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Book Review: Free to Believe, by: Luke Goodrich @ Millennial Star
  -  Free to Believe: The Battle over Religious Freedom in America By Luke Goodrich Read this...

2019 Christmas Initiative Encourages Service ‘One by One’ @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Thursday, 14 November 2019 | A global effort to minister to others...

Love Makes a Family and Other Lies @ Millennial Star
  -  This morning for our family devotional I felt prompted to take a slight detour from our...

Doors Open for Public Tours of the Arequipa Peru Temple @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Tuesday, 12 November 2019 | A public open house will begin this week for...

Come Follow Me: Hebrews 7-13 @ Millennial Star
  -  My blog post for this coming week’s CFM...

Fall of the Berlin Wall 30 Years Later @ Millennial Star
  -  Ten years ago today, I wrote my first post for The Millennial Star as a regular...

Misunderstanding v. Stupidity @ Millennial Star
  -  In 1980 a Mr. Hanlon wrote, “Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately...

#LightTheWorld Giving Machines Expand to 10 Locations During Christmas Season @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Wednesday, 06 November 2019 | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day...

Washington County Utah Temple Site Announced @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Wednesday, 06 November 2019 | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day...

First Presidency Welcomes Leader of Muslim World League @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Wednesday, 06 November 2019 | The First Presidency of The Church of...

Title of Liberty Raised in Three-Country Tour of Central America @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Panama City | Tuesday, 05 November 2019 | A delegation from The Church of Jesus Christ of...

Church Statement on Tragedy in Mexico @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Tuesday, 05 November 2019 | In response to the tragedy Monday in Mexico...

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...

Live In Thanksgiving Daily @ Millennial Star
  -  I feel like this year has been a slog thru the trenches of life for me and my family. One...

Come Follow Me – Hebrews 1-6 @ Millennial Star
  -  My weekly blog on the Come Follow Me...

Rededication of the Asunción Paraguay Temple Is Complete @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Sunday, 03 November 2019 | The renovations of the Asunción Paraguay...

Thousands Attend Latin American Cultural Celebration Held at Conference Center @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Saturday, 02 November 2019 |

Change… @ Millennial Star
  -  No matter what change occurs, someone will complain. I try not to be one of those people....

Turning Something Very Good Into Something Very Bad @ Millennial Star
  -  Jacob Z. Hess This is the fourth of a seven-part series, “Recruiting Alma the...

Come Follow Me – 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon @ Millennial Star
  -  My current post on Come Follow Me –  1 and 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon...

Site Announced for Moses Lake Washington Temple @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Tuesday, 29 October 2019 |

Groundbreaking Held for International African American Museum @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Charleston, South Carolina | Tuesday, 29 October 2019 | Ground has been broken on the...

Halloween Massacre at Hawn’s Mill (Part 6 of 7) @ Gospel Tangents
  -  Seventeen Mormon men and boys were killed at Hawn’s Mill, Missouri on October 30,...

Finding Jacob Hawn (Part 5 of 7) @ Gospel Tangents
  -  The story of Hawn’s Mill, Missouri is a tragedy.  You may have noticed I have been...

Church Continues to Oppose Conversion Therapy @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Friday, 25 October 2019 | In response to the many stories inaccurately...

Latter-day Saints Around the World: Country Newsroom Websites, October 25, 2019 @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Friday, 25 October 2019 |

Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square Announces 20th Annual Christmas Concert Guest Artists @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Friday, 25 October 2019 | Acclaimed Broadway singer and actress Kelli...

Church Leaders Visit New Zealand Mosque @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Christchurch, New Zealand | Friday, 25 October 2019 | Leaders of The Church of Jesus...

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

First Presidency welcomes Cuba’s US Ambassador to Temple Square @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Thursday, 24 October 2019 | At the request of Cuba’s Ambassador to the...

Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple Opens Doors to the Public @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Thursday, 24 October 2019 | A public open house is set to begin for the...

Was Extermination Order a License to Kill? (Part 4 of 7) @ Gospel Tangents
  -  On October 27, 1838, Governor Lilburn Boggs signed the Extermination Order, saying that...

Church Assists With Hospital Bed Donation in Papua New Guinea       @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea | Wednesday, 23 October 2019 | Latter-day Saint Charities...

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...

Missionary Passes Away in the Democratic Republic of the Congo @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Tuesday, 22 October 2019 | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day...

President Ballard Invites New Movement to Pray @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  New England | Sunday, 20 October 2019 | President Ballard Concludes Ministry in New...

Latter-day Saint Apostle Rededicates Frankfurt Germany Temple @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Sunday, 20 October 2019 |

Mormon Dissent Leads to Salt Sermon (Part 3 of 7) @ Gospel Tangents
  -  Following the Kirtland Banking Crisis in 1836, Joseph Smith finally came to Missouri, but...

President Ballard Addresses New England Latter-day Saints @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Sharon, Vermont | Saturday, 19 October 2019 | President Ballard Addresses New England...

Ground Broken for Utah’s 18th Temple @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Saturday, 19 October 2019 | Ground was broken Saturday for the Saratoga...

Apostles of Jesus Christ Minister in Southwest United States  @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Phoenix, Arizona - Austin, Texas | Friday, 18 October 2019 |

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

Mormon Expulsion from Jackson County 1833 (Part 2 of 7) @ Gospel Tangents
  -  We’re continuing our conversation with Dr. Alex Baugh.  We’ve already discussed some...

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...

Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus Eliminated in the Democratic Republic of the Congo @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Monday, 14 October 2019 | Latter-day Saint Charities and other partners...

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...

FairMormon Conference Podcast #34 – Jeffrey Bradshaw, “Stories of the Saints in the DR Congo” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. Please join us for...

FairMormon Questions: Why does Nephi quote from Isaiah in the Book of Mormon? @ FAIR Blog
  -  FairMormon has a service where questions can be submitted and they are answered by...

FairMormon Conference Podcast #33 – Sara Riley, “‘Even as Moses Did’: The Use of the Exodus Narrative in Mosiah 11-18” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. Please join us for...

Book Review: A Documentary History of The Book of Mormon @ FAIR Blog
  -  Available from the FairMormon Bookstore Larry E. Morris has written books on the...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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