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

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

Fundamentalists and Cutlerites (Part 5 of 8) @ Gospel Tangents
  -  In this episode, Steve Shields and I discuss some of the larger and smaller Mormon...

Come Follow Me, Matthew 2, Luke 2 @ Millennial Star
  -  This week’s Come Follow Me Sunday School lesson is is available on my blog. Matthew...

Of Salome and Snow White @ Millennial Star
  -  The story in the Book of Mormon of a dancing daughter desiring the head of a parent's...

Temple Rededications Announced for May 2019 @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Wednesday, 16 January 2019 | The Memphis Tennessee and Oklahoma City...

Elder Uchtdorf Asks Young Adults to Listen for the Music of the Spirit @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Provo, Utah | Tuesday, 15 January 2019 | "We are here to learn how to hear the music of...

Music Monday: If Ye Love Me Keep My Commandments @ Millennial Star
  -  This year’s theme scripture for the Young Men and Women is John 14: 15, “If...

Was Adam Clarke Source of JST? (Part 5 of 5) @ Gospel Tangents
  -  A few months ago, Dr. Thomas Wayment made headlines in the Mormon community when he came...

Rome Italy Temple to Begin Public Tours @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Rome, Italy | Monday, 14 January 2019 | Public tours begin this month for the Rome Italy...

Apostle Discusses Lessons From Watergate With Famed Journalist Bob Woodward @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Washington, D.C. | Monday, 14 January 2019 | An apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of...

Utah researcher says no data linking LGBT suicides to religion @ Millennial Star
  -  I will quote at length this story, which most readers should find interesting. (Note to...

Elder and Sister Renlund Discuss Faith and Doubt in Worldwide Broadcast @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  LAIE, HAWAII | Sunday, 13 January 2019 | Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the...

President Nelson Brings Hope to Californians Caught in 2018 Wildfires @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Chico, California | Sunday, 13 January 2019 | As people in northern California recover...

Artist Rendering Released for San Juan Puerto Rico Temple   @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Saturday, 12 January 2019 | An artist rendering of the San Juan Puerto...

Daughter of President Nelson Passes @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Saturday, 12 January 2019 |

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)...

Fixing Known Biblical Errors (Part 4 of 5) @ Gospel Tangents
  -  Joseph Smith wrote Article of Faith 8: “We Believe the Bible to be the word of God as...

Latter-day Saints Around the World Country Newsroom Websites January 11, 2019 @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Friday, 11 January 2019 | MormonNewsroom.org features stories from its...

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

Brazil Temple Nearly Ready for Open House Visits @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Thursday, 10 January 2019 | The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus...

Myth of the Lambing Season (Part 5 of 5) @ Gospel Tangents
  -  We’re finishing our conversation with Dr. Jeff Chadwick, a New Testament scholar at...

The Star in the East @ Millennial Star
  -  In the spring of 5 BC, Chinese astronomers noted the presence of a bright “broom...

Music Monday: It Is Well With My Soul @ Millennial Star
  -  Welcome to 2019! I enjoyed writing about Christmas music in the month of December. (See...

Come Follow Me lesson #1, We are Responsible for our Own Learning @ Millennial Star
  -  Here is the link to my blog on this week’s lesson....

Is Christmas a Celebration of Sun? (Part 4 of 5) @ Gospel Tangents
  -  Many people have said that Dec. 25 is an old Roman holiday celebrating the Sun in the...

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...

Focusing on the Temple @ Millennial Star
  -  This Sunday I gained an interesting insight from comments made by the Bishop of Nauvoo...

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

Mitt Romney’s first act of 2019: attack Trump @ Millennial Star
  -  Mitt Romney is about to be sworn in as the junior Republican senator from Utah. This is a...

First Presidency Statement on Temples @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Wednesday, 02 January 2019 | Whenever the Lord has had a people on the...

Church Announces New Missions, Boundary Realignments @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Wednesday, 02 January 2019 | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day...

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

Hearts Knit Together in Unity and in Love @ Millennial Star
  -  This post is based on a sacrament meeting talk that I gave a few months ago that I have...

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

Here it is: Greg Kofford Ebook Sale. Plural Marriage Revelation Book @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  TSDC:PMR ebook along with ALL 2018 Kofford ebook titles is on sale until the end of the...

The Most-Viewed Church Newsroom Videos of 2018 @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Wednesday, 26 December 2018 | Videos from the Newsroom of The Church of...

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

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

Latter-day Saints Around the World Country Newsroom Websites December 21, 2018 @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Friday, 21 December 2018 | MormonNewsroom.org features stories from its...

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...

Dress Standards Updated for Sister Missionaries @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Thursday, 20 December 2018 | Sister missionaries of The Church of Jesus...

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

Latter-day Saint Professionals Honor New York City Rabbi @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  New York City | Wednesday, 19 December 2018 | Members of the New York Latter-day Saint...

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

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

Global Response for 'Light the World' Service Initiative @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Tuesday, 18 December 2018 | For the third year, members of The Church of...

Public Invited to Tour Newly Renovated Oakland California Temple @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Tuesday, 18 December 2018 | The public is invited to tour the newly...

2018 Year in Review @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Monday, 17 December 2018 | Take a look back at the year's significant...

Age Changes for Youth Progression and Ordination Announced @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  SALT LAKE CITY | Friday, 14 December 2018 | The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus...

Dominican Republic Missionary Training Center to Close in January 2019 @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  SALT LAKE CITY | Wednesday, 12 December 2018 | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day...

Kristin Chenoweth Rings in Christmas With The Tabernacle Choir @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  SALT LAKE CITY | Wednesday, 12 December 2018 | Kristin Chenoweth is the featured guest...

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

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

Barranquilla Colombia Temple Is Dedicated @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  SALT LAKE CITY | Sunday, 09 December 2018 |

First Presidency 2018 Christmas Message @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  SALT LAKE CITY | Thursday, 06 December 2018 |

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

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

Gifts From the Savior Focus of First Presidency’s Christmas Devotional @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  SALT LAKE CITY | Sunday, 02 December 2018 | “Jesus Christ is God’s transcendent gift...

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

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

Book sale. 30% off. @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  I know you’ve all be waiting to buy my book on D&C 132 because you believe...

New Joseph Smith Papers Bulletin @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  Latest from the Joseph Smith Papers here:...

Donate to FairMormon on Facebook for #GivingTuesday on Nov. 27 and it will be matched! @ FAIR Blog
  -  Thanks for all the donations! We couldn’t exist without you! We were able to raise...

Building from Centers of Strength – Kisangani (The Church in the DR Congo: A Personal Perspective, Part 5) @ FAIR Blog
  -  Little children at school for the poor in Kisangani, DR Congo In a presentation at the...

Shop our Thanksgiving Bookstore Sale and Support FairMormon While Getting 25% off! @ FAIR Blog
  -   Remember the FairMormon Bookstore as you plan your “Black Friday” shopping,...

A “Mormon” By Any Other Name @ FAIR Blog
  -  Editor’s Note: In anticipation of comments and e-mails on the matter, it should be...

What Attracts People to the Church? (The Church in the DR Congo: A Personal Perspective, Part 4) @ FAIR Blog
  -  Neon Konde presents a man with a copy of the Book of Mormon In a presentation at the...

“Alexa, play FairMormon Radio” @ FAIR Blog
  -  You can now listen to FairMormon Radio on your Amazon Echo, Dot, or other Alexa device!...

FairMormon Conference Podcast #17 – John Gee, “Selling Our Birthright for a Mess of Pottage: The Historical Authenticity of the Book of Abraham” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. In celebration of...

The Missionaries (The Church in the DR Congo: A Personal Perspective, Part 3) @ FAIR Blog
  -  Elders Kouame and Tchare In a presentation at the 2018 FairMormon Conference,[i]I shared...

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...

Upcoming November 10 Temple on Mount Zion Conference at BYU @ FAIR Blog
  -  Model of Herod’s Temple The Fourth Temple on Mount Zion Conference in memory of...

A Snapshot of the Church in the DR Congo (The Church in the DR Congo: A Personal Perspective, Part 2) @ FAIR Blog
  -   In a presentation at the 2018 FairMormon Conference,[i]I shared stories of some of the...

FairMormon Conference Podcast #16 – Tyler Griffin, “Book of Mormon Geographical References: Internal Consistency Taken to a New Level” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. This episode is a...

Prologue: What Brought Us to Africa? (The Church in the DR Congo: A Personal Perspective, Part 1) @ FAIR Blog
  -  Baptismal Day near Ikot Eyo, Cross River State, Nigeria, by Janath R. Cannon. Elder Edwin...

“Cease to Sleep Longer Than Is Needful” (Stories of the Saints in the DR Congo Part 7) @ FAIR Blog
  -  Family and friends of Luvualu Mwinza David and Ndotoni Josephine Author’s note: This...

“Abound in Hope” (Stories of the Saints in the DR Congo Part 6) @ FAIR Blog
  -  Family of Luvualu Mwinza David and Ndotoni Josephine Author’s note: This series shares...

“Continue in Humility” (Stories of the Saints in the DR Congo Part 5) @ FAIR Blog
  -  Norman Kamosi Author’s note: This series shares six stories about members of The...

Some 2018 FairMormon Conference Transcripts Now Available @ FAIR Blog
  -  Our volunteers have been very busy transcribing the presentations from the conference...

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...

FairMormon Conference Podcast #15 – Scott Gordon, “Mormon Temples and Freemasonry” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. This episode is a...

How Might We Interpret the Dense Temple-Related Symbolism of the Prophet’s Heavenly Vision in Isaiah 6? (Gospel Doctrine Lesson 36A) @ FAIR Blog
  -  Benjamin West: Isaiah’s lips purified An Old Testament KnoWhy relating to the...

What New Archaeological Discoveries in Jerusalem Relate to Hezekiah? (Gospel Doctrine Lesson 30A) @ FAIR Blog
  -  Shukron in room with markings An Old Testament KnoWhy relating to the reading assignment...

Featherston Family, Erstwhile Emigrants @ Amateur Mormon Historian
  -  One of the frustrating things about tracking emigrating members is the increasing...

“With All Diligence” (Stories of the Saints in the DR Congo Part 4) @ FAIR Blog
  -   Author’s note: This series shares six stories about members of The Church of Jesus...

Jaxon Washburn – Interfaith Work, and Being called on a Mission @ FAIR Blog
  -  Jaxon Washburn is a remarkable young man that has done a great deal of outreach work as...

“Obey … With Exactness” (Stories of the Saints in the DR Congo Part 3) @ FAIR Blog
  -   Author’s note: This series shares six stories about members of The Church of Jesus...

Book Review: Saints: The Story of the Church of Jesus Christ in the Latter Days, Volume 1: The Standard of Truth 1815-1846 @ FAIR Blog
  -  Available from the FairMormon bookstore One of the tactics that critics have used...

Celebrating Two New Books in the Book of Mormon Critical Text Project: The Nature of the Original Language of the Book of Mormon @ FAIR Blog
  -  Royal Skousen On Tuesday, September 25, at 7 p.m., BYU Professor Royal Skousen will...

Charity: “The Greatest of All” (Stories of the Saints in the DR Congo Part 2) @ FAIR Blog
  -   This series shares six stories about members of the Church of Jesus Christ of...

Da and Angélique Tarr: The Power of Faith (Stories of the Saints in the DR Congo Part 1) @ FAIR Blog
  -  Da and Angélique hold a Family Home Evening on the porch with their daughter Messah...

FairMormon Conference Podcast #14 – Special Episode on Saints #2 of 2 – Steve Harper, “Making Saints: A Look into the Writing of the New Church History” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. This is a special...

FairMormon Conference Podcast #13 – Special Episode on Saints #1 of 2 – Scott Hales, “Women’s Stories in Saints: The Story of the Church of Jesus Christ in the Latter Days” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. This is a special...

Book Review: 1,001 Facts About the Prophet Joseph Smith @ FAIR Blog
  -  Available at a discount from the FairMormon bookstore This is a short (151 pages)...

Papers of Jonathan Edwards flyer @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  JEC Call for Support

FairMormon Conference Podcast #12 – Scott Petersen, “Jesus Christ, the Same Yesterday, Today, and Forever: A Restoration of Primitive Christianity” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. This episode is a...

Conversion Story, MTC (Mormon.org) Missionary, and a Stake President – LDS MissionCast Podcast @ FAIR Blog
  -   Geoffrey Allen (Guest – via FaceTime) This week’s episode is a listener...

What Is the Significance of the Unusual Symbolism in Elisha’s Healings? (Gospel Doctrine Lesson 29B) @ FAIR Blog
  -  Triptych of the Cleansing of Naaman: the centre panel depicts Naaman, commander of the...

What Should We Make of the Story of Elisha and the Bears? (Gospel Doctrine Lesson 29A) @ FAIR Blog
  -  Prophet Elisha, Russian icon from first quarter of 18th century. The prophet is often...

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...

Joseph Smith Papers new web content @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  Plus notes on the pivotal volume 6....

Textual Studies of the Doctrine and Covenants: Plural Marriage Rev (D&C132) -podcast at Gospel Tangents @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  The other day I had a chance to sit down with Rick Bennett who operates the Gospel...

Strengths and Weaknesses of Modern Missionaries @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  Here is an excerpt of a report by a General Authority who toured several LDS missions in...

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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