The Isles of the Sea

New Content at Joseph Smith Papers @ BOAP.org Blog
  -  The JSP has announced some new content at their web site. All annotation for Documents...

Why Have Suicides Increased Even After Enormous Efforts to Reduce Them? @ Millennial Star
  -  Jacob Z. Hess, Ph.D. First published on the EternalCore Conference website (Join us...

After the Killing (Part 5 of 6) @ Gospel Tangents
  -  The day after approximately 100 immigrants from Arkansas were killed, Mormon leaders in...

In the Marrow of our Bones @ Millennial Star
  -  Elder Whitney Clayton was the keynote speaker this week at an interfaith religious...

Good article from CNN on the Church revelatory process @ Millennial Star
  -  The CNN religion editor wrote a surprisingly good article that was released today on...

Relying on Self (with God’s Help) @ Millennial Star
  -  A couple of years ago, the Church launched a series of Self Reliance workshops. These can...

Cattle Rustling Turns Deadly (Part 4 of 6) @ Gospel Tangents
  -  What precipitated the Mountain Meadows Massacre?  In my conversation with Barbara Jones...

Seminary Program to Change Its Study Schedule and Curriculum in 2020 @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Friday, 22 March 2019 |

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...

Hot Drinks Cause Cancer @ Millennial Star
  -  In 2016, the International Agency for Research on Cancer identified one carcinogen as...

Preparing for the Kinshasa Temple Open House (The Kinshasa DR Congo Temple: A Personal Perspective, Part 1) @ FAIR Blog
  -     While...

Tackling Myths of Mountain Meadows (Part 3 of 6) @ Gospel Tangents
  -  There are still a lot of myths surrounding the Massacre at Mountain Meadows. How many...

Church Hosts Interfaith Musical Tribute in Tabernacle @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Monday, 18 March 2019 | Choirs, dancers and drummers representing many...

Revenge for Haun’s Mill & Pratt’s Murder? @ Gospel Tangents
  -  20 years before the Mountain Meadows Massacre, 17 Mormons were killed in Haun’s Mill,...

Groundbreaking Held for Pocatello Idaho Temple @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Pocatello, Idaho | Saturday, 16 March 2019 | Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of...

Lying @ Millennial Star
  -  A few years ago a young person I know took the ACT and scored a 34. Or 35. I don’t...

The World Is Invited to President Nelson’s 95th Birthday Celebration @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Thursday, 14 March 2019 | If you asked those closest to him to choose...

Utah War & Mountain Meadows Massacre (Part 1 of 6) @ Gospel Tangents
  -  If you didn’t grow up in Utah, you’ve probably never heard of the Utah War. ...

Sister Bingham and Sister Cordon Conclude West Africa Tour in Côte d’Ivoire @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire | Wednesday, 13 March 2019 | Sister Jean B. Bingham, Relief...

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...

The Apostles Testify of Jesus Christ @ Millennial Star
  -  If you’re on social media (have you liked the Millennial Star Facebook page yet?), you...

Apostles Testify of Jesus Christ in Rome @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Rome, Italy | Tuesday, 12 March 2019 | As special witnesses to the world of the divinity...

Church Sponsors 11th International Art Competition  @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Tuesday, 12 March 2019 | A culturally diverse, faith-filled art exhibit...

Church of Jesus Christ: Come Unto Christ @ Millennial Star
  -  I was delighted to hear the announcement that the Church’s website will now be...

Historic Photo of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in Rome @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Rome, Italy | Monday, 11 March 2019 |

Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple Opens to the Public   @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Monday, 11 March 2019 | Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple

Overcoming the Stigma and Shame of Mental Illness: A Review of Silent Souls Weeping by Jane Clayson Johnson @ Millennial Star
  -  Depression and mental illness are topics that are rarely talked about openly in our...

Come Follow Me – Matthew 10-12; Mark 2; Luke 7; 11 @ Millennial Star
  -  My comments and discussion on Come Follow Me – Matthew 10-12; Mark 2; Luke 7; 11 is...

Rome Italy Temple Is Dedicated  @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Rome, Italy | Sunday, 10 March 2019 |

Prophet Meets Pope Francis at the Vatican @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Vatican City | Saturday, 09 March 2019 | President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of...

On the Eve of the Rome Temple Dedication, Prophet Encourages Italian Youth @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Rome, Italy | Saturday, 09 March 2019 |

Prophet to Dedicate Rome Italy Temple @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Rome, Italy | Friday, 08 March 2019 |

On International Women’s Day 2019, a Message of Love From Africa @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Accra, Ghana | Friday, 08 March 2019 | The leaders of Latter-day Saint women worldwide...

Two Apostles Lead a Virtual Tour of the Rome Italy Temple @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Rome, Italy | Thursday, 07 March 2019 |

Groundbreakings Announced for Two South American Temples @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Thursday, 07 March 2019 | The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus...

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...

Changes to Emphasize the Correct Name of the Church of Jesus Christ @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Tuesday, 05 March 2019 | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day...

Frankfurt Germany Temple Opens for Public Tours @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Tuesday, 05 March 2019 | The public is invited to tour the newly...

Public Invited to Tour Lisbon Portugal Temple @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Monday, 04 March 2019 | The public is invited to tour the first temple...

Latter-day Saints Join Other Faiths to Change Women's Lives @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Sunday, 03 March 2019 |

RootsTech 2019 Concludes @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Saturday, 02 March 2019 | The Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake...

Two Church Leaders Embark on Outreach Efforts in West Africa @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Accra, Ghana | Friday, 01 March 2019 | The general presidents of the Relief Society and...

Latter-day Saints Around the World Country Newsroom Websites March 1, 2019 @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Friday, 01 March 2019 |

New Safety Videos Will Help Missionaries Focus on Serving Jesus Christ @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Salt Lake City | Friday, 01 March 2019 | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints...

Neighbors Learn of Pocatello Idaho Temple Plan @ Mormon Newsroom Blog
  -  Pocatello, Idaho | Friday, 01 March 2019 |

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...

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...

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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