The Isles of the Sea

How is Ministering Going for You and In Your Ward? @ Millennial Star
  -  Last year Pres. Nelson introduced the ministering program to the church. At the same time...

Hawley’s Opposition to MMM @ Gospel Tangents
  -  John Pierce Hawley rode with the Fancher-Baker party through Utah for a short time. Mel:...

Come Follow Me – Matthew 21-23; Mark 11; Luke 19-20; John 12 @ Millennial Star
  -  My newest blog post for Come Follow Me...

Mormon Pioneers in Texas & End of Wightites (Part 4 of 8) @ Gospel Tangents
  -  We’re continuing our conversation with Mel Johnson and we’ll finish out the Wightites...

Taking seriously the law of chastity @ Millennial Star
  -  This is a guest post by Michael Davidson I recently exchanged some correspondence with a...

More on the Zodiac Temple in Texas (Part 3 of 8) @ Gospel Tangents
  -  We’re continuing our discussion of the Mormon settlement in Zodiac, Texas.  Historian...

Church Provides $4 Million Donation to US Refugee Resettlement Agencies @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Wednesday, 15 May 2019 | For the third year in a row, The Church of...

Church opposes the Equality Act @ Millennial Star
  -  The Church issued a statement today on the Equality Act, a House bill that promotes LGBTQ...

Church Expresses Support for ‘Fairness for All’ Approach @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Monday, 13 May 2019 | The Church calls upon members of Congress to pass...

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...

Come Follow Me – Matthew 19-20; Mark 10; Luke 18 @ Millennial Star
  -  My newest blog post on Come Follow Me – Matthew 19-20; Mark 10; Luke 18...

Lyman Wight & Mormon Colonies in Texas (Part 2 of 8) @ Gospel Tangents
  -  Did you know Joseph Smith considered moving the Church to Texas?  Melvin Johnson talks...

Church Honors NAACP for Advancing Equality and Justice in Society @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Arlington, Virginia | Saturday, 11 May 2019 | Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of...

Groundbreaking Held for Second Ecuador Temple @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Saturday, 11 May 2019 | Ground was broken for The Church of Jesus Christ...

Get Your Music On! @ Millennial Star
  -  As we’ve mentioned, the Church is developing a new hymnal and Children’s...

Latter-day Saints Among Many Celebrating 150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Friday, 10 May 2019 |

Early Mormon Pioneer John Pierce Hawley (Part 1 of 8) @ Gospel Tangents
  -  I’m excited to introduce historian Melvin Johnson.  He’s written a biography on...

Fine-Tuning: Church Updates Guidelines for New Hymnbook and Children’s Songbook Submissions @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Thursday, 09 May 2019 | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints...

More Dads Please @ Millennial Star
  -  I’m not a British Royal watcher at all. But the fact that a new prince was born...

Latter-day Saints Around the World: Country Newsroom Websites, May 8, 2019 @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Wednesday, 08 May 2019 |

Oakland Temple Open House @ Millennial Star
  -  The public open house for the newly renovated Oakland Temple will start this Saturday,...

Saratoga Springs Utah Temple Plans Provided @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Tuesday, 07 May 2019 | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints...

Church eliminates temple marriage waiting period @ Millennial Star
  -  Another change: In a major change to a century of Latter-day Saint wedding tradition and...

Music Monday: Name That Tune Edition @ Millennial Star
  -  Last year we cut the cord and dropped our satellite service. It was the best decision...

Couples Married Civilly Now Authorized for Immediate Temple Marriage @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Monday, 06 May 2019 | The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ...

Missionaries Preapproved for BYU-Pathway Worldwide @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Monday, 06 May 2019 |

Oakland California Temple Opens Doors to the Public After Renovation @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Oakland, California | Monday, 06 May 2019 | The public is invited to tour the newly...

Elder Holland Rededicates Renovated Memphis Tennessee Temple @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Sunday, 05 May 2019 |

Ground Broken for Three International Temples @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Saturday, 04 May 2019 | Church and local community leaders in Yigo,...

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...

General Presidents Answer Questions in Live Sister-to-Sister Broadcast   @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Provo, Utah | Friday, 03 May 2019 | The general presidents of the Relief Society, Young...

Open House and Rededication Dates Announced for Two US Temples @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Friday, 03 May 2019 | The dates for open houses and rededications have...

Primary General President Offers Prayer at White House @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Washington, D.C. | Thursday, 02 May 2019 | “Please help us to unite as one nation under...

Worldwide Children and Youth Initiative on Track for 2020 @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Monday, 29 April 2019 | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints...

Sister Eubank Speaks at UN Conference in Geneva @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Geneva, Switzerland | Monday, 29 April 2019 | Sister Sharon Eubank, president of LDS...

Chad Eliminates Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Friday, 26 April 2019 | LDS Charities and other partners are making...

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...

Open House Begins for Brazil’s Seventh Temple @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Tuesday, 23 April 2019 |

Public Open House Begins for Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Monday, 22 April 2019 | The public is invited to visit the newly...

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...

President and Sister Nelson Plan June Ministry Visit to Florida @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Friday, 19 April 2019 | Latter-day Saints in Florida will soon get a...

Plans Unveiled for Salt Lake Temple Renovation @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Friday, 19 April 2019 | Details and project renderings have been...

President Nelson Pens Personal Note of Sympathy to Pope Francis after Notre Dame Fire @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Thursday, 18 April 2019 | President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of...

Tabernacle Choir 2019 Easter Concert Streamed Live @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Thursday, 18 April 2019 | The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, the...

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...

Three Excerpts from “Answers Will Come: Trusting the Lord in the Meantime” by Shalissa Lindsay @ FAIR Blog
  -  Available from the FairMormon Bookstore [A review of the book can be found here.] Not...

Book Review: Answers Will Come: Trusting the Lord in the Meantime @ FAIR Blog
  -  Available from the FairMormon Bookstore [Excerpts from the book can be found here.] The...

Jim Bennett: Standing My Ground @ FAIR Blog
  -   [Jim Bennett is the author of “A Faithful Reply to the CES Letter from a Former...

The LDS Church and the Race Issue: A Study in Misplaced Apologetics @ FAIR Blog
  -  Armand Lind Mauss is an American Sociologist specializing in the Sociology of...

A Look Back in LDS History for Black History Month @ FAIR Blog
  -  Look Magazine Cover, October 22, 1963 I am looking a copy of Look Magazine dated October...

Conference Notice: John Whitmer Historical Association 2019 Annual Conference @ BOAP.org Blog
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“The Laborers Are Few” (The Church in the DR Congo: A Personal Perspective, Part 11) @ FAIR Blog
  -  Antoine Gadan, 1854-1934: Les Moissonneurs, 1910 In a presentation at the 2018...

FairMormon Conference Podcast #23 – Richard Lloyd Anderson, “Explaining Away the Book of Mormon Witnesses” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. This episode is a...

Bishop Vaughn J. Featherstone’s Experience with the Scriptures and the Savior @ FAIR Blog
  -  Cross-posted from Truth Will Prevail Cobbled together by Dennis B. Horne        ...

Church Developments and Their Timescales @ FAIR Blog
  -   I was recently thinking about some of the significant programmatic changes that...

FairMormon Conference Podcast #22 – Daniel Peterson, “Apologetics: What, Why, and How” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. This episode is a...

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...

Responding to Abuse @ FAIR Blog
  -  The Gospel of Jesus Christ is a message of peace and good will.  The healing of...

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...

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)...

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...

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...

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

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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:...

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...

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...

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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