribute to President Monson @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  SALT LAKE CITY | Wednesday, 10 January 2018 | In addition to tributes from Presidents...

President Nelson Signs Mission Calls as Presiding Apostle @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  SALT LAKE CITY | Tuesday, 09 January 2018 | President Russell M. Nelson, president of the...

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

Comparing LDS and RLDS Temple Worship @ Gospel Tangents
  -  In our next conversation, we’ll talk about differences in temple worship between the...

A Seventy & Apostle Discuss Myths & Kirtland Temple @ Gospel Tangents
  -  I’m excited to start 2018 two amazing guests: a Seventy and an Apostle of the Community...

President Monson’s Service by the Numbers @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  SALT LAKE CITY | Friday, 05 January 2018 | The life and ministry of President Thomas S....

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...

President Eyring and President Uchtdorf Share Feelings About Passing of President Monson @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  SALT LAKE CITY | Wednesday, 03 January 2018 |

President Monson Funeral Arrangements Announced @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  SALT LAKE CITY | Wednesday, 03 January 2018 | Funeral services for President Thomas S....

Tribute to President Monson from the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  SALT LAKE CITY | Wednesday, 03 January 2018 | The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The...

President Thomas S. Monson Dies at Age 90 @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Tuesday, 02 January 2018 | With tender feelings we announce that Thomas...

FairMormon Conference Podcast – Keith Erekson, “Witnessing the Book of Mormon: The Testimonies of Three, Eight, and Millions” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This is a new podcast series which will feature a FairMormon Conference presentation each...

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

Thousands Honor the Birth of Christ Through Unique Acts of Service @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  SALT LAKE CITY | Friday, 22 December 2017 |

Mormons Around the World Country Newsroom Websites December 19, 2017 @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  SALT LAKE CITY | Tuesday, 19 December 2017 | MormonNewsroom.org features stories from its...

Textual Studies of the Doctrine and Covenants: The Plural Marriage Revelation @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  My book on Doctrine and Covenants section 132 will arrive, February 27, 2018 from Greg...

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

2017 Year in Review @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  SALT LAKE CITY | Friday, 15 December 2017 | Take a look back at some of the significant...

Mormon Tabernacle Choir Celebrates Christmas Broadway-style @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  SALT LAKE CITY | Friday, 15 December 2017 | Broadway artist Sutton Foster and British...

Elegant Pioneer-Style Cedar City Utah Temple Is Dedicated @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  SALT LAKE CITY | Sunday, 10 December 2017 | President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in...

Hurricane Irma and Maria Updates @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Caribbean | Friday, 08 December 2017 | A summary of the response of The Church of Jesus...

Church Statement on Southern California Fires @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  SALT LAKE CITY | Friday, 08 December 2017 | The impact of the fires in southern...

Mormons Around the World Country Newsroom Websites December 6, 2017 @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  SALT LAKE CITY | Wednesday, 06 December 2017 | MormonNewsroom.org features stories from...

Church Donates $5 Million in Ongoing Refugee Assistance @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  SALT LAKE CITY | Wednesday, 06 December 2017 | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day...

US President Visits Welfare Square @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  SALT LAKE CITY | Monday, 04 December 2017 | “We’re really proud of you. What you do...

Christ's Birth Celebrated at First Presidency's Christmas Devotional @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  SALT LAKE CITY | Sunday, 03 December 2017 | “One word best describes the feelings we...

First Presidency 2017 Christmas Message @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  SALT LAKE CITY | Thursday, 30 November 2017 | Read the 2017 First Presidency Christmas...

Mormon Temples and Freemasonry @ FAIR Blog
  -  The video of Scott Gordon’s presentation from the 2017 FairMormon Conference is now...

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...

LGBT Youth Suicides: What Needs to Change @ FAIR Blog
  -  This is a guest post from Debra Oaks Coe, who is a member of the Executive Committee of...

Joseph Smith Papers, Documents, Vol. 6 Editors Talk about the volume. @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  Documents 6 is an especially important volume in the Documents series, covering the...

Women of Faith Vol 4 Meet the editors and authors. @ BOAP.org Blog
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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...

Gay Youth Suicides in Utah @ FAIR Blog
  -  Every individual lost to suicide is a tragedy, and there should be no room for excluding...

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...

Book Review: An Introduction to the Book of Abraham @ FAIR Blog
  -  10% off at the FairMormon Bookstore Click to purchase the book. [Another FairMormon...

Book Review: An Introduction to the Book of Abraham @ FAIR Blog
  -  10% off at the FairMormon Bookstore Publisher: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young...

“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...

What if People with Red Hair Were Denied the Priesthood? @ FAIR Blog
  -  Scott Gordon as a red-haired boy Note – From the mid-1840s until 1978 people of...

Jonathan Edwards Center Upcoming Lecture @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  The Jonathan Edwards Center presents a lecture by Prof. Michal Choinski Jagiellonian...

The Kirtland Temple @ FAIR Blog
  -  “The report of my death was an exaggeration.” (Letter to Frank Marshall White...

Mormon Scholars Testify – Bruce E. Dale @ FAIR Blog
  -  I was sixteen years old when I read the Book of Mormon for the first time. That book ran...

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

Presiding Bishopric, VI. @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  Final Installment Summarizing and expanding a bit here. Responsibility profiles for the...

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...

Book Review: The Council of Fifty: What the Records Reveal about Mormon History @ FAIR Blog
  -  Publisher: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University Editors: Matthew J. Grow...

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...

Presiding Bishopric, V. The First Presiding Bishops. @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  The First Presiding Bishop, Newell K. Whitney After the death of Joseph Smith in June...

Mormon Scholars Testify – Jonathan Westover @ FAIR Blog
  -  I cherish my testimony of my Savior and of God. As a brief background, I was born into a...

Presiding Bishopric, IV. @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  With the revelations of November 1 and 11, 1831 helping to define the role of the...

Presiding Bishopric, III. @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  Doctrine and Covenants section 68 contains important material regarding bishops. It is...

Presiding Bishopric, II. @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  Mormon Bishops, much like their post-New Testament counterparts did, evolved several...

Presiding Bishopric, I. @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  A few years ago I did a series of posts at BCC on the Presiding Bishopric of the LDS...

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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Of Testimonies and Twelve Year Olds @ FAIR Blog
  -  Members in Sacrament Meeting. Picture source:...

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...

The Enlightenment of Neo-Mormons @ FAIR Blog
  -   In Greek, the word neos means “new.” In English, the prefix “neo” generally...

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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Book Review: The Joseph Smith Papers: Documents Volume 5: October 1835 – January 1838 @ FAIR Blog
  -  Publisher: The Church Historian’s Press Date Available: May 15, 2017 Number of Pages:...

The New General Relief Society President: God Can Make Your Ordinariness into Something More @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  General Relief Society President, Jean Bingham: “Growing up, although I enjoyed...

News from Tennessee Conferences 1 May 1917 @ Amateur Mormon Historian
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News from Tennessee Conferences 24 Apr 1917 @ Amateur Mormon Historian
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Book Review: What You Don’t Know About the 100 Most Important Events in Church History @ FAIR Blog
  -   Authors: Casey Paul Griffiths, Susan Easton Black, Mary Jane Woodger Publisher:...

Come and See: Steve Peck Discusses His New Book at Writ & Vision @ BOAP.org Blog
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A New Mormon Oriented Press: BCC Press @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  Steve Evans and the crew at the By Common Consent blog began discussing the idea of a new...

News from Tennessee Conferences 3 Apr 1917 @ Amateur Mormon Historian
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Newsroom: Is the World Getting Worse? @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  From the LDS Public Relations arm, led by former Assistant Church Historian and Recorder,...

Book Review: Joseph Smith’s Revelations: A Doctrine and Covenants Study Companion from the Joseph Smith Papers @ FAIR Blog
  -  This book is part of the Joseph Smith Papers Project, but it’s different than the other...

Joseph Smith Papers New Online Content @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  Click the link for some interesting new items from the JSPP.Filed under: Uncategorized

Elders Eardley & Camp Strike Out On Their Own @ Amateur Mormon Historian
  -   The following is a letter written to John Morgan. Two of the incoming missionaries got...

News from Tennessee Conferences 20 Mar 1917 @ Amateur Mormon Historian
  -   So much in here this week. There is a dedication of a new chapel in Sarah Mississippi....

News from Tennessee Conferences 13 Mar 1917 @ Amateur Mormon Historian
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Some Thoughts on Finding “Truth”: The Right Tool for the Job @ FAIR Blog
  -  Nicolaus Copernicus Monument by Bertel Thorvaldsen According to the on-line Oxford...

Attacking the LDS Church’s Tax Exempt Status @ FAIR Blog
  -  Photo from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Salt_Lake_Temple_spires.jpg LGBT...

Tattoos Today @ FAIR Blog
  -   Ask any Mormon why he or she doesn’t have a tattoo and more than likely you will get...

FairMormon Needs Your Help! @ FAIR Blog
  -    Lehi’s Dream by Greg Olsen There is a battle raging for the hearts and...

FairMormon Questions: How can the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sing at the US Presidential Inauguration and put the stamp of religious approval on that event? @ FAIR Blog
  -  FairMormon has a service where questions can be submitted and they are answered by...

The Joseph Smith Papers: Administrative Records: Council of Fifty, Minutes, March 1844-January 1846 @ FAIR Blog
  -   [For more information on the Council of Fifty, see Matthew J. Grow’s 2016...

The Book of Mormon as a Second Witness to the Divinity of Jesus Christ @ FAIR Blog
  -   “To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth...

Book Review: Joseph Smith’s Seer Stones @ FAIR Blog
  -  15% off at the FairMormon Bookstore In September 2015, photographs of one of Joseph...

Courtroom Analogy @ FAIR Blog
  -   Guest post by Paul Brooks from The Reasonable Mormon Not guilty vs...

Why Build Temples? @ FAIR Blog
  -  The Lima Peru Temple This week, critics of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day...

Interview with Dr. Louis C. Midgley @ FAIR Blog
  -   This week’s interview on the Mormon FAIRCast is with is with Dr. Louis C....

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland Addresses Religious Persecution Conference in the UK @ FAIR Blog
  -  Elder Jeffrey R. Holland addresses humanitarians, scholars, faith and government leaders...

Will You Engage in the Wrestle? @ FAIR Blog
  -  “Questions are not just good, they are vital, because the ensuing spiritual wrestle...

Book Review: A Reason for Faith: Navigating LDS Doctrine & Church History @ FAIR Blog
  -  Available from the FairMormon bookstore at 20% off In the prologue of A Reason for...

President Scott Gordon Reviews the 2016 FairMormon Conference @ FAIR Blog
  -   “If we can’t have a discussion, then we might as well not have a...

The Probability of Mormonism as Divine @ FAIR Blog
  -   FAIRMormon welcomes Paul Brooks as a guest blogger. Paul is from the United...

The Critic’s Big List of Problems @ FAIR Blog
  -  by Michael R. Ash Any member who has undergone a faith crisis knows that there are many...

The Courage of Our Convictions: Embracing Mormonism in a Secular Age @ FAIR Blog
  -   Patrick Mason’s presentation from the 2016 FairMormon Conference. The transcript...

Faith and Reason 76: Deification @ FAIR Blog
  -  From the book: Of Faith and Reason: 80 Evidences Supporting the Prophet Joseph Smith by...

Charity Never Faileth @ FAIR Blog
  -  And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these...

Book Review: The Joseph Smith Papers: Documents Volume 4, April 1834 – September 1835 @ FAIR Blog
  -  Available from the FairMormon bookstore at 20% off This is the fourth in a projected...

The CES Letter 50 to 65 Witnesses Continued @ FAIR Blog
  -  In Video Five in the FairMormon series: “The CES Letter, A Closer Look” Brian...

Faith and Reason 75: Degrees of Glory @ FAIR Blog
  -   From the book: Of Faith and Reason: 80 Evidences Supporting the Prophet Joseph Smith...

The CES Letter 50 to 65 Three Witnesses @ FAIR Blog
  -  In Video Four of the FairMormon series: “The CES Letter, A Closer Look” Brian...

Faith and Reason 74: Salvation for the Dead @ FAIR Blog
  -  Baptismal font in the Copenhagen Denmark Temple. Jesus Christ taught that baptism is...

The CES Letter 43 to 44 Kinderhook Plates @ FAIR Blog
  -  In Video Three in the FairMormon series: “The CES Letter, A Closer Look”...

Faith and Reason 73: Sacred Vestments @ FAIR Blog
  -   To those outside a particular faith, the rituals and clothing may seem unfamiliar. But...

New DNA Evidence Reveals the Father of Josephine Lyon @ FAIR Blog
  -  Josephine Lyon is the daughter of Windsor Lyon. This proven relationship diminishes the...

The CES Letter 31 to 34 Polyandry @ FAIR Blog
  -  In Video Two in the FairMormon series: “The CES Letter, A Closer Look” Brian...

Faith and Reason 72: Secret Teachings Among the Apostles @ FAIR Blog
  -   Christ with the Twelve Apostles by Jacques Tissot From the book: Of Faith and Reason:...

Witness the Condescension of the Son of Man @ FAIR Blog
  -   by Gregorio Billikopf In the pseudepigraphical book, The Ascension of Isaiah, we come...