The Isles of the Sea

Updates on How COVID-19 Is Impacting Saints Worldwide @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Monday, 30 March 2020 | This page provides updates on how COVID-19...

This Week’s General Conference Promises to Be Memorable @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Monday, 30 March 2020 | The 190th Annual General Conference of The...

2020 Interpreter Foundation Conference @ FAIR Blog
  -  In light of COVID–19 restrictions, we will hold the conference...

To wear or Not to wear a mask @ Millennial Star
  -  Bottom Line Up Front (BLUF): Be cool. Wear a mask. Today my husband read a Washington...

Documentary Hypotheses & Adam-God (Part 4 of 8) @ Gospel Tangents
  -  Mormons believe Elohim & Jehovah are 2 different beings, while the Documentary...

Young Missionary Dies in the Dominican Republic @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Saturday, 28 March 2020 | Three missionaries serving in the Dominican...

Freedom and Church membership @ Millennial Star
  -  This is a guest post by Michael Davidson, who is a friend of the Millennial Star and...

Renovation of the Columbus Ohio Temple Scheduled @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Friday, 27 March 2020 |

Latter-day Saints Around the World: Country Newsroom Websites, March 27, 2020 @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Friday, 27 March 2020 |

Movie Review: Heart of Africa @ Millennial Star
  -  Movie Review: Heart of Africa In 1899, Joseph Conrad published his serialized novel,...

World Wide Fast Sunday, March 29th @ Millennial Star
  -  President Nelson released this video today inviting members of the church and all people...

Intro to Adam-God Doctrine (Part 3 of 8) @ Gospel Tangents
  -  The Adam-God Doctrine is probably my most requested topic here at Gospel Tangents.  I...

Oh, How Lovely! @ Millennial Star
  -  Two centuries ago a young man went to a grove near his home to plead with God for...

Prophet Invites All to Fast and Pray for Relief from COVID-19 @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Thursday, 26 March 2020 | In a new video message , President Russell M....

O presidente Russell M. Nelson convida todas as pessoas a se unirem a ele em um jejum por ajuda durante a pandemia do coronavírus @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Thursday, 26 March 2020 | O presidente Russell M. Nelson convida as...

Further Adjustments to Missionary Service @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Thursday, 26 March 2020 | The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve...

El presidente Russell M. Nelson invita a todas las personas a unirse en un ayuno para pedir ayuda contra el COVID-19 @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Thursday, 26 March 2020 | El presidente Russell M. Nelson invita a todas...

Book Review: Theological Introduction to First Nephi, by Joseph Spencer @ Millennial Star
  -  Joseph Spencer is a theologian. He does theology. What exactly, though, does that mean...

First Presidency Temporarily Closes All Temples @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Wednesday, 25 March 2020 | The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus...

Church Updates Handbook Chapters on Aaronic Priesthood Quorums, Young Women and Primary @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Wednesday, 25 March 2020 | Under the direction of the First Presidency...

Missionary Evacuations:1939 and 2020 @ Millennial Star
  -  In the last few weeks we’ve been witness to world history as well as Church history...

Review: Joseph Spencer Theological Introduction to 1st Nephi @ Millennial Star
  -  Last month the Neal A. Maxwell Institute started publishing a series of brief Theological...

Scriptures of Christ’s Church (Part 2 of 8) @ Gospel Tangents
  -  Christ’s Church was organized in 1978.  In our next conversation with Apostle David...

Come Follow Me: Enos through Words of Mormon @ Millennial Star
  -  My blog post on Come Follow Me: Enos through Words of Mormon...

Church Emphasizes Self-Isolation Guidelines for Missionaries  @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Sunday, 22 March 2020 | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints...

Intro to Christ’s Church (Part 1 of 8) @ Gospel Tangents
  -  I’m excited to introduce David Patrick and Benjamin Shaffer.  David is an apostle and...

More Temporary Adjustments Made to Missionary Work @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Friday, 20 March 2020 | The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve...

Relief Society in Action, March 20, 2020 @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Friday, 20 March 2020 | Relief Society in Action highlights the...

Additional Adjustments to the April 2020 General Conference @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Thursday, 19 March 2020 | The First Presidency will preside and conduct...

* Temple Lot Worship Services (Part 7 of 7) @ Gospel Tangents
  -  In our final conversation with historian Jean Addams, we will talk about similarities and...

Open House for Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple Postponed @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Wednesday, 18 March 2020 | The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus...

Condition of Salt Lake Temple After Utah Earthquake @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Wednesday, 18 March 2020 | The Salt Lake Temple sustained minor damage...

FairMormon Conference Podcast #53 – Matthew Bowen, “Laman and Nephi as Key-Words: An Etymological, Narratological, and Rhetorical Approach to Understanding Lamanites and Nephites as Religious, Political, and Cultural Descriptors” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. This presentation...

Latter-day Saints Provide Disaster Relief to Tennessee Tornado Victims    @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Tuesday, 17 March 2020 |

Measure Your Decisions Against the Standard of Eternity, Church Leader Tells BYU Students @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Provo, Utah | Tuesday, 17 March 2020 | Elder Jack N. Gerard told students at Brigham...

How the Church Is Inviting the World to ‘Hear Him!’ 200 Years Later @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Monday, 16 March 2020 | This year marks 200 years since Joseph Smith’s...

Update on How COVID-19 Is Impacting Missionary Service @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Monday, 16 March 2020 | Sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ remains a...

Come Follow Me: Jacob 5-7 @ Millennial Star
  -  My blog post on CFM: Jacob 5-7...

President Nelson Shares Message of Hope During COVID-19 Outbreak @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Saturday, 14 March 2020 | As concern over COVID-19 continues and worship...

Young Missionary Dies in Sierra Leone @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Saturday, 14 March 2020 | A missionary serving for The Church of Jesus...

President Oaks Shares Experience of Writing About Joseph Smith @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Friday, 13 March 2020 | President Dallin H. Oaks has invested a fair...

COVID-19 Updates in Your Language @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Friday, 13 March 2020 | This page provides updates in various languages...

FairMormon Conference Podcast #52 – Elizabeth Kuehn, “The Lives and Letters of the Twelve Apostles and their Wives during the Second British Mission, 1839-1841” @ FAIR Blog
  -  This podcast series features past FairMormon Conference presentations. This presentation...

In the News: Chad and Lori Daybell and Gospel Extremism @ FAIR Blog
  -  In recent news coverage of Chad and Lori Vallow Daybell, such as this article in the East...

FairMormon Questions: Is the church excessively “hoarding” money that should be given to charities? @ FAIR Blog
  -   [Editor’s note: Latter-day Saint Charities just released their 2019 Annual...

Book Review: The Rise of the Latter-day Saints: The Journals and Histories of Newel Knight @ FAIR Blog
  -  Available from the FairMormon Bookstore Newel Knight lived from September 13, 1800 to...

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...

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

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

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...

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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