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Come Follow Me: 2 Nephi 11-25 @ Millennial Star
  -  My blog post on Come Follow Me: 2 Nephi...

Lovecraft Revisited and Views on Wickedness @ Millennial Star
  -  There has been in the past some discussion here about Lovecraft and his atheist and...

Theological Case for Women & Priesthood (Part 4 of 8) @ Gospel Tangents
  -  If I do say so myself, I think Dr. Margaret Toscano gives one of the most insightful...

Volume 2 of Saints Now Available @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Wednesday, 12 February 2020 | The second volume of Saints: The Story of...

April Open House Announced for Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Wednesday, 12 February 2020 | The First Presidency of The Church of...

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...

Church History Museum Opens Interactive Temple-Themed Exhibit @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Tuesday, 11 February 2020 | A new interactive Church History Museum...

Elder Soares Meets With Guatemala’s President @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Guatemala City, Guatemala | Tuesday, 11 February 2020 | Elder Ulisses Soares, a senior...

An Excommunicated Believer (Part 3 of 8) @ Gospel Tangents
  -  In September 1993, six scholars were disciplined by LDS Church leaders over their...

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

Thinking about Eternity @ Millennial Star
  -  I’ve been reflecting a lot on the concept of eternity. Sometimes we need the...

What I Learned In Primary: I Am Blessed When I Obey @ Millennial Star
  -  Teaching the CTR-7s in our Primary continues to be a fun calling.  These kids are...

Come Follow Me: 2 Nephi 6-12 @ Millennial Star
  -  My newest blog post on Come Follow Me: 2 Nephi...

Fair article on Church investments @ Millennial Star
  -  The Wall Street Journal has written what is says is the first article with Church...

Sister Bingham Observes Pilot Nutrition Program in the Philippines @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Catarman, Philippines | Saturday, 08 February 2020 | Sister Jean B. Bingham, Relief...

Feminist Awakening at BYU (Part 2 of 8) @ Gospel Tangents
  -  Following her time as a student and teacher at BYU, Dr. Margaret Toscano had a bit of a...

Do What is Right Let the Consequence Follow @ Millennial Star
  -  One of my favorite stories of President Thomas S. Monson came in a talk entitled...

Statement Following Intruder Incident at the Brazil Missionary Training Center @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  São Paulo | Wednesday, 05 February 2020 | Due to recent media inquiries regarding an...

Toscano: From BYU to Utah (Part 1 of 8) @ Gospel Tangents
  -  Dr. Margaret Toscano is the Dept Chair at the University of Utah, but she got 2 degrees...

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

Sister Cordon Tells Students to Take Questions to Divine Source @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Provo, Utah | Tuesday, 04 February 2020 | “The true gift of prayer is knowing we are...

Coronavirus Impacting Missionary Service In Hong Kong @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Tuesday, 04 February 2020 | 113 Missionaries will be transferring out of...

Renovation Work Underway on St. George Utah Temple  @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  St. George, Utah | Monday, 03 February 2020 | The first phase of the renovation of the...

Come Follow Me – 2 Nephi 1-5 @ Millennial Star
  -  My blog post on Come Follow Me: 2 Nephi 1-5 is...

Critics & Apologists (Part 12 of 12) @ Gospel Tangents
  -  Some people call Historian Don Bradley an apologist for his seemingly too rosy view of...

Church Adjusts Missionary Numbers in Liberia @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Sunday, 02 February 2020 | Daniel Woodruff, a spokesman for The Church...

Silicon Slopes Aims to Pack 1 Million Meals for Utah Food Bank @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Friday, 31 January 2020 | During this week’s two-day Silicon Slopes...

New General Handbook for Church Leaders and Members to Be Published in February @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Thursday, 30 January 2020 | On Thursday, General Authorities and General...

I adore Don Bradley: The Lost Manuscript @ Millennial Star
  -  I first stumbled across Don Bradley in 2015, first reading a snippet about his thoughts...

Church Distributes Medical Supplies in China to Combat Coronavirus @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Wednesday, 29 January 2020 | Two shipments of medial supplies arrived in...

Church’s Official Twitter Handle Changes to @Ch_JesusChrist @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Wednesday, 29 January 2020 | The username of the official Twitter...

Missionary Precautions Regarding Coronavirus @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Wednesday, 29 January 2020 | Due to media inquiries, a statement has...

Come Follow Me: 1 Nephi 16-22 @ Millennial Star
  -  My blog post on Come Follow Me: 1 Nephi...

Groundbreaking Dates Announced for Temples in Virginia, the Philippines and Utah @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Thursday, 23 January 2020 | The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus...

Elder Rasband Says Choice ‘Depends Upon Robust Religious Freedom’ @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Provo, Utah | Tuesday, 21 January 2020 | “My message today is of the fundamental...

Durban South Africa Temple Opens Doors to the Public  @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Durban, South Africa | Monday, 20 January 2020 | The public is invited to visit the new...

At Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Event, Apostle Encourages Christlike Love for All @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Monday, 20 January 2020 | Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of 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...

Elder Cook Concludes Philippine Ministry @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Manila | Friday, 17 January 2020 | For nearly a week, Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum...

Crews Prepare Salt Lake Temple Grounds for Excavation @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Friday, 17 January 2020 | The Temple Square South Visitors’ Center and...

First Presidency Announces Adjustments in Temple Ceremonial Clothing @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Friday, 17 January 2020 | Latter-day Saints wear ceremonial clothing...

Elder Cook Makes Unannounced Visit to Taal Volcano Evacuees  @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Manila, Philippines | Thursday, 16 January 2020 | Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum...

Apostle Counsels Young Adults to Overcome Fear and Commit to Christ @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Orem, Utah | Sunday, 12 January 2020 | An apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of...

Latter-day Saints Provide Assistance Following Puerto Rico Earthquakes  @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  San Juan, Puerto Rico | Wednesday, 08 January 2020 | Latter-day Saints in Puerto Rico are...

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...

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...

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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